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wrapping it up.

September 29, 2009

Speaking of which, we haven’t heard from the lyrical genius, Fester, in a long while. We could use some harvest rap lyrics right about now. Where are you ,Fester?

So, my Dirtbox Friends, we’re nearing the end of what could be called a productive first start. Breeze and I were thinking there is enough to go around for another 2 weeks or so, and then we feed the resident birds and squirrels with the rest. The melons are ALMOST ready, but could use another few days of heat, and the tomatoes will probably still be cranking until Christmas.

As always, we welcome you all to come out here and harvest veggies, particularly if you’re looking for enough tomatoes to can, or herbs to dry, or flowers to pick, etc… We’ll plan on distributing veggies for the next 2 weekends from Breeze’s place in Portland, but after that, come get your own…

The days are getting shorter, and colder, and we’re starting to get reflective about the season. But what you may already know about women like us, we’re not happy unless we have plans and projects in the works… and so we’re already looking ahead to NEXT season! We’ll be keeping this website up throughout the winter months to keep you up on our planning and seedling starts, and other various projects (Is now a good time to mention Jon’s indoor climbing gym?).

But help us get on the right track and let us know what you liked/disliked/would want more of/would want less of?

What worked with the distribution?

What didn’t?

We tried to offer up a variety of  things ‘other’ than what just came out of the dirt: Kombucha, eggs, jams, fruit, zucchini bread… what would you like to see more of? any other ideas?

What is a fair price to pay for a season’s worth of boxes like you received this year?

We plan to open up this project to the public next year, for no more than 20 members, but may need some help in exchange for veggies. Who’s in?

In the interest of eating locally and sustainably… we have some friends who raise grass-fed beef. Is anyone wanting to buy in and share a cow? We’d need a commitment of at least 4-5 households.

Any feedback you have would be really helpful. This project could never have gotten off the ground without you!  Stay tuned for info on this weekend’s distribution!

Nadine & Alix.

p.s. the Flock and Fiber Festival was awesome.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Beep permalink
    October 2, 2009 5:09 pm

    I think the whole season was a success… you gals are totally awesome!
    For me personally I love love loved the chard, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, as well as all the homemade extras (thank you Micah, Vanessa, etc.) I also really enjoyed it when people posted recipes on the website (the zucchini cookies were a huge success in my house, and the orzo turned out pretty tasty as well). I’m not quite as creative as you ladies with the herbs, flowers, and other various bagged items. Perhaps you could offer a cooking class down on the farm at the start of the season. Fresh farm eggs were great. And I would be interested in going in on a cow…how much does a cow cost these days? I think overall $18-$25 seems like a fair price to ask for a delicious box of local veggies, depending on what is in each week’s share. Maybe we could get C-spot to host a couple of home brew party’s and throw in some local IPAs/Ales/Porters, you could probably up the price another $5 or so.

    Looking forward to next season 🙂
    Beep.

  2. nadinelew permalink
    October 2, 2009 8:28 pm

    thanks Beep. this is great.

  3. October 8, 2009 2:31 am

    I think it’s time for a dirtbox videoblog! Think it over…I know you two would be awesome on camera 🙂 and it would be lovely to see live shots of all the fun on the farm

  4. Belcher permalink
    October 15, 2009 5:33 am

    We would be interested in going in on a cow. OK, I should probably double-check with Navigator first, but I’m pretty sure we’re in.

    As for this season, it was awesome! I wish we had been better at getting our shit together for visiting, but it was also our first year with spawn and that made things much more difficult. However, the few times we were out there made eating the stuff that much more special — knowing we were a part of it. And then the blog kept us close to what was going on. I think there is such a huge disconnect between people and their food — even when you buy stuff from a farmer’s market. Having the blog with photos and good stories of what’s going on really kept it close and personal. I like that.

    For next year (since I should have my bakery license at the end of this month), I wouldn’t mind making some special dirtbox cupcakes with whatever yummy produce you have a lot of … zucchini cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting….. or cherry cupcakes with a chocolate ganache frosting…. and then there’s always carrot cake!! YUM!!

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