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From the Farmer


       New Year's greetings to all our friends, neighbors, and farm community, near and far.  I hope this letter finds you in good health and in good spirits.  Here we're coming out of some extended covid-induced down time around the holidays and are grateful for the extra quiet that quarantining brought.  Now we're on the mend and turning our attention to the growing season ahead of us.  This weeks tasks include making field plans and seed orders and some budgeting for the year.  We welcome the cold weather, at last, and with it comes a strong pull to get into the woods for some logging work.  When the ground is frozen solid, working in the woods is ideal as the lack of mud keeps logs clean and the chainsaws sharp.  However, the "homework first, play later" work ethic that was deeply ingrained as a child hovers over me to this day, so I think I will prioritize desk work for the moment.
 
       The beavers, on the other hand, seem to have the opposite approach - outside fun now, desk work later, as evidenced in their flurry of recent activity along the river's edge and at their nearby pond.
This beaver den, upon closer inspection, seems to be abandoned by beavers,
but repurposed by an opportunistic porcupine

Farm Store


We still have plenty of our own eggs and our own baby carrots for sale in the farm store.  The rest of the store is a bit pared down, but we still have all the usual dairy, meat, pasta, ferments, drinks, snacks, honey, maple, coffee, tea, and pantry items. Pork (aka BACON!) will be restocked by the weekend.

If you don't see something we usually have, take a look in the cooler! We may have put it in there to keep it from freezing on cold nights.


Sign Up for your 2022 CSA Share Today!


At this point, we have already sold 75% of the shares available for our 2022 growing season.  last year we sold out of CSA shares in the beginning of March, so don't wait to reserve yours for this year!
  • Find information about our CSA Share options here.
  • By signing up, you will be accepting the terms of our CSA Membership Agreement, which can be found here.
  • You can find our CSA Member Handbook here.
We only have a finite number of shares to sell, because we have a finite number of acres to grow on.  If you try to sign up late, even if you are a long-time member, we run the risk of not being able to squeeze you in, so please take the time to reserve your share soon  - All you have to do is follow this link and send in your $100 deposit. If the deposit is a hardship for you, consider applying for a low income share, or reach out to us and we can set up a payment plan.

The remaining balance on shares isn't due until the season begins in June, but advance payments help us pay for the upfront expenses of seeds, soil etc.. that we incur during these winter months.  If you have already signed up but have not yet paid in full, please consider making payments towards your share before June.
 

Sign up for a 2022 Main Season CSA Share - Click Here

Gabriel gives Fred the royal treatment - a thorough brushing turns this giant beast into a wet noodle
Randy Heminger, our intrepid farrier, shoes Gus and Tim just before the ground gets icy

 
(413) 369-4269
Natural Roots
888 Shelburne Falls Rd
Conway, MA 01341-9661

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