This post is going to be full of important (to us anyway - we hope it is for you) information. Please read carefully.
First, it has been an honor to serve you as your personal farmers this
season. We hope you have enjoyed the produce. We also hope you will
return to join us in our TENTH season of the CSA next year. Time flies
when you're picking cucumbers.
What? CSA Farm Share Distribution
Where? Normal Locations
Why? Because it's the last regular season distribution.
What will be in your share this week:
Lettuce - see notes about weather after this.
Tomatoes - I grabbed some before the freeze. They've been off the
vine a bit, but they should be fine for you.
Snack Tomatoes and Peppers? - we'll see what things look like in
the high tunnel tomorrow.
Potatoes - we were able to pick potatoes today. The crop was not
exceptional and the potatoes are small, but the form and taste are very
good. I think we pulled blue, yellow and white potatoes for you.
Acorn Squash - There was a nice surprise for us in the area we
tossed in some winter squash. It was a gamble, and it didn't pay off
with a huge crop. But, it did provide us with enough acorn squash to
give each of you 1 (larges get 2). There are two types. Table Queen
is the standard green acorn squash and Thelma Sanders is a tan colored
acorn squash. We suggest you eat these within 3 weeks of receiving
them as they will not likely store as long as normal.
Radish? - we'll see how they fare with the freeze and snow.
Chinese Cabbage or pok choi or broccoli - again - dependent on the
weather and what we can do.
The colder than normal weather is going to make things a bit
difficult tomorrow. We WILL be there. So, let's be prepared:
a - WAVERLY - it is possible that NONE of the other farmers' market vendors will
arrive because it will be so cold. If they do not, I will park as
close to the SE corner of the parking lot that is next to the street we
usually hold market on. Obviously, if other vendors DO show up, I'll
be in our normal spot.
b - If the weather is an issue for you, you can try to flag me down and
I can pick up your share and bring it to you. You may need to be
patient if there are others demanding my attention at the same time.
c - I cannot pick greens until the temperature is above freezing. They
will be fine at that point. But, this means I may have a very limited
preparation period. What this means for you is that I am not likely to
spend time doing much cleaning of produce. The greens will not need
cooling (one of our purposes for hydrocooling) and I'm not sure how
much time I am willing to have my hands in water that is 34 degrees F.
So, apologies in advance if I don't get things as beautiful as I want
for all of you.
d - It's getting dark much earlier now. If you are coming late, give a
quick call. By the time it gets closer to 6pm we will be anxious to
pack up and go somewhere warm. If you find yourself on schedule to
arrive at 5:50 or later, that call will help me immensely. We will
probably prepack your share and and continue to pack up the rest. You
can then get your share quickly and we can be on my way as well.
2. CSA SHARES (Fall 2013, Spring 2014 and Regular Season 2014)
It is time for us to begin taking reservations for the next seasons of
CSA shares. We realize that life changes may force you to say no to
us. But, before you do - give us an opportunity to try one more sales
pitch on you. We would like to have you all return next season! Obviously, if you must say no because you are moving,
etc, then we would appreciate hearing that you will not continue with
the GFF Farm Share program. We acknowledge the respect you show us when
you tell us that you must move on. It helps us to plan and to recruit
We are proud to report that standard shares (cost $330 for the season)
received approximately $400 worth of produce from us this season. We
are also pleased with the quality and consistent volume we were able to
provide for all of you. But, most of all, we were honored by your
presence in the program and your willing support. We have heard from a
number of members who have noticed that the Farm Share program gets
better in the second year because they are ready for what is about to
come. Still others have told us that while year two is good, year
three is even better because you start to have alot of fun with the
shares. As people gain experience with the CSA, they learn ways to
extend the value they receive from their shares. It gets easier to use
all of the produce and save some up (even if you only have a small
freezer on your single refrigerator) for later use.
So, consider this. We had an incredibly difficult start to the
season. Yet, we managed to make a number of adjustments on your behalf
to provide you with positive results. In fact, we suspect many of you
may even have forgotten how hard it was to get things in the ground
early in the year because it didn't seem so bad as we started making
deliveries and filling bags. We attribute this to the efforts on our
Jeff Sage's farm and on Tyler Albers' farm to bring you pesticide and
herbicide free produce. Jeff and Tyler intend to work with us again
next year. Imagine what we can do for you as we continue to refine how
we work together.
