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
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
– 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!
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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.