Week One: First Box of the Season

Week 1

Hello Full Share CSA members

I am sure you are all recovering from a very happy Memorial Day weekend. Here at the farm, we have been busy planting, harvesting, and enjoying the weekend as well. We are also delighted to begin the 2015 CSA season. I’ll explain in more detail what is included in this first box of the season, but first I need to cover a few housekeeping thingies.

Your CSA will be delivered in a waxed produce box, plus it will have a cooler pack inside, of which both are re-usable throughout the season. So please be gentle with the box and return it along with the cooler pack for reuse each week. Plus, depending on where you pick up your box, there are a few things to know. So here it goes:

St. Cloud offices – for those of you who receive your boxes at your office, I’ll be dropping off your boxes on Tuesday mornings. Then you simply have your box and cooler pack ready for me to pick up when I deliver your box the next week. That’s it.

St. Cloud Good Earth Co-op – Your boxes will be delivered to the co-op on Tuesday mornings. To pick up your box, go to a cashier, let them know that you are picking up your CSA and they will direct you to the break room or conference room in the back of the store where the boxes will be ready for you. Then, next week when you pick up your new box, please return your old box, collapse it, and leave the flattened box in the area where you pick up your new box. Follow that?

Spring Meadows – your boxes will be delivered to the pool/community room on Tuesdays around noon or 12:30. Just return your box and cooler pack to the pool/community center before I drop off your new box the next week and I will take it from there.

Vital Images – I plan to be at your office around 2pm on Tuesdays. Just have your box and cooler pack ready for me to pick up the following week when I drop of the current week’s box.

MB25 – I’ll be at your office around 2:30 to drop off your boxes, and I will pick up the boxes and cooler packs the next time I’m there.

Made of Mora – your boxes will be ready for pick up by noon on Thursdays. Simply return your box and cooler pack to Made of Mora the next time you pick up your box.

Sapsucker Farms – For those of you who are picking up here at the farm, your box will be ready after noon on Thursday. For your first time picking up, let me know when you think you’ll be picking up your box so I’m here to show you where to pick it up and drop off your boxes.

City Center Market Co-op in Cambridge – Boxes will be delivered on Friday mornings by 10:00 a.m. To pick up your box, you will need to go to a cashier, then they will retrieve your box, but they want you to bring along a bag to bring your goodies home. The co-op will keep the box and hold it for me next time I drop off boxes.

I’ll remind everyone of these procedures for the first couple of weeks, then we’ll all get into the swing of things and will know what to do in the future.

Now… what’s in your box this week:

1 Dozen Eggs – one dozen very fresh eggs. You’ll see brown and green eggs, that’s because the Rhode Island Red chickens lay brown eggs, and the Aracauna chickens lay greenish colored eggs. This is the one and only time that eggs will be included in the CSA boxes. If you would like more eggs in the future, just let me know, they are $3 per dozen and we can add them to you box in the future if you desire. If by chance you are vegan, and you are offended by my including them in the box, I sincerely apologize. And you now have 12 little weapons you can fling at my house in revenge. Or, you could donate them to the local food shelf, and I know they would appreciate them.

Rhubarb – The season is short for this delightfully tart treat. My fave is to make rhubarb custard pie, which you will find among the rhubarb recipes on my website.

Bibb Butter crunch lettuce – Two different varieties are included. This is a delicate, tender head of lettuce that is very mild and crunchy. And just so you know, I have a LOT of lettuce growing, so you’ll be seeing a lot more in the future.

Two Kitchen herb plant – You will find TWO different herb plants, any combination of: basil, sage, cilantro, or rosemary. These are live plants, you can keep in your kitchen or plant in your garden, watch them grow, and snip off fresh herbs as you need it. Or, you can just take a big sniff of them every day, and enjoy the wonderful aroma of fresh herbs. Just give it a little water and it’ll be happy for a long, long, long time. But, if by chance the plant has a short life in your household, fear not! Don’t throw it away. The dried leaves from the dead plant is also good. In fact, that is what you would find in the jars of dried herbs on the spice shelves in the grocery store.

Enjoy this early spring harvest and there is more in store next week.

Meanwhile, you can keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

Enjoy,

Debbie

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The 2015 CSA is Ready to Go.

CSA Schedule for the spring, summer, and fall.

I am happy to report that we are ready to roll with the CSA. The first box will be packed and delivered next week, starting with the full share members only. Please note that the first half share box will begin the following week.

The complete schedule is provided below, but let me first explain a few things.

Each week, the schedule will be the same. Whenever I refer to “St. Cloud” it includes all locations in St. Cloud (select offices, and the Good Earth Co-op). Whenever I refer to “Metro Area” that includes all of the locations in the Twin Cities area (Plymouth, Vital Images, MB25). References to “Mora” is deliveries to Made of Mora. References to “Farm” is for those picking up here at the Sapsucker Farms, and references to “Cambridge” are for boxes to be picked up at the City Center Market Co-op in Cambridge.

Also please note that there will be a Hiatus during the week of June 22-26 so there will be no CSA deliveries that week. Also, the schedule is subject to change depending on what Mother Nature has in store for us this year.

