Sunday, March 23

It's official (if not apparent): spring is here! Time for a check-in on the farm...

All our chickens and ducks (minus one who flew the coop) made it through a grueling winter while still supplying us daily with plenty of eggs. They've now sped up further, producing 4 dozen a day, so stop by to pick up a dozen or drop off your kitchen scraps for them to snack on (call Noah to coordinate until our farm stand opens up later this spring: 313.312.7235). Our fish have been hibernating through the winter so we hope to see them resurface soon as the pond temperature rises. On a sadder note, our hoop house greens, composting worms, and likely honeybees bit the dust under extreme temperatures. We've got much work to do this spring getting everything restarted! Many fruit trees also suffered from hungry critters helped by high snow levels so orchard renewal is also on the agenda (along with establishing perennial bee forage beds among our trees).

You can get some fresh air and lend a hand starting this Wednesday (March 26) between 10AM and 5PM (and subsequent Wednesdays, weather permitting). Please RSVP and be prepared for mud with a good pair of boots if you plan to help out.

We are still accepting members for the City Commons CSA! You can enjoy 20 weeks of fresh vegetables and fruit from Food Field and other participating farms and take advantage of multiple pickup and payment options, great recipes and extras like weekly flowers and fall storage crops. Distribution begins in mid-June but sign up now before we fill up--go to citycommonscsa.com for the details and signup form.

Lastly, big thanks to Big Boy Restaurants for supporting Food Field and funding our remaining solar energy needs and cooler space! We can't wait to finally turn on the lights and have handy cold storage for all our greens and vegetables during the coming hot months (coming soon, please?)...