Winter 2011-12 CSA shares are now available.

We are offering a limited number of winter CSA shares this fall, on sale now. We’re about half full now, and only have a limited number of additional shares available, so if you’re planning to sign up, don’t delay and miss out!

Fall and winter crops are looking pretty good this year, with all this recent rain really helping the beets, spinach, chard, kale, lettuce, salad mix, turnips, etc. get off to a good start.  As in seasons past, we’ll focus primarily on greens production this winter, using row cover, high tunnels, and greenhouses, to produce tons of spinach, pac choi, lettuce, and other greens right through the winter. In addition to the greens, the “Roots, Squash and Greens Share” will include storage crops like Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Irish Potatoes, and winter squash, and fresh root crops like turnips, carrots, beets, radishes, etc.  If you would rather stick with just greens we are offering a “Greens Only Share” as an option. One big difference this year is that we will be taking about a month and a half off during January/February.   This is the time when our crops grow slowest, and the harvest often gets a little skimpy during this time, plus it’s usually the worst weather to be out working in, so we are aiming to spend more time indoors, and perhaps do some travelling.  So the schedule of pick-ups will be every Tuesday starting October 25 to May 1, 2011, with a break starting December 21, and resuming February 21.  That makes a total of 20 weeks of veggies.  Cost  for Roots and Greens Share will be $25/ week, for a total of $500, with half shares, bread shares, and other options available on our point of sale site (look for the link near the bottom of the page) you can pay this up front for a discount, or make monthly payments for four months.  As always, we require a 12 hour per season workshare commitment from members, meaning that you come to the farm to help us harvest or weed for 12 hours.  This season, for the first time, we are offering a chance to opt out of the workshare by paying a fee of $100 to offset the loss of labor on the farm.  We realize that some people are just too busy, or have other reasons for not committing to a workshare, and we don’t want this keep you from joining the CSA.

There are three options for receiving your share this winter.  One pick-up will be at the farm Tuesdays from 4-5 (after 5 we’ll just put your share in the walk-in cooler if you ask us)

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The second option, as we’ve offered for the last few seasons, is a pick-up at Homegrown Food in downtown Springfield, also on Tuesdays between 5 and 7 p.m. This pick-up option costs $3/week, payable in full at the start of the season, and a one-time $10 container fee.

We are also offering, for the first time, a delivery option for those in Springfield city limits, which will bring your veggies right to your door each week between 4 and 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.  Your share will be delivered to your doorstep in a styrofoam ice chest to keep it fresh and to prevent freezing, and you will have the option to add items like local milk, local eggs, and organic fruit from the  Homegrown Food online ordering system.  Cost for delivery will be $5/week, with a one-time container rental charge of $15 for icechests (we’ll provide this, and you leave this clean empty ice chest on the porch on tuesday afternoon to be filled).  If you’re ready to sign up, and you are a new member, then click on this link: http://millsapfarm.csasignup.com/members  and get started.  If you are a returning member, click this link:  http://millsapfarm.csasignup.com/members/returning

If you have more questions, please call or e-mail, millsapfarm@gmail.com, or 417-839-0847

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