Posts Tagged ‘Community Supported Agriculture’

early-birdIf 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 1. That leaves today and tomorrow, so act soon!

Bill has given us his preliminary vegetable list. It includes arugula, string beans, beets, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celeriac, Chinese cabbage, chard, sweet corn, popping corn, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, melons, okra, peas, peppers (hot and sweet), radish, rhubarb, spinach, squash (summer and winter), tomatillo, tomato (cherry, grape, slicing), turnip, and herbs. Also, Bill is going to experiment with sweet potatoes in the greenhouse. Very exciting!

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oats and vetchOur vegetable season has ended. The harvest is finished, and Bill has planted a cover crop of oats and vetch to prepare the soil for next year. Although the cattle and the pigs are keeping Steve very busy, we are reflecting on our first summer of vegetable production. We certainly thank you, our customers, for your business. But we get more from our customers than pure business transactions. We get a lot of moral support—and never more than this year as we figured out our vegetable operation. We thank you for teaching us the meaning of “Community Supported Agriculture.” I used to avoid that term in favor of “vegetable subscription.” But I think “Community Supported Agriculture” fits now. Our community is part of us, and we are part of it, and we are grateful.

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We have decided to add a new business unit to the farm next year: an organic vegetable CSA. For those who are unfamiliar, “CSA” stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a system whereby customers buy a share of all the produce grown on a farm—usually a once-a-week box of assorted vegetables during the summer and early fall. We are now searching for an expert Organic vegetable farmer with CSA experience to be in charge of this new adventure. If you or someone you know fits that description please see the application instructions on our new Job Openings page.

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