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It’s National CSA Week!

Greetings from the farm!

The week of Feb.21-28 we are joining with farmers across the country in celebration of CSA Week.

According to CSA research conducted nationwide, this week is the most popular week of the year to sign up for a CSA farm membership.

To help us fill our CSA membership this season, we could use your help by telling your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers about the CSA at our farm. I’m willing to bet you know other people such as yourself, who place a value on delicious home grown food and believes as you do, in supporting small farms. Should you use Instagram to post, please use the hashtag#CSA Week.  Facebook posts are very welcome too.

Farm news.  We anticipate beginning the CSA season the second week in May. If we are able to begin earlier, we certainly will.

We will offer some new items in the online store this season and we hope you will give them a try. We also hope to provide you with more support to help you get the most benefit from your CSA share.

Right now we are not real busy here on the farm, but that will soon change.  We are getting farm equipment serviced, repairs made in the packing room and cleaning up our storage area.  Soon we will be doing a good “going over” of the greenhouse.

During our recent snow I enjoyed listening to a couple of good books on “Audible”, which I enjoyed very much. “Audible” is a wonderful App on your phone, tablet etc – you can do chores and still “read” a book. You can also just sit by the fire and listen, which is a lot more fun.

Drop us an email when time allows and let us know how you are spending your time.  Has your daily routine changed over the winter months?

Our wish for you in closing is that you and your family stay healthy! starburst-npu

Judy

 

 

 

 

NEWS DEC. 28, 2020

Good Morning from the farm!

We want to wish everyone a happy New Year, one that’s filled with good health, and many blessings!

Registration for 2021 CSA now open! Reserve your share today online at doerunfarms.com

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Register today for your share, and pay last year’s prices. 3 Share Sizes + we have add on’s as well. There’s also a vacation option if you travel during the season. Read through the website carefully, especially the FAQ page, so you can learn how our CSA operates. If you are looking to join a CSA that begins this spring, read on for information about the 2021 CSA season from Doe Run Farms.

Deliveries begin in May, but our Neighborhood delivery locations depend on having enough participants. The sooner you register, the earlier we can let you know if your choice of a pick up location will remain Active this season, so register today if you can.

We again will offer you contact-free neighborhood location pick ups, contact free Home deliveriesand contact-free Workplace deliveries.    Due to the Coronavirus, we will continue to observe the CDC guidelines both on and off the farm for your protection and ours.

Please Note: Before registering for a Home Delivery, please contact the farm to see if your home is within our delivery area. Our delivery areas will be limited this season and may differ somewhat from last season.

For our loyal supporters who were in our CSA in 2020 and want to register using your discount, you can use last year’s loyalty code when registering. If you can’t remember your code or don’t have it saved, just send us an email and we will send it to you.

If you have unused CREDIT from the 2020 season, you can apply it toward your 2021 CSA registration. CREDIT MUST BE USED BY JAN.31. (USE IT OR YOU LOSE IT!)

Check back here often for more news and information. Have a great week!

Judy and John McGary

 

 

From Doe Run Farms

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Merry Christmas from Doe Run Farms!

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Newsletter Oct.27, 2020

Greetings from the farm,

This Friday, we reach the end of the CSA season for this year, and we hope you have enjoyed the food crops that were grown for you and your family this season. What began in May with your spring crops has closed out with the debut of the cool season fall crops. We really are happy that we have had enough day length, to still be able to enjoy having tomatoes for our tables. Be sure to squeeze in one more delicious bacon and tomato sandwich before they’re gone!

For Home Delivery Members: If you receive home delivery from the farm, please clean the cooler we loaned you this season, and be sure it’s out this week on your delivery day, so that we can pick it up. We won’t be back in your area again this season. You may want to use a personal cooler in place of ours this week. If not, we will still leave your share but, be sure to bring it in right away!

We will continue to post Newsletters at the very least, on a monthly basis during the winter on our website, to stay in touch and let you know what is going on with us here, and we’d love to hear from you as well!This season John and I had the opportunity to make deliveries on Tuesday and Friday and we enjoyed seeing your smiling faces at deliveries. We are going to miss seeing you even if it was just at a distance-it was still good.

What’s in the box this week? (Some but not all will be in shares this week). Tomatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, apples, cucumbers, radishes, bell peppers and Black Cat Pumpkins! These are so cute! They are small, dark green-black winter pumpkins. Cook them as you would other squash or pumpkins.  The Apple variety of the week : Granny Smith

Farm Roundup: This year has been a hard year for us. We lost our farm manager Barry, to a full- time job shortly before this season began. Barry had some health issues and his new job is easier for him and we are happy for him. We also lost a former employee who was with us for four years, to the Covid 19 virus.

On a different subject, we experienced 3 crop failures, which is extremely out of the ordinary for us. This was a wacky growing season for our farms. Our Cauliflower, Broccoli and Carrots (of all things) failed this season.  First time to ever have 3 failures in one season.  We are ready for 2020 to get the heck outta here and this is only one of the many reasons.

In addition to this, it has been a challenge to work under the conditions presented by the pandemic. Even in the face of adversity, blessings are evident. Our Farm Crew has been wonderful this season!  They work well together and they have been careful to protect each other, to protect you and to protect us as well!  Our Partner farms as always, grew some great crops for us this summer and we recognize them for their hard work this season.

We want to acknowledge and thank the Coordinators at each of our delivery locations. They volunteer their time to pass out your shares each week, and they show up week after week no matter the weather to be there for you and for us.  We depend on them, and they always do their part to make our CSA program a success.  Please say “thanks” when you see them this week.

We appreciate your patience and your spirit when picking up your CSA shares. We have loved seeing the children and especially their cute name signs. We hope that the drive through pick-ups have been a plus for saving you some time each week. We are grateful for your “masking up” during pick up and when we delivered to your homes. Masking up is a small price to pay if it keeps one person from becoming ill. We hope that each of you will continue to be well.

If you would like to be part of the farm’s CSA in 2021, registration will open online in early December, just watch the website for details. We hope you will return. We have begun to make plans for the season and we look forward to a new beginning!

Thank you very much for your support of our farm’s CSA program.  We send our wishes to you and your family for a blessed and peaceful winter season.

Hugs,

Judy and John