Providence Farm, Central Lake, MI

  (Central Lake, Michigan)
Certified Organic Produce & Strawberries - Pastured Pork
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THANKS FOR AN AWESOME 2014 FARM SEASON!!!

As our 2014 season is coming to a close, we wanted to THANK YOU!    

Your commitment to our farm is our foundation. Period.  We literally could not do it with out our community of families, both CSA Garden Share families and our regular farm market customers. 

Many of you sign up for CSA garden shares in the Spring so we avoid big loans with interest.  That's HUGE. We also appreciate your long-term commitment.  Bad weather can cut farm market sales dramatically!  And many shoppers leave by mid-August.  That's why we consistently thank you by giving you more for your money in every CSA share box! We realize that the abundance of food may have overwhelmed a few of you, but as it is a bonus, please know that that gives you the freedom to share the extra with a friend or neighbor as well. :-)

We also deeply appreciate the emotional support, especially from June - September, when entire months are consumed with 14-16 hour days.  Your words, spoken or written, of encouragement and thanks add energy to our minds and bodies.  Even kindly delivered criticism about any quality issue is much appreciated, as we strive to quickly remedy any problems for all, so all of your experiences are overwhelmingly positive.

We really value your participation and input in this process.  Thanks to all who've given us your honest opinions at the end of the season about how things went for you this year.  We heard that many of you appreciated the flexibility in three areas:  Being able to switch share pick-ups, putting shares on hold, and substituting one or two items.   

We also had rave reviews about our two family days & farm tours and are planning on more on-farm events for next season already.

Please hear our heart-felt appreciation for your part in our lives and business. We are where we are today as farmers and feel confident in our future because of our CSA members from 2006 until now. :-)

Because we have CSA members like you, as well as farm market customers and the purchases at Grain Train and Oryana, Ryan and I learn and improve every year! 
- We've been able to decrease some of our costs with key equipment and practices, keeping CSA and farm market prices competitive.  
- We've also been able to give four individual families + four food pantries thousands of pounds of produce this year!  That's exciting.
- Not only that, but this year alone, we've employed over 25 local families, which has been one of our biggest goals, and three serious current and future organic farmers!  :-D 
- Finally, we have all the land under our management (over 100 acres) in organic certification!  

I'm not telling this to you to brag, I'm simply letting you know... so that you understand the collective impact of all of our local support over the years.  We recognize and APPRECIATE the direct correlation.  You are AWESOME!!!

Have a wonderful, amazing day. :-)

Andrea & Ryan



   
 
 

Yes, Shares Still Available for 2014's Season!

Hi Farm Friends and Local Foodies,

We are pleased to be able to expand our organic garden share offerings this season.  That means will have garden shares available for many more families!  This time of year, people frequently call asking if we have any more shares available.  The answer is "YES!" C'mon, and join the farm, it's not too late! 

Our CSA Garden Share members enjoy online management of their account where they can add additional items to their boxes, put their share on hold, change delivery locations, and switch out items in their boxes each week!

We have been operating a successful organic Garden Share CSA  since 2002 and offer an astounding variety of vegetables, making sure to include a great base of staples through out the season.  12 years of experience has allowed us to gain valuable feedback from our customers and make popular adjustments.

We really appreciate the commitment CSA members make for the duration of our farm season.  In return, each box is calculated against our normal prices at farm market to give between 5% and 15% each week (Higher % off in August and September due to abundance!), on top of our extremely reasonable CSA prices.

We also strive to make it easy to transition to a CSA Garden Share by offering storage tips and recipes through emails and newsletters each week.

Our archived newsletters are available at our website, so you can make an informed decision.

May you have a great rest of you Spring and Summer, enjoying the local bounty Northern Michigan has to offer.

Andrea Romeyn 

 

 

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2014!

Ryan and I want to wish all of you a wonderful holiday season full of joy, happiness and rest as you make time for precious family and friends. Again, we are grateful beyond words for your support in 2013. We know we are blessed and strive to bless you in return by continuing in our craft of farming!  We also want to acknowledge our dedicated and hard-working staff. 

We still attend two markets a week and make weekly runs to the grocery stores. In that vein, if any of you were interested in some fresh and yummy collards or kale, winter squash, cabbage, potatoes, rainbow or orange carrots, onions, beets, turnips, parsnips, or smiles...we'll be selling them Saturday! (Boyne City library & Traverse City Building 50). 

If you are interested in a 3/4 bushel box of carrots there are between 22-30 pounds in a box. Price for firsts is $1.50 per pound.  Price for 2nds (only difference is that they are misshapen) is $ .75 per pound. You can keep carrots well in a refrigerator or in a garage or cold room that doesn't freeze.  34-45 degrees is best, kept in the box, with the plastic liner loosely covering them.  They stay crisp and sweet for about two months.  People have also told me that they like to blanch them and then freeze them in discs or sticks for much longer storage.  

 

We will have carrots while supplies last.  PLEASE email us if you want a box of carrots. Specify 1sts or 2nds we'll meet you at the farm market (or farm) with them.  
We need orders ASAP for this week's markets so that we have plenty of time to pack them.
 
Thanks so much for helping us sell our wonderful veggies.  We truly appreciate your business!  Also, if you have a friend who you think would enjoy our farm news, recipes and fresh veggies and other offerings, please forward our newsletter.  
 

Peace & Joy in the New Year! ~

Andrea & Ryan Romeyn 

 
 

Providence Farm & CSA

Ryan and I want to wish all of you a wonderful holiday season full of joy, happiness and rest as you make time for precious family and friends. Again, we are grateful beyond words for your support in 2012. We know we are blessed and strive to bless you in return by continuing in our craft of farming!  We also want to acknowledge our beautiful and hard-working staff. 

We still attend two markets a week and make occasional runs to the grocery stores. We hear that a storm is coming, which may mean the end of harvesting any of our yummy greens!  In that vein, if any of you were interested in some fresh and yummy collards or kale, we'll be selling them Saturday (Boyne City library & Traverse City Building 50). The list of available items are in the column on the left!

If you are interested in a 3/4 bushel box of carrots there are between 22-30 pounds in a box. Price for firsts is $1.50 per pound.  Price for 2nds (only difference is that they are misshapen) is $ .75 per pound. You can keep carrots well in a refrigerator or in a garage or cold room that doesn't freeze.  34-45 degrees is best, kept in the box, with the plastic liner loosely covering them.  They stay crisp and sweet for about two months.  People have also told me that they like to blanch them and then freeze them in discs or sticks for much longer storage.  

We will have carrots through February.  PLEASE email us if you want a box of carrots. Specify 1sts or 2nds we'll meet you at the farm market (or farm) with them.  
We need orders ASAP for this week's markets so that we have plenty of time to pack them.
 
Thanks so much for helping us sell our wonderful veggies.  We truly appreciate your business!  Also, if you have a friend who you think would enjoy our farm news, recipes and fresh veggies and other offerings, please forward our newsletter.  
 
Peace & Joy in the New Year! ~ 
Andrea and Ryan Romeyn
 
 
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