On another note, if you would like any of the add-on items we have available, let me know and I can add them to your CSA as well. Just contact me and we can make arrangements for payment and delivery. Add-on items include:
Maple syrup 17 oz bottle – $15
Maple syrup gallon jug – $65
Wildflower honey 1-lb jar – $6
Wildflower honey 2-lb jar – $12
Eggs – $3 per dozen
Hometown Hummus – $5 (more news coming soon on this awesome product!)

And for those of you who are not aware, Sapsucker Farms now produces Yellow Belly Hard Cider, which is available at a retailer near you. Here is a complete list of stores where you can find Yellow Belly, and if you can’t find it, let me know and I’ll be sure to get some to you.

We are looking forward to a bountiful harvest. Full share members you’ll be hearing from me next week. In the meantime, you can follow the adventures of the farm on Facebook and Twitter @SapsuckerFarms

Cheers,
Debbie

 

WEEK ONE Tuesday 5/26 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full share only
Thursday 5/28 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full share only
Friday 5/29 Cambridge Full share only
WEEK TWO Tuesday 6/2 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full and Half shares
Thursday 6/5 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full and Half shares
Friday 6/5 Cambridge Full and Half shares
WEEK THREE Tuesday 6/9 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full share only
Thursday 6/11 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full share only
Friday 6/12 Cambridge Full share only
WEEK FOUR Tuesday 6/16 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full and Half shares
Thursday 6/18 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full and Half shares
Friday 6/19 Cambridge Full and Half shares
HIATUS No CSA the week of 6/22 – 6/26
WEEK FIVE Tuesday 6/30 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full and Half shares
Thursday 7/2 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full and Half shares
Friday 7/3 Cambridge Full and Half shares
WEEK SIX Tuesday 7/7 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full share only
Thursday 7/9 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full share only
Friday 7/10 Cambridge Full share only
WEEK SEVEN Tuesday 7/14 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full and Half shares
Thursday 7/16 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full and Half shares
Friday 7/17 Cambridge Full and Half shares
WEEK EIGHT Tuesday 7/21 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full share only
Thursday 7/23 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full share only
Friday 7/24 Cambridge Full share only
WEEK NINE Tuesday 7/28 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full and Half shares
Thursday 7/30 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full and Half shares
Friday 7/31 Cambridge Full and Half shares
WEEK 10 Tuesday 8/4 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full share only
Thursday 8/6 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full share only
Friday 8/7 Cambridge Full share only
WEEK 11 Tuesday 8/11 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full and Half shares
Thursday 8/13 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full and Half shares
Friday 8/14 Cambridge Full and Half shares
WEEK 12 Tuesday 8/18 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full share only
Thursday 8/20 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full share only
Friday 8/21 Cambridge Full share only
WEEK 13 Tuesday 8/25 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full and Half shares
Thursday 8/27 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full and Half shares
Friday 8/28 Cambridge Full and Half shares
WEEK 14 Tuesday 9/1 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full share only
Thursday 9/3 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full share only
Friday 9/4 Cambridge Full share only
WEEK 15 Tuesday 9/15 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full and Half shares
Thursday 9/17 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full and Half shares
Friday 9/18 Cambridge Full and Half shares
WEEK 16 Tuesday 9/8 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full share only
Thursday 9/10 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full share only
Friday 9/11 Cambridge Full share only
WEEK 17 Tuesday 9/15 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full and Half shares
Thursday 9/17 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full and Half shares
Friday 9/18 Cambridge Full and Half shares
WEEK 18 Tuesday 9/22 St. Cloud and Metro Area Full share only
Thursday 9/24 Mora and Sapsucker Farms Full share only
Friday 9/25 Cambridge Full share only
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The Growing Season Has Begun.

Week 8

The greenhouse is packed full of trays of newly sprouted 100% certified organic veggies and fruits for the 2015 CSA.

In addition to the 50+ crops of veggies and fruits that are planned for the CSA, this year I am experimenting with growing artichokes, ginger, turmeric, and wine cap and shiitake mushrooms… with the help of my season-extention high tunnel. Fingers crossed that these crops will be successful, and that I’ll be able to include them in the boxes this year.

SHARE OPTIONS
Half share – $275 – 1/2 bushel box every other week throughout the summer and fall for a total of 9 boxes for the season
Full share – $475 – 1/2 bushel box every week throughout the summer and fall for a total of 18 boxes for the season.

The CSA season runs from early June through early October. The weekly newsletter keeps you up to date about what is happening on the farm, plus recipes for what’s included in the box for that week.

See what members received each week for:
CSA season 2014
CSA season 2013

PICK-UP LOCATIONS
St. Cloud – Good Earth Co-op, and select offices – Tuesdays
Mora – Made of Mora on Thursdays
Sapsucker Farms – Thursday or Friday
Cambridge – City Center Market Co-op – Fridays

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR 2015
There are two options for joining the 2015 CSA
1.) Download the sign-up form, complete and mail to Sapsucker Farms along with your payment
2.) For your convenience, you may purchase a share through the online store. Note: this includes a $5 handling fee.

