Thursday, March 29, 2012

More Warm Winter Weirdness

Winter ended last week but the effects of the unusually high temperatures linger on. The fruit tree blossoms came out much earlier this year. That's dangerous because a hard frost could wipe out the whole season's fruit in one night.

Here is a mulberry tree in full bloom on one of the Clarion River Organics farms. 

And here is a plum tree. These were taken on Monday, March 26. That night temperatures dropped to 25 degrees, which could be a killing frost. Here is what we found the next day.

These plum blossoms got singed pretty badly, but not totally destroyed, so we don't know yet whether the trees will still bear fruit this year.

 The peach blossoms have some damage but weren't hit quite so hard. Luckily, as you can see in the photo below, there were still lots of unopened blossoms on the peach tree so there is a good chance we'll get fruit out of them this summer.

The good news is the apple blossoms were still in the bud stage, so they weren't affected at all. But the unseasonal warmth continues and we have another month of potential frosts to get through, so we're either going to have early fruit or no fruit this year. We're keeping our fingers crossed.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Saint Kilian Parish - New CSA Pick-up Site in Cranberry Twp

Many people have expressed interest in a CSA site in Cranberry Township--and here it is!  We're very glad to announce that Saint Kilian Parish on Franklin Rd in Cranberry--just down the street from our friends at Restaurant ECHO on route 228 will be a pick-up spot for our CSA farm-share program this summer.

If you're interested in our CSA, there is a lot more information on the tab at the top of this page.  You can sign up there, and if you've already signed up, and would like to change your subscription to this site, please email us and we will be glad to change that for you.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Gearing Up for the New Season

Last week the farms got in their seed and soil orders. With 11 farms growing produce, we use a lot of potting soil just to start the seeds. Like, 25 pallets, 1500 bags, 22,000 pounds worth. One semi trailer full came into the warehouse and now sits ready for the growers to take as they need.

Here is the seed order for our biggest grower, Rippling Brook Farm. Although it doesn't look like a lot, that is tens of thousands of seeds that will yield a tremendous amount of produce if all goes well this season. Soon we'll have greenhouses full of young seedlings, and not long after that it will be time to get into the fields. Can't wait!