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Posted 7/12/2020 9:16pm by David Zemelsky.

I've been thinking a lot about priorities in our government, specifically by the President. I don't think it will come as a surprise to any of you-he's not my President.  Probably, I'm going too far to say that, but its "my truth", as is popular to say.  So here we are in a world pandemic that all 50 Governors find themselves figuring out  solutions on their own.  George Floyd, to name just one African American has been murdered publicly. And, and... look not going to go on.  You're either seeing the smoke and fire or you're not.  And the President chooses this moment to do what? Comfort and assure us that we're doing everything that we can to turn things around?  Nope.  He's more concerned that people are destroying our heritage (a popular phrase from those who celebrate The Lost Cause), by taking down monuments.  Humbly, I say-this is crazy.  Not all history is worth memorializing.  I would argue that revering and honoring traitors to the Union does not fall in that category. Period.  Our  memorials  should help us remember important values and deeds that help further the cause of our American ideals, which on paper often look pretty good.  Its the execution that is questionable.  Further, there needs to be a deep empathy for people who had ancestors that were kept as slaves.  Its trauma, pure and simple and every time that any of us (and particularly people of African American descent) are exposed to symbols of  slavery , it becomes a retraumatization of them.  Is that more important that acknowledging ones "heritage"?  If having a slave owner was part of my family tree, I'd  come to terms with this knowledge.  And yes, it would be profoundly difficult for me. But never would it take the form of needing some traitorous general on a horse to keep my heritage.  Lastly, lets remember that we want to uphold values, not history as a priority.  And the values of those memorialized in Confederate statues are not those values that we want to uphold. Period.


Moving on...

I want to tell you about hornworms.  Hornworms love to eat tomato leaves especially the young tender ones at the top of the plant.  In very short order they can go thru a hoop house and strip it bare of the potential for fruit for weeks ahead.  From a growers prospective, they are disgusting, filthy (their poops are almost impossible to describe, so I won't) and should all be killed.  So that leads me to two things.  The first is how a gentle, older teenager (she's now in her thirties) who was working for us, became an avid killer of hornworms and almost unrecognizable to her employer (me).  Not sure if she was a vegetarian at the time, but totally a gentle soul to say the least.  Earlier in the week, I explained to her what to look for to find the presence of hornworms. Hornworms can blend into the scenery quite well, as they are the same color as the tomato plant.  A good tip off, I told her was to note the gross poops on the ground of the hoophouse and then start scouting upwards towards the very end of the plant and see if anything can be detected.  Well, one day, she  must have discovered many of them because as I rounded a corner, there she was with a plastic bat. Bam! Bam!, just making a real massacre out of them  For a moment, I was honesty worried that I'd  helped bring out in her murderous tendencies that I'd never seen before.  Honestly, it was scary.  Not unlike if you saw Mr. Rogers yelling at the top of his lungs.  Many years have now gone by and I usually will see my former employee when she comes home to visit her folks.  We talk about this incident once in a while.  She's home now and I had a good reason to re-look at this event with her.  But first, a very quick look at the natural predator of hornworms-parasitic  wasps.  The wasp finds the hornworm and lays eggs inside it. The newly hatched eggs will eat their way out of the hornworm, which will cause its demise.  Very cool.  Ok. So Joel has noticed that our wasp population seems to be growing every year and suggested us to not kill the hornworm, but rather allow them to be found by the wasp, which in turn will increase their (the wasps) population.  Very clever and makes sense and best of all, I won't have to worry about turning mild mannered farmhands into stark raving murderers (of hornworms, that is).

There's been tomato offerings for a few weeks, but the real festival is still in front of us.  There'll be so many wonderful choices.  We've been working really hard on pruning and nurturing our plants.  Recently, Jen sprayed all of them with a fish/seaweed mix to help stimulate their growth and also enhance the flavor.   This spray gets absorbed thru the leaf system and from there travels to the fruit to add its goodness.  You're going to have a good time!

Store opens at 8AM Monday.  Items that are sold out could become available later in the week, so check up .  We'll be at Durham Market on Thursday 3-6:30pm, Madison on Friday 3-6 and Cityseed in New Haven on Saturday from 9AM to 1PM.  And you can preorder any of those days and have your order ready at the market.  We're pre ordering out of our shed on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

I wish all of you a very safe week. Stay smart.




