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Last spring we provided CSA members with 4 weeks of early spring produce. It was exciting to see the early crops growing under the protection of unheated greenhouses, tunnels and row covers. Each year we try to extend the growing season as early and late as possible. There is something satisfying about the quality of cold loving plants grown in the cold. They have a sturdy look about them.
The Early Start CSA is a four-week share for those who are eager for early Spring vegetables. The season begins April 4th and ends April 25th.
As a member of Crawford Organics Early Start CSA your weekly will contain an assortment of in-season fresh vegetables. Each standard size box will contain 7 or 8 items. The quantities are designed for 2-4 people, depending on menu preferences. Each mini size box will contain 5 or 6 items in quantities for 1-2 people. The box may not supply all your vegetable needs, depending on your normal vegetable consumption.
In our farm share, there will be several fresh greens (lettuce, kale, chard, scallions, radishes, spinach, cilantro, etc), as well as some storage vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, etc.).
The following list gives you an idea of the crops we grow for the Early Start CSA. Some of these items you will find in your box frequently and others only once. Because we are working with living plants and the unpredictability of weather, there is no guarantee of the exact type or quantity of produce you will receive each week.
Arugula, Beets, Boc Choi, Carrots, Chard, Cilantro, Assorted Herbs, Kale, Lettuce, Popcorn, Potatoes, Radishes, Spring Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach,
If you plan to be away certain weeks, and you can let us know when you sign up; we will deduct $27 for each week you will be gone ($22 for the mini share). If after you sign up, you realize you will be away some week; there will be no refunds, but you may either have a neighbor pick up your box for you, or you may cancel your box and receive a credit. That credit can be used on another delivery date. Credits must be used by the end of the season unless other arrangements are made.
To make a change to your delivery schedule, you must give us one week advance notice by either e-mail or phone.
We harvest an exact amount of produce for each week’s boxes. Therefore if you fail to pick your box up within the designated time without informing us in advance; we will donate it to a worthy recipient.
We also offer eggs from pastured hens. The hens have daily access to roam the fresh organic grass around their portable house. These hens are not organic, but are fed a 100% GMO free diet. The fresh grass, exercise, and sunshine makes for happy hens. The egg yolks are a rich golden color and taste good.
While the hens roam, the roosters keep a watchful eye. They are also constantly on the lookout for something good to eat. When one finds something, he will cluck and scratch to tell the hens "over here!" When a hawk (or airplane, sparrow, or shadow) flies past, he gives his warning squawk "everyone to cover!" Then he will stand in the open ready to defend his hens. Once everyone is safe, only then will he also go to shelter. Yet even then, he stands at the doorway ready to defend his charge.
A share of eggs consists of one dozen every week.
We are now offering yogurt from two different local farms: Seven Stars Farm, and Springwood Organic Dairy. Both yogurts are made from certified organic milk without flavorings or thickeners. They are both very good, creamy textured yogurts.
The Seven Stars brand is very good, mild flavored yogurt. The cows are kept on pasture whenever the weather is suitable. When the weather isn't suitable, the cows are fed quality hay and a small amount of grain and minerals. The grain makes up approximately 1% of their total dietary intake.
The yogurt from Springwood is a European style with a tart flavor. The cows are also kept on pasture whenever the weather is suitable. When the weather isn't suitable, the cows are fed quality hay. These cows have a 100% grass diet.
A share consists of one quart of plain yogurt per week.
Please see our Prices page for the current CSA price.
If you have any questions, please contact us.