Community Supported Agriculture
Peach Blossoms
Farm Notes

When the flower blossoms, the bee will come   

The bees have been busy pollinating the fruit flowers. As they fly from flower to flower in search of nectar, they carry pollen fertilizing all those blossoms that will later turn into sweet fruit. There was a concern that the frigid temperatures this winter may have damaged the buds of some of the less cold-hardy stone fruit; peaches, apricots and nectarines. Given the trees' colorful displays of blooms in the past two weeks, we have no sign of any winter damage. It is interesting to see the timing of the different fruit. First the apricots blossomed, then the plums, followed by the pears. Last week the beautiful pink blooms of peaches graced the orchard. The timing of the blooms are also different between our different orchards. Our Westford Hill orchard blossomed about five days ahead of Farmer Dave's Dracut orchard. This difference in bloom time by the same fruit varieties is caused by several factors including a difference in elevation and by proximity to the temperature effects of the Atlantic Ocean. The Westford orchard stone fruit is now all completely finished blooming. The apples there are just beginning to bloom. While the Dracut orchard apples of the same varieties have been in bloom for days. This orchard is laid out row by row by variety. The earlier varieties have now blossomed while the later varieties are just beginning. I like to think this extended bloom time with all the varieties is much appreciated by the bees. They have had little nectar to eat for the past seven months. So they have been busy as bees finding food in the orchards, over several weeks. Thank you ladies for all your hard work.

Farmer Dave 

What's In My Share
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Greenhouse greens or Kale (harvest dependent)
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard or Sorrel (harvest dependent)
  • Mixed Potatoes
  • Turnips or Kohlrabi
  • Apples
  • Herbs
This is what we are planning and hoping to harvest this week.  Ultimately Mother Nature has the last word so the actual contents of your share will vary.
Vegisode of the Week!

Spring Share Carrots 

In this Vegisode, Stacey schools us on the spring share carrots. In this video:
  • How are spring share carrots different from carrots in the main season?
  • How are they stored over the winter, and how does this impact the way we store them at home?
  • Chopping and freezing carrots for later use
  • Easy carrot cooking ideas
  • Stacey's Carrot Fries

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These videos are designed to help you make the most of your CSA share with tips on storing, preparing and preserving your veggies.  

New CSA Member Benefits for 2018!

Mother's Day is just around the corner.

CSA Member Exclusive: Receive $10 off your purchase for every $50 spent on flowers at Brox Farm Stand and East Street Farm Stand! Valid May 4 - May 13, 2018. (If you spend $100 on flowers that means $20 off your total purchase, and so on. Promotion valid on the day you are making your purchase only and cannot be combined with any other offer).

We are excited to announce new opportunities for YOU our Members to visit and experience YOUR farm through the following experiences for the 2018 season:
  • Strawberry and Blueberry Pick-Your- Own - select dates to be determined by Mother Nature herself.Each CSA membership will receive a complimentary pint of berries. Additional pints will be available for purchase.
  • Apple Pick-Your- Own - CSA Members will receive 25% off PYO apples throughout the apple picking season at our Dracut and Westford orchards.
  • Each CSA membership will also receive a complimentary half-peck bag for PYO apples on selected weekends.
Details regarding dates and times will be emailed and included in your CSA newsletters as the time gets closer. 
We hope you will enjoy these new benefits. We look forward to seeing you on the farm!
The Team at Farmer Dave's   
Check out this video of the many of the beautiful hanging flower baskets available at the Brox Farm Stand!
We are looking to fill volunteer CSA distribution positions for the 2018 CSA season at the following pick-up locations:
  • Lawrence, Tuesdays from 4pm - 7pm
  • Dracut, Tuesdays from 4pm - 7pm and Fridays from 2:45pm - 7pm 
  • Tewksbury, East Street Farm Stand - Wednesdays 1pm - 4pm and Thursdays 2:45pm - 7pm

Groundwork Share-a-Share
Thanks to generous donations by you (our CSA Members) to the Groundwork Share-a-Share fund, we were able to subsidize the cost of shares in 2017 for over 30 individuals and families, as well as shares for local food pantries.  
Please consider helping us in our efforts to make the CSA accessible to more families by donating to Groundwork Share-a-Share.