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!

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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!

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Farm Stand BACK This Week Only

Our Farm Stand is BACK for this week only, making a rare winter appearance.

We have small Red Russian Kale bunches from our high tunnels…

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We also have some tender arugula leaves for sale…

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**Updated: Also some smaller red cabbage heads!**

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In addition, carrots and turnips… Make your pre-order on our webstore before Thursday morning. Here is the link: https://csa.farmigo.com/store/ukcsa

Pick ups on Thursday from 4-6pm at the parking lot of the E.S. Good Barn on UK Campus. WALK UP SALES WELCOME! We’ll bring extras.

Crop List for 2017

In order to really get you excited for the 2017 CSA season, we thought you all might want to know what crops we have planned. Now, this is what we have planned, but sometimes plans don’t always work out how we want them. We’ve got the standard veggies like we always do, but we are trying a few new things this year. Check out the list below!

Eggplant
Potatoes
Summer squash
Cucumbers
Fennel Bulb**NEW**
Field Herbs: Cilantro, Dill, Basil
You-Pick: Herbs, Cherry Tomatoes, Okra, Flowers, Hot Peppers, Green Beans**NEW**
Cantaloupe
Watermelon
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Collards
Kale
Kohlrabi
Turnips
Braising Mix
Corn
Radishes
Peppers
Winter Squash
Celery**NEW**
Sweet Potatoes
Spinach
Lettuce Mix
Lettuce Heads
Arugula
Beets
Garlic
Onions
Peas**NEW**
Green Beans
Leeks
Tomatoes
Ginger**NEW**
Carrots
Green Onions

Week 11 2016 Share

Week 11, 2016 Share

2017 CSA Registration Is Open!

Many of us have been waiting for this moment — perhaps you have been waiting too? We are knee deep in paperwork and ready for the promise of warmer weather and delicious vegetables… so it is with great anticipation and excitement that we get to kick off our 2017 CSA Sign-Ups!

We welcome you to join us for our 11th Community Supported Agriculture season. Registration is now available on our website: http://sustainableag.ca.uky.edu/csa or from the Farmigo website: http://csa.farmigo.com/join/ukcsa/2017CSA.

Please be sure to review our 2017 CSA terms.  If you are a 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.

csaposter-2017Will you help us spread the word in the UK community? If you would like a copy of our poster shown here, we can send you one via campus mail or email you a copy. We have both 11×17 and 8.5×11 inch sizes. Just shoot us an email at uk.csa@uky.edu and share the organic vegetable love with your co-workers!

Questions? Get in touch! uk.csa@uky.edu

Winter Farm Life.

Winter’s descent brings snow and rain and cold outside, but it doesn’t mean farm work stops.

So what exactly goes on at the farm in December and January? This is the normal sight around here lately:

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Yes, we are all crammed together in our farm office to work on the farm plans for 2017. We trade scuffle hoes for laptops and harvest checklists for excel spreadsheets. We plan the crops for our CSA in 2017, the crop rotation, and the field maps. We research crop varieties and place seed orders. Sometimes we know what works and we stick with it, but other times we look for something new that might have a better flavor or higher disease resistance or bigger yields. Next we get our calendars in order: the timing for seeding in our greenhouse, transplanting in the fields, as well as when to prep fields by mowing and spading.

Winter is also the time for data collection and summary for 2016. We total our harvests to know how much food was grown. This also helps informs our field plans and whether we had enough of every item or not. We inventory our supplies so we know what to order for the next season. There are lots of activities to keep us busy in winter!

Lastly, we still have plants to tend. What?! With snow on the ground and temps dropping far below freezing? Yes, thanks to our farm’s high tunnels, we grow some food all winter. Beets, carrots, kale, spinach, arugula… we hope that some of these crops will be showing up at our Farm Stand in the near future. However we are still in the “Persephone Period.” The Persephone Period is the time when there are less than 10 hours of sunlight each day. For our latitude, this time usually lasts from around November 18 to January 23. We are nearing the end of the period, after which plants will start to grow more readily.

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I don’t know about you, but fresh greens from our high tunnels sound delicious right about now! We hope to have some on your plate real soon.

Happy Holidays! ~Last Farm Stand of the Year~

We wish you and your family a happy holiday! This will be the last Farm Stand until January (or February, depending on weather and how the veggies in the high tunnels grow). As always, we will communicate via email/blog posts about when the Farm Stand will be back, so check your emails!

The webstore is open from Monday at 2pm until 6am Thursday morning. Place your order at the store to reserve your veggies for this week! Pick up is Thursday from 4pm-6pm as usual on campus, in the parking lot of the E.S. Good Barn.

Click here to visit our webstore!

Here are the items available for purchase this week:
+ Acorn Squash
+ Butternut Squash
+ Delicata Squash
+ Carrots
+ Turnips
+ Curly Kale
+ Lacinato Kale
+ Red Russian Kale
+ Spinach
+ Savoy Cabbage
+ Radicchio
+ Potatoes
+ Sweet Potatoes
+ Beets
+ Bulk Cabbage Box
+ Bulk Potatoes Box
+ Bulk Winter Squash Box
+ Weekly Winter Veggie Bundle

Baby Spinach growing in the tunnels.

Baby beets growing in the tunnels.

If you miss the pre-order window, or can’t decide what you want before Thursday, just pop on by the Farm Stand in person and you can purchase veggies on-site. Cash or check only, please. We strongly encourage pre-orders, however, to guarantee your desired vegetables are available. This is also the easiest way to pay by credit card, if desired.

Keep an eye on email or here at the blog (and Facebook) for announcements of webstore offerings. As we move into the winter months, we may not have a Farm Stand every week.

UK CSA Farm Stand Store is Open!

We are once again taking pre-orders for items at our Farm Stand via our webstore. The webstore is open from Monday at 2pm until 6am Thursday morning. Place your order at the store to reserve your veggies for this week! Pick up is Thursday from 4pm-6pm as usual on campus, in the parking lot of the E.S. Good Barn.

Click here to visit our webstore!

Here are the items available for purchase this week:
+ Acorn Squash
+ Butternut Squash
+ Delicata Squash
+ Carrots
+ Turnips
+ Curly Kale
+ Lacinato Kale
+ Red Russian Kale
+ Spinach
+ Savoy Cabbage
+ Radicchio
+ Potatoes
+ Bulk Cabbage Box
+ Bulk Potatoes Box
+ Bulk Winter Squash Box
+ Weekly Winter Veggie Bundle

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If you miss the pre-order window, or can’t decide what you want before Thursday, just pop on by the Farm Stand in person and you can purchase veggies on-site. Cash or check only, please. We strongly encourage pre-orders, however, to guarantee your desired vegetables are available. This is also the easiest way to pay by credit card, if desired.

Keep an eye on email or here at the blog (and Facebook) for announcements of webstore offerings. As we move into the winter months, we may not have a Farm Stand every week.