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Updates: we still want you back; split share opportunity at dupont; job opening Saturdays

  1. RENEWING YOUR SHARE: We still have space in the CSA for past members, even though the deadline has passed.  We can't guarantee a slot for you anymore, but go ahead and register, and we'll take you on a first-come-first served basis until we've sold the last one in mid-March.  If you've already signed up and received an e-mail confirmation from us, ignore this note.  Your job is done.  
  2. WANT TO JOIN AS A NEW MEMBER?  If you haven't been a CSA member of ours before, you can sign up at 5:00pm March 11th at this link.
  3. PARTNER WANTED FOR SHARE AT DUPONT: One person is looking to split a share for pick-up at Dupont.  If you are similarly inclined, we would like to put you two together.  Typically, this means you would pick up a full share every other week, and pay half the price of a full share.  
  4. SATURDAY HELP WANTED: We would like to hire someone who will work from about 7:30am - 3:30pm every Saturday from April or May through mid-November.  We pay $10/hour.  This person would help us harvest and direct volunteers in the morning, and monitor the share pick-up in the afternoon at the farm.  If you know someone interested, send them our way.  

Member Poll Results: Pumpkins and Winter Squash

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This photo via TheBittenWord.com 


Last week as we were ordering seeds for the 2015 season, we polled our members on their preferences when it comes to pumpkins and winter squash. We heard from more than 135 members and got a definitive response. We thought you might be interested in the response, so we're sharing it here: 

QUESTION: Pumpkins are a type of winter squash, along with butternuts, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, jarrahdale, blue hubbards, buttercups, kabochas, and many other types with varying shapes and sizes. But the best-tasting pumpkins aren't those bright orange ones used for jack-o-lanterns. In fact, jack-o-lantern pumpkins don't taste great at all, and they're not the best variety for using in soups, pies and other dishes. Would you rather we:

76% RESPONDED: Plant only the winter squash that taste the best, regardless of their appearance (no orange pumpkins).

19% RESPONDED: Grow several types of winter squash that are good for cooking and baking, plus some orange pumpkins, so they can be used ornamentally around Halloween.  Choose an orange pumpkin that is also a good (but not the best) squash for pies.

5% RESPONDED: Grow several types of winter squash that are good for cooking and baking, plus some large, orange pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns.  Do not be concerned about the pumpkins’ flavor. We have a limited amount of space, so if we choose to grow some orange pumpkins, that will come at the expense of squashes that are better for cooking and baking.

Thanks to all who took the time to respond to our first poll of 2015! 


CSA sign up and Zoe the office calf

Zoe the office calf

Meet our newest office resident.  She and her mom didn't bond, so we brought her into the office to save her from the frigid temperatures and feed her from a bottle.  If you ever wanted to meet a new calf, this is a good time to visit the farm!  

So now that this little thing has caught your attention, don't forget to renew your CSA membership.  We're taking sign-ups of returning members now.  If you didn't get the e-mail with the renewal link, let us know and we'll send you another.  If you already signed up, thank you!  See you soon!  And by the way, you can sign up as a returning member even after a long absence, in case there is anyone out there who hasn't seen us in a few years.  

If you know anyone who would like to join as a new member, we'll start signing up new CSA members here on March 11th, at 5pm.  

Thanks,

Carrie