We’d love to have you join us!
Once again for the 2015 growing season, we will be offering CSA membership to our market customers who shop with us at the Storrs and West End of Hartford farmers markets. The share is customizable to any amount above $100. The bonus amount added to your share is as follows:
$100-$199 – 5%
$200-$399 – 10%
$400 and above – 12.5%
Our CSA is fully market-based, meaning that there are no boxes or required pick-ups. You shop at our market stand for what you like, when you can. Shares may be spent on vegetables, eggs, and flowers.
We will keep track of your purchases as you make them, and it is your responsibility to spend your entire share during the market season (May through November). It’s like having a debit account for our farm stand!
Open enrollment continues through February 28th, 2014.
Storrs Market will take place these next two Saturdays, 12/13 and 12/20. These will be our last two markets of the season. On the stand will be winter squash, pumpkins, carrots, beets, onions, and potatoes. Our greenhouse greens are slower than we’d hoped. We use the high tunnel for many things- At 15×75, it is nearly full in the spring with all of our seedling transplants. In late May we break down our benches to plant tomatoes in their place. Tomatoes under cover tend to be healthier and warmer in the fall and so they are late to come out. The greens we plant afterwards are then a gamble. Right now we have small kale and spinach. Nothing commercially viable. It is not all that dour, though.
We are near completion of our NRCS grant for another high tunnel. We are looking at “rolling thunder”, a moveable greenhouse system. This tunnel would live on a rail system and span at least two different plots. This would give us three different growing areas under cover. The tunnel would give us the ability to rotate our “undercover crops”, and extend our spring and fall growing seasons. We plan to be constructing the greenhouse this spring, setting us up for winter growing in 2015.
Hope to see you this Saturday, and to keep in touch this winter.
By now we’ve had our first light frost on the farm. The tomatoes are cleared and on the compost pile, allowing the clover planted between rows to spread over the bare ground as a Fall cover crop. There are now more peas, oats, rye and vetch in the field than fruiting crops! Our focus is moving toward storage crops as the cold weather sets in. Beets and carrots are sizing up and potatoes are curing underground. Onions are drying in the greenhouse, and all 6,000 pounds (!!) of the winter squash harvest is packed away in the basement. This is the time when greens are the sweetest.
In addition to the vegetables for sale this week, we are offering a few other items of interest:
1. Pre-orders for meat chickens are happening now. Only 60 birds left to sell, so come see us with your $10 deposit per bird. As always, these birds are raised outdoors on grass, and fed non-GMO grain.
2. Reserve your spot in our 2015 market-based CSA! We are accepting checks now for next season.
3. Gift certificates to our Sweet Acre stand at farmers markets! Love our veggies? Give a gift of our nutritious, delicious produce to friends and family over the holidays. $50 credit redeemable at our stand all season in 2015.
* See 2nd photo above for image of certificate*
Visit the market stand this week to pick up:
Potatoes (French Fingerling, Russet, White, & Red)
Happy Autumn! We are certainly enjoying the cool but sunny weather, as well as the full spectrum of veggies still out in the fields. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, right next to potatoes, onions, collard greens and winter squash on the market table. Hope to see you there tomorrow. Eat well.
Heirloom, Slicing & Cherry Tomatoes