I am enthusiastically looking forward to the 2015 growing season and hope you will join in the fun, and bounty of the harvest this year.

Cheers,

Debbie

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The Sap is Running.

sap

Oh yeah. The buckets are filling up with sap once again. The first collection and sap cooking will be happening this Saturday 3/28. Let us know if you want to join us.

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INTRODUCING… Yellow Belly Hard Apple Cider

YB bottles

After a year of planning, building, licensing, learning, fermenting, and tasting, we are to happy to announce that Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly Semi-Sweet Hard Apple Cider is now available. This week we are rolling it out in the Twin Cities and East Central Minnesota. Currently you can find it available at these stores.

Cheers to all who helped us get this new product on the market. And cheers to you who will enjoy this new, delicious cider.

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Sign up for 2015 CSA

Week 8

Registration for the 2015 CSA season is now open! My green thumbs are itching to get dirty and start growing fresh certified organic vegetables and fruits. This season I am planning on growing about 60 different kinds of vegetables and fruits which are also listed here.

New this year… I’m going to try my hand at growing artichokes (one of my faves), plus ginger and turmeric to add a spicy zip to the boxes. All certified organic of course. But just a reminder… as a CSA member, you share the risk with the farmer, so if there are any crop failures, you won’t find it in your box.

Complete details can be found here about the CSA. You can also see what members received in all of their boxes for both the 2013 season and 2014 season just to give you an idea of what you might expect to see in your box throughout the season. Each year is just a little different, depending on how generous or moody Mother Nature decides to be. So here are the basics for this upcoming season:

Full share $475 – 18 consecutive weeks from June – October
Half share $275 – 9 weeks (every-other week) from June – October

There are two ways to sign up.
1.) Mail-in – Download and print the sign-up form and mail it in along with your check. OR
2.) Online – Purchase your share option via our online store. Please note that there is a $5 handling fee for the online store purchase.

Other payment options.
– You may choose to make a $25 non-refundable deposit to place a hold on your share option with the remaining balance due by May 1, 2015.
– Payment plans can also be accommodated, just contact me to discuss the details.

Add-on items available too
Throughout the CSA season, other items will also be available for purchase including:
– free-range eggs
– maple syrup
– honey
– wild rice (while supplies last)
– other local goodies to be announced

In about a week, I’ll be starting seeds in the greenhouse, so the 2015 growing season is about to begin!

Something Sweet for your Valentine
If you still need a gift for your sweetie, you might be interested in a Sapsucker Farms Organics Minnesota Gift Box which includes: maple syrup, honey, hand-harvested wild rice, all nicely packed into a hand-crafted wooden crate made by a local artisan. Also available on our online store.


Wishing you all a very happy Valentine’s Day!

Cheers,
Debbie

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Our Baby Turns 300,000.

Geo

Our little baby, the 2000 Chevrolet (Geo) Metro turned 300,000 miles this weekend. We’re so proud of her. She’s a dependable little thing, has survived a few mishaps, and is so efficient that she runs on only three of her four cylinders. Now we’ll see if she can make it to 400,000 miles.

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Merry Christmas.

Christmas chickens

Wishing you all an eggstraordinary holiday season.

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Minnesota Wild Rice is here.

wild rice

We are happy to announce that we now offer Minnesota wild rice! Members of Jim’s family have been harvesting wild rice for years. So this past summer, Jim and I joined them and learned all about how to harvest wild rice. It was hard work, but also a lot of fun. It was amazing to watch these experienced wild rice harvesters traverse through the wetlands as they gently and skillfully hand-harvested the kernels off the stock and filled their canoes with ripe rice.

Since we Jim and I are beginners, our overall contribution to the harvest was very small. But we know we will get better at it with more practice in the years to come.

wild rice

Our hand-harvested Minnesota wild rice is now available through our website store, plus you’ll find a collection of favorite recipes as well. What better holiday gift than Minnesota wild rice, Minnesota maple syrup, and Minnesota honey?!

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Small Business Saturday.

Maple Syrup and Honey

Be sure to support your local small businesses on Small Business Saturday November 29th. Not only will the businesses appreciate your support, buy you can benefit by finding some really cool, local, products as gifts for the holiday season.

Minnesota organic maple syrup is always a hit for holiday gifts. So is our Minnesota Wildflower honey. For your shopping convenience you can buy it right now via our online store.

Something else to consider, is giving the gift of fresh, organic vegetables and fruits. Our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) has two options:

Half share CSA which is a 1/2 bushel box every-other-week from June through October, for a total of nine boxes throughout the growing season. Cost for a half share is $275.00

Full share CSA is a 1/2 bushel box every week for 18 weeks from June through October. Cost for a full share is $475.00

Purchase options include: Order the CSA online well (a 4% up charge is added for online sales). Or you can place a $25 deposit via online store and pay the remainder by mailing in a check. Or you can just download the CSA registration and mail it in.

Week 8

This is an example of the produce in a mid-summer box. You can check out the blog archives for CSA 2013 and CSA 2014 which shows all of the boxes that members received throughout both of these growing seasons.

We appreciate your support for Small Business Saturday, and we wish you a happy, healthy holiday season.

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