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Hello all,

A few fun facts and comments from our latest, greatest season of farming in flatlands of Sandusky County, Ohio:

  • Our 2016 season here in Northern Ohio was really challenging and quite rewarding. We had hardly a scant of rain between May 15 and August 1. We received a tenth here and a tenth there, never really building adequate moisture for our fields. We drilled a deep well in early 2015 when the farm was moved to Sandusky County, and boy did that well come in handy this year. Almost all of the great food you enjoyed this season was directly derivative of our ability to irrigate with that well. From carrots to sweet potatoes to tomatoes, we watered and WAY080914_PhotoKitchen_MG_0064 (2)delivered more water to our fields. We have a fine sandy loam soil that drains well so it is especially important to regularly monitor moisture levels and keep the H2O flowing.
  • We were blessed with a tremendous tomato season! We had tomatoes from late July until almost the end of October. We particularly enjoyed our plum and mini heirloom tomatoes. We had vines that traveled all the way up and down a 6 foot trellis this season. I know our crew still has nightmares from all the cherry tomato picking we did in August and September.
  • Yes, I know, we had too many Romano Beans. I don’t think you can ever eat enough of them but I’m committed to growing other bush beans in 2017. Wax Beans and Haricot Vert look likely for the CSA and market stands.
  • Ahhhhh…the grandeur of Romanesco Cauliflower. We will continue to grow more and more Romanesco. This season we grew almost a 1/3 of an acre of the beautiful green stuff. By far the tastiest vegetable that comes off farm. Hard to grow and takes forever to mature. Romanesco…I miss eating it already.
  • Cheers for diversity! Overall, we were happy with the CSA’s quality and quantities. We plan to offer more salad green options in 2017 with experiments in WAY091314_PhotoKitchen_MG_8649 (2)baby collards and kale, too.
  • We completed construction on two new greenhouses which enabled us to propagate more plants for the farm this season and beyond.
  • Cold spring freezes and dry summer conditions limited our yields of all onions including Rossa di Milano and shallots. Hopefully we will have better luck with the spring weather in 2017.

Thank you to our CSA site coordinators, volunteers, employees and membership. Another year, more progress and new challenges. Ten years down the road…here’s to 2017 and a toast to perseverance!

Be Well, Eat Better,

Farmer Adam

 

Ready to renew your share? Sign up today to reserve your 2017 CSA share, and a discount!

Sign-up: http://www.farmigo.com/join/waywardseed/2017
Account Management: http://www.farmigo.com/account/waywardseed

For all shares purchased and paid-in-full by January 15th, we will offer a $50 discount on weekly shares, $25 on bi-weekly. For weekly shares, use coupon code “Sign me up!” and for half shares, use coupon code “Sign me (half) up!”

Can’t pay in full by January 15th? For weekly shares purchased and paid-in-full by February 15th, we’ll offer a $25 discount. Use coupon code “Eat Fresh.”

In case you missed it, you can read more about the 2017 share by clicking here.

Questions? Email us at farm@waywardseed.com.

In the meantime, you can still find us at the Worthington Farmers Market inside The Shops at Worthington Place every Saturday from 9am-12pm.

Here’s to 2017!

Jaime Moore & Adam Welly
Wayward Seed Farm

Let’s go!

Ready or not, 2017 is (almost) here, and we’re ready to go! Sign up today to reserve your 2017 CSA share, and a discount!

Sign-up: http://www.farmigo.com/join/waywardseed/2017
Account Management: http://www.farmigo.com/account/waywardseed

In 2017, we will continue to offer our certified organic vegetable share with staple options:

– 20 week, non-organic, Ohio grown fruit
– 5 week, winter storage crop
Cafe Brioso coffee

In the new year, we’ll be pursuing several new relationships with fruit growers in the state. Over the years (and with no help from Mother Nature), the variety, availability and accessibility of fruit has grown more challenging. As always, we will share the names of our farmers and be sure to introduce you to our new ones.

So when does it begin? We all know that Mother Nature sometimes has other plans. However, here is our plan:

– First delivery is June 7/10
– Final delivery is November 29/December 2
– Winter storage first delivery is December 6/9
– Final winter storage delivery is January 3/6
– Fruit will conclude on October 18/21
– No deliveries during Thanksgiving week

Last but not least, let’s talk discounts! For all shares purchased and paid-in-full by January 15th, we will offer a $50 discount on weekly shares, $25 on bi-weekly. For weekly shares, use coupon code “Sign me up!” and for half shares, use coupon code “Sign me (half) up!”

Can’t pay in full by January 15th? For weekly shares purchased and paid-in-full by February 15th, we’ll offer a $25 discount. Use coupon code “Eat Fresh.”

Questions? Email us at farm@waywardseed.com.

In the meantime, you can still find us at the Worthington Farmers Market inside The Shops at Worthington Place every Saturday (except December 24th) from 9am-12pm. We’ll have plenty of storage crops through February, at least.

As always, thank you!

Jaime Moore & Adam Welly
Wayward Seed Farm

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