Last Saturday we made the first delivery to our CSA members of our 2013-2014 season!
We started the day at 4am with some coffee and breakfast before we headed outside to feed the animals and pack the shares for delivery. We did a lot of prep on Friday during the day, so we were able to take a slower pace on Saturday morning. After everyone had been fed and watered, we focused our attention on packing up the veggies and chicken to take to Albany and for our local shareholders to pick up on farm. This weeks shares included eggs, chicken, arugula, salad greens, cooking greens and radishes. Lots of spring time greens are coming in with all the rain we've had in the last few weeks, so there will definitely be more where that came from!
Ejay and James headed to Albany with the delivery and I stayed at the house to meet our local customers. I did afternoon chores by myself that day and after the delivery, I met Ejay and James in the city of Hudson for the city's Pride Festival. We went with our neighbors and friends Hilary and Sarah, who run Mountain Brook Farm. They raise Angus beef, turkeys and eggs on their nearby farm. We've been collaborating with them on a meat only CSA share and we rented a space at the festival in order to get the word out about our farms.
The festival was held at the riverfront park which was a beautiful setting. There were a number of other vendors as well as performances by local artists. Our tent was directly across from the "bouncy house" so we had quite a few small patrons come to our booth for the free R'Eisen Shine Farm stickers. :)
Saturday was James' last day on the farm as well, and it was a doozy! 4am to 6pm is definitely a full day of work. James left the following morning after being with us for about 5 weeks this spring and we thought it was a good culmination of his time on the farm, seeing how the labor on the farm comes together to bring the products to the customers.
All in all, Saturday was a great day! We're looking forward to the rest of the season and delivering even more delicious goods to our members.