Posted 7/5/2020 8:55pm by David Zemelsky.

Someone wrote (in a very friendly manner), that she'd like it better if I stuck to writing about vegetables and kept the politics out of my notes.  I wrote back that I appreciated her position and yet could not figure out a way to not say something about what's going on in the world specifically in regards to racism.  I just care too much to not say anything.  My note back to her  also became an invitation for further back and forth dialogue.  Hope she takes me up on the offer because an exchange of view point between people could lead to change (on both our parts).

Someone else shared a regret from their childhood experience at overnight camp whereby the writer found herself agreeing with a bunkmate that: "wasn't it too bad that we're going to have someone with dark skin spoiling our great group."  She wished that she had spoke up because she felt positive about this African American bunkmate, but said nothing to support that viewpoint.  How many times have any of us just been quiet when a racist or sexist comment has been made? God, I hate the thought of being silent.  And yet, we all know that from an early age, African American children are taught to keep their bodies and their language quiet when being confronted by the police.  That's a trauma that could last a lifetime.  I don't even have a clue what that's like.

A reading suggestion: Ta-Nehisi Coates article in the Atlantic about reparations.

We're back to our regular schedule this week.  Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at the Farm pickup . Durham Farmer's Market on Thursday, Madison Market on Friday and Cityseed in New Haven on Saturday.  A reminder (again!): if after placing your order, you don't get a note of confirmation, then its not yet an order.  Try again.  If that still doesn't work, give us a call.  We'll fix you up.

Right now, as we speak, there are tons of GREEN heirloom tomatoes on the vine in four hoophouses.  Its not going to be too much longer.  Stay tuned for our thoughts on how we'll be selling them on preorders.  One of the things that has taken up the majority of my work time is pruning these plants.  Many people don't prune, but those that do are rewarded with more beautiful and better tasting toms (henceforth, we'll refer to tomatoes as "toms"). Additionally, a pruned plant has the best chance of staying healthy longer.  The truth is that sooner or later, tomato plants will catch one disease or another.  The longer we can postpone that, the better our production is.  The other cool thing that we do to our plants is spray them with a fish/seaweed spray.  This process helps get the best possible nutrients into the fruit.  Can't wait to taste them.  The woodchucks are probably saying the same thing!

Good eating for all of you this week.  I'm hoping that you get everything that you want.  I know that some things sell our very quickly.  I promise you that once the tomatoes start flowing, you won't have a problem with supply. (Famous last words!)


Posted 6/28/2020 6:08pm by David Zemelsky.

Actively, I am hoping to figure out a way for Star Light to be an alternative to food apartheid. Sure, a tall order, but someone famous (can't remember who right now) said that it all doesn't have to be accomplished in one lifetime.  Wish that were really true cause it seems that waiting 400 years for racial justice is a long one.  Share your ideas.  I'd love to hear from you.

I will offer a thought on a very deep, complex subject linked to racial justice-reparations.  The first time that I heard about  this, my initial reaction was skeptical and not convinced.  Now, after reading a long and brilliant article in last Sunday's New York Times Magazine by the  recent Pulitzer Prize Winner and also author of 1619,Nikole Hannahh-Jones, I realize that morally this has to be taken up seriously with the powers that be and a clear course that includes a ton of money and a total turn around in how people of color have been held back in a way that sickens by heart.  I hope that you'll read it yourself and not just dismiss (as I did initially) the possibility of it happening.  Here is the link:


Thank you,one and all, those of you have sent words of encouragement about things that I find myself compelled to write about here.  Your letters mean a lot to me.  Others of you that have unsubscribed, I hope that you'll find a way to understand  not just I'm saying, but writers with a greater reach and skill than myself, are attempting to say.  When something is not right, it seems wrong to be quiet.  Audre Lourde said once,"Your silence will not protect you".

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Have a great week.  I hope that the significance of Independence Day has a different, and deeper look for all of you this year.


Posted 6/21/2020 9:31pm by David Zemelsky.


Hope its been a safe week for everyone. Is there anyone out there that thinks that social distancing is an ineffective idea?

