Farm Stand April 19th

Our Farm Stand is back this Thursday at April 19th on campus only from 4-6pm!

Accepting Pre-orders through Wednesday at midnight here: https://goo.gl/forms/JCuEk8Fy7lAkgR2c2

Fresh green scallions make their first appearance at the stand this week.

Scallions for sale this week at our Farm Stand!

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Hope to see you all this week on campus!

P.S. Still accepting CSA sign ups for our 2018 season! Price goes up May 1st.

 

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CSA Referral Bonuses

The CSA model is a unique model with both risks and rewards, for farmer and consumer. As a farmer, one of the biggest risks is CSA member retention. The national CSA retention average hovers around 50-60%. It’s a risk to find new members each year. All the more when your customer base is fairly limited to one university campus!

At UK CSA, we have a wonderful group of members who care about the local economy, organic and delicious food, and our community of farmers, students, and eaters. We know that many of our members have like-minded friends, family members, and co-workers who would also enjoy CSA membership.

Therefore, we are pleased to offer referral bonuses for 2018! If you are a 2018 CSA subscriber, you can receive $20 for every NEW CSA member you recruit. Any new CSA member cannot have been a UK CSA subscriber in the past year. New recruits do not have to be UK employees. Bonuses will be given once the new CSA member has completed their registration and submitted a deposit.

$20 will be issued as a gift certificate good for:

  • Extra items at our Farm Stand in the off season OR during the main season
  • Non-produce items like canvas Tote Bags or SAG T-shirts
  • Thanksgiving Box pre-orders

Just ask your recruited CSA member to give us your name during registration (enter in the text box where it says “If any attendees above have special needs please give their name and their needs.”), or email us directly with the information so we can issue you the bonus.

Please help us to share the veggie love across the campus! Request a copy of our flier to hang in your office building, break room area, or to give to a friend. Just send your flier request to: uk.csa@uky.edu

Early Bird Prices End SATURDAY!

4 more days to snag your 2018 CSA spot at the Early Bird Price: $650 for non-students and $584 for students. Don’t delay!!

Click here to register. Early Bird prices only offered through 3/31.

Perks of a CSA membership include:

  • 22 weeks of fresh, Certified Organic vegetables, herbs, and fruit​, from May 24-October 18. We also grow many types of heirloom vegetables you won’t find at a store. The flavor is incomparable!
  • Access to special you-pick items on the farm, like cherry tomatoes, flowers, herbs, okra, beans, peppers, and more! Members can pick unlimited amounts in season at no extra charge. Occasional Saturday you-pick events also offered. You-pick is a wonderful time to bring your kids or a friend to experience the farm in person.
  • Flexibility with your share items thanks to a Swap Box at pick ups. In addition, some weeks we will give members a choice between two items for whichever suits your family best. All share items you choose out of bins so you can get just the right size of zucchini or your preferred color of peppers to take home.
  • Invitation to a CSA member potluck on farm, including a farm tour.
  • Weekly newsletters containing recipes and stories from student apprentices.
  • Face-to-face time at pick-ups with CSA staff, students, and fellow members to swap recipes, ask questions, and solicit suggestions for food prep and storage. Get the “insider’s scoop” on the food you are eating!

Here’s a little glimpse from 2017 of what might be in store this year!!

 

Last Call for Farm Stand Pre-Orders!

Last call for Farm Stand pre-orders. Grab your lettuce, ginger, turmeric, and deliciously sweet overwintered spinach now! (Oh-so-sweet!)

Delivery will be Thursday (tomorrow) from 4-6pm on campus.

Items available for sale include:
+ Spinach, organic, $4/half lb
+ Lettuce Heads, not certified organic, $2.50/head
+ 2 oz. bags of dried ground ginger, not certified organic, $7
+ 2 oz. bags of dried ground turmeric, not certified organic, $5
+ Microgreens, organic, $2 for 1 oz
+ Sweet Potatoes, organic, $2.50/lb
+ Sustainable Agriculture totebags and t-shirts
+ Farm Stand and CSA Gift Certificates

Some items are listed as “not certified organic.” These are being grown in a solar greenhouse that is currently in transition to be certified. They were grown with our same organic practices but cannot be marketed as certified organic products at this time.

You may pre-order items by clicking on this google doc. Or copy and paste this URL: https://goo.gl/forms/ZscApotvjEZrIMX23

Do you need to make a deposit on your CSA subscription? Swing by the Farm Stand on Thursday and you can submit your deposit ($100 minimum required within 30 days of sign up) by cash, check, or credit card.

Can’t make the Farm Stand? Just mail in your deposit by check, made payable to UK CSA.

Farm Stand is BACK!

Good afternoon friends! We are excited to announce that we will be having a Farm Stand next Thursday, March 22nd from 4-6pm at the E.S. Good Barn.

Items available for sale include:
+ Spinach, organic, $4/half lb
+ Romaine Lettuce Heads, not certified organic, $2.50/head
+ 2 oz. bags of dried ground ginger, not certified organic, $7
+ 2 oz. bags of dried ground turmeric, not certified organic, $5
+ Microgreens, organic, $2 for 1 oz
+ Sweet Potatoes, organic, $2.50/lb
+ Sustainable Agriculture totebags and t-shirts
+ Farm Stand and CSA Gift Certificates

Some items are listed as “not certified organic.” These are being grown in a solar greenhouse that is currently in transition to be certified. They were grown with our same organic practices but cannot be marketed as certified organic products at this time.

You may pre-order items by clicking on this google doc. Or copy and paste this URL: https://goo.gl/forms/ZscApotvjEZrIMX23

We are also excited to announce that we will now be able to accept credit cards in person as a payment option for both your CSA share payments and for Farm Stand. This includes: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. We know some of you will be very excited about this!

If you haven’t signed up for the 2018 CSA season, it’s not too late! We are still taking memberships for the premium price of $650 (non-student) and $584 (student). Prices go up on April 1, so don’t wait! We are excited to share another round of great vegetables with you.

Follow this link to sign up for our 2018 CSA season!

CSA Day, February 23rd, 2018

If you haven’t signed up for this year’s CSA season, now is the time! Today, February 23rd is National CSA Day.

We encourage you to support your local farmers and join a CSA. Experience new vegetables and cultivate a lifestyle of eating healthy, local, fresh and organic vegetables. Join a community of people who are connected to their food and each other.

Interested in signing up?

CSA information and registration links are available via our website: http://sustainableag.ca.uky.edu/csa

Already know about the CSA?  Just go directly to the online registration form here: https://www3.ca.uky.edu/sustainable-ag/csa/new.php

We are doing a giveaway of a UK Sustainable Ag Tshirt or Tote Bag in celebration of the day. Anyone who signs up for our CSA before midnight today is eligible to win. Winner will be announced Monday.

Please be sure to review our 2018 CSA Terms and Conditions.  If you are a Bluegrass Harvest/UK Health and Wellness voucher participant, you do not need to register again — but please take a moment to review our terms and let us know if you have any questions.

Lastly, check out our write up at UK NOW from Carol Spence here.

Giveaway Friday!

This Friday (February 23rd) marks the national CSA Sign Up Day. In light of this day, we will be doing a giveaway of a UK Sustainable Ag T-shirt or Tote Bag. Anyone who registers for the 2018 CSA by midnight Friday will be entered into the drawing. Winner will be announced Monday!
Please spread the word about the CSA to your friends and colleagues. We are excited to get another great season of organic veggies underway soon.