UK CSA You-Pick Program

One of the perks of joining the UK CSA program is free access to you-pick. There is no additional charge for you-pick if you are a current CSA member.

All members will receive full you-pick guidelines at the start of the season. The main you-pick field will open in mid to late June based on crop readiness, but we will also have some additional items that may be available earlier.

Items available for You-Pick in 2020 will include:

  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Flowers
  • Herbs
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Hot Peppers, Banana Peppers, and Shishito Peppers
  • Kale
  • Green Bush Beans
  • Specialty Beans/Edamame
  • Okra


You-Pick hours are the same as farm business hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4pm. We have extended hours on Thursday until 6:30pm to coincide with our on-farm CSA pick up window.

Can’t make it out to the farm during the week? No problem! We will also offer 3 Saturday You-Pick days on the second Saturdays of July, August, and September from 9am-11am.  Mark you calendars and we hope to see you then.

New for 2020: we will allow farm friends/Farm Stand patrons who are not CSA members to enjoy you-pick during our Saturday you-pick days for a fee. Fees will be assessed based on items picked. More information will be forthcoming.

Our members love the you-pick because of the chance to introduce the farm to their kids. One member’s testimony about the perks of CSA and you-pick:

We come back year after year and encourage those around us to participate in the bounty.  I love going to the farm to pick herbs, tomatoes, green beans, hot peppers and flowers when I have the chance.  I have learned so much about new veggies.  I could not live without my CSA!

Ready to take the plunge into UK CSA membership for 2020? Registrations are happening now!

CSA Shares At-a-Glance

There is no Farm Stand today, but we will be back in about 2-3 weeks.

Our CSA Sign ups began last week and there are still vouchers to claim if you are a UK employee on a UK health plan (HMO, PPO, EPO).

Head to your UK Health and Wellness dashboard to claim the $200 voucher for a UK CSA share. Information and voucher activation here: https://ukhr.uky.edu/livewell/challenges/vegout

Whether you have a voucher or not, the UK CSA sign ups are LIVE at this link – CLICK HERE! Please be sure to read terms and conditions. We do ask for a downpayment at time of sign up, either online by credit card, or by mailing us a check.

If you have questions about the CSA or sign ups, please contact us at uk.csa@uky.edu.

One question we get is, what do CSA shares include? We do post weekly photos of our shares on Instagram, and upload them on flickr. Below is a handy collage to get a glimpse of what 22 weeks of seasonal, locally grown organic produce looks like provided by UK CSA!

Top left image is week 1 and you go in order, left to right, and top to bottom. Bottom right image is week 22.

Every week you can expect to get 6-10 DIFFERENT items. Mostly vegetables, but we also include a few fruits (cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes), and herbs (dill, cilantro, basil, and others).

We also keep a swap box going for customizing your share and getting more of a desired item in lieu of a less desired item.

Last but not least, not pictured is our wonderful you-pick operation which we will highlight next week. Stay tuned!

Farm Stand Today, Jan. 23

Good afternoon! Our first Farm Stand of the year is TODAY, from 4-6pm on campus. UK Winery will be on site to sell wine also.
Come down to get some veggies and talk to us about our 2020 CSA season — registration opens tomorrow. It’s not too late to RSVP for the CSA Fair tomorrow via your UK H&W dashboard – drop in any time between 11 and 1pm to enter the raffle for a CSA share. 4 lucky UK employees will win a share.
Veggies for sale today include:
  • Brussels Sprouts – $3 stalk
  • Hakurei Turnips with greens – $3 bunch
  • Turmeric, half lb – $7
  • Curly Kale – $3 bunch
  • Collard greens – $3 bunch
  • Butternut Squash – discounted! – $2 each
  • Sweet Potatoes, 4 lbs – $10
  • Spaghetti Squash – discounted! – $2 each
  • Popcorn, 4 for $2
  • Alpine Winter Radish, 1 lb – last call! – $4
  • Green Cabbage – $3 head
  • Rutabaga, 3 lbs – $4
  • Purple Top Turnips, 1 lb – $1.25
  • Beets, 2 lbs – $6
  • Carrots, 2 lbs – $4
  • Bulk Cabbage Box, 5 heads – $10 (save $5)
  • Bulk Turmeric carton, 1 lb – $12 (save $2)
We will be set up – rain or no rain! – along the tree line of University Drive by the ES Good Barn in the Orange Parking Lot. Parole is lifted to park in this lot for Farm Stand customers.

