We hope this letter finds everyone doing well and enjoying the holidays and time spent with family and friends.
We have been busy planning for the 2014 season. We are looking at seed catalogs and we have been ordering plants. We are looking to add some new and different crops to our list this year. We like to try different varieties of produce every year and this gives you a chance to try something new as well!
This will be our 5th season running our CSA. Every year we try to do a better job than the year before – there is always room for improvement. This year we will be expanding to 200 members (this past year we were at 163 members). So, we are looking to do 100 members on Tuesdays and 100 members on Thursdays – so if you know what day you want make sure to get your membership application in so that day will be reserved for you.
We will again be offering either a full share or a half share this year. (Typically a full share will feed a family of 4). The cost of the half share is $250 and the cost of the full share will be $425.
The days (Tuesday and Thursday) and the pick up times (2 p.m. – 7 p.m.) will remain the same. The season will start on Tuesday, June 10th or Thursday, June 12th and will run through Tuesday, November 11th – Thursday, November 13th. The season will run for 23 weeks. If for some reason you can’t make it on your day, you will automatically come on the other day that the CSA is offered. With us being GAP certified (Good Agricultural Practices) our food safety program, we will not be able to have people just randomly stop by to come and get their produce. Sorry if this will cause any inconveniences.
When paying for your membership you can pay by cash, credit/debit and we also except credit cards. We take either Mastercard, Visa, Discover or American Express. If you want to pay by credit card you will have to stop by the house so I can run your card. I have to run your card manually, which for security reasons, will be better for both you and I.
I will again this year be sending out the weekly updates on both our Web Page (www.fentonsproduce.com) and through an email.
We are looking forward to the 2014 growing season and growing the freshest produce possible.
FRESH FROM THE FARM TO YOU……………………………..
LETTUCE: Green leaf, red leaf, romaine, red romaine, Iceberg, Red Oak Leaf and Red Boston Bibb, Green Boston Bibb (also known as butter lettuce).
SWEET PEPPERS: Green bells, orange bells, yellow bells, purple bells, red bells (usually not until fall), cubanelles, yummy’s and sweet bananas.
HOT PEPPERS: Jalapeno’s, yellow hots, green hots, sirrano’s, cherry hots, habanero’s and poblano’s.
POTATOES: Red, white, and yukon golds.
CAULIFLOWER: White (summer months), (fall months – white, orange-sweeter and smoother than white and purple – tastes just like the white)
WINTER SQUASH: Acorn, orange acorn, white acorn, blue hubbard, buttercup, orange buttercup, butternut, carnival, delicatta (or sweet potato squash), dumpling, and spaghetti.
JUNE: Asparagus, beets, broccoli, garlic, herbs, lettuce (red leaf, green leaf, romaine, buttercrunch, oak leaf, iceberg, peas (snap, shelling and snow), swiss chard.
JULY: Beans (green and yellow) beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers (slicing and pickling), garlic, onions (red, spanish, and sweet – and we also are planting cooking onions and shallots), peas, peppers (bell, sweet and hot), potatoes (red, white, yukons), summer squash (yellow), sweet corn, swiss chard, tomatoes (slicing, plums and cherry and grape), zucchini (green).
AUGUST: Beans (green and yellow), beets, blueberries, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers (slicing and pickling), eggplant, garlic, leeks, onions, peppers (bell, sweet and hot), potatoes, summer squash, sweet corn, tomatoes (slicing, plums and cherry), zucchini.
SEPTEMBER: Beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower (white, orange and purple), cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, leeks, onions, peppers, potatoes, sweet corn, tomatoes.
OCTOBER: Beans, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, garlic, gourds, leeks, onions, peppers, pie pumpkins, potatoes, pumpkins, sweet corn, tomatoes, winter squash (over 10 varieties).
NOVEMBER: Beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, garlic, gourds, onions, pie pumpkins, potatoes, and winter squash.
