While we haven't talked about it, we have stayed abreast of the coronavirus situation and have constantly had your health and well being in mind. You may not be phased by Covid19 or you may be feeling worried. Either way, the virus is now in Michigan and beginning to affect our daily lives, with k thru 12 schools closing and no toilet paper anywhere to be found.
Nothing I am saying here is meant to be inflammatory or cause distress, my only intention is to be sure we are calmly prepared to care for each other. We want to let you know that we are taking this seriously and consider it better to be cautious in matters concerning public health and safety. We want you to know what we are doing to keep you safe and make sure you continue to have access to fresh, healthy food.
On the farm:
We have reviewed food safety practices and expressed the importance of staying home when sick. Because we have been carefully and safely producing food for the public for a time now, we feel confident in our ability to continue to do this.
We plan to do things a little differently at the farmers market as well:
We will have display vegetables on the table.
Customers will tell us which they want and we will collect them from behind the table (minimizing touching of vegetables).
We will bag them and then handle the cash exchange.
After every cash exchange, we will sanitize our hands.
Things to do in general and at market:Be aware of the symptoms.
The CDC says patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- Shortness of breath
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
For the future:
We are not sure how the coronavirus is going to affect the market season. What we do know is that everyone has to eat and we want to provide that food.
In case of market cancellations or reluctance to attend markets, we are considering offering pre-ordered, pre-packed, pick-ups to customers. We are still getting the details together, so if you are interested please keep an eye out for information in future emails.
Ann Arbor Market is closed through April 4th:
We plan to offer pre-packed pick-ups as early as next Saturday but still need a little time to prepare. Expect to receive an email as early as Tuesday regarding this.
Our markets this week:
Saturday: Eastern, Royal Oak, and Stockbridge
CSA- Our Flexible Farm Membership: So what is our farm membership? In short, members open an account with us, receive a bonus for their commitment, and then use their accounts at market just like cash. You can find more details here. And let me say, if this is something you are considering, now is the time! We won't let you down!
Additional Reasons you should consider signing up for our CSA or any other CSA:
To reduce the exchange of cash at market.
To assist local food growers during an uncertain market season.
To ensure a connection to fresh, nutritious food.
Back at last! Delicious tender morsels to delight every meal. Sprinkle them on eggs. Deluxe a sandwich. Infuse a smoothie. No recipe involved! Come and grab a bag or two!
Food for thought:
After all that discussion and planning, the farm must continue. The days are still lengthening, the soil is still warming, we will still need to eat in July. And we are as busy making that happen as ever.
We did it! We got all the seeding that we intended done last week. Now on to building tunnels over the crops to protect them from the volatile vernal weather. These seeds bring me hope: Hope that we will have an increasing amount of fresh delicious food come April.
So this week we are back to construction. We will be bending the rest of our hoops and cutting rebar and then assembling it all in the field. We will pull plastic over and tie it down and then keep a close eye and watch for green! I will try to post a picture of it when it happens!
And while we do this, we are starting more seeds in the greenhouse! In the most not hilarious way, the greenhouse is already just about halfway full. By the time we finish with seeding this week, it may be completely full (hyperbole)! I guess we will build some more shelves like last year and pack those little plants in! Hopefully the weather breaks soon and we can put them out into the field.
And like I said at the beginning of this note, we will be getting ready to prepare the soil where all these little plants go. This means making sure the machines are in working order, creating a field layout plan and deciding where all these lives will go, and making sure we have all the materials that we will need.
All of these activities will move us towards readiness for the spring.
Onward and farmward.
Helen and Lizz writing for the Lake Dividers!
Good for the Earth, Good for the Farmers, Good for the People. The Trifecta of sustainability. Good for the earth: Taking care of the natural world is a important, after all, it takes care of us; Good for the farmer: We believe farmers should have livable hours and livable wages; Good for the people: We believe in food equality and bringing our produce to market at an affordable price and keeping it accessible is important to us.
- Looking to join our CSA or renew your membership? Find more details here. The basics? Open an account with us, get a bonus, and use your account to purchase produce with us at any of our markets. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask.
- We are accepting workshares both on the farm and at market. Please email for details.
Greens: All may be limited
All manner of deliciousness:
Carrots- (From or farm friends at Tantre- at Eastern and Royal Oak only)
Onions- All types, sweet and pungent, yellow and red!
Daikon Radish- White- Chinese type and the spiciest of the three, Purple, and green Korean daikon
Rutabaga: Purple and Green! Lovely texture. Great roasted. Great mashed. Great in soups!
Turnabaga: As sweet as a sweet turnip but with the texture of a rutabaga!
Potatoes - (From or farm friends at Tantre- at Eastern and Royal Oak only)
Purple top and golden roasting turnips- Excellent for roasting!
The Ann Arbor Market is located in the Kerrytown District at 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI. The market runs from May thru December, 7 am to 3 pm and January thru April from 8 am - 3 pm.
The Eastern Market in Detroit is located about a mile northeast of downtown. It covers about 43 acres, bounded by I-75 on the West and Gratiot Avenue on the South. It runs year round from 6am – 4pm
The Royal Oak Market is an indoor market located at 316 E Eleven Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067. It runs year round from 7am - 1pm.
Stockbridge Open Air Market
At the First Presbyterian Church CE Building downtown Stockbridge from 11 am to 3 pm