Well, friends — another CSA season comes to a close this week. This is the final week of our tenth season! To commemorate the occasion, I put together a fun CSA newsletter comprised of favorite photos of the last ten years. We think long-time CSA members will smile at the shared memories, and newer members will probably learn some things about the history of our farm!
But, first! I want to make sure I deliver important news up front so folks see it! Here are three important pieces of news for you this week:
- Have you signed up for our 2016 CSA yet? You can do so at pick-up this week, or you can sign up now using our handy online form. The price remains the same for all share sizes. We hope you’ll join us! If you’ve already signed up, you’ll be receive your confirmation materials from us through snail mail and email after the holidays. Your first payment will be due before our first pick up on January 14 (but no need to pay until after the New Year!).
- In the meantime, you can keep eating our yummy food through our two upcoming Holiday Harvests. The first is next week, on Wednesday, November 25. You’ll need to place your order ahead of time, and you can find the list of available items and online order form here. Our second Holiday Harvest will be on December 22 — we’ll send out emails ahead of time. Also, you can buy farm meat from the freezer and eggs at the Holiday Harvest as well!
- And … this one’s not technically just about the farm. I want to invite you to attend the McMinnville Women’s Choir’s winter concert on Saturday, December 5. I have been singing with this group for two years now, and many of the choir members are also friends or customers of the farm. Our winter concert offers a unique take on the season — we will be singing songs from many traditions: Nigerian and Spanish carols and songs for Hanukkah and solstice. Shows are at 3 pm and 7 pm, and you can buy tickets at Oregon Stationers ($5/person for presale or $8 at the door — children 18 and under are free).
And, now, as we close this season, let us reflect on our decade of farming (so far) and all its wild challenges and joys. Enjoy the trip back in time:
Oh, how many photos I could have included to tell more and more and more stories about the farm! Ten years is rich, folks. But the children and I enjoyed scrolling through all those years to choose these juiciest ones for you. I hope you enjoyed it too.
The process of putting this together is a sweet way to end the season. This week has been stormy — rainy and windy — and we feel the call of our winter rest. Because we spent then winter of ’12 preparing for our former “Full Diet CSA” and then ran that program year round in ’13 and ’14, we figure we haven’t had a real good solid rest since the winter of 2011-12. It is time! The farm and our lives need a little bit of extra attention!
And, then we will be back, raring to go with the extra energy of renewal, in January! We hope to see you all then (and/or at our Holiday Harvests this fall!)
And, as always, we end in gratitude. Thank you for this season and for all the ones that came before it! Enjoy this week’s vegetables!
Your farmers, Katie & Casey Kulla
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Meet this week’s vegetables:
- Goldrush apples — Voted the best apple in our recent variety tasting here on the farm!
- Rainbow chard
- Cauliflower & broccoli
- Butternut squash
- Acorn squash
- Spaghetti squash
- Delicata winter squash
- Pie pumpkin
- Sweet potatoes
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And this week’s extra goodies from the farm:
- Eggs — $6/dozen
- Bratwurst — Artisan-made no-nitrates added pasture-raised pork Bratwursts! $12/lb.
- Ground beef — $7 for 1 lb packages
- Stewing hen — $3.50/lb
- Lamb — Roasts and ground lamb are $8/lb. Lamb chops are $12/lb.