Salamander Springs Farm/Permaculture Organics

  (Berea, Kentucky)
Permaculture in Practice: Shopper's Basket CSA
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Welcome 2014 "Shopper's Basket" CSAers!

Dear CSA friends,

Our 2014 "Shoppers' Basket" CSA has filled for the season, with many thanks to our returning 2013 CSAers!   It was great to see so many of you at the Berea Local Foods Expo.  If you previously reserved your place, but the rain & cold kept you away on Saturday, you can send your share to the farm address below (or call 893-3360 to make other arrangements)/

Those of you who braved the rain were rewarded with our spring greens, scallions, ramps, and even eggs...along with our dried goods.  If you missed out, Happy Meadow has our scallions & ramps (wildly delicious wild leeks!) as well as our popular whole-grain heirloom cornmeal.

We talked with some of you about the different CSA model this season, and how it can fit your needs.  Without the bread share this year, more of your share can go for produce & farm productsI've attached the CSA flyer again for your reference.  Over the 5 month season a $650 investment gives you about $130 worth of produce each month (we're not factoring in the discount for those who paid by April 1) Months vary between 4 or 5 weeks, and you may not want to use your share equally every weekLess is available during the first weeks of the season, and some of you expressed interest getting more produce to process for winter use.  We will weigh out your items for you and can keep your tally at the market if you wish.  Because some items are limited, you will want to get to the market early each Tuesday.  If you can't be there early, just call and we'll set aside produce for youIn short it will be up to you how you divide up & tally your use of your investment over the season!  You have entrusted us to grow your food this season and likewise we trust you to use your share fairly.

Most CSA farms avoid this model because CSA is intended to help the farm distribute the food grown and its customers learn to utilize a diversity of food.  The farm can end up with too much of some produce and run out of other things.  The advantages outweigh disadvantages for us this season.  Many of you were part of our CSA last year and you know the variety of food we grow over the season.  Last season we introduced you to new and unique items that we did not offer to the public at the market.   We have some much needed and time-consuming farm projects ahead this year, so we won't be doing special harvests & packing of CSA boxes, but we will strive to bring as much of what is ripe and available as time allows.  We encourage you to look at last year's weekly blog for items you liked and let us know if you'd like us to bring those in for you when in season.  We will also provide "U Pick" opportunities to our CSA members, especially on fruits & berries.

We plan to set up for the "Grand Opening" of the outdoor Farmers' Market May 3, on the lawn beside the Berea College Farm store.  You are welcome to come and start using your share then!  Otherwise the official start date is May 27.  We will continue the blog this year as much as time allows.  If any of you would like to contribute a blog at any point, your perspective will be appreciated & enjoyed!  Until them, let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

To warm and productive season ahead,

from your Salamander Springs Farmers,

Susana, Jacob & Faye

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