The Harvest March 17th Winter CSA Shares

News for the Farm: Happy first week of spring! We’ve image moved from wishful thinking to no time for thinking. Working the ground and planting have become our top spring priorities. Warm weather and green does not mean we suddenly have summer vegetables to give out, but it does mean we have some of the first of those planted in greenhouses and that everything else is growing at a much faster rate. We’ve prepped and planted in several of our fields – around a zillion (no kidding!) feet of onions and hundreds of feet of kale and flowers and lettuce and beets. We moved the big high tunnel from its winter spot covering spinach, kale, lettuce, and image beets west to its summer location. Those hardy plants will live happily in current outdoor conditions, and the high tunnel can begin warming the soil to more hospitable temperatures for raspberries, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant oh my! Do you want to hear more, the full news letter is here, winter csa newsletter dis 9

In your shares today:

Everyone:

  • Spinach
  • Head Lettuce – from Young Family Farm (Hydroponic & conventionally grown)
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  • Garlic heads
  • Herb choice (cilantro, parsley or oregano)
  • Sweet Potatoes – Matthews Family Farm, Wynne AR
  • Butternut Squash – conventionally grown in Rich Hill, MO

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  • Baby Lettuce
  • Kale – bundled (Improved Siberian or White Russian)
  • Pea Shoots
  • Spaghetti Squash – conventionally grown in Rich Hill, MO

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  • Swiss Chard
  • Asian Greens Salad mix

Mark your calendars! May 2, 2015 Millsap Farm Potluck. Bring your friends and family for a great time on the farm! More details coming soon.

Pizza nights will start again in May!

Don’t forget to sign up for summer CSA!

https://millsapfarms.wordpress.com/join-our-summer-csa/

Here are some recipe ideas for butternut, it is so versatile!

Butternut Squash and Kale http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2014/11/butternut-squash-and-kale/

Butternut Squash Chips http://foodbabbles.com/2014/01/butternut-squash-chips/

Butternut Squash Browned Butter Rosemary Fettucini Alfredohttps://www.pinterest.com/pin/518617713315636863/

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad http://www.shutterbean.com/2012/roasted-butternut-squash-arugula-salad/

Butternut squash soup https://www.pinterest.com/pin/518617713315663553/

Butternut Squash Dinner Rolls http://ourlifetastesgood.blogspot.com/2014/09/butternut-squash-dinner-rolls.html

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March 10th Bringing home the CSA Harvest

News from the farm: Hello friends.  The Farm spent much of the last two weeks antsy for spring to arrive.
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 On two of the coldest days we headed to the woods and gathered mountains of firewood that we hope we won’t need until next year….continue reading the newsletter here  winter csa newsletter dis 8March10,2015

What is in your Share?

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Everyone, whole, half and sampler

Spinach

Head Lettuce

Kale

Garlic

Herb of choice Thyme, cilantro, lavender

Sweet Potatoes

Spaghetti Squash

Winter Squash choice between butternut, acorn, delicata and kuri squash

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Whole and Half Shares only

Beets and Radishes

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Whole Shares only

Japanese Turnips

Parsnips

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Thanks to all of you who have already signed up for summer CSA, there is still time to sign up if you haven’t yet. Remember to tell your friends!

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Lettuce- We love growing lettuce here at Millsap Farm! Lettuce prefers cooler weather (but not cold- our little lettuce leaved needed gloves this winter) and lots of sunshine to grow into big heads perfect for your salads.  Spring is “lettuce time” on the farm. We just planted 250 feet of lettuce outside yesterday.  We have 2 different varieties of Butterhead lettuce in you shares today- Dancine and Harmony …read more of the newsletter at winter csa newsletter dis 8March10,2015

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What people are saying about Millsap Farm still time to join for 2015 today!

Jessey Harrison says “When I moved to Springfield after college, I had many fears: Would I be able to make friends? Would I be able to afford eating good food? How would I stand being so far from family?
Finding Millsap’s CSA put all those fears to rest. Over the last 3 years, I’ve been nothing but blessed by these wonderful people. They’ve been my family-away-from-family, my friends, and my teachers. I can’t imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t joined that first fall, and for that I will forever be thankful. smile emoticon ‪#‎nationalcsaday‬‪#‎millsapfarm‬ ‪#‎thankful‬ ‪#‎eatlocal‬

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'When I moved to Springfield after college, I had many fears: Would I be able to make friends? Would I be able to afford eating good food? How would I stand being so far from family?<br />
Finding Millsap's CSA put all those fears to rest. Over the last 3 years, I've been nothing but blessed by these wonderful people. They've been my family-away-from-family, my friends, and my teachers. I can't imagine where I'd be if I hadn't joined that first fall, and for that I will forever be thankful. <span class='wp-smiley wp-emoji wp-emoji-smile' title=':)'>:)</span> #nationalcsaday #millsapfarm #thankful #eatlocal'
Get your share and sign up today!
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National CSA Sign-Up Day Encourages Support of Local Farms

Full share winter

Full share winter

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Greens Growing in a Greenhouse at Millsap Farms
Credit Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Today (2/27) is National CSA Sign-Up Day.

Curtis Millsap, owner of Millsap Farms in Springfield, said CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, an arrangement where community members buy a share of a farm’s produce.  Then, each week during the growing season, they can pick it up at the farm or at a nearby grocery store or have it delivered.

“So, they get a share of the farm’s harvest once a week each summer in exchange for supporting that farmer upfront with a financial investment,” he said.

Millsap said February 27th was chosen for the day because it’s the day of the year when the most people sign up for CSA’s.

