2015 CSA shares still available! Sign up now for your fresh picked, organically grown produce. Early sign ups can pay $150 initial payment and pay balance in monthly payments!
February Newsletter - Does anyone other than me miss spring?
You know, the hoop house tends to stay anywhere between 10-20 degrees warmer than the outside. But when the temperature is -10 degrees outside… well, I guess you get where I’m going with this. So it’s cold outside, and it sure looks like winter, but here on the farm we know what is coming around the bend. That warm weather which enables seeds to germinate into seedlings and develop into plants that we will transplant, nourish, cultivate, weed around and eventually harvest for your CSA boxes.
As we speak, while the frozen tundra is at its brutal peak, we are happy to let you know that next week, the first of the seeds are being sown into potting soil so that we will have a chance to have early transplants into the fields the moment Mother Nature permits. We are sowing several varieties of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts into flats that will be cared for in our small green house. In a couple of weeks, the first of the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, celery and herbs will be set to germinate under meticulous care to assure we have a good crop of these old heirloom favorites.
It is time for us to dust off the ice from our winter hibernation and ready our tools and bodies for the season to come. We miss our members dearly, and look forward to greeting our community on the farm again to share our labor of love, hard work and delicious produce.
I had a talk with a Dr. this week about our vegetables and I found myself praising the produce that emerges from our garden. As I paused to scrutinize my words and make sure I am not exaggerating or falling into the pride trap, a big smile appeared on my face. This smile was true; it was there because I am proud that everything we state we do, the essence of what we are and quality of what we supply is not something that we should take for granted. I am proud to be your farmer, and am certain that if everyone knew how nutritious and wholesome our produce is, we would have to consider expanding our farm to keep up with the demand.
If you haven’t yet signed up for this season and are planning to, it would be most appreciated for you to do so now. As always we will strive to bring you the best harvest possible for you and your family.
Thank you for letting me be your farmer.
Farmer Scott & Kathy
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is the concept of local farmers growing produce for members of their community – the traditional method of buying produce before the advent of grocery stores at the beginning of the twentieth century. Farmers and community supported agriculture members work together, with members providing the financial support the farmer needs to grow their food (by paying for their seasonal membership fee), and farmers investing that paid fee into the farm to run the farm and grow the produce. CSA members “pledge” to support the farm through the purchase of their share, and farmers “pledge” to work their hardest to provide an abundant season of healthy, delicious food. In this way, farmers and members provide mutual support and share the mutual risk and benefits of the season’s harvest. By paying for the seasonal membership fee up front, the farmer can concentrate on farming rather than marketing.
This farmer/community relationship eliminates the middle man (grocery stores) which reduces the price for the members, and enables farmers to receive a fairer price for their crops, as well as allowing the CSA member to see where and how their food is grown. This benefit of buying from a local farmer has become increasingly important as the country’s food system becomes more inundated with genetically modified (GMO) produce, and internationally imported organic produce and other labels that do not mean what they imply.
"I subscribe to Green Earth Farm each year because I love the fresh produce, but it's much more than that. There is a sense of community in connecting to Scott and Kathy and their family, along with the other subscribers. I look forward to picking up the weekly box of produce, for the food, yes, but also for the chance to catch up with my friends. And knowing where my food comes from, feeling that connection to a specific plot of land, and lessening my demands on the earth, are very satisfying." - Greg
"Green Earth Farm is a wonderful CSA to be a part of. I have been a member for going on 3 years now and I love it!! The farmers are great people who truly love what they do and it shows in the vegetables they provide. Their farm is SO family friendly as they allow me and my son to stay as long as we like and pick raspberries off the bushes (more make it into our bellies than the baskets!!), feed the goats and horses and say hello to their resident pig, 'Charlotte'. Green Earth Farm has it all...awesome veggies, herbs and fruit and friendly farmers that know you by name. What could be better?!?" - Meredith
"I am returning to this CSA for the fourth year because I love the vegetables and the fact that they are organically grown. The boxes are generously filled and it is a blast to go each week to find out what fresh ingredients I will be cooking with for the next several days. I have never gotten something too ripe and so I never have to use something before I'm ready. If you don't know what to do with something, the farmers are happy to share preparation tips and recipes with you. It is great to be able to talk to the people who raise your food!" - Kim
"We are so excited to be back for the 2012 season. The boys are very excited to come to the farm again. You and Scott make the whole CSA experience so enjoyable for our entire family. Our boys have learned so much from coming out to the farm each week. We are truly grateful for all you do." - Laura
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