****Just a note – frost usually happens sometime late September thru October – so depending when that is some produce will not be available. ****
Basil – Regular Large Leaf
Mixed (has lemon, thai, and purple)
Chives (Regular and Garlic)
Parsley - Curly (for garnish)
Flat (for flavor)
Sage – Regular and Bi-Color & Pineapple
Thyme - Regular and Lemon
We will give the example of a week in the middle of August. This is the produce that would be available in the middle of August.
Lettuce, Sweet Corn, Garlic, Onions (red, white and yellow), zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, pickles, beans (yellow and green), potatoes (red and white) green bell peppers, hot peppers (jalapeno’s, yellow hot, green hot, sirrano’s, and poblano’s), sweet peppers (cubanelles and sweet banana’s), tomatoes (regular and plum) and carrots.
This is how they would be available when you come to pick up your produce. Also how much that item would be if you bought it at a Farmers Market.
Lettuce – 1 head – $2
Sweet Corn – 6 ears – $2.50
Garlic – 2 heads – $2
Onions – 3 (all one kind or mix and match) – $2
Zucchini/Summer Squash/Cucumbers-3 (you can take the same or mix them up) – $2
Pickles – 1 quart – $3
Beans – 1 quart – $3
Potatoes – 1 quart – $3
Peppers – bell – 3 – $2
Hot Peppers – 1 quart – $3
Sweet peppers – 1 quart – $3
Tomatoes – regular – 4 (medium to large in size) – $3
Tomatoes – plum – 1 quart – $3
Carrots – 1 quart or 1 bunch – $3
Out of a possible 23 items you would be able to pick 10 items – the cost to you if you were to buy at the local farmers market would average between $24 – $30 dollars per week – your cost at our CSA each week is $18.48. (Which is the cost of the CSA – $425 (full share) – divided by the number of weeks (23) = $18.48)
Yes I said it – this is our last week of the CSA (sniff sniff)! Where has the last 23 weeks gone? It seems like just yesterday when we were cutting lettuce, picking asparagus, picking blueberries – and now – it’s cold out – it gets darker earlier and this is the last week that we are going to see most of you until next June – say it isn’t so!!!!
As you can see we are not the only ones that are sad – Lacee is going to miss seeing all of you – all the kids and their hugs and kisses – all of you that brought treats for her and all of you that stopped to pet her and rub her nose! She is going to be lost and very sad until she sees all of you again!
This week was an awesome week! First of all the weather was absolutely beautiful on Tuesday and Wednesday which gave us exactly the right amount of time to finish up with the potato harvesting – they are all now in the barn!! And we finished up with the garlic planting!
We take the bulbs of garlic and break them up into the cloves. We then put the cloves into half bushel baskets and head to the field – we filled about 10 half bushels of garlic cloves to be planted!
We then push each clove about halfway into the ground and plant them about 5 inches apart – the stick helps to keep them evenly seperated ………………….
We put in four beds with three rows in each bed – or roughly over 10,000 garlic bulbs were planted! We have used our own garlic for the past 8 years which keeps us safe from diseases that have been popping up in garlic over the past few years. And each year it gets a little bit bigger. We have had great success with our garlic and the flavor has been absolutely delicious! We hope that you have enjoyed it all season and will continue to enjoy it thru the winter! We do have extra for sale and we sell it by the pound if you are interested.
We will now puts layers and layers of leaves onto the garlic to keep it nice and warm throughout the winter months.
One note to mention – for those of you that come on Tuesday to pick up your share – Paul and I have a meeting to go to that we can not get out of – so we will be leaving around 5:30 – but Valerie will be here until 7 for those that come after 5:30. We feel bad that we could not get out of it, but want you all to know that we have appreciated your business this past year and look forward to seeing you next year.
This week it will be 5 tickets for half shares and 10 tickets for full shares.
You will be able to pick from the following…….
