Winter/Spring CSA Delivery Schedules
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Dear Shareholders, well the good news is,
here we are! And how we are, we get to choose!! So
I hope this finds you all choosing well, abundant with the
things that bring you great joy, lots of love given and received,
passionate dreams, and empowered and empowering in your thoughts
and attitudes waking and sleeping. P.S. And plenty of time
for play and rest and rejuvenation!
In having to rethink our Winter CSA Memberships
because of the more challenging winters now, we have come
up with at least a piece of the puzzle - broccoli and sunflower
sprouts and wheatgrass! My marvelous natural grower daughter,
Mari, accepted my request for her to grow sprouts for the
Cafe we just opened at the Thorbecke's
Fitlife Center in Chehalis. They are equally as wonderful
as the garlic basil dressing, and have become another one
of our signatures. We have an impressive recipe for the dressing
and she has an impressive recipe for the soil mix. Great combo.
She has also agreed to be our Lead Grower on the Farm, though
probably only one day a week to instruct the Farm Team, which
is coming together, wahoo! It sounds like my most desirable
situation and I'm excited about the farm getting back into
production after many years spent CSAing, marketing, developing
products, preserving farmland, and opening a Cafe (2 weeks
ago) where we are serving a local, seasonal and whole-foods
menu. The few months with the taco wagon this past summer
were instrumental in this progression - crazy but instrumental.
Our plan is to be developing a strong foundation, and it looks
like we're on target.
We are ready to resume deliveries to those
of you already on-board, and for those of you who would like
to sign up for a 2009
CSA Membership, send me an email and we'll work out a
good starting time for you and the farm. For those of you
who may still have deliveries pending, send me an email with
where you think we stand so we can bet a baseline to work
Items currently available: Stir Fry Mix, Dark
Greens Blend, Garlic Basil or Parsley Garlic Dressing, Broccoli
Sprouts, Sunflower Sprouts, Wheatgrass, Winter Squash, Lacinato
Italian Kale, Carrots, Leeks, Garlic, Russet Potatoes, Eggs,
Herbs, Fresh Stone-ground Whole Wheat Bread Flour, Fresh Stone-ground
Cornmeal (the corn is over 27 years old, but in this case
old is good because it's before GMO's), and dried beans and
grains: lentils, pinto beans, whole wheat/flour, corn/cornmeal,
millet, rye/flour, molasses; and Geen Garden Cafe menu items
- Veggie Burrito Wraps/Kits, Soups, Sweet & Sour Lentils
on Rice, Dark Greens Marinated Salads, Homemade Garden Burgers,
and the list goes on and on through the entire season as ours
is a seasonal menu. Since this is an expanded offering from
what you are used to and I'm not used to what you would like,
please send me an email with any of your requests.
When are deliveries? We're working on that
and looking for a pattern to fall into place. It's looking
like Olympia will be Sunday afternoon/evening. Centralia/Chehalis
Monday/Tuesday. Longview - anyone down there who would like
to meet half-way or come to the farm? Yelm - since I'm connecting
with Mari for sprouts twice weekly we now have conduit to
Yelm I'm happy to report.
There might be more, but so I can send this
this evening, that's all for now folks.
Winter CSA Delivery Schedules
Monday, December 22, 2008
Dear Shareholders, snowbound and the computer is down, for
starters. I hope you are all faring well. CSA deliveries are
being discontinued until further notice. Hope we can all make
it to the movies! - Susie
Family Farm Film Festival (Poster)
McMenamin's Olympic Club Historic Hotel, Pub & Movie
Theater (Movie Listings)
Farm Bank Project
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with great food,
time with those you love, and some time out. We had the most
delicious Thanksgiving Dinner ever at my daughter's in Yelm,
and the most local too. We laughed. The turkey came from the
side yard, the squash and brussel sprouts came from the back
yard, and the apple pie from the front yard. She used an oven
bag for the turkey and put in a quart of fresh apple juice,
closed it up and 6 hours later it was ready. The skin was
crunchy like crisp bacon. Pretty amazing. She's an amazing
grower and canner, and did an effortless job having the family
for dinner, along with help from her very wonderful husband.
As you can tell I'm very proud of her. And if I can pay her,
she will do some growing for us a couple of days a week this
year on the farm. Keep your fingers crossed.
Here's the schedule for this week. If you have any question
if you are receiving a delivery, just send me an email.
Olympia - Sunday
evening, December 7. pick-up Monday. We will be switching
to a new CSA pick-up house and will be in touch with you about
where that is. We have a new location on the Westside and
are looking for a location on the Eastside. Diane has so very
graciously shared her porch the past couple of years. Thank
you so much, Diane!. It was great getting to know you and
Monday, December 8, after 7 p.m. at Bonnie's. Picking up Monday
- Delivered Monday or Tuesday.
Olympia Update: I'll be okay, but I slipped going down our
front steps this afternoon and it changed our time line for
the day. Brad will be bringing the veggies up in the morning,
so plan on picking up Monday afternoon in Olympia.
Lonview Update: We have to make the Olympia run first Mondayand
are still expecting to deliver to Longview later in the day
hopefully by 5. I will call/emai/postl if it changes.
Everyone! I hope this finds you all well! I bet you are all
looking forward to deliveries starting up again after a much
needed and appreciated pause for us on the farm. Brad and
I have gotten some rest and a break from the pace, and a time
to pause and re-group. Thank you all! We will start up this
Sunday/Monday and have deliveries every other week, as it's
looking right now - Olympia on Sundays, Longview on Mondays,
and Centralia/Chehalis on Tuesday. Tentative delivery dates:
November 23-25, December 7-9, December 21-23, January 11-13
and 25-27, February 8-10 and 22-24, March 8-10 and 22-24.
We will be
opening the restaurant at Thorbecke's Fitness Center in Chehalis
on December 1, 2008, and we have a Family Farm Film Festival
scheduled for the week between Christmas and New Year's at
Olympic Club in Centralia December 27-30, 2008. The line-up
of films is coming together very nicely, local food, music,
speakers, and surprises, so if you're in the area put it on
your calendar. Details in a week or two and you can always
keep an eye on McMenamin's website, and Winlock
Meadows Farm and the Farm
With the economic situation our
local farms are more important than ever, and why I've been
working so intensely for so long because I knew we were headed
to challenging times. The Film Festival will be very informative
and inspiring, and will give us direction for fun and exciting
things we can do to strengthen ourselves and our community.
2009 - The Year of Affirmative Action!
Olympia - Sunday,
November 23 pick-up at the CSA house after 5p.m. (or picked
up Monday), deliveries after that.
off at Beanna's Sunday the 23rd, Brian to bring Monday morning.
Let's email to confirm.
Monday, November 24 after 5 p.m. at Bonnie's. Can also be
picked up Tuesday.
Tuesday, November 25 at Thorbecke's between 11-5.
Saturday at market.
Olympia - Pick-up
at the CSA house Sunday after 6 p.m. (or picked up Monday),
deliveries after that.
off at Beanna's Sunday, Brian to bring Monday morning. Let's
email to confirm.
Monday or Tuesday.
delivery marks the completion of our summer CSA season.. Thank
you to all of you for participating this year! For those of
you who have extended memberships, or weeks carried over,
could you email me with where we stand at this moment in time?
I am going to take a much needed rest, recharge and regroup
for several weeks and then I'll be in touch with what our
winter schedule looks like. I've not been accepting any new
memberships for winter because of the uncertainty of the weather
and whether I have a farm crew or not. This normally is a
source of income for us at this time of the year, so just
one example of how we have been financially impacted which
is affecting our performance. There may even be some of you
who have really enjoyed the season, so just know it gets better!
I will take care of any of you who have extended memberships
or remaining weeks. I could send you a very long letter sharing
all the behind the scenes things that happened this year making
this the most difficult year in my 10 years of being a CSA
farm, but unless you would like some background, let's just
suffice to say it did not go as I had hoped but I do hope
you found value and enjoyed what you did receive. If you feel
like providing any feedback, how about a "compliment
sandwich" - 2 things you liked about the experience and
1 thing you would like to see changed?
And if you have any requests, please let me know.