Here's a few things. First off, we're at the end of the tomato selling season and have a super sale for those of you who haven't yet planted toms and want to.  $6 for 3 plants (we choose, and you won't be sorry!). The week after next (June 28-July4th) we'll have our store on Wednesday and Friday only.  Those of you who are used to getting their order on Saturday, should choose either Wednesday or Friday.  Since the Cityseed Market is closed, there won't be any special mushrooms, honey or chevre that week.

I want you to know that it is a privilege to be able to write this letter every week.  I've received many wonderful letters of support.  Its not like I believe that I've got more to say than most; far from it, it just happens that I've got a platform.  Makes me realize that such a platform is perhaps missing in many of our lives and if it did exist, there'd be more written expression getting out there.  Tell you what, if you write something about what you're thinking, I'd be honored to read it.  Send it.

One thing that seems more true than ever these days- we are all connected to each other in so many ways.  And what has come to light for me over the past month is how we are all connected to the systematic racism in our country.  Every big industry that you can think of has come out with a position against racism.  CVS,REI,WNPR,, CBS, all of them have taken strong stands (on paper) on the subject.  Let's look at a very brief summary of African American farming and I'll try to illustrate what I'm talking about.

At the turn of the last century roughly 15% of farmland was farmed by African Americans.  Today, that number is  but a whisper of that.  Chased or bullied off the land by white supremacists, many Southern Black farmers headed to northern urban areas and gave up on farming.  In urban centers, Black and Brown people alike encountered food aparthied, which simply put is the inability of a whole race of people being able to access good, whole and nutritious food because of either price or access (no supermarkets in their neighborhoods.)  This lack of real food for so many black or brown people has resulted in dire health issues.  It feels like a crime without there really being a law that has been broken.  

I'm talking about two things. One, the extinguishing of farming practices  by black families and the subsequent lack of decent and available real food for those black/brown families who have over the generations left the rural farming life for urban settings and in so doing found themselves without any good sources of fresh vegetables and fruit.

I believe that our country will be a stronger place if there are venues for people of color to again do what they knew so well in the past-to farm. This is an idea that is going to take hold (I hope) in a very big way in the coming years.  Please check out Soul Fire Farm website  and you'll begin to understand this very important movement.  The co-founder of the farm, Leah Penniman was recently interviewed on NPR's Living On Earth.  You can find the interview here:  It is highly recommended.  And I believe that it will give you much to think about.  Would love to hear your reactions.

Lastly, as noted in earlier newsletters, there's been a rash of unsubscribers since my subjects have become more global.  In a way, this is an honor because it tells me that I'm really talking to some vulnerable spots in some people.  I hope that people stay subscribed and invite them to think about the subjects that we're talking about in this letter.

OK. Great food this week.  They're be sun golds in larger supply for early birds.(still not the huge amount that we need for everyone to get their fill, but you can tell-its coming.  Heirlooms are still a few weeks off.  Ah patience.  Meanwhile, the kale, salad, lettuce heads, bok choi (to name but a few) are awesome. And we have a delivery service.  If you're not sure we'd get to your area, just email us back and we'll let you know.  New Haven,Cheshire,Wallingford, Middletown, Durham are good-to name a few.  I hope you enjoy our food.

And a shout out to our Governor for freeing up funds(2.5m) to help the undocumented in this hard, trying times.  It is a great start.  Thank you.

Have a great week


Posted 6/15/2020 7:55pm by David Zemelsky.

Truthfully, I'm at a loss about what to say to any of you this week.  My life has been caught up in two things.  One is the farm and other is the international protest about George Floyd.  And sadly, he is not the only Black man to have died at the hands of the police in recent days.  I've no intention on taking on the whole question of the long and systematic racism in our country.  But I will share with you this: no person who lives in our town could feel the fear and trepidation that people of color must feel whenever they are out driving or even walking around their neighborhood.  These are just my personal feelings and barely scratching the surface of  how I feel.  What I did notice last week is that immediately after posting my letter, six people unsubscribed.  That's never happened before.  Usually, one or two people every other week or so.  I'm guessing that someone didn't like what is being said.  So be it.  I recognize that a farm newsletter is probably the last place you'd expect to find political thoughts.  But, as has been mentioned in earlier letters, farms and the whole food chain are vulnerable to incidents of racism just like the rest of society.  If we're going to enjoy great locally grown food, we need to recognize how growers and meat producers alike are striving to eliminate any forms of racism in their businesses.

