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 2015 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 are hoping for a better garlic season and pepper season this year – last year was not the greatest! 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 6th 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 are hoping to GO GREEN! By this we mean that you will have your Fenton’s Produce CSA Bag (or receive a new one for new members) to use to take home your produce. I am hoping to do away with the plastic bags (so if you want – start saving your plastic bags this winter to use at the CSA – by doing this it helps to keep the cost of the CSA the same as last year!) This year we will be maxing out at 200 members (this past year we were at 185 members). We already have a waiting list for this year! If you know what day you want, make sure you get your application and money it to reserve your spot. If you have any questions about this, just let me know.
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 9th or Thursday, June 11th and will run through Tuesday, November 3rd – Thursday, November 5th. 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 accept 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 me.
We are looking forward to the 2015 growing season and growing the freshest produce possible.
FRESH FROM THE FARM TO YOU!! WE FARM – YOU EAT!!
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CSA 2015 Membership Application
Yes – can you believe it – what we have all been waiting for – the first week of the CSA!! I hope you are as excited as I am to seeing all of you!!
So……… for the newbies – just exactly what will you expect? First, where do we live – we live at 3323 Pratt Road – which is just one road off of Main Rd. – there is a big sign out by the road that says, “Fenton’s Produce” and there is a little house that is our road side stand – and a HUGE cell phone tower in our back yard – you can’t miss it!!
When you pull into the driveway you will immediately be greeted by Lacee, our golden doodle……….
She is very friendly and loves everyone – loves to be petted and really likes kids (of all ages!) We ask that you do not bring your dogs to the farm – because of our food safety rules that we must abide by we can not have you bring your dogs to the farm – and you never know how other dogs will act around strangers or animals.
We ask that you do not park right in front of the CSA building but in the driveway or on the grass – we have a circle driveway so when you pull in you will see the different areas for parking.
When you enter the CSA building – I will greet you and check you in – I will be giving you a membership card – every week you come I will punch a hole in your card – it is also very helpful for me in the beginning to remember who everyone is as well. If you forget your card – no worries – don’t feel like you have to go all the way home to get it – I have a master check in list that I also use – so don’t fret about not having it. For the new members you will receive a Fenton’s Produce CSA bag that you can use each week to put your produce in – I will also have plastic bags on hand as well for you to use.
You will receive an email just like this the beginning of every week – that way you will know what to expect that week and I also show you what we have been doing on the farm as well.
Every week I will let you know how many items you will be able to take that week. This week FULL SHARES will receive 6 items and HALF SHARES will receive 3 items.
Here is what will be available the first week………..
ASPARAGUS – 1 LB.
RHUBARB – 1 LB.
ASSORTED MIX OR GREEN AND RED LETTUCES
BUNCHING ONIONS (scallions)
POTATOES – RED – 1 QT.
Also for sale we will have an assortment of hanging baskets, patio tomatoes, and 4″ pots of Coleus, Sweet Potato Vine and Million Bell Petunias. Each week I usually always offer extra things – whether it be plants or produce – I always try to have extra items out each week.
We have been very busy planting, planting and even more planting, along with weeding and watering and making sure everything is ready for opening day of our CSA!
The crops are looking good – especially after that much needed rain we had yesterday!
Our first sweet corn is already almost knee high and it’s not even the 4th of July! Our goal every year is to try and have it ready by July 4th – so depending on the weather we will just have to wait and see!
The early white potatoes that have popped out of the ground! Paul needs to cultivate them hill them now that we have had a nice rain – it was getting pretty dry here!
Paul has also been working up at the blueberry farm as well. He trimmed all winter and he has fertilized them and is now working on making sure all the drip irrigation is in place and working. During the winter months mice sometimes will chew on the drip tape and when we start up the irrigation you have water leaking in spots where it has been chewed – so those holes have to be fixed and of course we have to keep it mowed and looking nice!
The pick up times for the CSA are from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. – We ask that you don’t come before that as we are busy getting everything ready – we pick everything that morning and wash it and get it ready – then we all head in for lunch to make sure that we are ready for all our members at 2 p.m. If for any reason you can’t make it on your scheduled day you can come on the other day that the CSA is open. If you know ahead of time please email or call me to let me know. We are pretty flexible here and will work with you any way we can.
And one last thing…………….
Remember, this is a working farm with lots of moving vehicles and equipment – an occasional dog or two (Lacee and Lexi who are both very friendly) and uneven ground. So PLEASE be aware of your surroundings when coming and going each week. Our driveway is long so please drive slowly when coming down it in case their are small children walking with their parents to the CSA building – we want this to be a fun and pleasant experience for all of our CSA members.
So, whether it be Tuesday or Thursday this week – we are all very excited to welcome you to our farm!
Take care and until then………………..
I can’t believe that next week is the start of our CSA already – where has the time gone? We have been so busy – with the spring being late – we really have had to play catch up when the weather got nice!
We are right on schedule now and if the weather cooperates it will be another great growing season for us!
First things first – Paul got the ground ready and then we laid the plastic. When we lay the plastic the black tape is laid at the same time under the plastic. After the plants are put in we will water the plants thru the black tape – it is much like a soaker hose – this way along with putting the water thru the tape we can also feed the plants with fertilizer.
This is the planter that we plant all of our transplants from. Just look at those awesome reclining seats – Paul is filling up the tank with water and we will head to the field – these are all pepper plants getting excited to be planted!
Here you can see the water going into the wheel – the triangle like prongs then poke a hole into the plastic filling the hole with water and then the lucky individuals that are sitting on the planter will push in the pepper plant. You have to make sure that the plant – root and all – get pushed in as far as you can – otherwise the roots will be exposed and the plant will die. You didn’t know there was an art to planting peppers did you?
And that is what the row looks like when you get done! We have quite a few rows that go from the driveway all the way to the trailer park! The rows are about 1250 feet long and hold just about 2500 plants – It takes about 20 – 25 minutes to plant a row – so in all we have planted just about 30,000 peppers plants.
Yesterday we planted winter squash – mostly butternut and spaghetti squash. We use the same planter but there is only one wheel so only one person sits on the planter – that would be me – I have been riding that planter for almost 30 years – it is one of my favorite jobs – it’s quiet and peaceful – so yesterday we planted 2 acres of winter squash!
Sometimes my buddy Lexi will ride along with me to keep me company – but if it is too hot then she would much rather ride on the tractor!
So that is some of the fun and exciting things that have been going on here at the farm. It was great to wake up and hear it raining this morning – all those plants were loving a nice drink.
Today I am cleaning up the CSA building getting it all ready for our favorite customers and Paul is in the greenhouse planting cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower – we will plant all of that stuff mid July so it will be ready for this fall. We grow the regular green cabbage along with the red cabbage and savoy – and we grow three different kinds of cauliflower – the white, and also orange and purple!
Be watching your email the beginning of next week (either Sunday or Monday) I will be sending out an email letting you know what will be available for the CSA that week along with some important information – times, place, and some helpful tips to make your weekly CSA visit a fun and safe one!
So looking forward to meeting all of you next week -
So, who is enjoying this blustery day at home – inside where it is warm – and not out on the roads!! It’s a good thing we don’t have to walk to far to get to work (just across the driveway) but today even that was challenging!!
This was the view outside the greenhouse………………. and it has actually really gotten a lot worse – the wind is really blowing now – even heard some thunder!!
And this is the view inside of the greenhouse – I am starting to plant the hanging baskets!
Paul was planting tomatoes………….