Potatoes – red, white or yukon golds (also 10 or 50 lb. bags will be available for sale)
*****ALL CSA MEMBERSHIPS WILL GET ONE 10 lb. BAG OF RED POTATOES FREE (no substitutions please) - THIS IS OUR WAY OF SAYING THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING PART IN OUR CSA THIS YEAR AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TOO!****
Onions – sweet – red or cooking – also 10 lb. bags will be available for sale
Peppers – hots, sweets and bells
Cabbage – red, savoy and green
Gourds *** New this week
Dumpling Squash (tastes like Acorn but sweeter)
Carnival Squash (tastes like Acorn but sweeter)
Delicata Squash (tastes like sweet potatoes)
Orange Buttercup Squash (very sweet – makes a great pumpkin pie)
Also for sale will be Blue Hubbard Squash
Paul and I would just like to say thanks so much for believing in us and our farm by becoming members of our CSA! We truly enjoy seeing each and everyone of you every week! We are really going to miss our weekly visits and seeing all of your children – we love to see how excited they get seeing Lacee or the tractors and especially drawer #4 – the candy drawer!
I will be mailing out the registrations for CSA 2014 in early January. This year we had 163 members – a big jump from when we first started in 2010 with 64 members. Our prices for next year will be -1/2 share for $250 and a full share for $425. I have a waiting list already for next year. We will be increasing to 200 members next year – but believe that will be our limit. We will run again on the same days Tuesdays and Thursdays with the same times 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. If you know of anyone that is interested feel free to share their address with me and I will mail them out a packet. We are going to try and keep it to 100 members on Tuesday and 100 members on Thursdays. If you have any questions or suggestions for next season please just let us know! We will be looking in to trying some new things next year and once we start planning our veggies for next year I will let you know what new stuff you can be looking forward to. Again – thanks so much for taking part in our CSA – we have truly loved every minute of it!
So dear friends – until next time…………………….or next year………………
Paul and Gail Fenton
Lacee and Lexi too
As you can see we started out pretty frosty this morning – I think Paul said it was only in the mid 20′s! Last week Jack Frost stopped by and said a quick hello – but this morning I think he camped out for awhile! This will make those brussel sprouts that much sweeter this week!! The more frosts we have the sweeter they become!!
We are almost done with potatoes – we are hoping to finish up on Wednesday - they are forecasting that it will be 65 on Wednesday – only in WNY can it be freezing cold one day and summer the next!
This is our potato storage – it is packed FULL!
And this is what we have left for winter squash! We are starting to wind down on the specialty squashes but still have plenty of butternut and acorn! If you want any bushels or half bushels just let me know. Both with butternut and acorn are good keepers and will last for awhile in your basement (if it is cooler) or your garage (if it does not freeze) – a half bushel is $12 and a bushel is $20. You can mix and match the squashes too – you don’t have to take all one kind.
So, we will finish digging the rest of the potatoes and Paul is going to get some “beds” made for the garlic. This will be right as you pull into the driveway to your right. We will get our garlic planted.
We take the heads of garlic and break them into the cloves and then plant the cloves. We don’t bury them too deep into the soil and then we cover them with lots of leaves to keep them warm during the winter! We will still have garlic the next two weeks for the CSA – if you want any for over the winter it is $6 a pound.
Next week will be our last CSA of the season – sniff sniff – we have truly enjoyed seeing each and everyone of you every week – we are really going to miss you! We are already starting to discuss next years season and what we would like to do – if you have any suggestions – things you would like added – or any comments at all – just send us an email and we will consider them!
The winner of the last harvest basket is Bev McCabe!
This week half shares will receive 5 tickets and full shares will receive 10 tickets.
You will be able to choose from the following……….
Onions – Red, Sweet and Cooking (you can also purchase 10 lb. bags of onions)
Peppers – sweet, hots and bells
Cabbage – Red, Green and Savoy
Potatoes – Red, White and Yukon -(you can also purchase 10 lb. and 50 lb. bags)
Butternut – these will be smaller and you can take a couple with a ticket
***New this week*** Carrots
So we will see you either on Tuesday or Thursday this week between the hours of 2 – 7 p.m.
Until Then -