On the horizon is the pontial of our opening a Cafe at
Thorbecke's Fitness Center in Chehalis. And we hope to do
some serious farmland preserving this winter, including creating
a fund to purchase development rights in agriculture land.
We will be holding The Family Farm Film Festival at McMenamin's
Olympia Club in Centralia the week between Christams and
New Years, so put that on your calendar. Watch for announcements,
and you can keep an eye on movie listings on their website.
Also, Lewis County will be holding public hearings regarding
agriculture zoning this Fall. This process has been going
on for years and they have yet to satisfy the Growth Management
Hearings Board with their proposals. Lewis County still has
farmland, and it needs to be protected and in production,
not paved. It's going to require each of us to step up to
the plate to make our voices be heard and to take an active
part in creating our local sustainable food system. It could
actually be fun and a great way to keep our minds and hearts
hopeful. I'll close with a quote I saw recently that really
spoke to me. I hope you find it inspiring.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul,
Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695)
One of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century
Friday, October 10,
Saturday at market.
Olympia - Pick-up
at the CSA house Sunday after 5 p.m., deliveries after that.
Check here for any last minute changes.
off at Beanna's Sunday, Brian to bring Monday morning.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Shares are at the CSA house and can
be picked up Monday. Email if you have any questions or requests.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
We are leaving shortly for Olympia again. On our way we will
be picking fruit maybe until dark or until we're too wet and
cold. Arrival time to the CSA house and deliveries are unknown,
so I'll post here when I get home with the hope that you can
pick-up tomorrow, Monday. We'll get this delivery under our
belt, but my guess is we will be shifting to a Sunday delivery
to complete the season.
Friday, October 3, 2008
I called my daughter who designed our website from Centralia
this afternoon because we were stuck in traffic heading to
Olympia and asked her to post that on the website. We're home
now (7 p.m.). Evidently there was a very bad accident at Exit
88 and we couldn't even get through Centralia the back way
so we came back to the farm. It's been baffling trying to
get to Olympia and I'm very sorry for the inconvenience. Sunday
looks like the weather may be clearing so I'll let you know
when we have a plan.
October 3, 2008
We are borrowing a car to get
to Olympia to make deliveries, and we have an orchard we'll
be picking in today too in Olympia. There is no time frame
for when they will be at the CSA house, or making deliveries.
I will post it when have access to my computer. I am very
sorry for the inconvenience. The farm is experiencing many
significant set-backs so in some ways we are in a standstill,
but some very exciting new doors are opening.
are still without a working vehicle and won't be making it
to Olympia today, more possible for tomorrow. I'll keep you
posted. There's lots to share when I can.
October 2, 2008
we are experiencing some significant set-backs, some new doors
are opening that I'll share with you soon as they are confirmed.
One of the set-backs is that the transmission went out in
our van so we are without a vehicle. If any of you know of
a vehicle for sale, loan, lease, donation, etc., let me know.
Just sitting here thinking, I could probably put together
a nice raffle to raise $600 for a van I could buy. Just throwing
out ideas, and open to others. We will probably have a vehicle
we can borrow today, but since things are a bit sketchy, let's
leave the below schedule as the tentative/hopeful one, and
I'll confirm it when I know how it's shaping up.
Blessings to all of you during these interesting and miracle
depending upon a working vehicle. We'll confirm when we know
or Friday to offices.
Thursday, and drop-off to the CSA house later in the evening
so I would suggest picking up on Friday. With the cooler weather
they will be fine over night.
hope to get it to Breanna's tonight so Brian can meet you
in the morning Friday.
September 25, 2008
the 25th after 5 p.m. at the CSA house, deliveries after that.
B & B before 4:30.
early next week work? Email me and let me know what you'd
like and when.
September 18, 2008
had a doozie of a week. Guess we're in synch with the rest
of the world! We delivered shares today, but it's only about
half a share. We'll be bringing more tomorrow, so if you receive
this information in time you could save a trip and get it
all tomorrow. I apologize for the inconvenience! I'll spare
you details on our end. Just know we're doing the best we
can under the circumstances.
September 17, 2008
the 18th after 5 p.m. at the CSA house, deliveries after that.
B & B before 4:30.
morning, connect with Brian
at market. We will be across the street from the Fairgrounds
because of the heavy equipment auction preparation. Look for
us in our white canopy. Don't know where we'll be placed,
and you can always ask the market manager where we are. Everyone
knows where he is. While we loved working with the Taco Truck,
it was one of those precious moments in time. The owner wanted
the truck back to do some events, and as much as we liked
working with it, we decided we need to look for a more economical
and ecological-friendly version. We will be serving our Veggie
Burrito Wraps Saturday, and guess you'll have to show up to
see if we have anything else. We may not know until then either!
aren't going to be able make it to Olympia today. We'll bring
them tomorrow with the same schedule as Thursday: after 4
at the CSA house, deliveries after that. I apologize for any
inconvenience this may cause you.
the 11th at the CSA house, deliveries after that. It's possible
we won't be there by 4, so I would suggest waiting to see
what the website/email/phone call says, or just come by after
7 p.m.. Those at B & B, we'll get it to you on Friday.
let you know.
the 4th, pick-up after 4 at the CSA house, deliveries after
the 29th, pick-up after 4 at the CSA house, deliveries after
at market, next to Scott the egg/chicken guy, and hopefully
in our truck. It sprung an oil leak yesterday but we think
it will be an easy fix. If we're not in the truck, we'll be
in the gray van and under the canopy.
, August 22, 2008
Longview Update: Having
to continually shift gears in the moment. We won't be down
today and will work out a way for the shares to be at market
tomorrow(across from where we normally are, next to Scott
Hartzell, or if they put someone else there ask Scott or Terry...market
manager where we are). If anyone wants to help distribute
shares (they will be packed) at market, send me an email.
We won't be home until late. We are going to try to call all
of you today to check in because of the changes. THANK YOU!!
Thursday 8:15 p.m
Longview Update: Try
as we have to get them there tonight, it looks like they will
be delivered in the morning and will be ready for pick-up
at Bonnie's after 12 noon. We are triple tasking today, more
than usual, and really doing the best we can. So if the Garlic
Fest can help us get on our feet, and we have a farm
crew coming from California to help us for a while, we might
just get it together. I know this would make all of us happy.
Olympia - Thursday
after 4 at the CSA house, deliveries after that. Delivered.
Thursday night drop off at Bonnie's and you can pick up any
time Friday at the Llama Farm on Pacific Way. We will be at
the Garlic Fest the next 3 days...just got in, and won't be
at the Saturday market. HOPEFULLY we can have a successful
weekend and get on to a steady routine for the rest of the
season. We would all like that!
Thursday, August 14,
We were hoping to deliver to Olympia this afternoon but
the weather has thrown us off, so we won't be coming in until
tomorrow morning. This creates its own problems with the shares
being there in the heat, so I'm going to call each of you
and see what we can work out.
Olympia - Friday,
August 15 at the CSA house, pick-up after 11 a.m. If you can't
pick up it up until later maybe you could find someone to
get it for you, or maybe leave a cooler with your name on
it. Deliveries after that.
- home deliveries late afternoon Friday
Saturday at market. With this weather probably the earlier
the better to pick up, though early is difficult in general
for us, but we'll do our best. This Saturday we will be offering
our full food service: Veggie Burrito Wraps, Farm Salads w/Edible
Flowers, Fresh Fruit Smoothies w/Organic Milk, Iced Mint Tea,
AND guess what Brad made today? A Snow Cone w/Local Fresh
Blueberry Sauce and it was fabulous. We just have a little
home ice shaver, but we'll start with that. If any of you
know where we could rent or buy a snow cone maker, let us
know. I thought about checking Craig's List, so if any of
you want to search around don't let me stop you.
Note: Our refrigerator
stopped working...it has given us many many good year...funny,
kind of, just the other day I was thinking how long it has
worked for us, and guess what, it stopped working. So if any
of you have a working refrigerator you don't want, or know
of one, let us know.
