CSA Pickup is set to begin on Saturday, May 25 at the farm. Members: On the menu this week is a variety of spring greens, lettuce, root vegetables, and salad fixings. All produce will be washed and packed but don’t forget to bring along a reusable bag or box to carry it all home in!

Weekly produce delivery will begin at DSS in Wyomissing on Friday. You can pick up your order between 2 and 4 by the side entrance. Look for the red Jeep truck. Starting next week, produce deliveries will be on Thursday, from 3 to 4 pm.

Thanks to everyone for supporting Mt. Moriah Farm this year. Oh yeah, and check this guy out:

 

2013 CSA

The 2013 Mt. Moriah CSA program is almost full. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact me by phone (484-706-1318) or e-mail before sending in a commitment form to see if there are more spots open. Thanks very much to everyone who has already signed up. See you in May.

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2013 CSA Update

While we’ve got plenty to do this winter before the growing season gets underway, we’re excited to get out in the fields to till and plant. It won’t be long before we are harvesting fresh lettuce, spinach, radishes, kale, and scallions. We are still accepting CSA members for 2013. Check out the CSA page for details on signing up. Remember that we depend on our CSA members to help us get started on the right foot each season, so if you are interested in becoming a member, please sign up as soon as you can. As promised, I’ve posted a list of the vegetable varieties we plan to grow this year. Just click on “Produce” at the top right corner of this page. Check back soon for updates on CSA, farm stand, and spring harvest dates.

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Capturing Sunlight

February is certainly a cold, stark month. But for vegetable growers it means the early beginnings of a new season. We have begun sowing leeks and onions into flats, and will move them into the hot house soon after they germinate. Sunlight, when trapped by means of a greenhouse or high tunnel is an amazing source of heat even in the dead of winter. Today, at 28 degrees outside temperature, it’s reached about 75 in our low tunnel without any supplementary heat. By running a kerosene heater at night to regulate the lower temperatures, we can create an environment suitable for starting our early spring crops.

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End of 2012 Season

Our first growing season is come and gone, and our 2012 CSA was very much a success. We couldn’t have asked for better weather going into spring and hope that this coming year brings the same good fortune.  Thanks to all of our CSA members and loyal farm-stand customers who made this season come together for us. In particular I’d like to thank Mr. Joe Engel for putting up the land for this endeavor and serving throughout the season as our equipment operator, welder, salesman, and general repairman, and to his dog Sadie, for keeping the groundhogs at bay. Thanks also to Carlie Cole for generously volounteering her time and saving the day on multiple occasions.

I have a lot of improvements and additions intended for the farm next year and expect 2013 to be, well,  awesome. In collaboration with Free Run Farm in Kempton, PA, I will be adding a free-range egg option to the vegetable CSA. Free Run farm is a first year meat CSA specializing in pastured pork, beef, chicken, and turkey. For information on their operation visit http://www.freerun-farm.com.

I have been pouring over seed catalogs for the past couple of weeks in order to put together a new and improved crop list for the 2013 season. My goal is to expand the number of varieties and offer more of the old standbys that didn’t make it into the crop plan last year. Implementing a more intensive farming technique and introducing the wonders of proper irrigation will allow me to produce a better yield and continue to maintain high quality standards. Its important to me that I grow the vegetables that people want to eat, so feel free to e-mail me with any requests or suggestions. We will start accepting 2013 CSA subscriptions within the month so check back soon for the details.

Mt. Moriah Farm is dedicated to growing quality vegetables and making sure that they get to your table fresh. We grow in accordance with organic standards because we believe it results in a superior product and a healthier farm. Above all I think that in these crazy times the role of community is huge. The more we can do for ourselves, the less we need to ask for. Until spring.

Rich Sammel

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Not surprisingly there has been skepticism surrounding organic products bearing the USDA Certified Organic label. I heard an interesting piece on “Here and Now” (a program on Boston’s NPR) regarding concerns surrounding the United States organic certification. You can listen to the original broadcast here: Has USDA Organic Label Been Corrupted? The program also referenced this Washington Post Article that coincides nicely.

While the USDA organic certification encompasses much more than fruits and vegetables, the concerns are applicable across the board. This can result in smaller businesses losing out due to the ease with which monolithic companies can retrofit their product lines to meet organic standards. Also, consumers begin to question the very merit of the label and the premium price asked for products. But these resources speak for themselves. Enjoy.

We will no longer be appearing at Kulp Chiropractic on Fridays. Sorry for all of you that missed us the past couple of weeks.

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