Winter CSA Announced, plus lots of UNLIMITED U-PICK
Announcing the 2012-13 Winter CSA! It is definitely that time of year. It's getting chillier and chillier and the fall colors are blazing. The forecast says 25 on Friday night. Time to make your winter nutrient balance sheets. Will you put a big ole wallop of nutrient dense, gorgeous power packed local fantastical magical food on the plus side of your balance sheet for the winter? I guess you can tell that I think you should. The winter crops are looking great with all of the lovely rain that we've gotten last month or so. The beets are crisp, and dark blood red. The almost unbelievable color that pours out of a red beet when its cut is a mystical promise of something or another. Those mystical promises are hard to pin down, sometimes you just have to trust them with out the burden of understanding. The carrots are super sweet and large. Fairly in charge, too. I imagine that they are full of mystical promise as well, but am not going there right now. OK, look for a simple, logical list of winter CSA food several paragraphs below.
Last winter we started a new distribution system aimed at your increased shareholder pleasure. It worked well. Instead of taking one bag from each side of the barn, shareholders can now take 2 bags total from where ever they want. So, to say it another way, you can now fill two bags with whatever you want, from where ever you want. Read: you can take two big ole bags of spinach if you want, or two bags stuffed full of potatoes, or two bustling bags of kale and onions. Its your choice. No rutabagas or turnips for you if they are disgusting to you. We've thought long and hard about this and feel we can pull it off to better accommodate your individual preferences. We want to provide what you want to eat!
* Distributions are in the farm shed (heated by a wood stove). There is a good kid fence around the stove. The drive and parking lots are always plowed for distribution.
* Distributions are every other Wednesday and each supplies 2 weeks worth of food.
* We have created more pick-up options. Distribution is from 2-6 pm on the main distribution days. 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 just costs more.
* The Winter CSA dates are: November 21, December 5, December 19, January 2, January 16, January 30, February 20. All Wednesdays.
* A regular winter share (6 distributions, on the main days) costs $300. THIS IS THE SAME PRICE AS LAST YEAR
* 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 winter share: potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, kale, cabbage, Napa cabbage, beets, celeriac, turnips, radishes, rutabagas, winter squash, parsnips, kohlrabi, fennel, and greens (spinach, chard, and braising greens) from the 3 passive solar greenhouses.
Mostof October and November is spent pulling in food from the fields and storing it 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 figure out 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 our 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.