Spring is Around the Corner!
My life is closely tied to the seasons, so the darkness of winter is when I get a chance to slow down and rejuvenate mentally and physically from the bright and energetic days of summer. There is still plenty of weeding to be done, winter projects to complete and farm planning to fill the short daylight hours, but over the past couple months I have also done lots of yoga, watched lots of football and read lots of books (some for fun and some to learn from). Now I am super excited that spring is around the corner!
Upcoming Harvest Update
I do need to turn over beds in my new greenhouse, which means I will be harvesting for the farm stand on February 3rd! The stand will be stocked mid-afternoon this Wednesday with mustard greens, bok choy, beets, and a few other things. My overwinter crops include cauliflower, purple broccoli, cabbage, leeks and spinach. The spinach will be ready later in February and the rest will be available later in the spring.
I am not yet on a harvest schedule, but hope to soon be harvesting a couple days a week and eventually will be harvesting 7 days a week through the main part of the season. I update availability on my website each day. I will also post on Instagram and Facebook on larger harvest days throughout the spring.
Conatctless Payment Options
I am adding contactless payment options to make sure you all feel safe in the farm stand and to make paying easier. If you like the cash or check system, do not worry, I still happily accept cash and check! Here are the three contactless payment options I have for this season:
PayPal – I now have PayPal with a QR code. There is a sticker on the pay box with the QR code. Through the PayPal App, you scan the code, enter your payment amount and then send payment. You can also find my profile on PayPal by searching my phone number 360-618-2813 or my email email@example.com
Zelle – Same as last year, you can pay me through the Zelle app and find me with my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Venmo – I also accept Venmo. My user name is: @Rachel-Pigott-2
Farm Stand Credit Notebook
The farm stand credit notebook has become cumbersome. The binder is not going away, so if that system is working for you, then keep using it as you always have in the past!
In addition to adding contactless payment options that do not require you to always have exact change, I am also offering to set up a Google Sheet for you to use, meaning you can skip the binder all together! Please contact me if you would like to try out this option. I will set up a google sheet for you that only you and I will have access to. If you get the Google Sheets App, then you can access it directly from your phone while you are in the farm stand. I am not the most tech savvy person, so let me know if you have questions or trouble using these new options and we can work through it together!
My newest greenhouse, meant for shoulder season production, was constructed last October! This greenhouse is 30′ x 75′, so it provides quite a bit of space to extend my growing season. On Monday, I will be seeding my first round of flats to be transplanted into this greenhouse! My hope is that I will now have lettuce and a few other crops earlier than in past seasons!!
Inside the new greenhouse, there are currently two beds of mustard greens that will be harvested next week for the farm stand. A bed of spinach that will be harvested throughout the spring and 3 beds that have already been turned over with compost added to them!
Vegetable Starts for your Garden
I will be growing starts to sell again this year! No need to special order them, I will have plenty. If you would like to receive an email when the starts are available in the farm stand, let me know by replying to this email. Lettuce, Kale, and Swiss Chard will be available late April. Tomatoes, zucchini, winter squash, cucumbers and pumpkins will be available early May. Starts will be available in the farm stand until early June.
Thank you!!!I greatly appreciate all of you for your support and for shopping at my farm stand!! The local food system is more important than ever right now. I would not be here without you! Farming on Camano brings me joy and keeps my life very interesting!