Each week, we cruise the fields and estimate our harvest so that we can update the online store with our availability. In an effort to provide you with the freshest produce possible, we especially like to harvest as mush as possible each Tuesday. To try and make it easy for you to order, we have a category titled “In Season”, which is everything that we are currently harvesting or have available as storage crops/meat. As you know, our availability changes week to week, as newly planted crops begin maturing and other crops finish up. This week there are 61 different items categorized as “In Season”. With climate change, the large companies are beginning to understand that the we need more diversity in our food system and according on this article they are working together to address this issue, “The worldâ€™s biggest food crops are too similar, which could jeopardize the entire food system in a pandemic or crisis. Big food companies say they are ready to start fixing the problem now.” Several research articles report that only nine major crops – such as soybeans, wheat, corn, potatoes and sugar beets account for the majority of what large agribusiness farms raise by weight. Each January at MHO, we begin making our annual production plan and we review our production notes that we keep throughout the previous season as to which varieties are the best flavored or highest yielding, then we refine our plan by eliminating or adding varieties. For example; in the online store you’ll find that we grew 9 different varieties of potatoes this year, only because each season some perform well while others don’t, so we try to reduce the risk of a total crop failure for potatoes by increasing our diversity. After all, crops like potatoes provide us with a lot of nutrition throughout the winter. You subscribers should be proud, and WE’RE INCREDIBLY thankful for you, because you are supporting a diversified food system by either shopping at the farmer’s market or by subscribing to a CSA.
Your Farmers (and cleaning staff),
Carl and Julie
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CSA Shareholders: You can access our online store using this link, if using a desktop you will log in by clicking the icon of the person in the top right hand side of the web page, if you are using a phone click on the menu icon and choose the login option. All orders need to be placed by Tuesday at 8 AM so that we will know what to harvest for your share! Please return your boxes because we re-use them. Orders will be ready each Wednesday after 8 AM.