Olympia - Friday,
August 8 after 4 p.m. at the CSA house and deliveries after
Saturday, August 9 at the Farmer's Market. It's undetermined
if we will be serving food or not. It's obvious why there
has never been food service at the market. The average person
would have given up long ago. While the food service may be
costing us time and money right now, it will become the financial
stability of the farm. We are on the cutting edge and ask
for everyone's patience during this time. Look forward to
some nice veggies.
most of you received a share on Monday, so we'll get back
to you early next week, with the exception of Lori whom we
will deliver to tomorrow (Friday)
Sunday, August 3,
We delivered some Olympia shares on Thursday and will be
completing them tomorrow, Monday, along with Centralia/Chehalis,
and we've fouind a "courier" to deliver 2 shares
to DuPont on his way to work Monday! I'm sorry to say we won't
be able to deliver to Longview this week. Had I anticipated
it I would have called it a no-delivery week, but you can
count on that in the future on fair weekend. We'll see you
next Saturday in Longview and with more new veggies and fruits.
If you want to learn more about
saskatoon berries (and spend an evening on the computer...I
must have asked the right search questions), check out this
google search. Turns out they are native, and we
have a bumper crop this year we won't be able get picked by
ourselves. Looks like this may be the last week to pick, so
we've decided to have a 50/50 U-pick day this Tursday if anyone
is interested. You keep 50% of what you pick and the farm
receives the other 50%. Bring ladders, a comfortable bucket
and strap you can put around your neck so you can use both
hands, and we'll feed you lunch from our Local Flavors mobile
kitchen! For reservations (only) email: email@example.com.
I'll be sending out a newsletter later today (some old and
some new news for you guys).
Thursday, July 31,
Here's the tentative schedule for this week:
Olympia - Friday
after 4 p.m. at the CSA house, deliveries after that
- Friday or Saturday we will be doing home/office deliveries.
No pick-ups temporarily at Good Health.
Longview - There
is a chance we will not be making a delivery this week since
there is no market because of the fair. It will all depend
upon how things go the next couple of days. If we can come
down, we will, but it would be Sunday at the soonest.
Friday, August 1,
As it turns out we haven't stabilized into a fixed routine
yet with the kitchen (I'll spare you details), but it looks
very encouraging. This interim period is difficult for us
and we're doing everything we can to keep it all going, so
we ask for your patience and understanding during the transition.
For any of you who may feel that the kitchen has taken our
attention off you and our CSA, which it has to some degree,
please know it is a short term inconvenience while we stabilize
the farm financially, which will then allow us to better serve
you all...our goal! You all are very important to us, and
the reason we are still here. My focus on protecting our food
supply, preserving farmlanmd and small family farms has taken
a lot of my time, attention and resources over the years,
and has taken me away from production and marketing, our bread
and butter. Not a good financial picture, but we are in critical
times which call for critical actions so I've marched forward
envisioning a sustainable future for us all. I have wanted
a mobile kitchen for 10 years, and then 5 years ago began
seeing a need for local food service at farmer's markets.
It made no sense to me for people to come to the market for
lunch and eat industrialized food. For the past 3 years we
have worked on developing the concept and serving local lunches
at the Tumwater Farmer's market. About two months ago someone
told me about this taco trailer that was for sale, and within
6 weeks we had worked out a 50/50 income and expenses with
the owner, no money down. We picked it up about two weeks
ago, maybe it's been three, worked on getting 3 county and
1 state permits in place and getting settled into operation
and locations. All this has been another financial strain,
so right now we're operating on a frayed shoestring, so if
we seem under pressure, we are. We ask for your patience and
understanding during this time. What we are doing is not being
done by anyone in our area, so we are blazing new territory.
And as we develop the business model we will be donating a
portion of profits to purchasing development rights in farmland.
I came across this link for Humanitis
when searching Paul Newman's business model. I loved the concept
of capitalism with a cause. All this said, I feel
we are at the cutting edge of something really great. If this
works, it could become a model for supporting farms and communities
and protecting farmland across the country. Right now we just
have to focus on getting us stabilized, but this feels like
where I have been headed all these years. It's a milestone,
and deserves our ensuring its success. I went into City Hall
in Olympia the other day and learned they have taken on a
challenge with the City of Montpelier, VT to see which city
can become the most sustainable. This is very exciting. I
was invited to be on the committee, which is awesome, and
another example of my volunteerism challenges. Then yesterday
we got word of the formation of the Puget Sound Food Network
Project, the launching of a new web-based project enabling
real-time communication between consumers, farmers, and other
participants in the Puget Sound regional food system—and
facilitating on-line food-related transactions, This is BIG,
and something I've been actively endeavoring to help create
over the past 3 years at least, and finally put it on the
side burner unable to garner enough community support, and
boom, here it is! Very cool. The NABC (Northwest Agriculture
Business Center) on-line market access project, a regional
network of agricultural growers and producers, retailers,
and food service businesses, along with key infrastructure
processing, storage, and transportation providers, has received
a $400,000 grant as part of the 2007-'08 U.S. Department of
Commerce appropriation. Sorry for the run-on paragraph, but
what my life looks like. There's no time to waste. We've become
dependent upon foreign food like we are on foreign oil, and
we're paving our farmland. Some call this the suicidal economy,
and some of us actually see it as an issue of national security
because whoever controls the food supply controls the people.
The solution to this is a local sustainable food system, and
we need farmland to do it. I encourage each of you find ways
you can help forward this outcome, and certainly being part
of a CSA is a big one. So thank you to each of you! P.S. Remember
to let us know if you have any requests regarding your shares...more
or less of something, more or less in general. The season
is still behind schedule and some crops didn't produce, but
there is still lots more to look forward to.
Thursday, July 24,
Brad got a late start for making
our Olympia CSA house by 4 today. We're finding 4 on Thursday
isn't a good day and time for us. Now that the mobile kitchen
will be settling into it's routine, AND all the permits will
all be in place, wahoo, I'm guessing Olympia will be Fridays
after 4. If that doesn't work for anyone, let me know, but
I'll confirm it for sure the beginning of the week. Also,
for any of you who did not receive a delivery tonight, we'll
be bringing it tomorrow, Friday. If you don't want one, just
send me an email. Thanks!
Everything is on target for us to serve from our mobile unit
Saturday at Longview. Exciting~ We'll be at the Centralia
Farmer's Market tomorrow, on Fridays 9-3. Interesting how
random circumstances had us end up there. We just might be
a farmer-boost to that market.
Wednesday, July 23,
Mobile kitchen looking very promising,
Details when our feet hit the ground. Delivery schedule for
picked up Wednesday at the Tumwater Farmer's Market
Olympia - CSA
house after 4 p.m. Thursday, deliveries after that
Thursday or Friday
Longview - Saturday
Note: If all
goes as hoped, we will have passed inspection and received
our permit Saturday before market to serve you delicious local
foods in our mobile kitchen. We had the pleasure of this experience
in Tumwater today and it went very well. If any of you want
to take a volunteer hour shift helping us either with serving
food and/or putting together CSA shares, come on down.
Sunday 6:30 p.m.
There was an accident on I-5. It was
backed up at our exit, so fortunately I didn't get stuck in
it, or part of the accident. Came back to the farm and DOT
website said it could be 3 hours. So, bummer. We will bring
it tomorrow, Monday, and we've got them refrigerated.
Sunday, July 20,
- For those of you who
didn't receive a delivery last week, we'll be delivering it
this afternoon or evening, Sunday, July 20th.
Piglet Report: We had 4 piglets which
is a very small litter, but the mom was in poor condition
when she was bred and then given to us, so this probably accounts
for the small liltter. They are Hampshires I'm told, black
and white and are very cute. We've gotten the mom very healthy,
and the piglets will be very big with such a small littler.
Anyone interested in a Pork Share, ask for details. We have
Thursday, July 17,
Greetings Shareholders! The great news is a 10-year dream
has just come true for the farm. Sitting outside my front
window is a taco trailer, ours for the next six months, and
beyond that yet to be known! We signed a lease on Tuesday
sharing 50% of net profits with the owner, and drove it to
the farm late Tuesday afternoon. Took it to the Tumwater Town
Center Farmer's Market yesterday, Wednesday. Doing some of
the Olympia shares today, and hope to get to the Centralia
Lewis County Farmer's Market tomorrow morning. We're graduating,
and at the head of the pack providing local food service for
our community...though being head of the pack is of no interest
to me, just that it's being done by SOMEBODY! So very exciting,
and very busy. We hope to have it at the Longview Farmer's
Market on Saturday, but we still need to get our seasonal
food permit in place and don't know if we can accomplish that
by tomorrow, though I do know all things are possible with
a light heart.
