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The hustle of the season is coming to a close. Weed seeds are dormant, harvests are infrequent, and the farm is quiet. These short days and cold mornings provide us the opportunity to reflect on and reshape our goals. This year has been challenging and there has been many moments when we've had to rethink how to run our farm and market stand. In spite of the hardship, we have truly found our place on our farm and in our community.
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"Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
over and over announcing your place in the family of things."

-Mary Oliver 'Wild Geese'
Had a fantastic salad greens harvest these past weeks! Our low tunnels are installed and the plastic held up well in the snow. Whew!
One of our two caterpillar tunnels is installed! It is a multi-phase process. Next we install end walls and then we pull the plastic over the tunnel. We'll plan for that this coming spring on a calm (not windy) day.
We had such a fun time prepping our spring plot, and got super lucky with warm, sunny weather to do it! This plot is another expansion of our no-till approach. It was covered with leaves then we laid compost over top. Come spring we'll transplant crops right into it.
Join us at The Dubuque Winter Farmers' Market this week!
 

The Winter Farmers' Market runs every Saturday from November to April 9am-noon.

Find us inside the old Younkers' near Planet Fitness.

For more on the market and their rules visit:

https://wintermarketdbq.com/

***We are offering curb side pickup! Please reply to this email with your order by Saturday at 8 am, or give us a call! We'll pass along pickup instructions.***

Interested in purchasing from our farm online or purchasing other local foods?

We have joined forces with other like-minded farmers' to form the Mighty River Food Collective. At the current moment, the collective has an online shopping initiative to increase access to local foods within a 50 mile radius of Dubuque, IA. The collective seeks to strengthen the local economy and increase market opportunities for farmers while also promoting connection, transparency, and story-sharing between people eating food and growing food.

Customers can shop between store hours of Thursdays at noon until Sunday at noon. Find out more information by clicking here!

Check out the Mighty River Food Collective! https://mightyriverfoodcollective.luluslocalfood.com/
Find us on Facebook & Instagram: @mightyriverfood
**Last CSA Share of the season**
Produce List-December 5th

Curly Kale-$2
Salad Mix-$2, $4, & $6 (multiple sizes)
Radish-$2

Cabbage-$2/lb
Turnips-$3/lb
Baby Turnips-$5 for 2lbs
People often wonder what it is we do in the winter. Much of the time is spent planning, setting goals, working on projects, and relaxing.

Here's a short list of our "off-season" goals:
1. Construct endwalls and doors to caterpillar tunnels
2. Selecting seed varieties and planning for what we'll grow for next year (and how we'll make the time to grow them well.)
3. Designing and constructing a transition space for spring transplants to replace our cold frame that we outgrew.
4. Construct a portable cooler trailer.
5. Attend a virtual farming conference.
6. Brew beer!
7. Ashley's going to take up whittling. ;)
8. Collect syrup and boil it down over a wood fire.
9. Purchase more beehives for our beginning apiary.
This is the section where we say one final BIG THANK YOU to everyone who supports our endeavors. Your support really means the world to us.

So, cheers to all of our CSA members and farmers' market customers! Your expectations keep us on track and help us set our goals. Most importantly, thank you for investing with us prior to the season starting. Your investment helps us kick start each season. Thank you!

Thanks so much to all our family. You shop with us regularly, buy surplus produce, make special trips to our farm to get vegetables, promote and advertise for us, and truly enjoy preserving food to share with all of us. You do everything from helping us plant, harvest, wash, and enjoy eating all the season's bounty. Your love for our farm pushes us forward.

Big thanks to our friends who volunteered on our farm this season. You are a special group of people that we feel so grateful to have in our lives. Even if its just for two hours or for the whole day, you come out and help us! Your help was so crucial especially at the beginning of the season when we were still navigating our labor schedules. Thanks Eric, Joan, Natalie, Grace, Lily, Laurana, Kalee, Elijah, and Tyler!

Huge appreciation and gratitude to the Sinsinawa Mound. The Sisters, especially Christin Tomy, have provided such a safe space for us the last three years. We are incredibly thankful to have a place to farm and flourish. Your resources and land are critical to our farm's operation. We couldn't do it if it weren't for your commitment to not only our farm, but to the land. We look forward to another year at the collaborative farm. Thank you for sharing our vision and beyond.
We'll see you all in 2021!
We are happy to provide you with clean, local, organic produce.
Thank you for your support!
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