Well I guess my winter break is over as we start on this season’s work. We have been growing lettuce
and greens through the winter in the greenhouses which we sell through Windfall Market and to Pi Bistro. Our egg production
also sells through Windfall during the winter. Our seeds have arrived and we have started some of the early crops on the light
tables. The tomato seedlings for the greenhouse production have started to size up nicely.
You should be receiving your Coonamessett Farm membership application in the mail in the next few days. Our
"entry level" membership rate has increased but is half that of David Rockefeller’s Stone Barn Farm and a fraction of
that of our neighboring golf courses. Its much less expensive to pick your roughage than to pick your balls out of the rough.
The way the farm is going to try to become economically solvent is to collect day membership fees of $10 per
adult and $8 per child age 3 and over. Coonamessett Farm is receiving strong and positive recognition over in Europe (unlike
that from some local sectors) so we are expecting more foreign tourists. We might as well benefit from the weak dollar/strong
Euro relationship. Think Globally, Act Locally.
Locally, our entry level Farm Supporter Annual Membership will be $40 and be good for unlimited visits of
families of up to four people residing in the same household. In addition, with this membership you will be given four passes,
each can be used once for a daily membership.
After that, any guests that accompany you to the farm will receive a three dollar discount on the daily membership
fee. The $75 Farm Enthusiast Membership will be good for families of up to 8 people residing in the same household and will
come with 10 guest passes and a farm mug good for free coffee/tea refills. The $125 Farm Philanthropist Membership has the
added additional benefit that up to two guests can accompany you free at anytime. You will also get the bottomless farm mug
and a hat or t-shirt. The $500 Farm Hero Membership comes with all of the above plus a pass for two to one buffet per week
Some of the money collected from the latter two levels will be going towards developing Coonamessett Farm’s Education
Programs. I hope everyone rejoins as soon as possible before my March credit card statement arrives.
Speaking of education on the farm, The Montessori Middle School of Cape Cod will be opening its doors
in the fall. To avoid getting on a waiting list I suggest that you start to investigate this program for your child as soon
as possible. You can link on over from our web page to www.capecodmontessori.org and learn more about what may be the best middle school educational opportunity available in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Besides the class work, the students will be learning and working on the farm. They will be involved with plants, animals,
the wetlands and pond, hydroponics, wind and solar energy technologies, agricultural and fisheries research projects, consumer
relations, and marketing. Even a one year experience at the farm will be of great value to your child’s future education.
Just being weaned away from fast food may serve as a lifetime advantage. They may even get to learn what a Common Victualler
is and then they can explain it to me.