2013-14 Winter CSA shares now available

We are offering a limited number of winter CSA shares again this fall, for sale starting today. Fall and winter crops are looking good this year, with carrots, beets, spinach, chard, kale, lettuce, salad mix, turnips, etc. off to a good start. We focus primarily on greens production in the 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” includes storage crops like Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Irish Potatoes, and acorn, butternut, and spaghetti squash, and fresh root crops like turnips, carrots, beets, radishes, etc.

Head Lettuce in our greenhouse in the winter

Once agin this winter we will be distributing shares every other week, rather than weekly, with a break during January. The first distribution day will be Tuesday November 5, with distributions on November 19, December 3 and 17, January 28, February11 and 25, March 11 and 25, April 8 and 22, and May 6. By reducing the number of distributions, we will be able to save you all some driving, reduce the cost of delivery, have more time for on-farm projects, and still provide you with an excellent supply of fresh greens and other veggies. There is a break around the holidays, so we can have a little time off, and because that is part of the time when the harvests tend to get pretty slim.

That makes for 12 boxes of veggies, each intended to last you approximately 2 weeks, for a total of 24 weeks of veggies. Cost for the Winter Squash, Roots and Greens Share will be $26/ week, for a total of $600, with half shares costing $14.50/week ($348) and new this fall, a 1/4 share, for those who are just wanting to get their feet wet in CSA (sort of a sampler size), for just $10/week($240). As in past seasons, you can pay this up front for a discount, or make two payments, with 50% due on sign up, and 50% due by the end of January.

The bread share will be one loaf per distribution, so 12 loaves for the season. Katie Kring of Katiemade fame, is our baker again this winter. If you need a loaf per week, then feel free to order two shares, and then stick one in the freezer until you’re ready for it.

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 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 to keep anyone 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)

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/distribution, payable in full at the start of the season, and a one-time $15 container fee.

We are also offering a delivery option for those in Springfield city limits, which will bring your veggies right to your door each week between 4 and 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Your share will be delivered to your doorstep in a tote we provide. Cost for delivery will be $6/week, with a one-time container rental charge of $15 for containers (we’ll provide these, and you leave this clean empty container on the porch on tuesday afternoon to be swapped for a full one). 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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