Farm Journal 10/1/23

This Wednesday is the 18th week of our CSA (an even week). (Our last CSA day will be Wednesday Oct 18, Friday Oct 20th, and Sunday Oct 22, 2023)

Farm pick up on Wednesday 11 – 7, Northside (Allegheny Commons) on Friday 3 – 7, and Squirrel Hill (beacon/bartlette) on Sunday 9 – 1.

Don’t forget that you can place an order and we’ll bring it to the markets for you!

Farm Market Update

OK guys – don’t putter out too soon! We are still rocking it out at the farmers markets on Fridays and Sundays until the end of November. It’s especially important that you come out to the markets when it’s cold and drear…. because all of us vendors are faithfully there with our products for you, regardless of the weather!

Well the weather was beautiful this past Sunday and we had fun! We’re teaching Olivia a valuable lesson of getting a “thick skin”. She’s so bold and fearless as he sits at the front of our booth asking every single person that walks by “would you like to try a sample of our sausage?” Amazingly, about 80% of the people that she asks, say no. Rejection is real. Learning, at an early age, that rejection is not something that has to be internalized, and is rarely personal, and to have the tenacity to keep on asking; hopefully builds up her resilience and perseverance later in life.

Of course, she doesn’t have to do this for the whole market and for every package of the “sausage of the day” that sells, she gets a buck – so there’s some entrepreneurial incentive as well.

Evelyn won’t try to pass out samples and would rather run the register. We talked two other market kids into giving out samples; one gave up right away… too shy. The other was able to give out one round of samples and then “redirected” his attention elsewhere.

It’s nice that the kids are old enough now that they can help out. Evelyn knows all are systems of setting up and tearing down the market stand, and is capable on the customer service end. Olivia can handle the “sales and entertainment” department. Greg and/or I can make a mean burger….. We’re turning into quite a team!

Art on the Farm

Join local artist and long time Blackberry Meadows CSA member Maritza Mosquera this coming Wednesday, from 4-6 pm, while she offers space and time to sketch, draw and paint during our CSA pick up at the farm.

Maritza has been an artist and teacher all her life. She will be sharing her love for food, nature, animals, people, and art making practice as a gift to us throughout October, during CSA Wednesdays, from 4 – 6 pm.

This time we will focus on drawing and printmaking veggies and fall leaves. All materials included. Come and Enjoy! 

Donations welcomed, good energy accepted.

Half Hogs

It’s time to stock up for winter.  Click here to put your DEPOSIT on a half hog. It’s a great way to maximize your value by buying in ‘bulk’. Imagine having great tasting pork at your finger tips all winter long!

Holiday Bundles

Stay tuned for our Holiday Bundles. We’ll have all your majestic dinner needs taken care of through Thanksgiving (think sausage platter), Christmas (breakfast feasts), and New Years (a pork and kraut tradition!).

Sausage Stuffer Share

We’re onto our last month of the Sausage Stuffer distribution. We’ll see you this week at the farm or at market with more sausages and bacon!

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