Greetings CSA members,
The nature of the CSA, what does it stand for? Community Supported Agriculture and when you reverse it you have an Agricultural Supported Community. This means a closer connection between you and your food and the farmers who work to produce it. It means having a face to put behind your meal, and remembering food comes from soil and toil not the grocery store, via who knows where. Being in a CSA means eating locally with the seasons and at the whims of Mother Nature. We tickle her with our hoe and she laughs with a harvest. In the beginning expect the boxes to be easy to carry containing mostly scrumptious salad fixings of spring and early summer. By August and September the boxes will be full and varied.
The farm is 1 1/2 hours from Madison so we rely on you to make the pickups go smoothly. Write your pickup days on your calendar (listed below). Find the box with your last name (for those of you who are sharing a box all households’ last names will be on the box) marked on the box label. If a check off sheet is provided at your pick-up site check of the appropriate name. Leave last week’s box neatly folded for your site host, to be picked up by our driver. IF YOU DO NOT FIND YOUR BOX DO NOT TAKE SOMEONE ELSE'S, contact your site host and the farm immediately.
You may bring your own bags to transfer your produce into, leave the waxed box carefully and neatly flattened. Or you may take the box with you, carefully flatten and store to be returned at your next pick up. We thank you in advance for taking care of these reusable boxes.
If you are unable to pick up your share you must make alternate arrangements ahead of time. You can instruct someone to pick up your box for you, you can ask the farm on Monday not to make a box for you that week, or you can ask your site host to hold your box for a later pick up. If you are a no call, no show your box will be donated to an appreciative family at the end of the pickup window! Make sure that anyone you send in your place to pick up your box knows these instructions. In the past we have had issues with people taking the wrong box and although I am not 100% sure my guess is that people unfamiliar with the procedure are grabbing the wrong box. So again make sure that anyone you send in your place to pick up your box knows the instructions. Imagine how disappointing it is to come to pick up your CSA and find it isn’t there. Also remember to thank your site host for sharing their space. We could not be doing this without them!
Check our website a couple of times a week www.keewaydinfarms.com. Rather than the traditional newsletter we will be posting on our blog news, recipes, pictures and veggie storing tips. Please feel free to post comments. We would love it if you sent us your favorite recipes to share with other members!
A really good Cookbook for CSAers is From Asparagus to Zucchini produced by Fair Share and can be found at their website www.csacoalition.org. Also Keewaydin Farms will be partnering with Local Thyme, a CSA menu planning service that can be found at www.localthyme.com, there will be tons of great suggestions on this site to help you use up all the delicious things you are going to receive in your box.
We will have a farm party this summer on Sept 1st, make a farm visit a part of your Labor Day plans! We will have workshops, games, kid activities, food from the farm, live music, camping and more. If you are in the Kickapoo Valley area and would like to arrange a farm visit please give us a call.
If you have questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me immediately
Rufus Haucke 608-606-0666 or you can email me at email@example.com
All Standard, 20 week Egg and Double Shares begin June 6st and will run every Wednesday until the last pickup on October 17th.
The following is a list of pick up dates for the EOW week produce and egg shares. If you are an EOW produce and/or egg share please make note of your pick up dates.
Every Other Week Produce and Egg Shares start, June 6st: for Oregon, Commonwealth, and Bloom Bake Shop
June- 6th, 20th
July- 4th, 18th
August- 1st, 15th, 29th
September- 12th, 26th
Every Other Week Produce and Egg Shares Start, June 13th: for Waunakee, Lowell, Viroqua, and La Crosse
June- 13th, 27th
July- 11th, 25th
August- 8th, 22nd
September- 5th, 19th
October- 3rd, 17th
CSA MEMBERS LIST OF RESPONSIBILITES
1. Know Your Pick Up dates. This is especially important for EOW produce and/or egg members. Write your pick up dates on a Calendar or keep this letter in a visible spot so that you can remind yourself of your pick up dates.
2. Take only the box with the right name on it. IF YOU DO NOT FIND YOUR BOX DO NOT TAKE SOMEONE ELSE'S, contact your site host and the farm immediately.
3. If you send someone else to pick up your box make sure they know the instructions. Especially the part about not taking someone else’s box.
4. Return waxed boxes if you take them home and unfold them carefully. Each box cost around 2 dollars and can be reused many times if treated right.
5. Communicate. If you have questions, concerns, ideas, suggestions let me know your feedback helps us get better and you are a very important part of my farm and I want to know what you are thinking so let me know.
6. Become an adventuresome eater. You are going to be receiving items in your box that perhaps you haven’t eaten before. Don’t shove them to the back of your refrigerator. Use the many resources available to you and get creative. Food is about sharing, exploring, coming together as a family or neighborhood.
7. HAVE FUN. We live in a bountiful world. Wisconsin has some of the best soil in the world and a steady supply of rain. Look forward to the food adventure in your box. Come visit the farm. Share new foods with your kids or your sweetheart. Talk to your grandparents about what farms were like in their day. Check out our website to learn more about your very own CSA farm.
Please save this letter for future reference.
Thank you for supporting our small family farm,
Rufus and Family