Another purely nuts and bolts update. Paul and I are hosting a NOFA-NY field day here at the farm tomorrow - so we are scampering around getting our ducks in line and making sure that we are as seamless as possible while we present! Here is the information from the NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Alliance) page:
Tools and Systems for Starting a CSA Farm
$10.00 - $20.00
July 14, 2010
Sweet Land Farm, 9732 State Rte 96, Trumanburg, NY 14886 (Tompkins County)
Sweet Land Farm runs a CSA that has 375 summer members and 140 winter members. This is their fourth season in operation. Evangeline Sarat and Paul Martin will discuss starting a CSA, business planning, marketing, communicating with members, field layout, labor, and equipment. Free-flowing questions will be encouraged! Supported by the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Project Grant Program.
Here is the veggie line up:
chard, kale, head lettuce, endive/escarole, basil, summer squash, European cukes, cabbage, beets, spinach, spring onions (eat tops),and possibly a little broccoli.
Unlimited: flowers (except behind greenhouses and the lilies), basil, kale, chard, dill, cilantro
2 QUARTS: green beans
The sugar snap peas are mowed and tilled in. More next spring!
The basil is now closed to allow it time to regrow. We'll open it again when it's ready.
Below is a link for a CSA cookbook written by several CSAs out on the west coast. A CSA member recommended it to me - take a look!