This has been the most frustrating spring since we moved back to the Midwest 8 years ago. I look out the barn window and I am imagining Christmas time...not April! There is a little consolation knowing that all CSA farmers across our country are having the same issues with weather. It's crazy! We are still seeding and keeping plants in the Hoop House, but our plans must change with the weather difficulty. We will plan to start our boxes 2 weeks later that usual this year. Our goal is to extend the season with more fall vegetables for our partners. If we could change the weather this spring...it would be done immediately. We will keep you all posted and thanks for signing up for the coming season.
We are thrilled to announce a new chapter in the HHF story. I was on a panel discussion with one of the owners of Cedar Bee Farm at CVTC business education center and during the workshop I kept thinking how much Cedar Bee Farm sounded like our farm! After the workshop I introduced myself and from there the conversation grew into what we will be able to offer our CSA Partners this season. Haaken Hill and Cedar Bee make a perfect healthy eating partnership for YOU! We will now be able to offer pork, chicken, honey, and strawberries that are all top grade natural products from Cedar Bee Farm. The meat is USDA certified and processed locally to offer safe, quality meat. The honey is processed at Cedar Bee and the strawberries are grown in a Hoop House just like ours with NO chemicals. Wow! Real Strawberries!! Details about ordering this season will be posted on our sign-up page, but we couldn't wait to share this news! Next blog with be about our families and the farm tours we shared together. (Haaken is thrilled about this news too.)
As we began this journey of change in our ever growing family I realized that not only were we changing our food thinking, but we were changing our health thinking. Each one of us has changed from highly processed "food-like" substances to real food! Each family has climbed to different individual levels with overhauling our diet. We challenge ourselves to use the stove vs the microwave, we do not eat processed food that has refined sweeteners or white flour. We try to limit ourselves to purchasing packed food with only 5 ingredients listed. When you eat clean, you begin to realize how dependent our culture has become on processed food and how we "think" we can't live without it. Real food simply tastes better! It takes awhile to change the taste in our minds from processed foods to real food, but once we do...the movement has happened and we don't want to go back! Try eating clean for even a week...you'll begin to feel the difference in yourself.
When the seed boxes start to arrive we get pretty excited on the farm! Even when the snow is high and it's only suppose to reach 19 degrees for the day. We have been having fun plotting out our new vegetable beds and designing a better water system. Every season brings new ideas and new trials. We are setting up the first floor of the barn for production and for CSA members to pick up their boxes right out of our walk-in cooler! This way if there is something a family doesn't eat, they can exchange it for something else. Plus...everyone gets to pet Haaken, which he just waits for each week!