Abbe Hills Farm is a CSA farm serving about 200 families in Mt. Vernon, Lisbon, and the Cedar Rapids/Marion area. 2014 will be our 18th year operating the CSA. We offer a wide variety of vegetables from the beginning of June until late October, plus regular twilight tours of the gardens and a farm tour and open house in August. We use a number of low-input and sustainable practices, including crop rotation, compost, cover crops, pollinator habitat, beneficial insects, and integrated pest management tools to produce tasty, healthy, safe food for our shareholders. We participate with Practical Farmers of Iowa doing on-farm research on sustainable practices nearly every season. We share excess food with soup kitchens and food distribution sites in southeastern Linn County and in Cedar Rapids.
The farm also produces an heirloom variety of open-pollinated corn for seed, plus oats and hay. Soil conservation and water quality improvement are practiced over the entire 72-acre farm. CSA customers pick up their shares at the farm either Mondays or Thursdays, late in the afternoon. Everyone is welcome to visit the farm and to participate in the CSA. Call Laura Krouse for more information.
We grow virtually every vegetable that is suited to this climate zone. We generally have plenty of potatoes, onions, tomatoes, squash, corn, and greens. When we have excess beyond the needs of the CSA, we sell produce directly to consumers at a small market held at the farm every Friday afternoon, 4:00 until 6:00, or at nearby farmers markets, or we donate to nearby soup kitchens or pantries. We usually have delicious eggs from our pastured layer flock that any farm visitor can purchase.
Season: June through October
Type: single farm
# of Shares: 200
Full Share: $460 per regular share for 20 weeks.
1/2 Share: $260 per small share for 20 weeks, about half of regular share
Work Req? No
Mondays and Thursday, 4:30 until 7:00, at Abbe Hills Farm
My husband and I have many reasons for us to return to Abbey Hills Farm, year after year. Most important, is the abundant supply of high quality, just picked vegetables and eggs.... [more]
10. The drive out to the farm has the power to bring peace to even the most stressful day.
9. If the drive does not do it, then then chickens, the kittens, Lucky (Laura's "guard" dog), and the children interacting with all of the above most certainly will.... [more]
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You can't get fresher than "picked today". You want greens you never heard of but taste great? You want greens you already know your kids will eat? You want food that is HEALTHY for your family? Abbe hills is the place to go! You get more than enough veggies each week and you can buy eggs too.... [more]
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Incredible sweeet corn this week, could use some rain
Greetings shareholders,This week, we'll have potatoes, onions, garlic, Incredible sweet corn, beets, beans, eggplant, bell peppers, chard, kale, basil, dill, fennel, and a little bit of okra. Sadly, this variety of garlic, Chesnock Red, is also small.... [more]