While this takes us off our focus of serving you, we are
making it a priority because we think it can financially stabilize
the farm for the very first time, AND allow us to better serve
you without having to worry about paying the bills. Now wouldn't
that be fun! Aside from that, it's a VERY COOL THING! You
and I should be able to go to a farmer's market and be served
ready-to-eat food that's made from local farm produce. But
that's not the case, and no one is making a mad dash to make
it happen. I see it as something that needs to happen, a big
"missing", and a great opportunity. The possibilities
of a mobile kitchen serving local farm food is limitless.
Want to rent us for a private party/event...we'll even bring
farm films as a bonus, or something special for the venue.
Oh, and our pig is ready to have piglets any moment now.
I hope it goes well. Another new experience on the farm!
delivered Wednesday, July 16 at market
- a few were delivered today, Thursday (though
they were not a full share but the best we could to under
the situation and will make it up to you), but if you didn't
receive one, we'll notify you of when it will be...maybe not
until next week to allow us to make this transition. If any
of you need or really would like your share, please let me
know and we'll do our best to get it to you.
Saturday, July 19
Friday, July 11,
delivered Tuesday and Wednesday
Olympia - Some
delivered Thursday, and if you didn't receive one, there will
be one for you after 6 p.m. at the CSA house tonight, Friday,
and deliveries after that.
Until I get you more information, we've been putting in lambsquarters
in your share. Search online: lambsquarters wild edible greens
nutritional value recipes. I've just learned it's a complete
protein. More on this later. The Friday Olympia delivery received
something I've not put in a share to be eaten as a side vegetable:
Borage. I was reserching Borage (do the same kind of search)
and found recipes for the stems and leaves to be used as a
vegetable dish. I've grown borage for years, but only as an
edible flower. European women at markets have told me how
they grew up eating the leaves in their salads,
Saturday, July 12. It's going to be another hot one. If any
of you want to bring a bag of ice when you come that would
Wednesday, July 2,
Wednesday; Olympia - Thursday after 4; Centralia/Chehalis
- Thursday...will notify later of time;
Wednesday, June 25,
Olympia will be tomorrow after 4 p.m.
June 23, 2008
Wednesday, June 25 th at the Tumwater Farmer's Market 11-2
p.m. Note: Only
for those of you that this is your assigned pick up location.
If you'd like to pick-up here but it's not your regular pick-up
location, email me so we're prepared. Thanks!
Olympia - Thursday,
June 26 th after 4 p.m. at the CSA pick-up house. Deliveries
after that. Note: We
are going to try to get it done them delivered Wednesday,
but if not it will be Thursday. I'll keep you posted, but
maybe not until we get home Wednesday night.
- Friday, June 27th after 4 p.m. at Good Health. Deliveries
June 20, 2008 5:30
Let's see if this new color-coding works?
Brown - projected
Red - updated information
Blue - contact me
Green - delivered
Purple - News
June 15, 2008
Wednesday, June 18th at the Tumwater Farmer's Market 11-2
p.m. Note: Only
for those of you that this is your assigned pick up location.
If you'd like to pick-up here but it's not your regular pick-up
location, email me so we're prepared. Thanks!
Olympia - Thursday,
June 19th after 4 p.m. at the CSA pick-up house. Deliveries
- Friday, June 20th after 4 p.m. at Good Health. Deliveries
Update: Deliveries sometime this evening
before 8 p.m.
Kim, could you call or email
me so we can work out an alternate plan? Could be pick up
at the farm, or Monday or Tuesday at Good Health. Couldn't
reach you by email or phone today, and we won't make it to
Good Health before they close.
Saturday, June 21st at the market 9-2. Update:
We will have some of Scott's fresh-frozen chicken for sale
or as part of your share if you'd like; certified raw goat
milk, not too many eggs this week but a few. We have some
nice veggies but we may be a bit on the short supply. We're
doing the best we can and overall things are progressing.
A potential - we are negotiating
with an owner of a Taco Trailer in good condition. We've decided
against purchasing it presently, but he is proposing a 5 month
contract at $1200/month, full use of the trailer. Longview
would be the first place we would come on Saturdays and fix
you Local Farm Cuisine breakfast and lunch and take-out...all
made from local vegetables, fruits, meats, etc. This isn't
a complete thought, but if any of you are interested in helping
support the venture, maybe I could sell Local Farm Cuisine
Shares that you could use as a credit...and with some benefits,
like coming to the front of the line, or at least the line
of pre-paid. Maybe even send you home with a Local Farm Cuisine
Salad Bar for the week...I've been dreaming this dream for
at least 5 years. It feels like it's getting much closer.
There will be no problem with the Cowlitz County Health Department
permit...no different than my normal seasonal permit. Will
have to look into auto insurance as it's not currently insured,
so if anyone has any expertise in this area let me know. We'll
of course have to pay for gas and propane, so other big considerations...maybe
leave it in Longview during the week.
Garlic Basil Dressing: We should
have a small portion of dressing for you tomorrow. Once I
get the trailer permit in place we can start selling it at
market. Wahooo! And there's more. Still in the brainstorming
stage, but a percentage of net profits will go to a funding
stream to purchase development rights in farmland...the dressing,
the Local Farm Cuisine, and a Local CSA Farm Calendar! Worker
bees always welcome :-)
June 10 10 p.m.
Delivered Olympia this
afternoon, and Lou Ellyn by 4 Thursday at the Olympia CSA
Thursday the 12th by 4, probably sooner. Note: We are still
working out a delivery schedule for this season. What has
worked in previous seasons is not working now because of the
slow growing spring, so we're still trying to figure it all
out, sans details.
June 10 6:20 p.m.
This time we get to blame it on the pig. We have a pregnant
sow, piglets due July 16th, and she got out and was in the
orchard eating our trees and threw us totally off schedule.
Here's the revised schedule:
DUPONT - We
managed to get your shares to the Olympia CSA house by 5 today,
so hope you got it OK.
OLYMPIA - We'll
take it to the CSA house Wednesday the 11th after the Tumwater
Farmer's Market (11-2...it's a lunch market so if you want
to come and have a delicious Veggie Burrito Wrap...or maybe
we'll put one in your share), probably around 4, deliveries
- We'll drop them off at Good Health on our way home, probably
around 5 Wednesday, and deliveries after that.
June 9, 2008
The Local Dinner at the State Capitol went exceptionally
well, though very difficult to do. Thanks for giving us space
to do this. Jim Lopez from the City of Seattle spoke about
climate solution activities in King County...very interesting.
The meal was fabulous, the presentation and ambiance were
Additional items for sale this
$4/dozen; Certified Raw Goat Milk $5/half-gallon,
$10/gallon; chicken, fresh frozen $4.50/lb.,
the birds average 3-5#.
Delivery schedule for this week:
- Tuesday the 10th, pick-up at the CSA house after
5 p.m., deliveries after that.
Tuesday the 10th, pick-up at Good Health after 5 p.m., deliveries
before that. Note: We won't be at the Chehalis Farmer's Market
tomorrow, but this may become another possible location for
picking up your share. We'll keep you posted.
Saturday the 14th at the Farmers's Market 9-2, we prefer pick-up
after 11, but you choose.
June 7, 2008 9:30
LONGVIEW - Brad's back went out and can't come to market.
I am scheduled to be working on the dinner in Olympia tonight.
Barbie is coming to market and will do the best she can. Shareholders
will need to pack their own bag...there is a list of choices,
and make sure to sign the sheet that you picked up. If anyone
can stay and help Barbie that would be great. She will be
leaving at noon to get to her daughter's graduation. I will
try to call all of you, but if we don't make connections today
I'll try to bring your share down on Monday. I have to come
to the Health Department anyway.
June 6, 2008
Olympia/Centralia/Chehalis on pause until next week to allow
us to focus on the Local
Dinner this Saturday in Olympia while we work on advancing
our local sustainable food system and climate action solutions.