As for the farm. OMG.  Such an explosion of growth.  Some of it, we'll be waiting for in coming months.  Leeks, potatoes, ginger, turmeric eggplant, and peppers to name but a few. It won't be long before the cherry tomatoes will be in enough supply to sell.  Tonight while doing some last minute tomato trellising , I was able to keep finding handfuls of ripe sun golds.  Ever had one?  They're like eating a sugar cube.  You'll see.

Online Store, as always will be open at 8AM Monday.  Shopping early is a good way to maybe get what you want.  And checking back later in the week for items that you saw were sold out makes sense, too.  We carefully inventory what we have so that we don't over sell.  Sometimes, we've underestimated and put that something back in the store to sell.  Its ok to put in two orders.  We'll figure it out. 

Its going to help our ability to serve you better if we change the deadline for ordering on Friday and Saturday.  Here goes.  In red letters and Caps.  NEW DEADLINE FOR ORDERING FOR BOTH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY IS 9PM THURSDAY.

Please, be safe in your outside interactions. And, as always thank you for supporting our farm and local growers.



Posted 6/8/2020 7:14pm by David Zemelsky.


These are times when it seems to me that bringing our awareness of how power is trying to run our world.  As avid consumers of real food, please consider how systematic racism has driven the agricultural business into making whole segments of our population into expedient commodities.  At this point, if a worker (often of Latino or Black descent) does not feel safe going back to work in the fields or a meat packing plant, they'll loose the job and then not be able to collect unemployment benefits.  What would I do, if face with this delemma? Not sure, but it is unconscionable choice that no one  should have to make.  Thru this all, I am blown away by how involved the younger people have embraced the need to rid our world of racism, once and for all, with an energy that simply is awesome.  The vigil in memory of George Floyd was essentially created and executed by young people.  I know that perhaps hearing things like this in your weekly newsletter about salad, carrots seems out of place.  But it isn't.  Our food system, both the larger ones and smaller ones (like ours) needs to always be done in a way that is respectful of the needs of all people, regards of race, color and sexual preference.

I'm going to have to figure out a reasonable way to wait for the tomatoes to come in.  Well, actually we've seen a few pints of sungolds, so it can't be too long.  Thought you'd like to see what the plants look like as of this AM.  We've been foliar spraying them with a seaweed, fish emulsion which will absolutely put a boast in their already amazing taste.  I believe there are a few pints offered this week.  By the way, if you see that a product is sold out, you can check back in a few days because they may become available again.  All plants have been reduced to $3 each.  So if you've not yet bought tomatoes, herbs and others, this would be a good time.

Have a great week.  Remember, when you buy thru the store, you need an email confirmation.  If you don't get one try again.  Without the confirmation, it isn't yet a sale.

Namaste everyone,


Posted 6/1/2020 5:32am by David Zemelsky.


Your generosity in regards to the strawberry raffle was awesome!  Thank you for opening up your hearts and wallets to help create a success.  All and all, we were able to send to ULA (Unidad Latino en  Accion) over $700.  This outpouring of support for individuals and families of Latino descent, who are the essential workers make it possible for all of us to have food, healthcare and  many other things.  The world of gratitude thanks you.

Real food raised me out of a funk this week.  I'm still puzzling over how amazing this was.  It started Saturday after finishing my day of work.  For one thing, it had been hot and I felt fried.  Earlier, all but four of the commercially bought grafted tomatoes were now in the ground.  The deal with grafted tomatoes is that if you plant them too deep, you'll lose the benefit of them being grafted at all.  A tomato plant is capable of putting out roots anywhere along its stem.  If the plant is placed in a hole in the soil below the graft, then the root system might have roots that come from the part of the live plant that you just want to grow up, not down.  The main point is that one needs to pay attention to plant them at the right depth.  It takes concentration and a lot of energy.  So by the time I was done, I felt wiped.  And a bit sad.  Why? I couldn't really tell you.  But when ever sad comes along, I usually go with the feeling and don't fight it.  Instead, I went for a great bike ride and created some energy from the exercise.  Upon returning, grabbed two bowls and went to the farm to see what I could create for dinner.  In very short order , I had several beets, some carrots, garlic scapes (more on them later), a red onion and snow peas.  Upon getting to the kitchen, a big pot of brown rice was put on the stove.  The vegetables (except the snow peas), got put in a bowl and tossed with olive oil and salt.  After that onto a cookie sheet and into a 425 degree oven for 11 minutes.  The snow peas got tossed in the wok and were also ready within 2 minutes.  The experience of consuming this meal just made me whole again.  Don't know where the sad went and didn't see any reason to ask further.  This little story really tells me that real food can work for you in ways that might surprise you.  Just saying...

