Winter Share Signups are Here! Also in this issue… Oysters, Turkeys, and Soap!
Hiya, folks- we will be having our winter share signups this coming week during our regular Thursday pickup from 5-8 pm. Because of the increasing interest in the winter share, and the limited availability of the shares, we’ll be doing things a little differently, so please read carefully:
We have two winter share plans available. The delivery schedule is the same, only the products are different. The first is our Golden Earthworm plan, which is much the same as last year’s, although the size is slightly smaller due to the weather (15-18 lbs. each month, rather than 15-20 lbs. as it was last year.) These are root vegetables grown this fall, plus some greens from their greenhouse. They also offer an apple share and a cider share, as they’ve done in years past.
The second plan is from Winter Sun Farms, which is actually a group of farms from the area who freeze their produce throughout the summer so you can eat it in the winter. If you stopped by their table this week at the pickup, you would have seen some really fresh-looking veggies packaged for easy delivery. Each package tells you the exact farm it came from, and you can read the details of that farm on their website.
Space is limited on both plans, so if the number of applicants exceed the number of shares, we will hold a lottery among the members. To make this process as painless as possible, please do the following:
- Decide which of the plans you are interested in. You can choose all the shares, if you would like.
- Write separate checks for each plan you are interested in. We need separate checks for: Golden Earthworm Winter Vegetable Share, Golden Earthworm Cider and/or Apple Share ( if you want both of these, you can pay for them with one check) and Winter Sun Farms Vegetable Share. Please indicate on each check which plan the check is for.
- Bring your checks to the signup on Thursday, November 3rd. Please note: you can’t sign up without a check! This is important!
- If we have to run a lottery for the shares, we will cash your check if you get a spot, and rip up the check if you didn’t. (We’ll let you know either way, of course!) There is no limit to the apple and cider shares, which is why those need to be on a separate check (you’re automatically guaranteed a share if you sign up for either of these, so that check WILL be cashed regardless.)
WINTER SHARE PICK-UP SCHEDULE
Thursdays: Dec. 15, Jan. 5, Jan 26, Feb. 16, March 8.
GOLDEN EARTHWORM WINTER VEGETABLE SHARE
Approximately 15-18lbs of mixed root crops and greens (see list below)
$28.60 value per delivery
$143 Total Price
Winter Share vegetables may include any of the following: Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Beets, Potatoes, Watermelon Radish, Kale, Spinach & Arugula and maybe some other surprises. We hope to have greens in 4 out of the 5 shares.
GOLDEN EARTHWORM WINTER APPLE SHARE
3lbs mixed apple varieties
$4.25 value per delivery
$21.25 Total Price
GOLDEN EARTHWORM WINTER CIDER SHARE
1/2 gallon fresh-pressed cider
$4 per 1/2 gallon per delivery
$20 Total Price
WINTER SUN FARMS VEGETABLE SHARE
-includes 7 items per pick-up–usually 6 frozen items, and 1 fresh (greenhouse pea shoots)
-includes (depending on harvest) broccoli, sweet corn, mixed peppers, green beans, pureed butternut squash, kale, blueberries, raspberries, and even edamame!
$165 Total Price
-See sample share contents here
-See some of the farms we work with here
-Most of the farms we work with are certified organic or non-certified organic. Each package has a label which includes the name of the farm at which it was grown–this helps us to keep the connection between farmer and consumer.
This winter we will be offering oysters once a month from Widow’s Hole Oyster Company. These are fresh, raw oysters raised 100 miles off the Long Island coast. Pick up days (weather permitting) will be December 13, January 17, February 7, March 6, April 10 and May 15 (these coincide with Lewis Waite pickup dates.) The cost will be $12/dozen- that’s a buck an oyster! You can order as many as you’d like, but we are asking folks to commit to at least 1 order per delivery date to ensure meeting our minimum with the fishermen.
We will begin sign-ups and have more information at the next pick-up. We’re still figuring out the ins and outs of this, so if you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info on the oysters, their website is http://widowsholeoysters.com
The deadline for ordering Thanksgiving turkeys from Lewis Waite is November 7. Pick up will be November 17. If you’ve never ordered from this amazing farm, here’s how:
The deadline for ordering from Kalliste Soap Shop is November 3. Pick up will be November 17. To order, go to http://www.kallisteshop.com/Products/Gourmet-Soap-Bars.html and type “CSA” as the discount code when ready to check out. CSA members will get a 50% discount on their soap bars!