You all are of course invited and encouraged to come to the
dinner (Longview too), though your participation as a CSA
member is sufficient.
Longview - we will be at market
Saturday, but only until noon. I will need
to hear from you if you want a share Saturday, and if you
can be there before noon or if you want us to leave one for
you at market to pick up by 2 at Bonnie Doble's booth (the
opposite end of the market on the same side as our booth)
or she will take them to her place and they can be picked
up after 4 on Saturday, or Sunday.
Focus on a very successful event Saturday. It's all about
June 1, 2008
This marks the beginning of the Summer Season! Welcome to
all the new members and I hope it is a great season for all
of us. There are two big events this week (scroll down to
the message below), so we are going to pause current members
for this week in Olympia/Centralia Chehalis (haven't decided
about Longview...I'll probably send you all an email), and
get our new Olympia members started this week. I'm thinking
we will be delivering to Olympia on Tuesday, but I will be
in email touch with each new member personally to get you
started, along with sending general information about how
our CSA works. Email is the best way to reach me, so always
let me know if you have any questions, requests, ideas, etc.
CSA Delivery Schedules and Updates
May 28, 2008
Olympia after 4 on Thursday the 29th at the CSA house, deliveries
Centralia/Chehalis - Friday the 30th after 4 at Good Health,
deliveries after that.
Longview - Saturday the 31st at market 9-2 (we prefer 11-1
pickup, but you choose)
Note: Olympia/CenraliaChehalis - there will be no delivery
the week of June 2 for those of you who have been receiving
deliveries. There are two big events next week with Joel
Salatin at Evergreen on June 5th and the local dinner at the
Capitol on June 7th that are going to be a big demand on produce
and time. For those of you who are new members, we will start
your deliveries next week, most likely on Thursday. I'll contact
each of you personally for details.
Hopefully we can fall into a regular rhythm for the rest of
May 23, 2008
Delivered Centralia/Chehalis to Good Health
late this afternoon and they can be picked up Saturday between
Delivered Olympia to our CSA house late this evening, and
they can be picked up Saturday, the sooner the better so Diane
has her porch free for the weekend. Not urgent, just a consideration.
Everyone have a safe and delicious weekend.
May 22, 2008
Hi everyone! Sure lots of good things going on, and spring's
not one of them, ha ha. Plants are slow growing outside, happy
in the greenhouse, and I do think it is going to be a great
season for local produce. We were going to deliver to Olympia
this evening, Thursday, but we're going to fix the brakes
on the van instead and come up Friday, could be morning or
afternoon. I'll let you know when I know.
Here are two upcoming exciting events (details forthcoming).
Joel Salatin at Evergreen State College, Thursday, June 5,
Local Dinner & Keynote Speaker, 6 p.m., June 7, 2008,
Olympia State Capitol Pritchard Building, Fresh Measures Cafe
Schedule for this week:
Olympia/Centralia/Chehalis: Friday, May 23, morning or afternoon...we'll
let you know when we're on our way.
Longview: Saturday, May 24 at the Farmers Market at the Fairgrounds...remember
to bring bags
Note: I've been envisioning a mobile commercial kitchen to
be able to use to serve local foods at farmers markets for
at least two years. Well, yesterday was I was given a lead
on one for sale in Yelm. I'll be looking at it Sunday. We're
looking at how to finance it...knowing it will pay for itself
in short time...can you imagine how many people would like
breakfast and/or lunchat the Longview Market. I suppose we
could even sell "Local Farm Cuisine" Shares like
we do CSA shares. We'll keep you posted, and if any of you
know of someone who might be interested in being a financial
backer, let me know. I'm very hopeful we can go full-out with
LOCAL food service this season.
P.S. We also have certified raw goat milk for sale: $5/half-gallon,
$10/gallon...you can have a standing order or order as wanted,
first come first served. Eggs too - $3.50 and $4/dozen...just
different farms, both are good.
May 6, 2008
I don't how things are going for all of you, but sure a lot
to keep up with here at the farm. If any of you ever have
the hankerin' to get your hands in the dirt, let us know.
We're ready for volunteers. We might even fix you dinner by
the campfire, or teach a class or two. We are still struggling
with getting on our financial feet, but we're working on keeping
it all together until it all comes together. I know this will
be a good season, and I know you all will be happy to be connected
to a farm. Here's the schedule for this week. We're still
downsizing until we're stabilized, and appreciate your cooperation.
Olympia - Update
May 7 - My meetings have been rescheduled
to Thursday in Olympia so deliveries
will be Thursday, May 8 late afternoon at the CSA house, deliveries
after that, instead of Wednesday, May 7 as
before the week is out...could be Friday or sooner.
Longview - Saturday,
May 10 at the Farmer's Market at the fairgrounds. We're still
asking for any of you who are willing to pause, but for any
of you who would really like a delivery, come to market and
we'll do our best to serve you. If we don't hear from you
or see you we won't drop off for you at Bonnie's.
Note: Put June
5 and June 7th on your calendar. June 5th Joel Salatin will
be teaching at Evergreen State College during the day and
a public lecture in the evening, which will sell out. Don't
have details on tickets yet, but forthcoming. If you want
any, let me know. You can google search his work for now.
June 7th is the dinner...this will be sold out too, so register
early if you really want to come. Details forthcoming too.
P.S. We now
have local certified raw goat milk available to our CSA members
for $5/half-gallon, the supply of eggs is good right now and
they are $3.50/dozen, and we've learned about raw wool that
is available if any of you are spinners and weavers or felters,
or all of the above.
April 25, 2008
Thought I'd call it spring while we have some sunshine! Geez,
for those of you who have been waiting to know what's going
on, so have I! Here's the short report. Most of you received
a lengthy letter from the farm a week or two ago updating
you with the impact the flood and relentless winter has had/is
having on the farm. We put out a call for help and solutions
and it has been a very heartening experience of 100% show
of support, whether it be willing to take a pause from deliveries
until production picks up, to signing up and paying for another
year's membership and everything in between. Thank you to
all of you. New ideas have been created and relationships
have been strengthened. It has also been a very interesting
experience "negotiating" with people who are vested
in each other's well-being - a beautiful example of what is
possible between people.
The good news is we will be continuing on, but there will
be temporary changes. Right now our focus has to be cash flow
for us to keep going. Normally we fill CSA's first, and sell
what is left over second, but for the time being we are going
to have to put selling as a priority until production and
income stabilizes. I've worked out plans with many of you
(some pausing, some continuing), but for those of you I haven't,
my request is to pause your deliveries until production picks
up. If we find we have surplus, we'll be sure to let you know.
For any of you who can make a payment on a summer membership
or extending your season, this will be the most help, but
only if it works for you. If you have any questions let me
know as I haven't spoken with each of you, and there isn't
a "one size fits all" solution. We'll be in flex
mode for the time being.
We'll be at the Longview Farmers market tomorrow, Saturday,
and any deliveries to Good Health and Olympia will take place
the first of the week.
Put June 7th on your calendar for a big local dinner at the
State Capitol. Details forthcoming and unfolding.
To miracles and gratitude,
Winter CSA Delivery Schedules and Updates
April 17, 2008
18, after 1 p.m. at the CSA house, deliveries after that.
We're experiencing shortages and delays in getting produce
from the Co-op so we can't deliver until Friday.
Friday, April 18, pick up Saturday 9-6
April 19, we prefer you pick up 11-1, but earlier okay if
that works better for you. The market will be across the street
as part of the Earth Day event. I don't know where our booth
will be located. If you can't find us you can ask the manager.
Dress for winter...I'm sure you all know about the arctic
April 9, 2008
Thursday evening, April 10
any of you who have had your fill of cabbage and dark greens
you can take a pause from deliveries until we have more spring
items if you'd like.. Just send me an email. As we all know,
it is being a very cold and wet spring, so the season is at
least a month or so behind.
