Week 18, 2023|Kristin Kimball|May 5, 2023

Welcome to May, my favorite month in the North Country. I love May for its cheerful summer-strength sun, while the air is still carrying the fresh cool feel of winter. The wildlife sightings this week include a trio of common mergansers – two red-headed females and a majestic male – diving for fish in the pond behind the farm store, which I’ve officially renamed Otter Pond. There’s a lovely new bench at the pond too, thanks to Don Hollingsworth. And the tulips that The Peony Company distributed all over town last fall are in full bloom now, lending much needed color to the springtime roadsides and yards. Thanks to Will and Eric and the whole Peony crew for beautifying the neighborhood.

We got a whopping 2.5” of rain over the last six days, so fields are saturated, and the animals are all confined indoors. But the next string of days promises to be dry, sunny, and warmer, which is going to make the grass (and hopefully the asparagus) explode. Everyone has been busy in the greenhouses, and we have a ton of plants ready for transplanting, soon as the mush has solidified a bit. If you like to get your hands in the dirt, we have plenty of opportunities right now. Shoot us an email for scheduling.

I drove our monthly delivery of lamb and curated boxes to New York City myself this week, with stops in Albany and New Paltz. I was nervous (big van, city streets, and I’m not known for my sense of direction) but it was a fabulous adventure: I got to meet some of our customers for the first time, ran into some memorable characters, and got a minute of vibrant city energy before turning around to come back north. There was one stressful moment in the Bronx, as I was trying to get our returnable bins and glass out of our storage space to bring them home. I managed to dump an entire cart full of glass on the ground, and was near tears, not just for the lost jars but for the humiliation in front of a bunch of young guys from the block. But before I could even find a broom they all came over to help me, and we got it cleaned up together and I got back on the road in a jiffy. Our next monthly delivery along the Essex-NYC corridor is scheduled for June 6 and 7, so email me if you would like to be on the mailing list.

It’s a big happy welcome week for lots of people who are joining the membership today. We’re so glad to have you, and please let us know how it goes for you. Eating most of your food from the farm can be a big adjustment, and we’re here to help. You can send us an email to essexfarm@gmail.com with questions or to get ideas for how to use all this whole fresh food. We can also offer time-saving advice, as we’re generally aiming for the intersection of efficient and delicious cooking. Some of our members have been with us for almost as long as we’ve been here, and we have some amazing home cooks among us, so we’ve got some tips and tricks up our collective sleeves.

Members, I’m running a little behind on invoices as we work through a new system here, but fear not, yours will come! Please be in touch with any questions, and thank you so much for your support, in all forms. We are so happy to be growing food for you and looking forward to the next (extremely delicious) months. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our first member potluck, on May 19th. That’s the news from Essex Farm for this warm/cool 17th week of 2023. Find us at essexfarm@gmail.com, on instagram at essexfarmcsa, or here on the farm, where the fun never ends.

-Kristin & Mark Kimball