5 UK CSA Things to Know This Week

We’ve had a lot happening around the farm, even when the weather outside is just starting to get frightful. Here are 5 things happening at UK CSA these past couple weeks.

1.) We had structural damage to our caterpillar tunnel after heavy winds 2 weekends ago, while also making progress these past 2 weeks on a pack shed expansion.

 

2.) We put more plant babies in the ground for spring Farm Stand sales.

 

3.) We announced the CSA Fair this Friday from 11am-1pm where they will raffle off 4 CSA shares to 4 lucky UK employees! Please RSVP here to attend.

 

4.) We opened our Farm Stand for pre-orders TODAY and it will be open until midnight on Wednesday. Place your order here and see our instagram post for step-by-step instructions for those less computer-inclined.

Farm Stand orders and walk up sales will be this Thursday from 4-6pm. UK Winery will also be on site to sell wine. Come down to talk to CSA Manager Kristi Durbin about our 2020 season and buy some veggies for the weekend, too. This is last call on Turmeric, Alpine Radishes, Butternut Squash. In addition we have some beautiful Brussels Sprouts from our fields and many varieties of storage crops for sale.

 

5.) 2020 CSA Sign Ups are live THIS FRIDAY!!! Yes we are excited, and we hope you are, too! Check back here on Friday for registration link. $200 vouchers for eligible UK employees can be claimed starting Friday at 8am on the UK Health & Wellness dashboard. We hope you take advantage of this great CSA deal, and great benefit from UK.

2020 CSA Sign Ups Approaching

As we gear up for the 2020 CSA sign up window on January 24th, here is a quick glance at all the important information for the sign ups. If you’d like a copy of this poster or flyer, we can send one via campus mail or send it via email. Submit your poster request to: uk.csa@uky.edu.

Please share with your co-workers and office mates. Links will be live on Friday January 24th.

Save the Date: January 24th!

Happy New Year from UK CSA!  We are in a busy CSA planning and conference season, and doing field work on the nicer days.

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While it hasn’t felt much like winter lately, the limited daylight hours keep plants in check. We have lots of babies in the ground for spring sales, and we still have some ready to go. We will be hosting a Farm Stand on campus Thursday January 23rd. Pre-orders will be made available that Monday and we will send an email at that time.

 

The 2020 UK CSA will open sign ups on Friday January 24th! Are you ready for another year of fresh, organic, delicious vegetables, fruits, and herbs?  Check back here at the blog, the SAG website, or social media (Facebook, Instagram) for the link at that time.

We are thrilled to announce University of Kentucky is now offering CSA vouchers as an open benefit without a lottery system. Eligible UK employees will be able to sign up for a $200 CSA voucher good starting January 24th as well.  Just a reminder, vouchers cannot be applied retroactively to a purchase. If you plan on purchasing a share this season, claim your voucher code via the UK Health and Wellness dashboard between January 24th and April 20th before registering for a UK CSA share.

The UK CSA Fair will kick-off sign-ups at the UK Food Connection (upstairs from the 90) on January 24, 2020 from 11-1pm and offer employees a chance to win a CSA share, sign up for a voucher, take part in giveaways and food tastings, and meet us (the CSA farmers). Save the date and please RSVP for this event on your UK Health and Wellness Dashboard, https://ukhr.uky.edu/livewell/eatwell/presentations.

To learn more about taking advantage of this wellness benefit visit the UK Health and Wellness page, https://www.uky.edu/hr/benefits/csa-voucher.