Get ready…spring is just around the corner and it’s time here on the farm to start planning ahead for this years CSA season. Our Shareholders are the life blood of this small farm. It is their belief , trust and willingness to ride the seasonal roller coaster with us that keeps this farm open and growing. We have had wonderful, bountiful years and hard, less than stellar years within our decade of farming these bottom fields here on the farm. Most of all though as a community, neighbors, friends and family we have seen far more good years….far more good years. I think it is safe to say that last year was by far the hardest year Mark and I have had farming. Floods, heat, drought, bugs…you name it we went through it all in one long year. So many farms suffered greatly last summer believe it or not Mark and I felt a little blessed to be able to hang tough and keep something growing while several others weren’t so lucky. I know of a handful of CSA programs that had to shut down for a couple month to reorganize and there were days Mark and I thought we may have to take some similar action in our own program…thank goodness we it didn’t come to that. The farm was getting calls and email almost weekly from other farmer and CSA program looking for any extra produce we may have and Mark and I did a little pickle trading ourselves with other farmers for sweet corn and late summer squash after the squash bug took over yet again. With all that said I am hoping for a great growing season this year. And a fabulous CSA all season long.
People ask me all the time about the farm and the CSA. They have heard about CSA’s or know someone that participates in a CSA somewhere. Each farm is different and each CSA program is different. The main factor I think is important for anyone who may be considering joining a CSA is to get to know the farmers and their farm. This is the very foundation that sets a CSA program apart from just picking up a basket of fresh produce in a parking lot drop off point or better yet a retail store that is boxing up produce let just say from the Amish (ha ha) and calling it a CSA…bet you can’t tell that is a pet peeve of mine….And yes there are retail stores doing just that. CSA’s are meant to have direct relationships between shareholders, the farmer and the farm. CSA programs are not a one stop shopping supermarket nor is it like going to Wholefood where everything is shiny, cleaned and laid out in row after row of color blocks for maximum appeal. A CSA program is more about connecting shareholder from farm to fork….Where your food comes from, who grew it and how it was grown. It is about getting past those bags of pre-washed lettuce blends with their pastoral looking farmscape logo’s some corporate marketing team dreamed up and more about walking yourself out into a real field of living, growing, fresh beds of lettuce and reaching down to cut your own lettuce bend…or at the very least watching your farmer cut it for you. Nothing on this farm will ever be (thank goodness) perfect…nothing on this farm will ever be without a few bugs, weeds and or blemishes. But I can guarantee one thing…Perfect is so damn overrated:). CSA programs are for people that want their salad greens …well out of the bag. Oh yes…we like it when you come with clippers to our farm.
You can find a local farm CSA in your area by going to Local Harvest.org If you live close to the farm check our CSA program out Madison Creek Farms Let all start thinking out of the bag this season…Lord knows the earth need another plastic bag anyway:) ditch them for a basket of really farm fresh…organically grown vegetables…your gonna like this!
2011 Madison Creek Farms CSA ….limited space …sign up now…We start sharing the harvest in April!