While I am welcoming the snow's return, don't let the illusion of winter cloud the weather's reality these days. If you're thinking, "...it's too early for red-wing blackbirds to arrive at the ponds and too warm for February," yes, you are correct. The 68 degree F high temp this past Wednesday set a new record for the entire month at the Madison reporting station, besting the old mark of 64 degree F set on the 25th back in 2000. (Incidentally, the previous record for the day was 60 degree F, set in 1984). So that's five high temp records in a row, from Saturday February 18 on through Wednesday February 22. It appears from the instrumentation at both the Boscobel and Janesville National Weather Service Sites ---which hit 72 degrees F on Wednesday, that we've set an all-time record for the entire state for the month of February.
Farming, weather, and pollinators are inextricably linked and while we didn't mind donning our bathing suits while pruning our 'dormant' fruit trees in the orchard last weekend, we can't say we quite yet know what to do with this 'new normal'. You won't find us setting foot in a casino, yet as our climate changes, growing food continues to be a gamble with Mother Nature.
We can say, however, that since 1993, CSA farming has helped bring perspective to our role as growers and eaters, because we see the connection and appreciate the authenticity that comes from having a long-term relationship with the land and our customers some of whom have been with us for 24 years.
CSA is the most direct connection that you can have with us and our farm and we believe one of the most direct interventions you can take as an eater to make life better for our land, economy, and community as a whole . You can find CSA's throughout the U.S. and the world and there is renewed momentum around celebrating CSA's through National CSA Day and Highlighting the importance of CSA's to growers, eaters, and as pathway to sustainability and economic resilience.
Through CSA, we imbue food with meaning, story, and connection and your support up front in the season helps us manage the risk of climate change and cash flow. As you celebrate the return of winter over the weekend, we invite you join us in celebrating and navigating the peaks and valleys of the growing season. We have a full menu of fruit, flowers, and vegetables that we would love to share with you.
You can sign up on our website, or contact us if your interested, on the fence, want to talk more about our CSA options. You can also come visit us! We will be at the:
To your health and happiness! - Farmer Erin & Rob