February 2018 Update
Hello Farm Friends!
After nearly selling the farm last fall, we’ve decided to keep it and move forward with getting a house out here! Carri is excited to get back to growing food for you after a much-needed winter break! Jeff has found work off the farm but may pitch in with some tractor work and general farm shenanigans.
Given the workload shift, things have changed a little with this year’s CSA program. We’re focusing on the Salem pick-up location with the hopes of adding a farm stand for local customers to buy directly from the farm in the near future. Check out the updated program details below and sign-up if you’re ready to join in on the 2018 CSA season! Membership is limited, so reserve your spot early.
Thanks! Carri & Jeff
What is Community Supported Agriculture?
CSA’s are supported by community members who pre-pay for a weekly share of the farm harvest. This pre-payment helps provide stable financing for farming operations, allowing farmers to focus on thorough planning and quality care of the soil and crops. A CSA provides members the knowledge of where and how their food is grown.
Focused on the local community, a CSA lessens travel time between harvest and cooking, increasing nutritional content and lessening environmental impacts of transportation. CSAs help build local economies and protect valuable farm land from urbanization and poor management.
2018 Pitchfork & Crow CSA
- $700 for 25 weeks of local, seasonal, organic vegetables (June thru the week of Thanksgiving)
- A mix of 8-12 vegetables and fruits each week
- A diverse selection of vegetables, including many open-pollinated varieties
- Convenient pick-up near downtown Salem, hopefully at the Willamette Heritage Center.
- Know your farmers, know your food!
Vegetables & Share Size
Our goal is to provide a diverse mix of seasonal vegetables from week-to-week, including many familiar vegetables and some less familiar varieties. Lettuce or salad mix will generally be included in the share each week. Favorites like carrots, broccoli, and tomatoes will make many appearances in the share and we’ll round out the variety by including less familiar vegetables like kohlrabi, fennel, and celeriac a few times throughout the season. We also try to include fruit when available and in season. We’re excited to share fruit from the farm including several varieties of pears and apples!
- Our share size should easily feed a family of four or two vegetable-loving adults. Think that’s too much for you? Consider splitting the share with a friend or co-worker.
- A list of the vegetables we are planning to grow this next year can be found here.
The Summer CSA season will run 25 weeks, from the week of June 5th thru November 25th.
Membership is $700 for the full season. New for 2018: a $100 non-refundable deposit is due at sign-up. There are two payment options:
- Single-payment option: Pay $100 deposit at sign-up and remaining $600 due anytime before March 31st
- Two-payment option: Pay $100 deposit at sign-up then $300 due anytime before March 31st and remaining $300 by July 31st
*Once memberships are confirmed, members will be emailed an invoice.
Please reference your invoice for payment due dates. We accept checks, cash, and money orders for payments and we’ve added an online payment option this season. Click here to check out our new store for making secure online payments.
- Please bring your own bags for bringing home your vegetables.
- We have a swap box at the farm and Salem pick-ups for members who choose to trade out one share item. Anything else you don’t want from your share can be left for donation.
- If you can’t make it to a pick-up, consider offering your share to a friend or neighbor. Just have them to check in with us upon arrival.
= Salem CSA pick-up is Tuesday evenings, 4pm – 6pm.
Location: 1313 Mill St. SE Salem, OR 97301
In addition to fresh, seasonal vegetables each week, we’ll also have a newsletter updating members on what’s in the share, what’s happening on the farm, and recipe suggestions. To avoid wasting paper, the newsletter will be e-mailed directly to members and will be available on the Pitchfork & Crow website.
We are planning several opportunities during the season for members to visit the farm. We believe farm visits are a valuable opportunity for you to connect your veggies to a specific place and see how they’re grown. We’ve also found these open houses to be fun social events where we can get to know members better and members can interact with each other. A few good friendships have been kindled this way! Specific dates will be announced after the beginning of the season.
The Farm and Farmers
Information about our growing practices, farm location, and farmer backgrounds can be found here.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Pitchfork & Crow | Lebanon, Oregon | firstname.lastname@example.org | (503) 999-7918 |