Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Week 20 (B-Week) Farm News and Share List

Please sign up for your volunteer shift! Wednesday members must volunteer on a Wednesday. Saturday members have a choice between Wednesday and Saturday. We've been short Wednesday volunteers.

Farm News:
Winter Share signups are online www.gardenofevefarm.com/WinterCSAShare.htm

We are coming close to getting our first frost of the season, and it seems an apt time to reflect on the value of a CSA share.  Our goal is to supply 7-10 different vegetable items per week. This week I took a minute to look back over the previous share lists from this summer. I see that we met that goal every week and gave as many 13 items during the peak of summer.  Overall we averaged over 10 items per week.   Our barn and coolers are really becoming full with beets, squash, cabbage, potatoes, and  onions! So we should have no problem finishing strong and continuing to supply good value.  This is certainly not the case with every CSA farm, even in this hurricane-free season.  We do take a fast look online at some other CSAs and often we see that they are giving out 4-5 items, in the same quantities we are giving out 9+ items.

We often get calls from people starting delivery services across LI or NYC, who want us to sell them our produce at a very low wholesale price so they can mark it up and give people “CSA boxes.” We’ve noticed that these “fake-CSA” boxes usually cost $40-$50 for the same quantity you get from your CSA for $26, and that most of the items are not organic. We are happy to see that our members are getting good value in the marketplace.

Thanks to you, our actual CSA customers, we are able to avoid wholesaling, so that we can make a living wage from growing these vegetables. The reality is that we farm in one of the most expensive places in the country.  Our relatives in upstate New York are amazed that we pay 10 times the taxes for our house alone that they pay for a 55 acre farm.  But we love Long Island, which has some of the best soils in our country, and a great climate for growing.  Thank you again, for supporting our farm - Farmer Chris

Share List (best guess in advance)

Vegetable share:
Leeks, 2 or 3
Potatoes, 1 Qt Nicola
Bok choi, 1 head
Butternut squash, 1 
Sweet salad turnips, 1 bu
Kale, 1 bu
Broccoli, 1 head or 1 bag

Fruit share: 1 Quart OR 2 lbs Yali pears AND 2 lb apples


EGG SHARE: ½ dozen pastured eggs

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