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Week 20 CSA – 9th October 2017

Twenty-two weeks ago we started delivering this year’s CSA to our members, and after much growing up and maturation on all parts, the time has come to call the 2017 CSA to an end. We hope that you’ve enjoyed being a part of the inaugural Winding Stair Farm CSA. We’ll always remember you as the first.

For those who are curious, a CSA membership is a program where the purchaser pays up-front for 22 weekly deliveries of the bounty of the farm, running through the best of the growing season.

Keep your eyes here and on our Facebook page to know when we begin accepting applications for the 2018 CSA. We’re excited about it already!

– Ezra, Michelle Stacy and Greg

(p.s. Please “like” and share our Facebook and Instagram pages with your friends and family, and remember to tag us in your posts @WindingStairFarm!)

WSF not at Market until Oct. 28

Michelle and Ezra are about to leave for their yearly trip to Ireland, leaving the farm entirely in the very capable hands of Stacy, Greg, and David for a few weeks. We’re sorry and will miss you all, but Winding Stair Farm will not be at the Franklin Farmers Market until Saturday, October 28th. And then, beginning in November, the Franklin Market will switch to its winter hours of 10am-12 noon.

We look forward to seeing you then and hearing about your fall, and Ezra probably will not be able to resist letting you know about some of the things that he and Michelle find on their trip…

Sheep Shearing

Twice a year, our sheep – with the help of electric shears – magically transform from clouds on legs into stumpy, multi-colored deer. Icelandic sheep have two coats (tog is coarse and hairlike and up to a couple feet long, and thel is a thick and soft undercoat) that can differ greatly in coloring, so every year we enjoy seeing how the new lambs look with just their undercoat. Below are some photographs of the flock before shearing, and of Badger (our alpha ewe) after being shorn. She has a cream outercoat with black spots underneath!

We will take the wool to Morningstar Fiber Mill in Andrews, NC, and in a few months will have some beautiful Lopi yarn for you. If you bought some of it from us this year, let us know what you’ve found to do with it!

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