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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October 18th


I hope that everyone is doing well this week. The farm is moving along smoothly - lots of cover crops are in the ground, and the fall and winter crops are looking fantastic with all this rain and that heat from 2 weekends ago. The summer CSA runs until November 18th, and then the winter CSA starts the 7th of December. We have all the information about the winter CSA now up on the website - but I'll copy it here: (see below for list of veggies and a Harvest Dinner at West Haven Farm with Just a Taste).

The distribution barn set-up for this winter csa will be similar to the summer csa.
There will be a "1 bag side" and an "itemized side". This means that members, as in the summer, can
fill one grocery bag with anything they want from the "1 bag side". Most of the produce listed below
will be on the 1 bag side. We will itemize some items, for example, greens, and garlic. So, to make
the obvious point, there will be A LOT of flexibility in contents of the winter share. No more turnips
for you if you don't like them. Lots of carrots, potatoes and onions for you if that's all you want.
A little of everything? You got it. We hope that continuing with the 1 bag side will keep everyone
as happy as possible!

* Distributions will be held in the farm shed (heated by our wood stove). We'll have a good kid fence
around the stove. The drive and parking lots will always be plowed for distribution.

* Distributions are every other week and each supplies 2 weeks worth of food.

* We are creating more pick-up options. Distribution (in the cozy wood stove heated barn) is
from 2-6 pm on the main distribution days. (see dates below) Can't make it? We'll box a share for
you and you can pick it up from 9-5, Thurs, Fri, & Sat following the main day. This costs extra
due to the extra work involved.

* There are 7 distributions and a share pays for 6, so choose the 6 dates that work best for you.
We hope this accommodates your winter travel plans and a snow date. You may certainly come
to all 7 distributions, it will just cost more.

* The distribution dates for the winter CSA are: December 7th, December 21st, January 4th,
January 18th, February 8th, February 22nd, and March 7th.

* A regular winter share (6 distributions, on the main days) costs $300.

* A boxed winter share, 6 distributions, costs $345.

* A regular winter share, 7 distributions, costs $350.

* A boxed winter share, 7 distributions, costs $400.

Here's what will most likely be in the share:
potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, kale, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, leeks, beets, celeriac,
turnips, radishes, rutabagas, winter squash, celery, and greens (spinach and
braising greens) from the 3 passive solar greenhouses.

We spend most
of October and November pulling in food from the fields and storing it in the cooler for the
winter CSA. We do our best to estimate how many members will join for the winter, but
hard facts make it much easier to decide how much to harvest and store. To make it easier
for you to join early the winter deposit is only $50. Join soon and lessen the guesswork.
Payments can be mailed or dropped off in the shed. Please include your email on your check
when you join, even if I already have it. Now I may as well wax poetic for a moment about
all of the wonders of eating locally in the winter in Central NY.
Marvellous! Far out! Revolutionary!
This week's veggies:
broccoli, cabbage, leeks, spinach, arugula, head lettuce, broccoli raab, mustard, pac choi, hakurei, carrots, beets, hot peppers, delicata, potatoes, chard, kale, collards

chard, kale, raspberries, tomatillos, hot pepper, flowers, dill, cilantro

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