Friday, April 11, pick-up Saturday 9-6
Longview Saturday 9-6 Saturday,
April 12. Market opens at 9 but we prefer pick-ups between
11-1 if possible. If you need an early pick-up just let us
know and we'll do our best.
last week was the first market of the season and we're just
getting things going for the season, for any of you we've
not had contact with could you please send an email and let
us know if you'd like a delivery this Saturday or not?
of the week: We'll be making
a Coleslaw/Thai Noodle Mix this week in place of the Stir
Fry Mix as it looks now, fyi. We will be bringing/including
an instant soup mix that we love using with these veggies
and you can decide if you'd like to try it. STINGING
NETTLES: we have fresh spring nettles if any
of you have any experience using them, or we could bring it
to you made into fresh tea, or dried and you can make your
The price of broccoli at the Olympia Food Co-op just went
up to over $3/pound. I just transplanted 13 broccoli plants
yesterday, and lots of broccoli and other seeds started. Interesting
and unprecended times. Hope and Hope are the focus (unlike
Hope and Despair...oppositite sides of the coin but when they
are "hardwired" together, not a good thing.)
Just something I'm contemplating and thought I'd share. Besides,
these are really exciting times. Not only are we in the midst
of unprecedented times, we are in the midst of creating unprecedented
miracles that would not happen without the current challenges.
April 3, 2008
Friday, April 4, pick-up Saturday 9-6.
See you at market this Saturday, April 5th. I think we'll
be as happy to see you as you will to see us. Thank your for
accepting a pause in deliveries. It was essential for ouir
continuation, and very much appreciated.
Market begins at 9, and if possible we prefer for you to pick-up
between 11-1, but if you want to come early you can...we might
just need a little help. We may not be able to fill all the
shares tomorrow, or may have to begin with alternating weeks
until supplies increase, so we'll see how it goes. If you
could email me to let me know if you plan on picking up a
share, or not, that will help in our planning.
bring bags, containers, etc. I want to get away from using
plastic as much as possible this year and have thought about
making cloth bags for salad greens. If any of you have any
surplus material and/or a sewing machine and would like to
make some let me know. I can purchase cellophane bags and
while they are very good they are very expensive.
I am very introspective still on preserving farmland and
do believe we will collectively come up with some innovative
solutions this season. Two farms were preserved with state
money this past week, and I'm certain as a direct result of
my efforts over the past several years.
Tribune Story. Now we need to expand the idea. We'll be
talking about this and other innovative projects around the
country at the dinner on May 5th. Would recommend getting
your reservations in soon as seating is limited. If someone
will connect us with a restaurant in Longview I will host
one there, and we will also be holding them at the State Capitol
in Olympia in the near future.
March 27, 2008
Good Health/Home Deliveries late this
Olympia deliveries Thusday evening. Westside shares to be
picked up at the CSA house in the Capitol area this week.
Note: I will be away until Monday, so if you need anything
call and leave a message for Brad. Thanks!
March 20, 2008
were delivered last night (Thursday).
Health and home deliveries will be mid-afternoon today. I'll
post a time when I'm leaving.
Note: I was just
informed that some produce we had ordered won't be in until
later today, so plan on picking up your share, or receiving
it, after 1 p.m. on Saturday.
March 14, 2008
1:15 p.m. - Brad just called from the Co-op and said the
van is running fine, so good news it may just have been the
battery. Pick up at the Olympia
CSA house after 2 p.m. today, deliveries after
that. Centralia/Chehalis/Good Health deliveries will be late
afternoon today, Friday.. I would suggest picking up on Saturday
9-6 at Good Health.
11:30 a.m. - Brad is on his way to Olympia. He's going to
call me to let me know he made it and then I'll post a time
they will be at the CSA house, deliveries after that.
March 13, 2008
Our van broke down on the freeway today,
threw our schedule off for the day, and with the on and off
rain this evening we've decided to postpone delivery to Olympia
and Centralia until tomorrow morning. We think we've solved
the van problem, but don't know for sure, so another good
reason for not going tonight.
I will post here tomorrow morning the
expected time the shares will arrive at our CSA house, and
deliveries will be after that. If you have any questions just
send me an email.
March 2, 2008
Spring is springing, wahooo! It couldn't have come any too
soon for any of us. Thank you to all of you for your patience
and understanding this past winter. Solutions to the flooding
are still being studied by the Governor on down, and it's
bringing many more people and players into the conversation,
which is good. Lewis County left to its own is not a good
thing...one of the reasons the flood had such a huge impact.
Hopefully we'll make it through the spring rains and snow
melt from the mountains and start making smart land use planning
I just got turned on to Permaculture, A Designers' Manual
by Bill Mollison. I've know of permaculture for a long time
and can't figure out how I've missed this difinitive book.
I think it will become my next area of focus. I can't tell
you how jazzed I am about it. The book is out of print and
is $95 on Amazon.com, but if anyone comes across some better
deals please let me know. This is a must-read (study...it's
595 pages) for everyone...no exceptions. Yesterday a young
man who just came back from six months in Aisa studying permaculture
and is heading today to Israel for another six months to do
the same thing, told me about Gaia
University where you can get degrees in permaculture and
much more. I've just glanced at it, but very very exciting
and encouraging. I see the awakening happening. And then my
older son called me and told me Oprah
Winfrey is starting an online course Monday night with
Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth, and this looks
very good too...awakening to our life's purpose. What if we
lived in a world where everyone was living a passionate life
deeply connected to their life's purpose.
I was really sorry to have to put deliveries on pause, but
it has been very helpful to allow me to take a rest
from the pace, pause and reflect, AND to start working on
planting, which I am thoroughly enjoying. I've spent the last
few years with a greater focus on farmland preservation in
the bigger picture, but now that more people are on the bandwagon
I'm going to take a few steps back and focus on my own farm
(our farm) and the overall operation. It feels so good. While
there are still very important issues to work on, I'm going
to do my best to stay focused on the farm.
I'm also considering growing grains such as amaranth, quinoa,
sorghum, flax, oats, wheat, buckwheat, etc. now that the price
of grain is getting so high and supplies are dimishing. This
will be more experimental initially. Also, for any of you
or if you know of someone who might be interested, we have
extra land here for anyone who is looking for a place to grow
and/or learn about growing.
For our omnivore members, let me know if any of you are still
interested in a Pork Share. Breanna, our grower from Scatter
Creek Farm in Rochester, one of her sows gave birth to 13
piglets, can you imagine. Breanna loves raising pigs, and
for those of you who are meat eaters, the meat is incredible.
I can't believe I'm saying this...I used to be vegetarian
for 20 years, didn't eat pork even when I ate meat, now my
diet is local and organic, with animals an important part
of a sustainable farm...definitely not a good idea from industrialized
farms though taking down rainforests...We're going to be getting
a couple of pigs, and could get a couple more to put in our
orchard field to manage the grass and prepare the ground.
I've wanted to do this for some time. They are $80 each, and
we'd need to factor in a grain/feed cost, while I am also
exploring alternatives. They will be ready in about 6 months.
If you're interested let me know and we'll work out the details.
Continued, we are also in conversation with Mountain
Niche Farm. They are a small farm dedicated to raising
heritage breeds of sheep for wool and breeding stock. From
time to time they have frozen lamb, but are not licensed to
sell meat retail. They can sell an animal and make all the
other arrangements up to delivery, so Kim and I are talking
about working out the logistics. Let me know if you want placed
on the interested list and when we have details we'll let
How many of you are familiar with the term Locavores?
Here is a delivery schedule as it looks in this moment. Seeing
that the Longview Farmers Market is the first one to open
for us we'll have that be the re-starting date for Longview,
April 5th, 9-1 at the fairgrounds. Our plan is to come with
the CSA produce in bulk boxes, a sign board with contents
for the day, and you all pack your own. Our perference is
you come between 11-1, but if coming at 9 works better for
you let me know and we will work it out for you. For any deliveries
not picked up at market and we didn't hear from you that you
don't want a share that week, we will drop it off at Bonnie's
place on Pacific Way, and make home deliveries.
For Olympia and Centralia/Chehalis, we are currently endeavoring
to make weekly and bi-weekly deliveries, and to get on a regular
schedule of delivering on Thursdays. I'll confirm this in
the next couple of days. Feel free to send me an email if
you have any questions or requests.
