To Be edited again soon!--We garden year round and enjoy trying new things so if there is something you would like to try, but don't see, please don't hesitate to let us know what you're interested in trying.
Our CSA will be a bit different. We love to try new foods, and new varieties of all kinds of produce. Have you ever sat and looked through a seed catalog and wondered: "What does black cabbage taste like?" If so, then we may well be the CSA you're looking for. We will try to include a surprise 'veggie' or other homestead product in each 'basket' as often as possible. If you prefer not to receive this item in future share baskets, then let us know and we can put your share in a donation basket for the local food pantry and give you credit.
We've been gardening here since we moved onto this land in 1987, and have avoided chemicals throughout the years. Over the years we have been through it all, drought, excessive rain fall, predation catastrophe from neighbors' dogs or from wildlife, excessively numerous cloudy days during a growing season resulting in lack of ripening of tomatoes and peppers, windstorms destroying the vines, trees, brooder house, roof of home or shelters, etc. We have always chosen the most ecologically sound methods of meeting such challenges and doing so without applying chemicals to our land. We eat here, too, and of course we want to make sure we are able to provide a reasonable selection of high quality food for our members.
This year we will be adding some special garden structures a la Eliot Coleman's "Four Season Harvest". We will be doing a few new things to stretch this season out a little more this year, and to hopefully begin it much earlier next year. There will be a couple weeks off as yet to be planned.
We do require an hour or so per year from new members in the form of a tour of our gardens, to familiarize you with how we grow and besides, you will want to see how your food is grown. There will be a limited number of positions available for barter. Please let us know when you are available for the first hour's 'work'. It can be as simple or as strenuous as you like!
Deliveries may be arranged, but currently we have no schedule prepared. If you're interested in this option, please let us know the location desired and how many shares may be delivered at that location.
Membership has it's privileges. A weekly newsletter letting you know what is happening on the farm, as well as recipes and suggestions on how to prepare the produce of that week. Visiting invitations, with an rsvp, to come and check out the farm if you want. If you would like to put in some light duty work on the gardens, that is wonderful. Weeding, fencing, trimming and watering and seeding is always available for exercise. What better way to lose weight than helping to produce your own food?
Members are encouraged to let us know exactly what they think of the produce we grow. Which varieties did you like? Which ones didn't you care for? Do you need some additional recipe suggestions? Your answers to these questions will help us plan what to grow for the following seasons.
The shares will go to the first people to put money into our hands. Please keep in mind that the sooner you subscribe to our CSA, the sooner we can plan *your* garden beds, buy your seeds and get them started growing...oh and oh yeah, start filling *your* share baskets! Please keep in mind that most veggies take 30-60 days or even longer to come to harvest. We can't know how many seeds to buy and plant until you subscribe. Your subscription also gets you on our notification list for when we have an abundance of any one product ready to preserve, or to know when we have other homestead products available. You will need to respond to reserve your share of such bounty and be able to pick it up sometimes not on the same schedule as your normal pickup. If you have any questions, about anything we do, please ask. We will be happy to answer. This will be your food, you should know how it is grown.
As we build our experience in this new adventure in growing we will be offering gardening lessons for those wishing to learn how to grow their own produce, learn how to preserve the bounty of their CSA shares, or just wanting to understand more about how truly nutritious safe food is produced. Be sure to let us know if you are interested in our Beginner Homesteader courses and workshops. We do charge an extra fee for these lessons but we also will be offering a few 'scholarships' to selected individuals with the right qualifications.
If you have any questions or want to join us, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
May through October
|# of Shares:||10|
|Full Share:||$600 for full weekly share, for 20 weeks. (about $30 a week with weekly payment plan, 35% nonrefundable deposit), $550 if paid in full at time of joining.|
|1/2 Share:||Share prices will vary by type of share CSA for veggies is different than CSA for specialty meats. Fiber arts shares are also available.Once or twice a year potluck gathering.|
Pick Up/Drop Off Points:
Members will prearrange for meeting locations and days which may be along our regular farm errand routes or at businesses in Hanover where we shop for homestead needs.
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Hanover, PA 17331
Our Drop Offs and Delivery Areas
Drop Off Point / Center of Delivery Area