2018/2019 Winter Program
The 2018/2019 Winter CSA will compliment the Summer Market CSA season and give better access to locally grown goodness. With an additional 20 weeks (10 pick ups) of fresh produce, we will be offering 44 weeks of fresh produce if you sign up for both the Summer Market CSA and the Winter CSA. Boom!
Why? Although our 24 week outdoor Market CSA season ends in Late October, the veggie fun doesn’t have to end there! The Winter Share extends our traditional share-based Fall CSA for 22 additional weeks, spanning much of the shoulder season both before and after our market CSA season ends. Not only will this 20 week CSA allow us to grow lots of the longer season storage crops, but will also allow for a harmonic distribution of fresh greens all the way through the dark winter and early spring months. By signing up for both CSA shares, you will enjoy 46 weeks of tasty, local produce. Wahoo!
How much? The 22 week share will cost $500 which is $50 per distribution, or $25.00 per week (plus an additional $15 processing fee if purchased online). Shares will be distributed every two weeks and include enough food to get you to the next distribution.
How are you going to grow it? We plan to have a diverse crop mix already planted and grown up in the field as we head into the fall, winter, and spring. While most of the stuff will be harvested fresh from the field the day before pick up, we are also planning to harvest and wash and then store some crops in our root cellar as colder winter weather threatens in the fall. We will also be using fabric row cover in our various high and low tunnels to allow for fresh harvests from the field, well into winter for certain crops. We also have four hoop houses and six smaller tunnels so we can harvest fresh greens from Fall to Spring. These are all grown passively in the soil without the use of propane or external heat. Just the right varieties planted at the right time in the right environment and add a dash of Colorado Sunshine. Very sustainable and delicious!
When? The Fall-Winter-Spring CSA will start November 7th and will run through March 27st. Pickups will be on Wednesdays from 4pm-7pm.
Winter Crops? Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Arugula, Spicy Greens, Broccoli Raab, Pac Choi, Collard Greens, Salad Mix, Carrots, Beets, Kohlrabi, Celeriac, Parsnips, Cabbage, Onions, Garlic, Winter Squash...plus some other fun surprises!
Equinox Brewing! 133 Remington Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Come by the brewery to grab your box of veggies and a pint with your farmers and fellow CSA members!
If you cannot make the Wednesday Pick Up, we will box up your share for pick up at our farm: 2100 CR 54G Ft. Collins, CO 80524 (the northwest corner of North Taft Hill Rd. and CR 54G. Look for the farm stand and hoop houses.). They will be available for pick up at the farm from 8am to 6pm in our walk in cooler. Just follow the signs!
The Shares are boxed but we really like to reuse the boxes, so if you do take the box just bring it back at the next distribution, or you can bring some bags and leave the empty box!
If you cannot pick up your share by Thursday Evening, we will donate it to the Larimer County Food Bank.
How does the pick-up work? Yes, it is a bit different than the Summer Market CSA that some of you are familiar with. The Winter CSA will be a traditional CSA where members get a pre-determined amount of produce and must pick up at each distribution to get their produce. The pick ups will be pre boxed at the farm and all you need to do at pick up is grab a box(bring back the empty) and sit and have a pint with your farmers. We do our best to design our shares with the right mix of crops to please everyone. That being said, it is up to you to be adventurous in the kitchen and try some new things. Winter is a great time to gather around in the kitchen for some delicious meals. We will also provide recipes and produce storage tips in our weekly emails as well as any farm happenings and silly anecdotes from the dirty life.