We are hoping to get away from using as much plastic as possible
this year, so bringing recycled plastic bags (and stopping
using them in the first place....I'm working on it) and paper
bags would be good. Also, what do you think of the idea of
making cloth bags for share bags. Each of you would have 2
and leave one for us each week. And how about making cloth
produce bags for greens. If any of you have a sewing machine
and would like to help with this let me know. We can buy cellophane
bags which are biodegradeable and allow the greens to breath
so they last a long time, but they are quite expensive. We
might have to pass the cost on, or look for alterntives like
the reusable bags and cloth bags. I'm open to suggestions.
Our canopy was damaged in the storm this winter so we are
looking for a replacement, actually 2 so we can have our farmstand
in one and CSA/demo space in the other. If you have a used
one you're not using any more, see one for a good price online
or at a garage sale, let me know.
Enjoy the spring and see you all soon!
February 12, 2008
Thought you'd like to hear from me! Sorry about the absence
of postings. This has been a daunting winter to say the least.
Good news is life is finally coming to the plants and signs
of spring are here. Because this winter has been so miserable
to impossible to grow in we are going to take a pause from
deliveries to allow us a pause, get some seeds in the ground,
and an opportunity to regroup and get some life in ourselves.
Brad and I are really looking forward to this growing season.
We won't be back to Longview until market opens in April
as it looks now. And what we will have when market opens remains
to be seen. We'll let you know closer to the time. We will
be on a pause in Olympia/Centralia/Chehalis too, except for
a few of you whom I'll be in direct email contact with.
I keep trying to drop my farmland preservation efforts, and
how does a farmer-activist do that! Things keep popping up,
like this amazing event coming upSatruday and Sunday evenings
at the Eagles Ballroom in Olympia.
It's a Big Benefit Music Concert to raise money to help the
farmers hurt by the flood. Olympia
Flood Aid (http://www.myspace.com/farmfloodrelief) was
created by a couple of musicians a day after the flood saying
they wanted to do something to help the farmers. This event
is their manifestation, and in a very short time. Check out
the link. I think this will be an event to remember, and there
will be more as long as the farms need help. There will be
music and more music, auctions, food, speakers, slide shows
of the flood, and more. Hope to see some of you there. Curious
how disasters bring us together. Guess we get reminded about
what is really important...life and love and laughter and
a light heart!
January 30, 2008
Well, I've been waiting for the weather to clear so we can
havest at Josh's farm in Chehalis, but now I'm waiting for
the roads to clear so it's safe to drive. Looks like there
will not be a delivery this week. Geez. I've been farming
here since 1996 and exploring what can be grown in the winter
here in the Pacific Northwest, something I couldn't do growing
up and living in Ohio. The problem is now I feel like I'm
in Ohio. No complaints though, I would rather be here than
anywhere else. Good thing because that's where I am...I think
one of the big lessons in life.
There are a lot of very cool things evolving in our local
sustainable food system, so let's spend these last few precious
moments in the cool and wet of our winter in appreciation
of the sun and the moon and the air and the water and the
soil and itsy bitsy microbes and minerals and the list goes
on and the farmers and the very important CSA members that
bring delicious and healthy food to our tables, and anything
else that I've forgotten to mention. We are part of a team
just like the microbes in the soil, and even if we can't be
seen we are still very important. This promises to be a breakthrough
year for local farming, and hopefully for us as humanity.
These are challenging times, but maybe what we're up to is
creating a miracle equal to the challenges we are facing.
After so many times of apparent breakdowns and then breakthroughs
on my farm, I've come to learn that breakthroughs are on the
other side of breakdowns. Maybe that's
what we're up to these days.
Here's what I was working on last week, a very dynamic week
with lots of synchronicity requiring me to drop nearly everything
else, even committments to you all and other important things...except
in the long run this is about supporting all of us, just in
the bigger picture but needing to let go of the immediate.
Tricky business. Thank you to all of you, 99% of you, who
have wholeheartedly supported me, even in my imperfections.
Here's the article in The Olympian, January 28, 2008, John
Dodge, Environmental Writer: Enlarge the photos if you can...the
color contrasts are beautiful, as are the farmers.
Pretty cool, eh, and there is more to come. I'm hopeful that
this kitchen can become the food processing kitchen for value-added
products that can start to stock our food co-ops and health
food stores and CSA's and farmers markets. Imagine products
of the quality, flavor and integrity of our garlic basil dressing
lining the shelves of your favorite marketplace. It's possible,
and possibility is a great place to live. Beats no possibility.
I've been told there will be a farm film shown in Longview
Sunday evening. When I have details I'll post them here.
January 23, 2008
January 22 by 4 p.m. *
January 25 by 4 p.m. (make sure
to pick up or have someone pick up for you by 6 p.m. because
of the freezing temperatures).
For any of you who have told me you are willing to skip a
week, I'm going to take you up on the offer this week. The
deep freeze we're in has created it's challenges, and some
other very exciting good news is in the works and this will
allow me to focus on it...watch The Olympian newspaper, environmental
page Monday. I was going to write you all about it, and then
it turned into news. As it is seen in this moment, the shares
I will be delivering to Longview will be: Gail & Ann,
Suzanne Meg., Darrin, Tracy, Deborah, and Lee Ann. If any
of the rest of you really want a delivery, let me know, or
those of you who are scheduled but could get by without one,
let me know.
Saturday, January 26 after 1 p.m. at Good Health, deliveries
January 26 after 5 at the CSA house (pick up that evening
if it's still sub-freezing), deliveries after that. Note:
There may be a couple of deliveries to Olympia Thursday, January
24 to new shareholders on the waiting list - Juliana and Whitney.
I'll confirm by phone or email.
January 19, 2008 Update
for Olympia and Centralia/Chehalis
Most of you were called, but in case you were missed, there's
no delivery this week. Between the mud and the freezing, and
now it's looking like severe freezing for the next several
days, eee gads. We do expect to have a delivery next week,
most likely Saturday to Olympia and Chehalis. Those of you
in Olympia who can't do a weekend pickup let me know and we'll
try to bring it Tuesday.
January 18, 2008 Update
for Olympia and Centralia/Chehalis
Due to the freezing we aren't able to pick in the field
we were waiting to dry up from the rain!! What a winter. There
will be no delivery Friday the 18th to Olympia. Brad will
be calling each of you todayto chewith what your options are
for a delivery tomorrow, Saturday, or if you want to skip
this week. Next week's looking better.
January 16, 2008
Here's the schedule for this week. I'm also working on sending
out a questionnaire and hope to get that to you this week.
* = delivered
January 15 by 4 p.m. *
January 17 after 4 p.m. at Bonnie's, or anytime Friday or
January 18 by 5 p.m. at our CSA house, deliveries after that
Saturday, January 19 after 1 p.m. at Good Health, deliveries
after that, and if you're coming to the Matrix Coffee House
Saturday Grassroots Conversations you can pick it up there
12-5. Just let me know.
Note: The Matrix also has live music Saturday evenings and
great food, including vegan and vegetarian entrees.
Jerusalem Artichoke Alert:
It has been brought to our attentioon that
Jerusalem Artichokes can be upsetting to some people's digestive
system. From a vegan website: "Sunchokes are often called
a starchy plant, but the starch is in the form of inulin,
a polysaccharide from which fructose can be produced. Because
this starch, or inulin, is not easily digestible by everyone,
it may be best to introduce the vegetable in small amounts."
January 7, 2007
The past six weeks have been filled with a myriad of circumstances,
some you are aware of and some you are not. We're hoping that
things are settling down enough to allow us to get back to
regular weekly deliveries this week. Just know we haven't
forgotten you and we haven't been slacking. Everything I do
is focused on bringing you the best local produce possible,
and securing a safe food supply for all.
The constant rain is still making it difficult for us to
pick in one of our main fields in Adna. The kale got so muddy
it took us 5 minutes to clean one curly leaf, so we're looking
for other options in the farming community until we can get
back in that field. We may be doing some improvising so we
may be giving you some choices before we deliver.
Just keep an eye on this link for updates.
Proposed Schedule for the week
of January 7, 2007:
January 8 before 5 p.m.
