***We are now sold out for the 2016 CSA season. If you would like to be added to a list for the 2017 season, please send us a message indicating this at the bottom of the page HERE.***
Jean's Farm is now taking sign-ups for our 2016 CSA. This form of farmer-community relationship, known as Community Supported Agriculture, allows you to get the freshest food possible at a low price, because you are buying direct. The farmer benefits in receiving payment up front to cover production costs, and typically receives some volunteer support from shareholders to further reduce costs to all.
Produce will vary week to week based on ripeness and season and will include a variety of greens (pak choi, kale, chard, arugula, lettuce, mustard), culinary herbs (basil, dill, fennel, cilantro, sage, rosemary), cucumbers, squash (hubbard, acorn, delicata, butternut, yellow crook neck, zucchini), melons, tomatoes (many varieties), potatoes (several varieties), corn, cabbage, beets, radishes, turnips, carrots, onions, garlic, sweet peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, rhubarb and more! Depending on yields, fruits include raspberries, blackberries, cherries, plums, apples and watermelon. While most of the produce comes to you freshly harvested, your share will occasionally include a value-added product such as sauerkraut (fermented), chutneys (heat reduced) and as teas or chips (air or oven dried).
The CSA model is one of shared risk and reward. When the farm exceeds production goals, all shareholders benefit. If the farm experiences a less productive growing year or a specific failed crop, certain varieties may not be available.
Our shares for the 2016 season will begin the first Friday of July and end on the last Friday of October. This year' we've partnered with Liz's Creative Cafe as our neighborhood drop-off location. Shares will generally be available by 10:00 am for pick-up unless you already plan to be at Jean's Farm that day.
Full shares will be $480 and half-shares $240. Over the course of the growing season, full shares will average 10 pounds per week (160 pounds total) and half shares will average 5 pounds per week (80 pounds total) for a value of $3 per pound. It can be expected that early shares will contain more greens and will therefore be lighter, and later season shares will contain more tomatoes, potatoes, squash, etc., and will be heavier. Additionally, the farming team will surprise shareholders with the occasional value-added products in your box, such as rhubarb chutney, fruit compote, sauerkraut, salsa, kale chips, tomato sauce and possibly even artisan breads, baked in our farm's wood-fired ovens.
Shareholders are asked to volunteer at least 4 times over the growing season, generally at our Friday work parties between 7:30am and 9:30am for harvest and between 10-2 for farm tending (occasional weekend work parties will enable shareholders with a M-F work schedule to participate as well). Through your participation, you are able to gain gardening skills and build community while you help support the best way to get access to healthy food! Sales from the CSA support the non-profit mission of Jean's Farm in providing learning facilities and opportunities for youth and families through our on-site educational programs and teacher trainings.
About the farmers:
Matt Bibeau has been working in the field of garden-based education since 2005 and has taken roles growing food, coordinating the farm's educational programs and co-teaching workshops and trainings for adults. In making the transition to include a limited number of CSA shares this year, Matt is excited to help families in the Johnson Creek area gain access to affordable, healthy food.
D'Ana Valenzuela's love and connection with the plant world is evident through her 25 years of farming experience. She’s been an ancient seed saver, collecting for 20 years. She belonged to the Traditional Native Farmers Association, and traveled amongst the southwest tribes, including the Hopi, Diné, Pecos, and Pueblo. She also created a 40-member, community-supported farm in Tucson, Arizona.