Well, goodness, that was an awfully  short break!  Just planted the garlic for 2011, and it’s time to be thinking about next year’s season.

Judi and I have to meet later this week to work out some details, but from an organizational standpoint, our second year is far, far ahead of last year.  Here’s what we know:  same price (500 for a full share, 275 for a half.  We are no longer offering quarter shares).  24 weeks, probably with a one-week break in August.  Pickups are moved to Tuesdays in response to many customer requests (that Friday Camp Hill traffic is pretty rough.)  We can add a Tuesday evening pickup in New Cumberland in the downtown area, after 7 pm.  If there’s enough drops to make it work at our end, we can keep the 81 and Progress, Camp Hill (19th St.) and Millerstown drops, plus the option of pickup at either the Duncannon or Dauphin farm.  If you were in last year, you’re guaranteed a spot as long as you respond by an as-yet-undetermined date in January (we’ll send out a mailing soon with that date and the other details).  We will have a limited number of new memberships available.

In mid December, both Judi and I are participating in a holiday craft and food sale on Dec. 11 at the Dauphin Community building, 202 Church St., from 10 am to 2 pm.  We’re excited about the lineup of local artists and farmers, which includes the exquisite, luxurious soaps and body products from Brushwood Farms in Halifax, which Diane makes from local goat’s milk and beeswax.  The cheesemakers from Keswick Creamery in Newburg are making a rare Harrisburg area appearance and will have their amazing soft and hard cheese made from hormone-free milk.  Elaine from Everblossom Farm is bringing gift baskets of winter vegetables, and her mom is bringing her handwoven products.  There’s a local jeweler, and Amy from Shared Earth is coming with hand knitted items.  Michelle, from Roots Cut Flowers in Carlisle, is bringing some stunning handmade wreaths.  Judi will have breads and frozen meats from Yeehaw Farm, and I will have soups, turnovers, jams, and other goodies.  We should have fresh eggs for sale, and freshly ground wheat from Judi’s farm.  You can eat lunch there and/or take food home for dinner.  It’s going to be a nice, laid back, calm oasis in the middle of the holiday frenzy, with all locally grown or produced items, and we hope you can join us there.

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