January 9 in the evening (maybe Tuesday)
January 10 after 4 p.m. at Bonnie's
Friday, January 11 after 4 p.m. at Good Health, deliveries
The Film Festival
is still going on at McMenamins
Olympic Club in Centralia through Thursday. Showings are
at 12 Noon and 3 p.m., $5 suggested donation, and you can
order the Local Lunch Special, $12 including movie. It is
definitely worth coming to, not only for the films themselves
which are very good, but the McMenamins venue is worth the
trip just by itself.
January 3, 2007
Due to the weather it looks like we'll have to continue to
be on stand-by. The main field we pick in is too muddy to
get into. It's been a doozey of a winter and it hasn't let
up yet. We will look for a window of opportunity to get things
to you and will let you know at the time.
We are hosting a Film
Festival at the Olympic Club in Centralia Janary 4-10th..
Films will be shown at noon (plus a local lunch) and 3 daily,
and Sunday the 6th at noon, 3, 5, 7. It would be great if
some of you could come. It's definitely worth the trip. The
McMenamins Dinner Theater is a fabulous venue.
December 28, 2007
I hope you all had a meaningful
Christmas and looking forward to a really great New Year!
The community that has come together around Lewis County
has been extraordinary and a really beautiful outcome of a
very difficult situation. Thank you to all of you who have
and are so generously giving of your time and money. The recovery
will continue for a long time, and we have some really great
events and projects that can help our community get back on
its feet over the long haul. I'll keep you posted.
There will be no deliveries this week of Christmas and I'll
give you the schedule for the next two weeks in a couple of
days. We're finalizing an Organic Farms Film Festival at the
Olympia Club that will take place January 4-10 so I want that
to get firmed up before making the schedule. We have some
really great things in the works.
Week of December 10, 2007
12-11-07 It's been a difficult decision, but due to recent
circumstances we will be temporarily discontinuing our CSA
deliveries until further notice. We will honor all memberships
so please record the number of deliveries you have remaining
and that is where we will pick up when we continue. I don't
have a time frame, but I did learn from one of our grower-farms
yesterday that they got very wet but didn't flood, so this
is very good news. I've also located another source of local
produce in Yelm that didn't flood. If you have any questions,
please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be away from the farm for several days answering telephones
but I will check emails. The Chronicle
newspaper in Centralia is a source of local news on the
flooding. Blessings, Susie
12-10-07 Hi Everyone, Sorry to be out of communication with
all of you. I went to my daughter's over the weekend to rest
and regroup and am returned to the farm today (Monday) to
start figuring out what's next. What has happened is mind-boggling.
The good news is our farm came through in good shape. It's
not on a particularly high spot, and we even have a creek
which became more of a river, but it never crested over the
bank to our place. This property has never flooded in recorded
history and that's saying something. The farms that we were
sourcing most of our produce from for our winter shares where
devastatingly hit. Their crops are destroyed and some their
homes, greenhouses, barns, etc....everything. Our focus needs
to be helping them getting back on their feet. I'll keep you
posted with ways that you can help soon.
I will also have to get back to you on when deliveries will
resume and what they will look like. My guess is there won't
be a delivery this week, but in this moment I really don't
know so watch for an updated posting in the next couple of
days. Traditionally with CSAs they are a shared relationship
with the farmer and the shareholders, sharing the bounty and
the losses, not leaving the farmer out there by him/herself.
I'm going to do what I can to honor everyone's membership,
but I'm going to have to regroup. Even though I've gotten
some rest and a step-away from it all, I am feeling a bit
overwhelmed upon returning to the farm this morning. I just
read Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize speech which was very sobering
and a powerful call to action. We all have a lot to think
about, and then to get in action about.
It is very heartwarming and encouraging to see how the communities
have pulled together through this, and the resiliance of the
human spirit. This is a great example of what we can do when
we all pull together. Blessings, Susie
of December 3, 2007
12-4-07 There will
be no deliveries this week due to the flooding.
County was hit particularly hard, and farms we
harvest and source produce from are in some of the hardest
hit areas. We still don't have word of how they are doing,
but trust they are safe and look forward to hearing from them
soon. The odd thing is we may wish for this kind of rainfall
this summer. Interesting times we live in. BTW, our farm is
okay, even though we've been stranded here since Sunday. I
had hoped to go to the first Office
of Farmland Preservation meeting in Olympia tomorrow,
December 5th, but the weather had a different plan. Something
you might find interesting, I'm certain I had an influence
in the formation of this office through my testimonies with
the Senate Agriculture Committee the past two years. Senator
Shin, who was part of the Office of Farmland Preservation
legislation, and on the Senate Agriculture Committee expressed
he was disturbed with my testimony that we are importing more
food than we are exporting. We are now dependent upon foreign
food like we are on foreign oil, and we're paving our farmland.
Senator Shin and I spoke outside the hearing room after my
testimony and I told him I actually thought it was an issue
of national security. He contemplated for a moment and said
that the legislature helped Boeing a few years ago and maybe
it's time to creating funding to help the small family farmer.
My impression is this Office of Farmland Preservaion will
be working on creating a funding stream to purchase development
rights in farms. Lesson: You can make a difference. You just
need to show up somewhere and do something, and best if it's
something you are passionately committed to. Deliveries
to resume when possible. It looks like I-5 will be closed
through the weekend and possibly into next week. What a mess.
Watch for a posting. Blessing
to you all. Susie
12-3-07 Note: Winter deliveries
are the most prone to inconsistencies due to the unpredictible
weather. This is my 4th winter CSA season and every season
is different and has it's own challenges. I was hoping to
have a Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday schedule to have all deliveries
complete, but with the heavy winds and rain it looks like
we'll have to change our schedule. Below is the proposed schedule.
Changes will be posted or if not enough time you will be called.
- Thursday, December 6, Bonnie's after 4 p.m. We hope to be
there by 2 p.m. for any of you who would like to pick up earlier.
Farm - Friday, December
7 before the day is out. Pick-ups at the CSA house and Good
Health would be best on Saturday.
Olympia - M.R. at the DOH -
on standby with the weather. We'll keep in email contact.
This week's bonus item:
The first person to send an email that they read this posting
will receive a free bar of locally made and produced bar of
soap from Scattercreek Farm in Rochester.
Week of November 26, 2007
Olympia - Tuesday
evening, November 27 to CSA House (would recommend picking
up Wednesday the 28th), deliveries Tuesday evening, November
27, including Tumwater. DOH delivery Tuesday or Wednesday
November 27/28 before 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 28 to Good Health, pick-up Thursday
the 29th. Deliveries Wednesday, November 28th.
Thursday, November 29 after 4 p.m. at Bonnie's Nursery (can
be picked up Friday if weather allows.)
Matrix Coffee House -
Saturday, December 1, 12-5 p.m. FREE Open House discussions,
open mike, music, films, music, delicious full menu w/vegan
and vegetarian entrees. Participate in grassroots conversations
to help find solutions to our communities’ growing challenges
– food, farming, industrial growth, housing development,
and how we can strengthen the local economy and health of
our communities. Bring your topics of interests, concerns,
personal agendas and be a part of shaping your community’s
Longview - Delivered Thursday, November 15
Olympia - Delivering Friday, November 16, before 4:30 to
offices and CSA house, deliveries after that.
Centralia/Chehalis - Pick-up at Good Health after 2 on Saturday,
November 17, deliveries after that, or could be picked up
at the Matrix Coffee House if you let me know.
Matrix Coffee House, Chehalis 12-5, Saturdays for informal
community conversations around food and farming, growth and
development, films, open, music, and a great menu to order
from so come hungry and Rick will feed you well, plus this
helps to support his generous gift of the space free to the
community. Address: 434 Prindle St. NW, Exit 77, 740-0492
CSA Delivery Schedules and Updates
Updated Monday, June 18 11 p.m.
The wedding was a treasure of a
day. I'll share a few pictures when I have them. Note: I said
Wednesday, June 20, Good Health after 12 noon, deliveries
Note: You may
also pick up at the Chehalis Farmers Market Tuesday, 2-4 preferred
(market is 12-4)
Olympia - Thursday,
June 21 after 6:30 p.m. at the CSA house, deliveries after
Note: You may
also pick up at the Tumwater Farmers Market Wednesday at 2
(market is 11-2)
Longview - Saturday,
June 23 at market 11-2, deliveries after that.