Share Renewal and 2020 Review

Greetings, Food Farmers!

Welcome to our 28th season! It’s time to reserve your shares for the upcoming year. If you were a member last year, please use this link to sign up. Last year’s signups went fast so I encourage you to reserve your share soon. If you’ll be new to the farm this year add your name to our mailing list and I’ll contact you in a couple weeks when we open things up for new members.

In lieu of our typical annual Food Farm social hour at Zeitgeist Arts, we’re doing a safer drive-through Rutabaga Giveaway in the parking lot between Wussow’s Concert Cafe and the Zenith Bookstore on Wednesday, February 3rd from 4-6 pm. It is a chance to see your farmers before the start of the season and, of course, get a rutabaga! Jason is crafting a special dish that you can order from their drive-through window, and Zenith is searching their inventory for rutabaga-themed books. (Perhaps they’ll find something in the Romance section.) Drive on out to West Duluth to support these two great businesses and say hello to your farmers!
Note: Zenith does curbside delivery until 6 pm but is not open for browsing after 3. Wussow’s drive-through is open until 6:30.  
 

2020 in review

This year saw a few big changes and a lot of steady improvement. Just like the rest of the world the global pandemic rocked our systems and there were particular weather challenges but on the whole we feel incredibly fortunate to come out of the year in pretty good shape.

We are so proud of our crew this year. We went into the season with a lot of apprehension about how to keep each other and our members safe. Despite our best-laid plans we didn’t know how the pandemic would affect our work. We had crew members out from time to time awaiting tests for minor symptoms or quarantining from possible exposure, but everyone picked up the slack and we were able to call in enough extra help when needed. Thankfully, no one contracted the virus during the growing season. Unfortunately, just after everything was out of the ground, I came down with COVID after running into town for a part for the skid steer. Thankfully, I didn’t pass the illness on to any members of the family or winter crew and was able to quarantine with moderate symptoms in a small cabin on the farm.

Without you, our eaters, we wouldn’t be able to do this work we are so passionate about. It was so wonderful to read your survey comments, your letters and your social media posts. Your feedback is really valuable to us as we plan the for future (we’re glad you loved the melons, and we’re putting more onions and garlic in the winter share!) We’re honored to be your farmers, and appreciate your participation as we continue to support and improve this beautiful place we call the Food Farm.

I’ll leave you with a slideshow for some images of the year past.

For the farm crew,

Janaki

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