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New Field Farm's Online Market:  Refilling accounts and other thoughts


Greetings on a beautiful summer day,

It’s not time to order for this week, but I’ve been meaning to write for a long time about why the online market works the way it does this year. So for the curious, read on.

But first, the question has started to come up about what to do if the money in your account is getting low and you want to continue to be an active member. The harvest has been going on now for 9 weeks; we have another 10 or 11 to go. We’re less than half way!

If and when you want to add to your account you can do so in $50 increments. If you’ve been ordering an average of $20 or so dollars a week and foresee continuing at that level you might want to add another $100 dollars if there’s still a couple of months to go and your account is almost empty. Or just add $50 dollars at a time when needed. As with your initial payments, money that you add now isn’t refunded or rolled over to another year so you don’t want to overdo it.

It may make sense to start a pay as you go approach when we get to the last few weeks. We’ll see how it goes.

To add to your account please make out a check to Tim Winship and send to PO Box 143 Temple NH 03084

As for how the market works, I imagine that some people wonder why they see only a few bunches of arugula, seven pounds of cousa squash, 3 heads of romaine and other small amounts on any given week. When deciding how much to grow I used the records from 2015 to tell me how many heads of lettuce were ordered that season, or pounds of peas, or bunches of arugula, etc. These were totals for the season, not week by week. So for example, if members ordered 200 pints of Sakura cherry tomatoes in 2015 I had to figure out how many plants would provide that amount (and more) over the course of their harvest period. While this should satisfy overall demand the amount available each week would inevitably vary. Some weeks I could get 25 pints, other only 15. So sometimes the Sakuras have sold out and not everyone who wanted some could get them. This situation applies to a lot of the crops. There may be enough for the season, but some weeks a crop will come up short. I’m sure it’s frustrating sometimes to go online to order and find that one or more items that you wanted are sold out. Unfortunately, there’s no way around that without growing way too much.

I know that a lot of people like our CSA because they can choose what and how much they want (if it’s available!) and not just be given a set amount of produce each week. As one member said, she likes choosing her vegetables, instead of her vegetables choosing her. The challenge for me is to figure out how much to grow when I don’t know how much people are going to order. If this were a typical CSA I would have a better sense about how much to grow because the amounts given out would be a relatively known quantity. To avoid too much waste I have to try to grow only so much. The result is that for members there can a be shortage of certain items at times and for us a certain amount of produce gets composted or tilled under. It’s the usual trick of trying to find the right balance. There’s inevitably a lot of squash in the compost pile since it has to get picked at least every other day to keep it producing. Things were a little easier when we we’re growing for our big farmer’s market, but that’s not happening anymore so here we are.

There are other reasons that we might not have much of something. Nature rules on the farm and weather, insects, and disease can alter the yield of a crop in a short amount of time. Or else the farmer forgets to plant lettuce one week and makes other errors that create a problem.

The last thing I want to mention is about pricing. Many of you have seen an adjustment on your invoice which is then carried over to your account. I had a fantasy that we could avoid that this season, but that was just magical thinking. Ideally, all the produce would be priced by the each and not by the pound, but the plants do what they do. Some tomatoes weigh a pound so no adjustment is needed, but most of the time after weighing various combinations of sizes we give up and have to adjust accordingly. Because I don’t feel that we can debit your account without permission we err on the side of choosing a tomato or onion that’s underweight and credit your account. The squash is almost always over weight, but it’s relatively abundant so we don’t worry about that. The garlic is a dollar each based on their size being equivalent to between $9-10 dollars a pound.

I don’t know if this answers any questions people might have about the workings of the CSA, but I wanted to pass the information along. If you have any questions or comments let me know.

Thanks,
Tim

Cumberland, TN:  CSFM Sunday August 13, 2017


Our growers now invite you to shop with them at The Cumberland Sustainable Farmers’ Market! The online market is now open for this week’s ordering cycle.
You may shop via the site: http://crossville.locallygrown.net Just sign in with username and password. Then select The Market tab. Very effective if you’d like to shop by category or by farm. Thank you for shopping with us!

Fresh Harvest, LLC:  Fresh Harvest for August 13th


To Contact Us

Fresh Harvest, LLC
Link to Fresh Harvest
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Tallahassee May
tally@wildblue.net
JohnDrury
john.drury@att.net

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Market News

Hello!

So far, so good on this August weather! The crops and the farmers are liking it a lot! We know August is a time of transition – returning from vacations, getting back to a school schedule, maybe returning to a normal routine after a hectic summer! We look forward to having you back with us again! We’ve always got lots of great veggies and other food items to share with you!

This week we have tons of beautiful peppers of all colors and shapes. The first greens of the late summer season. Still some melons available as well – watermelon and cantaloupe!
If you are missing the blueberries, try some blueberry syrup made by our organic blueberry farmer, Blue Honey Farm!

Please remember we rely on word of mouth to get new customers. Please tell your friends , coworkers, and neighbors about us! Maybe you’ll be able to share pick up responsibilities! If your recommended new customer places an order, make sure they mention your name! We’ll give you $10.00 credit in your account!

You have until Tuesday night to place your order.
Thanks for your support.
See you Wednesday!
John and Tallahassee


Independence,VA:  Market closes Monday night!


Good afternoon!

The market closes for orders tonight at 8 pm! Orders will be ready to be picked up Wednesday afternoon between 4 pm and 6 pm at the Grayson Landcare office. There is still a great selection of produce and lots of different meats and more!

To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.

As always, thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!

