For those of you that have signed up for the CSA, or are still considering signing up, it looks like the Co-Op of farmers in Lancaster Co. will be shipping their first boxes of produce in the 4th week of May. With the crazy amount of rain that has fallen over the past couple of months, planting and soil preparations were obviously difficult. This is normal for Spring of course, and it is actually wonderful if you like to have produce later into the fall as the 25 weeks of deliveries will take us well into November.
At the same time, the Co-Op is very excited to begin supplying restaurants with their chemical-free produce, meats, and dairy. With the logistics of a steady supply chain in good order, this is a great way for them to sustain their production and ensure steady revenues. We will be letting you know which restaurants (and maybe a food truck too!) will be utilizing this wonderful source of good food. If you like, please let them know that you support them in their buying practices.
For the opening of the store itself, I have to re-submit a few plans to the DC government before we can change our Certificate of Occupancy, but I am quite pleased with the progress on this front over the past week. I won’t give out any specific targets, but I am still hoping to be open by the time the Co-Op is pulling its first produce out of the soil. And if we are not, this affects neither the pick-up of the CSA, nor the sales and marketing of the good farmers’ products to restaurants. I’m still very excited about all that has transpired towards making this happen in the recent months, and I hope you are too.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.