“I think it’s that time of year when people are yearning for greens, and we all want to see a ripe tomato in the near future,” he said.

CSA was introduced in the U.S. in the 1980s and has since grown to thousands of farms across the country.  Those who sign up for a farm’s CSA receive a box of fresh produce each week.  Millsap said there are two or three CSA farms locally, and while it’s a small movement here, it’s a devoted one.

“And I think that’s because part of what CSA touches on that’s deeper than just the food is the desire for community.  You know, we all want to be connected to something, and part of what we want to connect with is the food and with other people who are also passionate about eating good food and growing good food,” he said.

Millsap said they try to focus on growing things that people would buy in the grocery store like cucumbers and tomatoes.  But members will occasionally get something they might not be familiar with like kohlrabi.

Millsap Farms is celebrating today by offering free t-shirts and giving a one-day discount to those who sign up for its CSA.

For more information about Millsap Farms CSA, click here.

http://ksmu.org/post/friday-national-csa-sign-day

Shares are packed and ready to head for front porch delivery

Shares are packed and ready to head for front porch delivery

Fall CSA share, October, 2010

Fall CSA share, October, 2010

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Bringing Home a Winter CSA Harvest 2-24-15

2-24-15 CSA Full Share

Adam Blaney said, “CSA whole share from Millsap Farm today! Wow that’s a lot of food! Squash (butternut, acorn and spaghetti), 2 heads k lettuce, kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, parsley and garlic!”image

To read the whole CSA newsletter  see what exactly went in our share this week, and hear the latest news from the farm go to https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_qVfHpj8NQFRGMyaldJSDljaDQ/edit?usp=docslist_apiimage

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CSA Video, now what does CSA mean?

Want to know more about Millsap Farm CSA watch this

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How the CSA Model Supports a Farm

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Posted: 02/17/2015 10:30 am EST Updated: 02/17/2015 12:59 pm EST

I am thinking about spring. Although it is still several weeks away, there are decisions to make that will affect what grows on Katchkie Farm in 2015. Despite the frozen earth, now is the time our planning begins. The seed orders went in last week, including over 60 varieties from arugula and eggplant to king kale, tomatoes and zucchini – over 1 million individual seeds.

But the most critical farm activity starting now is the launch of CSA sign-up season. CSA – Community Supported Agriculture – is better recognized as the veggie bag members get weekly, filled with whatever was harvested on the farm. We are in the process of signing up our 500 members – not a simple task, yet central to the financial health of the farm.

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For us at Katchkie Farm, and at hundreds of farms across the country, CSA is the economic anchor. Why? Members pay for their “shares” before the growing season – providing farmers with money to buy seeds, ready fields and equipment- all before a single veggie has grown. CSA defines a commitment that will weather a bumper crop season (when members benefit) or withstand the occasional disruption due to hurricane, hail, blight or bug (less to share). It fosters a connection between consumer and grower that transcends marketing or e-commerce.

The advent of two trends threaten to disrupt the CSA model. The first is the aggregator/middleman model, which collects crops from different farms and resells directly to consumers. Retail aggregators include models like Good Eggs or Farmigo, allowing buyers to skip the vegetables they don’t like (no okra please) and get the ones they prefer (more kale or varietal tomato). In season, FreshDirect not only offers a wide selection of local options (conventional and organic) but a farmer’s box of “best picks” of the week for a CSA-like experience. No doubt, Amazon will be right behind. Depending on your location, Peapod, Whole Foods and others with online shopping will worm their way into the farm fresh market.

In the bricks and mortar world, merchants are responding to the demand for local food and promote an array of items, from fruits and vegetables to cheese, meat, fish and beverages as well. Here too, there is abundant marketing about local farm connections – often a source of controversy as there is little transparency and no regulation.

There are more local vegetables everywhere with more product choice, ordering flexibility and greater accessibility (if you are in the delivery zone). This is what the food movement has been advocating and finally, businesses have figured out how to make convenient and profitable. Shopping for local vegetables and fruits will be like shopping for anything else we buy – you get what you chose.

Is that a problem? Yes and no. First of all, only actual CSAs should be called CSAs. It signifies a specific operating model and financial arrangement, one that is most supportive of and favorable to the farmer. It should not be used by an aggregator or retail organization to describe a selection of seasonal produce.

Although CSA requires upfront payment, many offer a payment schedule as well as reduced prices for low-income communities. Once you factor in the amount of produce over a 22-week period, the cost is generally cheaper than buying via retail outlets.

But I think there is more to this conversation than convenience or price or selection alone. At the core of CSA is an understanding of how growing food (farming) happens. It involves a financial commitment to the farm before delivery – that is an act of faith. It acknowledges the acceptance of circumstances beyond our control – weather, climate change and natural impacts. It embraces the joy of surprise, stimulating conversation and culinary exploration. It gets people cooking, swapping, learning, and talking.

Above all else, it is belonging to a community that celebrates the same inexplicable “farm joy” you feel. It’s having a farm to call your own, a farmer to learn from and a place to go if you want to get into the dirt. It transforms the way you think about a rain on a summer’s day – it’s good for the crops.

Change in distribution of food from farms to homes is happening and there is room for multiple of models. More healthy, accessible and delicious options benefit everyone. I just hope that the humility that comes with understanding how precious our food is will be sprinkled in every bag and box.

This piece was originally published in Our Town.

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Video of Millsap Farm CSA

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Get to know the Millsap Farm Community Video

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If you Carrot at all

If you carrot all get to FMO (Farmers Market of the Ozarks) and lettuce show you how to make your Valentine’s heart Beet for you! See you from 9-1wpid-img_20150210_165546.jpg

Your Kaleing Me!

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