Abby

Conway, AR:  Opening Bell: Apples, Honey, Eggs, Peppers!


Good afternoon!
Can you believe it’s already apple time?! That means Fall is right around the corner!

Three exciting things will be going on at the market this Friday:
1. Wickle Raffle – Enter to win one LARGE (80 oz)(2.5 Quart) jar of Steve’s famous Wicked Hot Pickles, made with Yellow Congo hot peppers, organic garlic, and local carrots. $1 per entry, and the jar will be available for pickup next Friday.
2. Pine Cones – Make your own fall decor with these beautiful pine cones available on the Extras table. They’re local and organic!
3. We will have samples of a nutritious snack food most folks have never tried. Okra chips! Crispy and zesty like potato chips. Only 2 ingredients: Okra and Beaverfork Blend.

Be sure to SEARCH for your favorite items using the search field. Over 500 items available now!

Most items are listed by 6pm Sunday, but check back again before the market closes Tuesday night to see if any other items are ready to be harvested for you! Eat fresh! Eat local! Eat for better health!

And save your eggshells throughout the week for the laying hens! :-)

The market is now OPEN for orders. Click here to start shopping:

www.conway.locallygrown.net

Please check your email a few minutes after you place your order to make sure you get an order confirmation. Thank you for being a valuable part of CLG!
Have a great week!
Steve

Miami County Locally Grown:  Enjoy the Fair!


What a beautiful day to enjoy the Miami County Fair!

Be sure to stop by Tin Roof Mobile Food and Adams Greenhouse at the Fair – they’ll soon be back with us on the Virtual Market!

So glad to have Mother Suds Soap Co. back this week, especially with that ultimate summer essential, Baby’s Bottom Salve – in a travel tin!

Hope to see you at pick-up Tuesday, when Amber Lange, Rosebud’s Ranch and Garden, will be my volunteer at pickup – she’ll have a variety of delicious products for you to sample and enjoy!

The market closes TONIGHT at 8pm!!

www.miamicounty.locallygrown.net

The Wednesday Market:  Place Your Orders Today


Good afternoon.

The Wednesday Market is open for orders. Please place your order by 10 p.m. Monday. Orders are ready for pick up between 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesday. See the website for this week’s product offerings. Here is the link: https://wednesdaymarket.locallygrown.net/market

Today is a special day in our family, as my parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this summer, and my siblings and I are sending them on a trip to see the Grand Canyon. Mom and Dad flew out this morning. We are praying for safe travels, blue skies, and happy adventures for them.

Concord Street Sweets is off the Market this week. In Mom’s absence, I will be making the milk run on Wednesday. Right now my plan is to list next week, and hopefully, list some NEW products. Stay tuned for more details.

And, finally, this Tuesday marks the end of the summer for my children, who start back to school on Wednesday. Stephen is entering 9th grade, and Charlie is going into 3rd grade. I don’t anticipate that anyone in the household will get much sleep on Tuesday due to the anxiety of Wednesday morning. Change is good, but the fear of the unknown is nerve-wracking! We will be learning a new traffic pattern, new school start times, new teachers, altogether new routines.

Stephen is taking Agriculture this year as part of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum. He will be a member of the FFA. I look forward to his projects, and we may share them with The Wednesday Market community.

In the meantime, we hope that everyone has a peaceful Sunday, and we’ll see you at the Market.

Thanks,

Beverly

Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  Reminder: Place your co-op order by 6pm today


Just a friendly reminder, if you haven’t already placed your order, that market orders are due online by 6 pm TODAY. Place your order now so you don’t forget!

Please remember that we need to hit certain minimums in order for our farmers and vendors to deliver to us.

Thank you for placing your order and supporting local farms and businesses!

Click Here to Place Your Order For THURSDAY pick up

THIS ORDER IS FOR THURSDAY PICK UP AT SUWANEE LOCATION FROM 1PM to 3PM (1300 Peachtree Ind. Blvd, Suite 1104, Suwanee 30024 at Cultured Traditions)

*If you want to order from BUFORD LOCALLY GROWN pick up on TUESDAYS Click here to be redirected to Buford website

YOU CAN ONLY PICK UP FROM THE LOCATION YOU HAVE ORDERED FROM!

Buford Locally Grown :  Reminder: Place your co-op order by 6pm today


Just a friendly reminder, if you haven’t already placed your order, that market orders are due online by 6 pm TODAY. Place your order now so you don’t forget.

Please remember that we need to hit certain minimums in order for our farmers and vendors to deliver to us.

Thank you for placing your order and supporting local farms and businesses!

Click Here to Place Your Order

THIS ORDER IS FOR TUESDAY PICK UP AT BUFORD LOCATION (285 E. Moreno St. Buford 30518 from 1 pm to 6:30 pm. Pick up is behind the KCO Audio building on S. Hill St.)

ALFN Local Food Club:  Market Is Open


Good morning everyone!

The Market is open. Have you seen the incredible cheeses White River Creamery has added to the market? We’re talking Chocolate Chèvre and Jalepeno Peach Fromage Blanc. Get them while they’re in stock!

We really appreciate everyone who comes out to volunteer. As Fall begins and you’re setting your schedule, please consider making a monthly volunteer commitment to ALFN! Earn credit and membership for your account by volunteering during our Saturday market.

On the blog today is a tasty reminder on how to use those zucchinis popping out of the garden this time of year.

Zucchinis are coming out our ears! Well, not really, thank goodness. But zucchinis are abundant this time of year. Besides zucchini bread, one of my favorite, and somewhat indulgent, ways to use up these green gems is to make… continue reading

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