It’s planning season, always an optimistic time. It’s good to dream of what could be while the days are short and our spirits are fresh. It makes for some BIG dreams, and they might lose some of their puff as spring comes along and pushes them from imagination toward reality, but it’s good for us to have exciting goals to aim for. We keep the year plan and our mission and vision statements posted in the office, so feel free to take a look if you are interested.
Here are the highlights:
This is in process. I’m never sure if it is useless or indispensable We’re tweaking it to go beyond food, and aim to provide more of your material needs, like firewood.
We hear your desire for winter greens, members. We in the Carhartts tend to be happy with shredded roots and vegetables from the freezer, but you miss your green salads. So we’ll try to make that happen for next winter. We need to write a hoophouse and row cover into this year’s budget.
- We are definitely adding firewood to the share. In fact, Chad and his horses are pulling four cords worth of logs out of the sugarbush today. Stay tuned for specific details.
- Scrapple. I believe it is the perfect breakfast food.
- We’d like to add dried herbs, if we can work out a good drying system and make the time to do it.
- Lamb and mutton. Our pilot flock is doing well and we plan to expand.
- In the dare-to-dream category: corn tortillas.
There are always enough dreams in this category to keep us busy for the next hundred years. We’ve prioritized the most urgent ones, plus the ones that will give us the biggest bang for the buck… (Continue reading Kristin Kimball’s Essex Farm Note to learn more about this plan!)