Moving Day.

The late rains have (sorta) stopped.  At least long enough for me to till the first field and get the seedlings desperately waiting to be freed from their constrictive flats out into the open soil.

Yep, that’s a row of transplanted corn.

 

CSA Subscriptions/Drop Off Days

The 2012 season will run from July 3rd to December 1st.  That’s 5 months of weekly vegetables.

A weekly share for the season is $500.  It breaks down to $25/week for a share that includes 6 – 10 varieties of vegetables, 1 bunch culinary herbs, 1 bunch tea herbs, and a bouquet of cut flowers.  The share includes approximately enough vegetables for an omnivore family of 4 to enjoy a vegetable side dish with most meals throughout the week.

The variety of vegetables included in the share will ebb and flow with the natural availability throughout the season.  A few samples of what a Spring/Summer Share would look like:

July:  Week 1

1  lb. broccoli ($3.00)
1 bunch Rainbow Chard ($3.00)
1 bunch Lacinato Kale ($3.00)
1 bunch spinach ($3.00)
1 bunch spring onions ($2.00)
1 bunch Thyme/Oregano/Rosemary ($1.50)
1 bunch fava greens ($2.00)
1 bunch mint ($1.50)
2 heads lettuce  ($5.50)
1 bunch arugula ($3.00)
1 bunch fresh cut flowers ($1.50)

Total Value:  $29.00

July:  Week 4

2 heads lettuce ($5.50)
1 quart sugar snap peas ($3.50)
2 bunches rainbow chard ($6.00)
1 bunch spring onions ($3.00)
1 bunch chives ($1.50)

2 bulbs fennel ($3.00)
1 bunch bee balm/lemon balm mix ($1.50)
2 lbs summer squash ($4.00)
1 small bouquet cut flowers ($1.50)

Total Value: $29.50

August:  Week 8

5 lbs. heirloom tomatoes ($12.00)
6 ears corn ($3.00)
1 lb. striped Armenian cucumbers ($2.00)
2 lbs. summer squash ($4.00)
1 bunch basil ($1.50)
1 bunch mint ($1.50)
1 quart okra ($4.00)
1 Melon ($2.00)
1 small bouquet cut flowers ($1.50)

Total Value:  $31.50

Keep in mind these are just some examples and the actual list of vegetables in these shares could be very similar or very different, but the weekly share will ALWAYS be valued between $25 – $30.

Some vegetables and fruits I’ll be growing  in the 2012 season are:

Lettuces (Romaine, Salad Bowl, Mesclun Mix), Chard (Rainbow),Kale (Lacinato and Red Russian), Cucumbers (pickling and slicing), Summer Squash, Tomatoes (Heirloom varieties, plum, grape, cherry), Tomatillo (green), Edamame, Corn (popcorn and sweet corn), Broccoli, Cabbage, Fennel, Peas (snow and snap), Okra, Beans (fresh green, purple and red long beans), Peppers (sweet and spicy), Eggplant, Herbs (mint, marjoram, oregano, thyme, chervil, parsley, chives, rosemary, cilantro, basil), Radish, Arugula, Chicories, Winter Squash, Carrots, Beeets, Onions, Leeks and more!

DROP-OFF INFORMATION

Vegetables will be available for pickup on Tuesdays between 1 and 5 pm and Saturdays between 1 and 5 pm.  Pickup locations will be in Sonoma and Petaluma.

Vegetables will be weighed, bagged and/or bunched but I ask that you please provide your own shopping bag, box or small cooler to place them in upon arrival.

Please visit the Sign Up Here  page to get started.

What is Midge CSA?

Midge CSA is YOU buying vegetables from ME.  Who am I?  I’m a current full time employee and former intern at Green String Farm in Petaluma, CA.   I’ve been working on farms for 3 years now in different capacities.  On Long Island in New York as a Farm Stand Manager and on-site CSA coordinator, in Willits at Emandal farm as a Cook (2010) and a Gardener (2011).

You can get the full scoop on me here.

This season (2012)  I will be growing roughly 50 -75 varieties of vegetables naturally (without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides) on 1/2 to 3/4 acres of land on Green String Farm in Petaluma,  CA.    I am starting small with my CSA called Midge CSA (after my nickname, Midge) offering 20 weekly shares to begin with, hopefully to expand next season.

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  The most concise definition I have found so far:

“In basic terms, CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Typically, members or “share-holders” of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer’s salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests. By direct sales to community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing.” (http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/pubs/csa/csadef.shtml)

 


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