Ok.  Store opening at 8AM.  Lots of good things.  Some in decent amounts, too.  Yes, some things are going to sell out, just like last week. If something is sold out when you first look, try coming back to the store later in the week because there might be more then. Consider garlic scapes, your second piece of the garlic treasure march in front of us.  Young tender and so full of flavor!  Chop them up and sauté or just put in your salad dressing.  Only happiness there.  Only.

We're still offering delivery for $10 by Susie's Smart Shop.  We're just passing the price along from Susie.  Not charging you a surcharge on her services.  She'll do  Middletown and down to the shore near New Haven.  East Haddam, too.  If you're interested, and not sure if she'll do your town, give me a call.

Also, consider pea tendrils.  There's still several weeks left  to their season.  One can make just as good if not better a pesto using pea tendrils.  And while we're drooling over peas, there'll be snow peas (see story above) this week.  The supply is ok, but pretty sure they'll sell out quickly. 

I recommend reading  over housekeeping from last week to make sure that you are ordering effectively.  I will say, no confirmation email after you ordered means that the order didn't go thru.  Maybe try again.  Call, if you get frustrated or confused.  I'll answer.

Everyone please stay smart and safe.  This pandemic is still with us.  I know we're all tired but all this relaxing of protocals  might prove to be a misstep.  I hope not.  My gold standard is Dr. Fauci.  If he saids that its ok, then I'm good with it.

Until next time, have a great week

The Farmers At Star Light

Posted 5/24/2020 8:56pm by David Zemelsky.


BC? AC?  Simply Before Covid and After Covid.  Now, as the Governor said,"Everything is upside down.  If you love your grandparents you WON'T give them hugs."  I can't figure it all out.  But there are two things that are very clear to me.

First off, to me the Supply Chain that they talk about every day is vulnerable.  Is it going to collapse?  I certainly don't know.  And I hope not.  It does point out to me the absolute value in strengthening are local food chain.  All of you who are buying real local food are helping to build this system for now and hopefully for the future.  Is there hope that our local area could create a food supply that could reduce our dependence on Industrial Meat,Vegetables, Dairy etc? Again, I don't really know but hope that its true.  This movement to create more locally grown food has been on the forefront of  the minds of owners of most small sustainably growing farms like Star Light since Day One.  So yes, please keep buying from us and other favorite farmers of yours and at the same time be aware that you a part of a bigger whole that could change the way that we bring food into our homes.

Second, is something that has already been written about here.  Undocumented Immigrants, here and in all other states are unable to benefit from the stimulus packages created by Congress that U.S. citizens currently have.  And yet, in this world of Essential Workers, this segment of the population has been a huge percentage of this segment of the work force.  This would definitely  include meat packing plants, garbage collecting and many other essential jobs.  And, as widely reported by both the Washington Post and The New York Times,  the undocumented  are vastly more likely to have contracted Covid-19.  The disturbing truth is that  these people are being looked at as disposable by big business.  To me, this is just a simply case of doing the right and just thing. 

With that in mind, I am proposing one more raffle (there'll be more) to help benefit this population of people, living among us, but not treated with the same respect as everyone else.  This time the prize will be the first container of strawberries.  Yes, strawberries!  I can absolutely guarantee you that these berries are so sweet that you'll  do exactly what happens when you try one of our tomatoes.  You'll jump up in the air with delight. Guaranteed.  I know this because if the truth be told, I've sampled these berries already.  You'll find in the online store a place to buy raffle tickets.  For every dollar donated, I will match and donate the same amount.

