Last week, circumstances were changing rapidly and we chose to focus all of our energy on planting. Our farm work seemed to be what we felt in control of and the soil was finally dry enough for preparation. With the sun shining every day, we found a great deal of solace in the progress being made on the farm. CSA distribution is slated to begin in approximately 3 weeks. This coming week I plan to focus on researching and developing a well-informed distribution plan based on the new realities we are all adjusting to. Because food safety has always been a priority for us, many measures are already in place to ensure your food is delivered to you clean and germ free. In addition to our common food safety practices, I will be doing the following:
I will be reading and staying up to date on recommendations from the CDC and Johns Hopkins, as well as looking for specific farm and CSA distribution recommendations. Thankfully, there are organizations putting this information together for farmers.
I will be looking to our network of fellow farmers for plans they are putting into place.
I will be checking in with each pick-up location to hear what guidelines they are following and their recommendations for CSA distribution. Some of our sites may be closed or closing and I imagine that many, if not all, will be outdoor pick-up.
I will be attempting to find the safest and least disruptive, or closest to the normal routine possible, way to continue our CSA deliveries.
We thank you for your trust and support and want you to know that we will be doing everything necessary to ensure your fresh produce gets to you safely.