Know Your Resources: Extension!

Have you all ever been to the Fayette County Extension office? Have you been to their website? The extension office offers a vast wealth of knowledge and information and it is there for everyone to use.

They have an events list that covers the entire year with everything from sewing, gardening, job strategies, crafts and more. Some events require a fee and pre-registration to ensure a spot, but several are also free.

Under the Family and Consumer Sciences heading, you can find a tab entitled “Plate it Up! Kentucky Proud” which has different recipes to try with your fresh CSA veggies.

Additionally, you can always stop in the office and find publications on things like canning and preservation.

The things I listed are not anywhere close to all of the services that the Extension Agents provide. I encourage you to check out their website and stop in at the office if you have questions about gardening, farming, canning, 4-H and more!

Fayette County Extension website: http://fayette.ca.uky.edu/
Fayette County Extension office address: 1140 Harry Sykes Way Lexington KY, 40504
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 AM-4:30 PM

office_photo

 

Micro-Greens, Round 2!

We have more micro greens for sale TODAY from 4-6pm at the ES Good Barn. $2 for a bag of pea shoots, sunflower shoots, arugula, or mixed asian (spicy) greens!

Hope to see you this sunny day! We have other veggies for sale including:

-Lettuce
-Spinach
-Cilantro
-Kale

Psst….! Spring is here. It’s almost CSA SEASON! Don’t miss out — grab your spot today! CLICK HERE!

Farm Stand This Week!!

Good morning friends! The UK CSA Farm Stand is back this week. For those of you that are new to the Farm Stand, we take pre-orders via the webstore Farmigo. Click here to place your order. You may place your order any time between 10 am Monday (3/20) and 6 am Thursday (3/23). Pick up is Thursday afternoon from 4-6pm in the parking lot of the E.S. Good Barn on campus. We set up in the grassy area closest to University Dr. and the stadium.

What’s available this week:
+ Spinach
+ Kale
+ Cilantro
+ Lettuce Heads

We will have micro-greens for sale again this week. However they will not be posted to the webstore as we are still figuring out how much can be harvested. We will have arugula micro-greens, pea shoots and sunflower shoots, and a braising mix of micro-greens.

Walk up sales are always welcome!

If you love our veggies so much and don’t want it to end, make sure you sign up for our CSA! You can sign up right here.

Farm Stand Surprise!

We have a nice surprise for you at today’s Farm Stand!

Today is the first time we are selling microgreens.

What are microgreens, you ask?  These are the young – and tender – greens harvested at an early stage of growth. Most microgreens have only been growing for 1-2 weeks. While these greens are the rage in the culinary world, they are a great addition in home kitchens, too!

Why buy microgreens? Microgreens might not have a lot of weight, but they are heavyweights in the nutritional world. Microgreens contain several times the density of important nutrients, including vitamins C, E, K, lutein and beta-carotein. So, the bag of greens may look small, but these little guys are mighty. Not only that, microgreens taste great and are a quick and easy way to enhance or add flavors.

Today we are selling arugula microgreens, 1 oz for $2.00. This is our special introductory price for a limited time. We hope to diversify our microgreen offerings to include pea shoots, sunflower shoots, and both mild and spicy microgreen mixes. Today’s offering will add a spicy kick to your salad, and we have the perfect pairing with our winter density lettuce and spinach from our high tunnels.

Here we are using our new greens harvester on our spinach!

Come see us TODAY from 4-6pm by the E.S. Good Barn and pick up some goodies!  Cash and check only, please We’d love you to try these microgreens and give us some feedback on flavor profiles you’d like to see us offer. We also have extra carrots, arugula, spinach, lettuce, lacinato kale, red russian kale, and cilantro for sale!

Farm Stand is Open for Business!

Good morning friends! The UK CSA Farm Stand is back this week. For those of you that are new to the Farm Stand, we take pre-orders via the webstore Farmigo. Click here to place your order. You may place your order any time between 10 am Monday (3/6) and 6 am Thursday (3/9). Pick up is Thursday afternoon from 4-6pm in the parking lot of the E.S. Good Barn on campus. We set up in the grassy area closest to University Dr. and the stadium.

150

What’s available this week:
+ Arugula
+ Spinach
+ Kale
+ Carrots
+ Cilantro (listed under “Herbs”)
+ Red Cabbage
+ Lettuce Heads

Walk up sales are always welcome!

149

If you love our veggies so much and don’t want it to end, make sure you sign up for our CSA! You can sign up right here.

Good News!

Good news friends…

The plants in our greenhouse are growing… broccoli, onions, herbs, oh my!

img_2346

The plants in our high tunnels have also taken off… which means — wait for it — another FARM STAND next week! The opportunity to place a pre-order will be available on Monday! We anticipate having more kale, SPINACH, and a few other surprises…

Another piece of good news: the dust has settled after the our big CSA sign up day and we still have spots for our 2017 season! SPREAD THE WORD and share widely with fellow vegetable lovers: Click here to join!

CSA DAY IS FEBRUARY 24th!

Hi folks! The national CSA Day is coming upon us, this Friday, February 24th. If you haven’t done so already, this is a great week to sign up for this year’s CSA season. Check out this great letter from Simon Huntley of Small Farm Central on the reasons to join a CSA. We couldn’t agree more!

instagram_logo2

Why You Should Consider Joining a CSA Farm this Season

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a personal relationship between a farmer and eater. You join the farm as a member and you get a box of food from the farm throughout the growing season. The CSA charter describes this relationship well.

As our culture and economy becomes more homogenized and centralized, CSA is the opposite. It is about a personal relationship between a farmer and the CSA members. It is an intimate connection between local farmland and your dinner table.

You get the freshest possible ingredients from a farmer that you know and the farm gets advance knowledge of demand so we can focus on growing healthy food and getting the food to you.

In a world of intractable problems – take your pick: political and economic instability, nuclear weapons, global warming, and on and on – joining a CSA is a positive act that you can take today that has profound impacts on your health, your local economy, and the environment.

CSA farmers spend money with other local businesses which circulates money in our local economies. CSA farmers take care of their land. CSA farmers treat their employees well. You know all this because you can go visit your CSA farmer and see for yourself. CSA keeps small scale, local farms in business so they can continue producing food for you.

To be frank, joining a CSA is not the easiest path to eating healthy. You can continue to shop at the grocery store and maybe visit the farmers market a few times throughout the season. However, joining a CSA puts you in partnership with a local farmer. A CSA membership enriches your life with high quality food as you spend your food dollars in a way that you will feel good about.

The investment you make in your CSA farm is modest. The average CSA share costs $25/week during the season, so that is $100/month. (Admin note: The UK CSA share costs about $30/week for faculty and staff to remain competitive.) That’s probably less than your cable bill and less than your cell phone bill — for food grown with care in local soil and delivered directly to your neighborhood! There usually is some up-front investment, though most farms will offer payment plans (if not, ask your farmer for a payment plan if you need it!). (Admin note: You can pay up front, which is encouraged, OR we have a 4 installment plan.)

Thank you for supporting local farms and making the commitment to a CSA share. Your support makes all the difference and keeps our farms running.

If there is something that is preventing you from joining your CSA farm, you should let your farmer know so they can improve their program in the future!

Find a CSA farm in our CSA Day Directory at http://csaday.info.

-Simon Huntley
Founder, Small Farm Central
http://www.smallfarmcentral.com

If that got you all fired up about joining a CSA this season, you can sign up right here for the 2017 UK CSA season. We can’t wait to have you join our team!

facebook_logo2