Both of these items are directly related to how you, Star Light Garden-ers (ha, just made that up!), get or don't get the food that you want on the table each night.  And further, hopefully you agree that there are better ways to both treat the people who bring that food to your table and better ways for that food to be grown for you. Let's now, with this virus turning everything upside down, try to figure out how we can produce food closer to where we live .

Ok. A few housekeeping things.  Remember that when you order, you should expect to get an email confirmation of that fact.  If you don't get it, try again.  Without that email, no one knows if you ordered or not.  Pay attention to deadlines for ordering.  Clearly, written all over the store, but if you get confused, no worries, give us a call.  All pre- ordering is either SNAP/ CSA or PayPal.  Even if you aren't a paypal member, it will still take your money thru your credit card.  It all seems to be working pretty darn good.

Head lettuce back this week.  And pretty.  There's now a big surge of tomato plants in the ground, with more to follow this week.  Same for eggplant and leeks.  We're simply growing great food.  Our job is mostly hard work.  Nature does a lot of the rest.  If I sound proud of us, its because I really am.

Have a great week, as always








Posted 5/18/2020 6:56am by David Zemelsky.

The season went around the corner this week.  I can almost tell you the exact moment, too.  In the early morning I took a run.  Long pants, hat, gloves, extra shirt.  It wasn't crazy cold, but it wasn't warm either.  Then later, while working in Hoophouse D (otherwise known as Shiloh, after grandkid number 5), the sun suddenly  came out, the humidity filled the air and it was time to sweat.  Probably around 2:30, maybe Wednesday.   This helped me remember why we start early when it gets warm-hoophouses can really hold and generate heat if the sun is doing overtime work.  Since then, a lot of things happened.  The grass erupted out of the ground and grew several inches in a very short time.  The tomato plants got bigger and more complicated and radishes that were very slowly getting ripe-got ripe.  This all happened while we were all looking in the other direction.  This means that the Summer Marathon of longer days and lots of weeds and lots of food and lots of work will begin.  Once the tomato crop comes in, it almost feels like they're running the show rather than us.  Almost.  Cause ultimately, we've got the handle on all this.

Good moment to give a tomato progress report.  Currently, we've got Sven (Hoophouse named after grandkid number 3) almost totally planted with tomato plants.  Joel, being resourceful, has planted a lot of wonderful things in between the rows.  We're talking radishes, lettuce, beets, and basil.  All of which will be long gone by the time the plants start ripening.  Because of this warm weather, I've been going over each plant and making sure that they're all doing what they need to do.  A video would be very effective here, but perhaps a few words will give you an idea.  If left on its own, a tomato plant will produce a basic bush that can be almost impossible to harvest from.  So we train them to go up a string (binder's twine, to be more precise).  The string is attached to the framework of the hoophouse.  Each plant will have four main branches for the first four vertical feet of growth.  In order to convince the plant that that is what's best for it, I have to prune the suckers and wind the four main branches around the four strings.  And here's the thing; with the warm weather, these plants are putting on vertical growth and suckers.  At a certain height, we'll stop suckering them , but for now, its a constant maintenance in order to keep them in line. 

I love tomato work.  Its about the most favorite on farm job that I know.  Mostly because it feels close to what I imagine mediation to be.  My mind has trained itself to understand what the plant should look like and how to make that happen.  This was never anything to be learned from a book-its a discovery process.   That's probably what attracts me the most to this task- the creativity and discovery that goes along with it.  There are rules that I've created over the years.  These are rules to both follow and know when to let off some slack.  For example, its important to have as few branches near the bottom of the plant.  Free moving air makes for a happy plant, which means removing several of the first lower leaves.  It seems severe, but for sure its what the plant needs.  Its late Sunday night and I'm already looking forward to being able to prune  tomorrow.  Lucky.

The farm is good. The people farming- we all seem happy.  And the vegetables are the happiest.  At least, I think so(on both counts).

Other news.  We're attending two more markets this week.  Durham (Thursday 3-6:30)and Madison (Friday 3-6).  Madison will be running like Cityseed. You'll need to pre order.  There's a choice in the online store for Madison.  Come visit us in Madison if its more convenient.  BUT, its only a pre order situation.  Here's the website for Madison.

Delivery is still an option for several areas. West to Cheshire and the shore and New Haven.  If you're wondering about delivery and not sure if we've got you covered, just write and we'll tell you. 

