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CSA you say?

 

At last, it seems that spring is finally here! On the farm, this means we are working non-stop to get ready for our summer veggie CSA! With that in mind, I thought this would be a good time to explain a little bit about what is a “CSA” and why should you join one.

A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), or farm share, is simply where members buy into a local farm in return for a weekly portion of their production during that season. While there are many benefits of joining a CSA, I’d like to highlight a few that we think are the most important.

For the farmer, this pre-season commitment from the CSA members provides small farms with much needed income to be able to purchase all the necessary seeds, supplies and labor that go into growing that food. All of these items need to be paid for months before any veggies are ready to harvest. Knowing how much food to grow really helps reduce waste and keep costs down. The truth is that most small farms wouldn’t be able to survive without offering a CSA.

For the consumer, joining a CSA is the absolute best way to get the freshest veggies possible.There is no wondering where your food came from, no middle man, and no shipping across the country. You get to meet the people that grew your food, ask them questions, tell them what you like or don’t like and even tour the farm if you wish! Every dollar you spend goes directly back into supporting your local farm and community!

It is true that we can’t grow lemons in NH and sometimes an entire variety fails for no known reason. However, we aim to plant lots of familiar favorites, as well as maybe some new veggies that you never knew you liked before! We also find that our littlest members are more willing to try veggies that they picked out “at the farm.”

We’d love to have you as a member of our organic veggie CSA this summer! We still have full and half shares available for as low as $25/week! To sweeten the deal, we are excited to announce that our CSA members will receive 5% off their retail purchases in the farm store when picking up their share. Add on subscriptions are available for eggs, chicken, bread, fish and milk too! We will also be adding a lot of new products and vendors in the next few weeks!

Check out our website for more details or send an email to stephanie@normanton.com with any questions or to reserve your share!

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Since our 2018 ordering info went out a few weeks ago, “are you doing lamb this year?” is probably the question we’ve been asked the most! So the answer is yes, well, sort of…

We began raising lamb a few years back, to keep the grass trimmed down for the broiler chickens. However, our broiler chicken production has expanded to the point where the number of lamb that we raise each year can no longer keep up with the task. This makes it a little more difficult for us to manage the lamb.

Don’t worry, we have a solution! Steve’s friend and fellow farmer, Bill Fosher, of Edgefield Farm, will be raising lamb this year. So we will be offering lamb from his flock for you to order. Bill has over 20 years of shepherding experience, so you can rest assured that he will raise them with the same standards and care that we have.

We will be handling all of the ordering as usual, which you can find on our lamb page. The lamb should be ready in the late fall this year. Feel free to email me @stephanie@normanton.com with any questions or to place an order!

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2018 Ordering Information

It is finally that time of year! We don’t know about you, but we are very anxious to put this winter behind us and think about the warmer days to come! Our busy season is here and we are excited and ready!

Please fill out and return our 2018 Order Form for all of your bulk orders of our beef, pork, chicken, eggs and veggie CSA at your earliest convenience.  As many of you are aware, we sold out of several products last year and we don’t want you to miss out!

This summer we will be offering the organic vegetable CSA as a 21 week session, running from June through October. We are offering a discount of the equivalent of one week free for anyone who would like to pay in full for their share by March 31, so don’t delay! Also, please note, the first few batches of chicks will be arriving soon and the deadline to reserve those is March 31st.

Order forms can be mailed, emailed or dropped off at the store. We are happy to email you an invoice with a paylink (for checks only) for the deposits on your order, you can send a check in the mail, or pay at the farm store with any payment method. More info is available on the ordering page for each product, but as always feel free to send me an email (stephanie@normanton.com) with any questions!

 

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2017 Ordering

 

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It’s time to place your orders for beef, pork, lamb, chicken, veggies and eggs for 2017! Please fill out and return our 2017 Order form as soon as possible as we expect many items to sell out this year. More info is available on the ordering page for each product, but as always feel free to send me an email (stephanie@normanton.com) with any questions!

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New Farm Store

 

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We are pleased to announce the opening of our new farm store at 55 Charles Bancroft Highway! This project has been going on for months and we are thrilled to finally be able to open the doors! It is just about 2 miles down the road from the farm, towards Hudson in the DLB Paving and Lix Ice Cream building.

All of our grass-fed beef, pasture raised pork, pasture raised chicken, grass-fed lamb and organic, pasture raised, soy-free eggs will be available for purchase, as well as our organic vegetables in season.  We will also have organic, raw milk, cheese, yogurt, butter and cream from our friends at Benedikt Dairy in Goffstown for sale. Each week, we hope to add more variety from other local farms to supplement our products. This first weekend, we will have organic strawberries from Harlow Farm in Vermont available while they last!

Don’t worry, you are still welcome to stop by the farm anytime and visit the animals or check out the vegetables!  You can now call the store directly at (603) 377-7138 with any questions. Store hours will be updated on our website and facebook page.

We hope you’ll stop by and check us out soon!

 

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2016 CSA Member Day

 

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Saturday was a perfect day for our annual CSA member day! We took a tour of the greenhouses and gardens, and even sampled some tasty, early greens. We also spent some time learning about the animals and Steve explained the importance of everything working together to create great soil and thus healthy food.

It was great to see some familiar faces and meet some new members! We are thankful for all of our CSA members and are looking forward to a great season! There are still shares available, send us an email to sign up today!

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Early Bird CSA Discount

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If you are thinking about signing up for our certified organic vegetable CSA this year, please remember that we are offering a $40 early-bird discount for paying in full before March 14.

The discounted prices are $740 for a full share (suitable for a family of 4), and $480 for a half share (suitable for 2 people). Subscribers will be entitled to pick up a box with an assortment of vegetables once a week for 26 weeks from mid-May through mid-November.

There’s lots more information on the ordering page, including our organic vegetable CSA ordering form .  But if you are pressed for time, and you want to get the discount, send us an email today or you can just put a check in the mail by Monday to Steve Normanton, 226 Charles Bancroft Hwy, Litchfield, NH 03052.

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