Note! After updating the balances last week, I forgot to upload them. I will admit, doing tasks piecemeal while managing a proto human is challenging. So this week, expect to see your balances jump by your last two weeks expenditures and additions. If you have any questions, please email.
As noted We are not going to attend winter markets this year. Please read below if you missed that update. In the meantime, I just want to take a minute to reassure you that we are okay and will be back in the spring. We are resourceful, thoughtful, and dedicated. If you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Our last market of 2021 will be the Saturday/Wednesday market before Thanksgiving. We will return in the early spring- possibly as early as March, but no later than May. We will keep you updated but we want you to know we are fully dedicated to you and we will be back with vegetables a'blazin' come spring.
First off, these past two years have been a blur-- between Covid, Jim's surgery, my Pop's stroke, the baby, and the labor shortage --and we need to get our bearings. We need some dedicated time and mental space to get a good look at our business and lay a sustainable course into the future.
Secondly, ever since Wiley was born, we have been chasing our tails to keep things moving. We want to take some time to turn inward and wrap ourselves in the warmth of home with our newly expanded family.
And a lastly, a big part of why we won't be attending winter markets is that we have been so short staffed we haven't been able to plant for the winter and we knew we wouldn't be able to harvest for winter. At this point we are down to Jim and Tyler in the field, with Helen and Wiley helping for an hour or two a week (negligible haha). Typically, to cover the labor needed this time of year to harvest, go to markets, and plant/prep/harvest for winter, we would count on at at least 4 more people in the field- and they would have to be seasoned (know what they are doing). s
Labor shortage is not, in this moment in time, unique to us. Many businesses are struggling to find people to work. It is however something that we have encountered over the years and it merits consideration. If we need people to operate the way we do, but the people do not choose to be here, there is a call for assessment- whether it is increased mechanization, reduced extras, less variety (or same level but spread over the season), smaller plantings, more successions. In any event, with some room to pick through the data and a good base crew (Tyler is planning on coming back, wahoo), I expect we will come up with some excellent adjustments.
All that said, we want you to know you can count on us, we will be back in the spring with a shiny plan after what is hopefully our truest rest since we started farming. Thanks for you your support and understanding, it really means a lot to us.
Stockbridge Farm Members and folks that are preapproved to preorder! You can preorder using this link: https://forms.gle/XRUTwLLKRzTiN7XA9
You can find the phone number to text/call in the order form and also in your order receipt
*Non Stockbridge members that need to pre-order for medical reasons can email for information.
Keep coming out to the market to support your local growers!
Your farmers: Helen, Jim, Shana, Tyler, and Nicole: The Lake Dividers!
Lake Divide Farm: 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.
In this email:
- Generally important notes-
- Stockbridge Folks Order here: https://forms.gle/XRUTwLLKRzTiN7XA9
- CSA balances updated with 2 weeks worth of data! Sorry for any confusion.
- We are not going to attend winter markets this year, details above. (if we do at all, it will be sporadically). We will return in the early spring- possibly as early as March, but no later than May.
- I removed the staying active section of our email because I have not managed to update it in so long. Here is link to a newsletter with that section intact.
- Fresh From the Field
- Market Details
- CSA members- what to do if your account is low
Bok Choi (limited)
All Manner of Deliciousness
Brussel Sprout septors!
Cabbage- Round green, sweet cone (less conical than usual) and savoy
Eggplant- asian and italian (limted)
Garlic- fresh and tasty
Baby Ginger (freezes for a year, no peeling, juicy like garlic)
Fresh bunched Kohlrabi
Bell and Fryer peppers
Radish Daikon: Purple, green, white
Purple top Turnips
Sweet Salad Turnips (limited)
Gil feather turnips
Possibly baby napa cabbage and broccoli leaves!
: (Balance will be updated next week. Thanks for your patience)
Market Details: We are at market this week
-The Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Wednesday- We will be back soon.
-The Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Saturday with Jim: 7 am to 3 pm (or till sold out)
-Eastern Market, shed 2, Saturday with Shana 6 am to 2:30 pm
-Royal Oak, Saturday with Tyler, Nicole, and Lisa! 7 am to 1 pm
-Stockbridge, Saturday on the farm with Helen and Wiley Bear!
Preorders only please! When you get to the farm, stay in your car and shoot us a text. We will bring you your order!
If you are a CSA member and your account balance is low:
- If you want to continue on as one of our members and your balance does not cover your current order
- Order what you want
- Add money into your account either by
- Bring a check/case to market
- Mailing a check
- Letting us know you want to add to your account and we will send you an online invoice to be paid with credit card.
- If you just want to add more to your account, go for it! Use any of the methods listed above.
- If you no longer want to be a farm member
- We ask that you do not go over your balance.