CSA Members, 2012

Micro-CSA

 Tunnel May 2010 We began our micro-CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) experiment in the summer of 2010 with a private membership of 5 shares. That fall, we featured a “cool-weather” CSA and our share membership rose to 8. 2011 brought us nearly double of what we had the previous year and for 2012, we think we’d like to keep it about the same size so that it is still fun and manageable between the two of us and our harvest helper, Meghan.

 We consider ourselves a "boutique" CSA. The word boutique implies that we are small, specialized and private. We don’t grow on a large scale; in fact our growing area is limited to a 30'x96' square foot plot. We grow small amounts of a large variety of items so that both we and our customers have the most varied experience possible. Part of the "boutique" element is the small number of member shares, variety of vegetable items, and the floral element.

 

 What's In the Share

 Basket for CSA Each CSA share contains a supplement of produce for a family of 2-4 per week, including a variety of veggies, culinary herbs, and cut flowers. We feature spicy Japanese mustard greens, bunches of nutty and fast-cooking turnips, and baby bok choi, as well as sunflowers, cilantro, and cucumbers. We try new varieties each year with everything from tomatoes to squash to melons to flowers. As we find favorite tastes, colors, and growing habits, we also experiment with better ways to amend the soil, manage insects around our crops, and irrigate. There are some things that our skills, soil and climate cultivate quite nicely, and we’ve also found that there are a small number of crops we cannot grow for reasons beyond our control. If we've spent all season fighting with insects on a certain crop when our energies could be spent learning how to bring in beneficial insects or improve our soil, we might not grow that crop until we see signs of improvement. Our valley has a robust diversity of plant, animal, and insect life, and we are learning how to work alongside them and not against them.

 

We like to let interested folks know that our produce, while it’s not so exotic that it’s unrecognizable, it does stray a little from the local mainstream CSA options. Yes, we grow tomatoes, potatoes, squash, lettuce, but we also grow heirloom kale, mini kohlrabi, sunflower sprouts, and fresh herbs! We do our best to send relevant recipes in the newsletter each week. If there is anything you don’t recognize and can’t figure out what to do with, please let us know! We love cooking as much as we do growing, so we embrace those kinds of questions!

2010 Tomatoes in Baskets2010 Carrots2011 Zucchini


Weekly Delivery: Central Drop-off Location for 2012

  cornerstoneMuch to our delight, we’ve made arrangements with Cornerstone Coffeehouse at 2133 Market Street in Camp Hill to be our 2012 central drop-off location for our customers to pick up their produce and flowers. While door to door delivery was part of our service for several years, a new opportunity came along that will help us save in gas and time expenses. Here are the details for the 2012 drop-off:

•    When: We will deliver shares to the coffeehouse on Tuesdays on or around 2 PM. Shares should be picked up there at 2133 Market Street in Camp Hill, by the close of business on Tuesdays at 10pm.
•    Where: The coffeehouse has both front and side entrances. From the side entrance, the yellow baskets containing shares and marked with your name will be immediately to your left in an alcove before the stairwell. If you enter through the front of the coffeehouse, walk past the main dining area and down the hallway. Make a left at the next hallway and baskets will be on the right just past the stairwell.
•    Baskets: Instead of taking a basket this year, you will be leaving the basket behind. All items will be gathered in a plastic bag sitting in your basket. You just have to grab the bag and go. If you’d rather not take the bag, feel free to bring your own reusable container and leave our bag behind for us to reuse/recycle.
•    Flowers: You will also take with you one bunch of pre-arranged flowers. We are still figuring out the details on how the flowers will be kept at the drop-off site so they are fresh and beautiful.
•    Out of town: Of course, if you cannot get to the coffeehouse any particular Tuesday, please let us know as early as you can so we can plan accordingly. Just call or text me at 717-460-4070.

 

 

Predicted Start Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

 We predict a start date of Tuesday, June 5, 2012, however there is a small chance we’ll be ready a week or two before or perhaps after this date. We’ll send you an email the week before we begin to let you know our exact start date.

Zinnia HeavenRadish SeedsCuring Garlic

 


Pricing for a 2012 Share

  The share price for 20 weeks is $475. The share will run from June 5 – October 16, 2012 (tentatively, as the start day may shift).

Lettuce in BasketWallowatercalliope eggplants


Thanks for stopping by!

Much to our delight, we’ve made arrangements with Cornerstone Coffeehouse on Market Street in Camp Hill to be our 2012 central drop-off location for our customers to pick up their produce and flowers. While door to door delivery was intrinsic to our service for several years, a new opportunity came along that will help us save in gas and time expenses. Here are the details for the 2012 drop-off:

•    When: we will deliver shares to the coffeehouse on Tuesdays on or around Noon. Shares should be picked up there @ 2133 Market Street in Camp Hill, by the close of business on Tuesdays at 9pm.
•    Where: The coffeehouse has both front and side entrances. From the side entrance, the yellow baskets containing shares will be immediately to your right, past the wall-mailboxes and stacked and marked with your name next to the stairwell. If you enter through the front, walk past the main dining area and down the hallway. Before the bathroom, you’ll see the side entrance door. Baskets will be on your right (past the little table).
•    Baskets: Instead of taking a basket this year, we ask that you leave the basket behind. All items will be gathered in a bag sitting in your basket. You just have to grab the bag and go. If you’d rather not take the bag, feel free to bring your own reusable container. In the past, we individually bagged items; we plan to use less of those and contain most items in a single bag. Smaller and more delicate items will be wrapped individually (lettuce, herbs, etc.)
•    Flowers: You will also take with you one bunch of pre-arranged flowers; these will not have names and will all be contained in a bucket or two of water. Next to the bucket will be small bags of floral preservative each containing enough powder for 1 gallon of water. ? There will be paper towels available if you’d like to wrap the bottom of your flowers for the drive home.
•    Out of town: Of course, if you cannot get to the coffeehouse any particular Tuesday, please let us know as early as you can so we can plan accordingly. Just call or text me at 717-460-4070.
•    If you are a neighbor, you may pick your produce up from our front porch cooler anytime after 11am on Tuesdays. You may be greeted by curious chickens looking for treats!

We predict a start date of Tuesday, June 4, 2012, however there is a small chance we’ll be ready a week or two before or perhaps after this date. We’ll send you an email the week before we begin to let you know our exact start date. Thank you for your interest!