Hello, friends, and happy Vernal Equinox! We here at the Croft have had a very busy late winter getting our crops into the ground in order to support our increasing outlets: the Hub City Farmers’ Market, our very first CSA, our in-process farm store, plus the retail outfits that will carry our plants and produce this year.
We experienced some unusual (and unfortunate) late winter weather last week but suffered minimal damage, for which we are very thankful (I am sure it is difficult to be a fruit farmer in South Carolina this year). We have our onions, carrots, leaf lettuces, head lettuces, kale, arugula, radishes, mustard, and turnips in the ground, plus many plants started in the greenhouse. Because the forecast indicated a hard freeze, we spent hours covering all of our seedlings before the weather moved in; and then we spent some time praying that our efforts would pay off! It appears that they have, and now that the temps have moved up, we should be on target for supporting the first markets and our CSA.
Speaking of the CSA, though the Spring season is full, both the Summer (beginning the week of June 18) and the Fall (beginning the week of September 24) seasons are wide open. Summer payment is due March 31, so if you are considering it, please be sure to get your contract and payment submitted as soon as possible!
It’s been a pleasure to host a number of homeschool field trips this year. The kids (and parents!) have been able to learn a little about how we do things here, and we have benefitted from their help with transplanting some of our head lettuces! Field trips are available for $40 on Friday mornings to any group of students who would like to participate. Space is limited to approximately 25 people, however. Please send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a private message via Facebook to inquire!
We have also scheduled A Day on the Farm for Earth Day, April 22 (10-5)! Admission for this event is free. Whether you are new to us or have been a faithful customer, you are welcome to come tour our farm, see the newly constructed store, learn how we raise our chickens and dairy goats as well as raise our chemical-free vegetables using sustainable practices, and get to know us a little. It’s going to be a fun day, and what better way to celebrate Earth Day?!
Remember, too, that we have chemical-free, GMO-free plants available for your garden! See a complete list here.