Remember the tasty snow peas in June and early July? Or the refreshing
Boothby's Blonde cucumbers in August and September? Or, if you want
something more recent, the juicy, sweet Wapsipinicon Peach tomatoes?
We expect to bring all of these wonderful tastes back next year. So,
let's get ourselves set up to do it!
2014 Regular Season Shares
2013 Fall Extension - $150 - see description later in the email
2014 Spring Extension - $150 - as above
The link below will take you to a simple form to reserve a spot.
Please do this as soon as you can so we know what to expect for our
TO SIGN UP - http://www.genuinefauxfarm.com/surveys/CSA2014Shares.html
Go here to order: http://www.genuinefauxfarm.com/surveys/poultryorder.html
We still have 19 turkeys available, 8 ducks available and about 100
broilers remain. We are most concerned that the turkeys find homes,
though we would be most happy if they all found homes soon.
Fall batch broilers (chickens): $3.35 per pound, average 4.5 pounds.
Ducks: Drakes average about 7 pounds - $6.25/pound. Hens average
about 4.5 pounds and cost $6.50/pound.
Turkeys: usually run from 13 pounds to 24 pounds. Cost will be around
our normal $3.75/pound. If you want one of the 40+ birds this year,
time to contact us and reserve one (or two or more).
4. Turkey Delivery
If you ordered (or will be ordering) a turkey, you will be receiving an
email later tonight regarding processing and delivery options. We are
asking as many people as are able to pick up their bird on Thursday of
this week. They will NOT be frozen at this point. We simply do not
have the storage for all of these birds - thus we ask to impose on
those who order birds to take them if they are able.
If you still want a bird, but cannot take them this Thursday - by all
means - ORDER! It makes it easier to figure out storage when you know
the bird is stored and has a home by some given time. Lockers
appreciate it when you can give them concrete dates for removal when
deer season is around the corner.
5. Fall Extended Season
We are doing a Fall extended season that is planned to run for 6
weeks. Content will include greens (incl spinach), fall root crops
(like parsnips, radish, taters, carrots), some winter squash and
garlic. There is one size of share. Deliveries are planned for
Tuesdays. We will determine delivery location and times depending on
how many people sign up for which locations (Farm, Waverly, Cedar
Falls). In the past, we have had a delivery in Waverly and one member
has picked up for the Cedar Falls members. If we decide to go to Cedar
Falls for part of the delivery, we will have condensed pick up times.
If the times we choose don't work with you, there are options that can
be taken so you can still participate, so please ask.
6. Spring Extended Season 2014
We will take sign ups for this now until it is full. This usually runs
through all of April and May and will include our asparagus. Usually,
there is a good deal of spinach as well in this share. It is a greens
heavy share. This may change in future years as we modify our farm
further, but for next season, it should look alot like past Spring
7. Gearing up for 2014
We intend on making 2014 a big year for our farm's tenth anniversary
season. Obviously, we will do our best to keep everyone informed.
But, the biggest news is that we intend to go forward with putting up a
second high tunnel building on the farm. We also intend on taking
advantage of year-end supply deals in December for the farm. As a
result, we are asking people to help us out by being willing to pay
some or all of their 2014 share price in the next couple of months. If
you can only afford a deposit, that will be fine. We understand
budgets and we do not wish to be the cause for destroying them.
Other ways you can help is by encouraging people to buy our poultry.
It helps to convert them to cash and allows us to shut down freezers
sooner, reducing our cost on that front. We will be ordering more
t-shirts and hope to use that to raise a little bit of funds as well,
so if you need a new t-shirt, consider getting one from us. And, of
course, if we can sell out our CSA shares before the year is out, that
will be most helpful of all the things people can do for us. Selling
out quickly reduces the amount of Rob's time required for promotion and
handling efforts and recruiting new members, etc. If we can work
together to make the sign up fill quickly, then Rob can spend more time
getting supplies and seeds ordered. He can work more on building
brooder rooms and putting up high tunnel buildings. The end result is
that you will get an even better product from us, with more variety,
more quality and more options to fit your family.
Thank you so much for reading all of this. As a reward - or punishment
- for your willingness to read it all, we bring you the following:
Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, but when they lit a fire in
the craft it sank -- proving once and for all that you can't have your
kayak and heat it, too.
Two boll weevils grew up in South Carolina. One
went to Hollywood and became a famous actor. The other stayed behind in
the cotton fields and never amounted to much. The second one, naturally,
became known as the lesser of two weevils.
Rob & Tammy