Week 13, Summer CSA

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  • Tomatoes
  • Summer Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • White Onions
  • Broccoli or Chinese Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Head Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Chard

Farm Happenings:

We wanted to inform you that the registration for the upcoming 2017 Winter CSA is now open! You can sign up here.  This year’s Winter CSA starts the first week in January and runs until the last week of April, with pick-up every Tuesday. The vegetables for this year’s Winter CSA are looking very promising, and we’re trying to get our members to sign up as early as possible so we can make some very important winter growing infrastructure improvements before the end of the year (read more below).  We’ve taken you’re feedback from the previous year and planted more of the things that everyone loves.  We have huge plantings of the most popular staple roots like potatoes, carrots, beets, rutabaga. We’ve added a couple of new varieties of potatoes this year to give us ten different potatoes in total: a specialty red skinned fingerling potato called “Rose Finn”, a white-fleshed storage potato with excellent eating quality called “Katahdin”, and a delicious red potato with beautiful pink colored flesh called “All-Red”. We’re growing huge amounts of overwintering broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. The winter kale and collards planting has more doubled compared to last year, along with the mild winter salad greens.  It is our goal to have more greens options each week of the CSA. We will also be offering cornmeal, dry beans, and popcorn on a regular basis. For a full list of what we generally have during the winter months, you can go here.

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The winter is such an exciting time to eat locally here in the Willamette Valley thanks to our mild climate.  We are always trying to think of ways to improve our CSA, to make it more a more convenient and rewarding experience for our members. We don’t take for granted the fact that you’ve made a commitment to our farm. The CSA takes extra work on your part, to pick up your vegetables on a weekly basis is a serious time commitment, so it is always our goal to make it so that the value that you get from the CSA greatly outweighs the relative inconvenience (compared to shopping in an all-needs-in-one-place supermarket). The quality, diversity, freshness, and flavor of our vegetables are our highest priorities for both the Winter and Summer CSA. Diversity is the most challenging during the Winter CSA.  We are limited to what we can store from summer and what will grow in our dark, wet, mild winters. This is why we added dry beans, cornmeal, and popcorn as a regular part of the Winter CSA last year, about which we received huge positive feedback.  This winter, we’re trying to focus on our greens production.  We want to be able to provide greens to the CSA on a weekly basis all through the winter.  As we mentioned, we’ve more than doubled our winter greens plantings, but in a cold year, much of that could get wiped out by a hard freeze.

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So this year, we’re trying to add a field greenhouse in which we can more reliably produce greens for the Winter CSA. Not only will it make our winter greens more reliable, it will allow us to produce more of the tender salad greens that everyone loves. Greens like lettuce, spinach, arugula, mizuna, yukina savoy, and many of the other mild salad greens that bring a very important lightness to the hearty winter diet. It will also allow us to fill the April-May hunger gap and make tomatoes, peppers, melons, and the other heat loving plants produce earlier for the Summer CSA.  We’re hoping to begin building this greenhouse in the next month, but we need to be sure that it is within our budget to do so.  That’s why we are asking all of our members who are planning on joining us for the Winter CSA this year to please sign up as soon as possible. To sign up and to see more pictures of shares you can go to our Winter CSA page.  With your help, we’ll make this the best Winter CSA yet. Thank you!

 

Week 1 Newsletter - Winter 2014

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