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Understanding Your Share

What is in a box?

Hurray! You have decided to share in our farming experience by purchasing a CSA share in Silver Pond Farm. Now, what does that look like???

The sizes on offer are small, medium, and large. Each of those has a weekly or biweekly option. The values of each box will be a fair market value of $20, $30, and $40, respectively. As described on the subscription pages, your box will contain an assortment of whatever fresh produce is available and ripe on the day you pick up your share, starting in mid-June.

The amount of produce you receive will depend on the size share you purchase. If you are cooking for 1 or 2, you could consider the small share. In this box we will offer 5-8 items, such as a pound of salad mix, 8 oz of peas, sunflower and pea sprouts, 8 oz. of radishes and perhaps half a pound of salad or stir-fry Asian greens.

 

If this seems like too much food for you, you are welcome to choose the biweekly option and come every other week for the same quantity. If you really don't like one of the offerings,  you might consider  trying one of the recipes we provide. Lynn has searched out several cookbooks focused specifically on cooking your CSA abundance, and is happy to make them available here on the farm.  If an item is still not to your liking, just let us know and we can substitute something else. 

 

VARIETIES:

This first year of our starting out, the first few weeks will be heavy on salad mix, Asian greens for salads or stir-fry, radishes and possibly sugar snap and snow peas, but light on such things as head lettuce, carrots, chard, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and so on. Soon after, we hope to have some head lettuces, carrots, beets as well as the earlier items. In future years, however, our season will begin much sooner, and we expect that we'll be able to start the spring season with a wide variety of produce due to our high tunnel.

Later in the season we'll have eggplant, corn, and other warm-weather crops including several varieties of string beans, summer squash, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and okra. We are planting sweet corn, but can't predict at this moment how good the harvest will be. We hope we can all have a pot full of sweet corn at least once this summer!! We are also planning on an abundance of basil, thyme, sage, dill, and other herbs, both culinary and medicinal.

We anticipate being able to extend our harvest season into the early winter with our high tunnel and other row covers, enabling us to offer cool weather crops into December. So the fall will see lots of winter squash, carrots, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and other cole crops, as well as apples, dried herbs, and the last of the tomatoes and tomatillos. We are planting 4 different varieties of potatoes, as well as some interesting and unusual varieties of other vegetables for you to try.

​​Our world of tomatoes will include several rows of San Marzano tomatoes specifically for canning as sauce, stewed tomatoes, or however you choose to use these renowned paste tomatoes. In addition, we have an exciting assortment of colorful heirloom slicing tomatoes as well as a bright array of cherry and grape tomatoes. Most are indeterminate, so will be bearing for many weeks. We will be offering special first dibs to our share members on canning quantities of tomatoes and other produce, harvest permitting. 

There will be slicing and pickling cucumbers along with a few varieties of dill. We are planting okra and a few kinds of eggplant. Summer squash will be well-represented, with several colorful varieties filling our squash beds along with  melons and several varieties of winter squash. ​

I've really only scratched the surface of the variety of seeds we've already purchased. Much work lies ahead to enable us to serve you well this summer, but we are excited at all the possibilities. We at Silver Pond thank you for investing in us, and we look forward to sharing the abundance with you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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