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Last Saturday, Martha Stewart was in Indianola to attend a wedding reception for our mutual friends, Dan Hinkley and Robert Jones, founders of Heronswood Nursery. She dropped by Persephone Farm to see what we are all about. With an entourage of a dozen or so fans we strolled the fields admiring the height of the season flowers and vegetables. Martha knew the names of all the plants and we had fun comparing gardens, hers stretching from Bedford NY to Mt. Desert Island, ME. One of her personal gardeners was with us and he seemed to be taking lots of notes and shooting pictures. Who knows where this might lead? One place could be an Edible Seattle article written by longtime farm supporter, Abra Bennett. We’ll keep you posted on that. TV? That’s another story!

When asked, “what are your favorite tomato varieties?” MS replied “Big Boy” and “Better Boy” . For the record, Rebecca’s favorites are Brandywine and Cherokee purple.

She spied a fig tree pendulous with the largest figs either of us (or anyone else in the group) had ever seen. This is the 10 year old tree’s first year of fruiting, and she was the first to catch a glimpse of the huge fruits. No one could identify the variety. Can you?

big figs

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Subscriber boxes waiting for pickup late last summer

First pickup and orientation is June 5th

Hors D’oeuvres • Lots of New Information • Garden Tour • First Produce Pickup

Shares still available! If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining us, please spread the word.

CSA subscribers: You are invited to bring your family and join us for an evening at the farm. Wednesday, June 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. See your summer vegetables growing! Taste a leaf of sweet Fennel or sour Sorrel as you stroll the fields. (No dogs please. Our chickens and peacocks are free-ranging) It is quite important that at least one member of each subscriber household attend. After this meeting, our pickups will be on a self-serve basis and must run smoothly for everyone to get his/her share of the just-harvested bounty.

We’ll explain the system at the orientation, as well as sign you up for bread, cheese or egg shares, or other delectable additions to our own farm’s harvest, if you’re interested. Each of these is an add-on to the CSA, a delicious way to support local producers, and an opportunity to collect an even more abundant basket each week.

Your first vegetables of this season will be ready for you to take home. The distribution will come at the end of the evening for new subscribers. Returnees may pay their balance, grab veggies and go if you like. Bring a bag or box to carry your bounty down the driveway. Please park on Midway or in the designated pasture area halfway up the drive. Our parking area at the orientation site is limited, please, to those who cannot make the 100-yard walk up the hill.

Your final payment will be due at the orientation. Most full shares have already paid a $250 deposit—the balance is $400. Split shares sent a $150 deposit and have $350 remaining. Checks should be made payable to Rebecca Slattery (Bainbridge Island) or Louisa Brown (Indianola).

Rebecca, Louisa, Bill and our apprentices are very excited to see this program starting for another glorious season. We look forward to meeting all our new subscribers and seeing the familiar faces of friends and neighbors.

If you have any questions, please call Rebecca at (360) 297-1877.
PERSEPHONE (Greek Goddess of Spring, Flowers, and Rebirth)

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