CSA pick up etiquette 101

May 24th, 2011

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.  Find the box with your last name (or the name of the Primary Household with whom you are sharing) marked on the box label.  If a check off sheet is provided at your pick-up site check of the appropriate name.  Leave last weeks 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 and transfer your produce and 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 by 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 In altri casino invece come IziCasino e possibile verificare il playthrough raggiunto per un determinato bonus accedendo ad un qualsiasi gioco. a no call, no show your box will be donated to an appreciative family at the end of the pick up window!

Please make sure that anyone you send in your place to pick up your box knows these instructions.  Thank your site host for sharing their space.  We could not be doing this without them!

Remember to check our website a couple of times a week.   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 if you sent us your favorite recipes to share with other members! You can also find us on Facebook!

Two really good Cookbooks for CSA are From Asparagus to Zucchini produced by MACSAC can be found at their website www.macsac.org.  Also Tastes from Valley to Bluff, The Featherstone Farm Cookbook. www.featherstonefarm.com

We will have a farm party this summer!  An invitation will be posted on our website when we confirm the date.  If you are in the Kickapoo Valley area and would like to arrange a farm visit please give us a call. We have had a great Spring so far here on the farm.  We have a lot of plants and seeds in the ground and are expecting a phenomenal growing season!

If you have questions or concerns please don”t hesitate to contact me immediately!

Star 608-606-0373 or csa@keewaydinfarms.com

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2011 CSA pick up dates

May 23rd, 2011

We work hard to bring you your CSA share.  Your job is to remember to pick up your box of veggies.  Please mark your pick up days on your calendar!

All Standard and Double Shares begin June 1st and will run every Wednesday until the last pickup on October 12th.

Every Other Week ,  June 1st:  for Oregon, Commonwealth, Bloom Bake Shop, and Whole Foods

June-  1st, 15th, 29th

July- 13th, 27th

August- 10th, 24th

September- 7th, 21st

October- 5th

Every Other Week,  June 8th: for John Deere, Waunakee, Lowell, LaFarge, Viroqua, and Richland Center

June- 8th, 22nd

July- 6th, 20th

August- 3rd, 17th, 31st

September- 14th, 28th

October- 12th

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Want help paying for a CSA share?

March 11th, 2011

There are a few ways to make paying for your CSA share a little more manageable.

1.   You can use our payment plan:  sending two checks, one of them post dated for May 1st.

2.  Many insurance companies will reimburse you for a portion of your CSA share.  Dean Health, GHC-SCW, Physicians Plus, Unity Health- MACSAC has more info.  www.csacoalition.org

3.  The Partner Shares Program through MACSAC (Madison Area CSA Coalition).  www.csacoalition.org

4.  You can now pay for CSA shares with Food Stamps also through MACSAC.    www.csacoalition.org

Here's what MACSAC has to say for food stamps.   We can process anyone's payments of food stamps to purchase a CSA share.  Because of regulations on the program the food stamps need to be redeemed within 2 weeks of when the food is received so members can't just use up all of their food stamps and pay their share cost all at once, but we have them fill out a payment plan and send us their card number with the amount they want taken out each month, then we pay you (or whatever farm they choose) and get paid back over the course of the year.  Most folks who receive food stamps benefits are also eligible for Partner Shares fund assistance from us, if they are eligible then they only have to pay back 1/2 the share cost (we pay 1/2 the cost of a veg. share up to $300) and can elect to pay all in food stamps or with some food stamps and some post dated checks.

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Vegetable Availability

March 11th, 2011

This is a general guideline for the vegetables we grow the most of.  There may be other surprises in your box that are not listed!

Crops Early Midseason Late
Arugula
Asparagus
Beans, Green
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Cucumber
Edamame
Eggplant
Garlic
Herbs
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Melons
Onions
Peas, Snap
Peas, Snow
Peppers
Potatoes
Radishes
Rhubarb
Salad Mix
Scallions
Spinach
Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard
Tomatoes
Turnips
Winter Squash
Zucchini
Herbs include basil, cilantro, dill, thyme and oregano.
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Is CSA Right for You?

December 8th, 2010

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 teaching your children that 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  you will need to remember to bend at the knees when lifting your CSA box and check your drop site for bulk boxes of Veggies that just would not fit (like sweet corn, winter squash, and melons ( they will be labeled with instructions on how many to take).

If you are flexible and adventurous with the time to prepare many different vegetables and online casino find new recipes, we think you will enjoy cooking from your CSA box.

CSA box in September

CSA box in September

Be realistic do you have the time and energy to cook and try new things?  If you are a family of picky eaters or if you eat out more than in CSA may not be for you, unless you are trying a lifestyle change.  If your expectations are for a constant supply of just the right amount of your favorite veggies you may be disappointed.

CSA is a season long commitment.  Will you be able to pickup your share each week during your pickup window?  If you are unable to pickup your share you must make alternate arrangements ahead of time.  You can instruct someone to pickup your box for you, you can ask the farm not to make a box for you that week, or you can ask your site host to hold your box for a later pickup.

As a CSA member you share in the bounty and the risks associated with farming.  CSA membership allows you to complete the circle between you, your food, the farm your food is grown on, and the people  who work to produce the harvest!  Who's Your Farmer?

Keewaydin Farm CSA

Keewaydin Farm CSA

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