CSA Newsletter-Box 18-October 17, 2012

by jennifer on October 17, 2012

This week is the last delivery for the 2012 main season.
Fall shares begin the 27th/28th of this month.
Fall shares are sold out.

Thank you for joining our CSA this season! There are many CSAs in the area to choose from and we are pleased that you decided to spend the summer with us. We hope you enjoyed the bounty of our gloriously sunny summer and fall.

There are more small farms popping up each year offering our area more and more opportunities to eat locally and seasonally. Rather than seeing this as unwelcome competition, we see it as a sign that our community is moving in a positive direction. More and more people seem to care about their health, the environment, and the local economy. Because of that I feel all the farms can thrive. Your participation in a CSA helps to encourage this trend and as a result strengthen our local food security. Buying your weekly produce from a local farm (we like it when it’s from us), whether via a CSA, a farmers market, the co-ops, etc you are not just helping yourself getting fresh and healthy food. There is a strong and far reaching ripple effect. You are supporting local production which reduces fuel use for transport. You are keeping the dollars you spend circulating locally and creating local jobs. You are helping farmers to keep diversified sustainable agriculture from becoming a dying art. The mere existence of small farms like ours provides green spaces-a refuge for birds, bugs, and other wildlife. Perhaps just as importantly, you are NOT supporting more conventional agriculture which often threatens water quality, worker safety, and can add harmful chemicals into the food chain. In many ways you vote with your dollars, so the more you can put towards businesses that improve, rather than degrade, the world we live in the better off we all are. Just a little “food for thought.” (I will step off my soap box now….)

What’s in the box today:

storage potatoes-a mix of French Fingerling and Yellow Finn
butternut squash-let it sit a week or two before eating
pumpkin or delicata
carrots-both orange and purple
leeks
parsnips
kale
beets or chard
garlic-one of each type
shallots
candy onions
red cipolini onions

Signing Up For 2013: Within a few weeks we will have the sign up wizard up and running which will allow you to sign up for the 2013 season. I will send out an email alert when that is done. We would love it if you signed up again next year, and encouraged a friend or two to do the same. Your personal experience is our best form of advertising. We really try to minimize the amount of paper brochures and flyers we distribute, both to save resources and keep our prices low. So please spread the word, forward a link to our website, etc.

Winter Newsletters: It is my intention to send an occasional farm newsletter a few times over the winter to keep you all in touch with the farm as well as share a few new recipes and photos. If you do not want to receive them, let me know and I’ll take you off the list.

Website and Facebook: I will be adding new recipes and pictures to the website throughout the winter, so check back regularly. We also have a Facebook page that I will try to add to as well. That is a great forum for sharing recipes if you have some to try. We also would love for you to post pictures of yummy food you make

Where to Get Your Produce Now That the CSA Is Over:
The Olympia Farmers Market is open Thursday-Sunday through October, and Saturday & Sunday in November & December. All of us farmers are getting better with each passing season at providing a wider array of produce for the fall/winter market, even into December. You can find salad greens, leeks, squash, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, and tons of other fresh veggies down there. While you are there, you can stock up on cheese, baked goods, meat, honey, and holiday gifts. The market will have warming stations set up throughout so you can stay warm and toasty. Support your local!!!
The Olympia Food Co-ops-I’m sure you all know about them, but I can never say enough good things about the food co-op. Local, member-owned, great selection of organic and natural foods, very reasonable prices, etc. If you haven’t tried it out, you really should.
Olympia Local Foods-This is a relatively new business, just a few years old. It is run by a local couple out of Tumwater. They offer everything from soup to nuts and try to source as much of it locally. You order online and pick it up at their storefront on Black Lake Blvd. They are very accurate about where each product comes from. We sell a variety of produce to them.

CHANGES FOR 2013: With the main CSA season ending and market soon dropping down to 2 days/week, Jim and I will spend some time to reflect on this season and take copious notes while it is all still fresh in our minds. We’ll discuss which crops worked well, which ones didn’t, new crops to try, and potential crops to drop. We will talk about how to improve field efficiency, record keeping, and barn organization. We will also look at the administrative end of things, everything from the CSA sign-up process, to newsletters, to customer service. Your input regarding any or all of these topics is always welcome. Though we have been farming since ’94, we are not set in our ways. We are always trying to fine-tune our operation to make it run as smoothly as possible and to take care of our customers. So please, shoot us an email, pop a note in the mail, or come by the market. We really do want to hear from you.

Once again we want to thank you for being a part of our farm this year. We look forward to continue growing your food.

Your Farmers,
Jennifer, Jim & crew

Back row (L to R) Jen, Rita, Olga, Carla, Trine, Isaac
Front row (L to R) Jim, Jonathon, Hannah, Lauren, Hope
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