New Family Farm
12850 NE 64th Street
Elkhart, IA 50073
Where has the fall gone? Every time I sit down at my desk and take a moment to catch my breath I find that question parading through my mind. Our very successful first year of the CSA has just wrapped up: our last delivery was last Tuesday - Nov 25th - just in time for Thanksgiving! We hope the squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips, potatoes, onions, kale, and more were all wonderful additions to many Thanksgiving meals.
A very big THANKS goes out to all of you who joined our CSA in this inaugural year. We served 25 families during both our summer and fall shares - spanning 26 weeks in 2014. We also shared our produce with dozens of others via the Iowa Food Coop. While we've learned much and know there are some areas where we can do better, overall we're extremely pleased with how the year has gone and are - again - very thankful for your support.
While the workload has lightened over the last few weeks, there has still been plenty to do. Field clean up and spreading manure to further enhance soil fertility took some time. Now that deliveries are done, the packing shed needs to be organized and prepped for next year. And then planning for next year, including ordering appropriate amounts of the 80+ varieties of seed that we'll need, must happen in the next several weeks.
My iron skillet full of "cubed" veggies including beets, sweet potatoes, squash, purple top turnips, and daikon radish - just waiting to be roasted in the oven. Yum!!
Sign up now for next year's CSA Shares
We're now ready to start taking sign-ups for our 2015 seasons! With what we have learned this year, we have made some changes to how we will sign members up next year. The short version: we will have two seasons that are 10 weeks each:
"Early Summer" June 8 through August 10, and
"Late Summer" August 17 through October 19
You can sign up for either season, or receive a $50 discount if you sign up for both seasons before January 31, 2015.
We will also make some changes to share sizes. First, our most common "Select" share will include a little less produce as in 2014 - this is because many customers found it to be a little more food than two people could eat. Second, we will add a "Sampler" share for people who want to be part of a CSA but don't have the time or interest to cook or eat quite so much locally grown food.
The pictures below show shares throughout the year. Clockwise from
top left is mid-July, late August, late September, and late November.
Need a Christmas gift? Consider gifting a CSA Share!
Our 10-week Sampler shares are only $225 and come with all the
benefits of giving a healthy gift that supports the local economy!
Click on the links in the text above to find out more about our shares.
We would appreciate you passing on this newsletter or information about New Family Farm to anyone who might be interested in joining our CSA next year! Wishing you and yours the best for this holiday season, and looking forward to providing you with safe, healthy, yummy food in 2015.