Remember that ordering deadlines are real.  8AM Wednesday for Wednesday pick up at the shed. 8AM Friday for BOTH Friday and Saturday at the shed.  Big news at the shed-we've put in a nice little frigerator so that the items that will spoil in warmer weather can stay cool and fresh at 40 degrees now.  So, when you come to the shed to look for what's available without a pre order, look in the newly installed frigerator.

Next week, we're going to start a raffle to benefit people who are in this country undocumented, so that we can assist them whereby the government has turned their back on this population, many of whom are working essential jobs.  The prize will be the first pint of sun gold tomatoes.  I know whos going to eat the first sun gold (me), but the first pint will go to some lucky winner.

Quick word-boxes that your order comes in.  Best scenario would be to take your order and flattened the box and leave along with the other ones that are there.  Short of that, if you must take the box home, bring back next week or earlier!

Stay well. Stay safe. And be smart!




Posted 5/10/2020 8:53pm by David Zemelsky.

I've got four important things that I need to share with you this week.

One.  The delivery service got off to a positive start last week.  For those of you that should stay sheltered or just think that it would fit better into your life to have a delivery, this is a great option.  Only $10.  Wednesday only.

Two. Ordering and paying attention to deadlines to both pick up and place your order are very important for you to get what you want.  Look back at last weeks letter or  see my blog on our homepage from last week.  I'd prefer not to keep repeating the info every week.  We believe that our system is pretty simple AND you have to follow the guidelines.  I will mention one very important procedure however.  You should get an email back acknowledging your order after the order has been placed.  If you didn't get this, we won't be seeing your order.  Try again.  You might have missed something. Call, if you still can't get it.

Here's the two link that will get you directly into the store (AFTER 8AM, TOMORROW!)

For CSA/Snap Customers:

For Creditcard/PayPal Customers:  (No cash. Credit cards work on paypal, even if you don't have a paypal account):

Third.  And this is going to sound like bragging.  We're making available to you some wonderful vegetables earlier than ever this season.  Factors are: Joel and Jen being devoted to keeping churning out seedlings that we can plant out at first in the hoophouses and lately outside.  We're using paperpot technology.   Transplanting use to be so so so time consuming.  But the paperpot transplanter has changed all that.  Here's a link to show you how easy it is. When I first saw how quickly things went, there's a good chance that I had a farming drool. (Don't ask me what that is!).  When I realized that I could transplant exponentially faster than by hand with the transplanter, I knew that this was something to get.  You may not get as excited as me, but I hope that you catch my enthusiasm.  Our Mother's Day Carrot Roll Out is another good example.  Again, not bragging here-just reporting.  It would be my humble opinion that there were no other farms in CT that were offering freshly grown and harvested carrots last week.  And they were good, too. Very.  Hoophouses have transformed how we grow throughout New England.  Twenty one years ago, we were the only CT farm to do season extensions.  Now,  its pretty standard practice on most farms.  Ok.  It does sound like bragging.  But the truth is,  its pretty cool that we were on the front of all this!

Fourth.  Star Light is a relatively small farm producing a huge amount of food, right now.  More than we've every done before.  Your enthusiasm for real food has made this possible.  I hope that you'll understand if an item becomes unavailable from time to time.  If you go to order and see that its sold out, there is a chance that in a few hours or days, that item will be back in the store.  We carefully monitor our inventory to make sure that we don't oversell.  For all of us, that is the worst nightmare, to promise  someone something and not be able to come thru.

Fifth( I know, I said four, but that turned not to be true). I think that most of us have become aware more than ever how the current system works against people of color and mostly women.  In the essential job of working at grocery stores this is particularly true.  Most of the employees at the grocery stores could actually make more money collecting unemployment at this point.  They should be getting hazard pay, in my opinion.  And sadly, if any of these woman get sick, and are undocumented (a likely scenario), they aren't eligible for medical care or unemployment insurance.

For this reason, I'm hoping that we can raise money again to help support these essential workers.  Our next raffle will be for the first pint of cherry tomatoes.  My current estimate is that should be around the middle of June.  Of course, I could be off.  We'll see.

OK.  Online Store will open around 8AM tomorrow May 11th.  Early shopping recommended.