CSA Memberships Nearly Full!
Hello Members & Friends,
Please note: Next week our Spring delivery season is over so we take a one week break. Deliveries will start again the first week of June on Thursday the 4th.
It's been a busy week taking more stock to the Processor and picking up lots of various meat cuts. We should be able to take care of most back orders this week. Besides the many new CSA Members for the Variety of Meats share we'll be taking additional Special Orders again as well. Last week the Spokesman Review published an article about local farms providing healthy meat products, which included an interview they conducted with me. Back around the year 2000 and beyond there was a lot of support for local farms and farmers markets as a reliable provider of quality foods, as well as emergency supplies of food if a shortage developed due to an emergency. We've been happy and proud to be a trusted resource for our local communities since the early 80's. Sadly, the popularity and wisdom of supporting local farmers has been diminishing over the last couple decades causing many farms to go under. So one good thing that has come from this recent pandemic is a resurgence in interest for locally grown and raised nutritious foods, which is of course also benefiting the remaining farming families.
I finished planting a field of Alfalfa-Grass Pasture. Still have to complete one more field and thankfully the super heavy rainstorm was an answer to our prayers as it has actually been pretty dry this Spring. During our break next week, after things dry a little, I should be able to finish the remaining field work. Then I can help my wife finish setting up her garden irrigation system and catch up with mowing grass that is almost tall enough to cut for hay. After that, I'll get back to more of the perennial fence work to do.
About half the outside garden area is now planted with all the starts being transplanted. Sure hope there isn't another surprise freeze. I'll need to re-plow the unplanted areas with the rototiller. Not enough room to use the tractor and plow now. Also need to process the cattle which will include choosing a new bull this year.
Recently our CSA Produce Memberships have about doubled, putting us near our limit. To help ensure we have enough inventory to meet the demand we are implementing two changes.
1. Priority for our few remaining Produce CSA Membership slots will be given to those who sign up for both the Summer and Fall programs.
2. If you are currently a Summer Produce CSA or Variety of Meats CSA member and have not already signed up for the Fall program, for a short window of time, you will be given priority for signing up. If finances are an issue, a $50 deposit for the Produce CSA and or a $100 deposit for the Meats CSA will suffice to reserve your spot. Use the Contact form to let us know if you want to go this route and we'll arrange for manual payment.
Otherwise, Fall sign-ups will go on a first-come first-served basis until we've reached our limit. Again, this means anyone not signed up for Fall could be excluded.
Ok let's take a look at what we plan to bring this week.
Cooler of the Best Produce:
Micro Green Mix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Swiss Chard, Napa Cabbage, Daikon Greens, Rhubarb, Green Salad Onions, Leeks, Garlic Chives, Herb-Parsley, Carrots, Dry Onion, Potatoes and Eggs.
Variety of Meats:
Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Steak, Beef Stew Meat, Pork Chops, Deli Ham, Soup Item
Looking forward to seeing you all,
Gary & So Angell,