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Santa knows the sweetest carrots grow in the cold winter months, and lucky for you it's time to signup for the Winter CSA at Urban Roots Farm.
We will be offering a limited number of Winter CSA shares again this year. Winter crops are already in the ground and looking good, and you will likely be amazed by the affect slow cold growing has on the flavor of your vegetables.
Urban Roots Farm is a four season farm which means we utilize season extension equipment such as High Tunnels; Low Tunnels; and Greenhouses to provide locally grown, chemical free, fresh veggies to you all year long.
Winter CSA is different from summer CSA in a couple ways. Conditions during winter months limit the variety of produce we are able to grow. Winter CSA members can expect their share to commonly include, Kale, Chard, Lettuces, Spinach, Bok Choi, Arugula, and Mixed Greens. Shares may also occasionaly include Turnips, Radish, Leeks, Green Onions, Carrots, Beets, and Cabbage. Plus some storage crops we grew this summer such as sweet potatoes, winter squash and onions.
Because mother nature slows things down a bit in the winter, share distributions will be every other week rather than weekly as in the summer months. Additionally there will be a break during the holidays when the days are the shortest, the temperatures are the coldest, and the veggies get scarce.
The season will run from November 7th to April 17th with 12 shares provided over that 25 week span. This winter we are offering a one size share. You will find a wide variety of produce with weekly ideas for cooking and storage. You can expect salad fixings, root crops, fresh greens enough for a saute dish or roasting. We believe this amount to be usable within two weeks for the average household. IF you have a large family or eat MORE than the average amount of produce each week you might consider signing up for TWO shares.
Distribution days are on Tuesdays from 3pm to 6pm:
November 7th, 21st.
December 5th, 19th
January 9th, 23rd
February 6th, 20th
March 6th, 20th
April 3rd, 17th
The cost for the 2016-2017 Winter CSA vegetable share is $500.
Bread! Eggs! Mushrooms! Coffee! These are all add ons to your share purchase.
Shared risk is an important concept woven into the CSA model which takes the arrangement beyond the usual commercial transaction. Many times, the idea of shared risk is part of what creates a sense of community among members, and between members and the farmers. If a hailstorm takes out all the peppers, everyone is disappointed together, and together they cheer on the winter squash and broccoli. Most CSA farmers feel a great sense of responsibility to their members, and when certain crops are scarce, they make sure the CSA gets served first. Still, it is worth noting that very occasionally things go wrong on a farm. We promise to work hard, and grow the very best vegetables we know how. We have a strong belief in “community” and feel this is where we fit within ours.
As always please call us with any questions @ 417-597-4858