Get real local veggies all year!
And it's not just turnips and potatoes folks!
We are really excited to have a CSA this winter the fall veggies are worked overtime to make up for the short 2016 summer. We've got a lot of great greens (sugarloaf chicory at Christmas!) and, as always, some unique veggies as well as the old standards. And don't think doldrums of winter with these veggies either: we have a huge variety of winter squash, carrots, and beets, greens, potatoes, root crops, sweet potatoes, kales, cabbages, and broccolis and so much more. Personally, we can’t wait for the winter to start!
What is Stoneboat Farm’s Winter CSA?
Our 2016-17 winter CSA is a chance to eat truly local all most all winter. We are really blessed to be in a climate where we can have more than potatoes and rutabagas all winter and we’ll be taking full advantage of that to bring you real variety and a lot of fresh veggies all winter. You’ll see greens, root veggies, cabbages, potatoes, celery root, carrots, beets, onions, garlic, and so much more.Unlike the main season share, the Winter CSA is pre-packed in a box for you to take home. There is no Hillsboro Farmers market in the winter but we will be at the Hollywood farmers market in Portland and offer pick ups there as well.
How does it work?
We will have a pick up every other week - Tuesdays on the farm and Saturdays at the Market. The first pick up will be just in time for an extra large Thanksgiving share and our last will be March 14th. Every share is designed to have some good fresh veggies for the first week and plenty of storage veggies that will last a few weeks (or months!) in your fridge or on your counter. Of course, you’ll get a few recipes with each pick up so if something is unfamiliar you’ll know just what to do with it.
What’s local in the winter?
We’ve got a great mix of veggies for you this winter - there is way more you can grow in our mild climate than you’d think!
We’ll have two kinds of produce: the kind we can keep in storage all winter and the kind we keep in the field. The veggies that we’ll harvest over the next month and store will be in the share almost no matter what. The great news is that these crops look bountiful and great - we’ll have enough of them to make all 18 weeks of the CSA even if we loose everything in the field to an untimely frost.
The other kind is what won’t store but will grow over the winter (broccoli, greens, and salad all fit in to this category). We’ll likely have this in the early CSA boxes and in the last few CSAs. If it’s a mild winter we might have kales and other greens all winter. But this is a risky part of the CSA, it might freeze hard in October and we’d lose most of it before the CSA even starts.
A typical share might look like this in November:
2 lbs carrots, 1 lb shallots, 3 heads garlic, red cabbage, 4#s of
potatoes, 2-3 squash, 3#s pink and red beets, 1# brussels sprouts, 2
bunches chard, a bunch of fennel, a sugar loaf chicory, and some salad.
If all goes well, we might get some broccoli and cauliflower in place
of a squash and some of the beets.
And this in January:
6# carrots, 3#s leeks, 3 heads garlic, 4-5 small squash like acorn or
delicatas, 3#s gold beets, 4#s potatoes, 2 heads chicory, 1 head napa or
round cabbage, some onions, and hopefully some greens!
And this in March:
6# carrots, 3#s leeks, 3 heads garlic, 1 large squash like pink bannana or
Cinderella pumpkin, 3#s cylindra beets, 4#s fingerling potatoes, 2
heads chicory, 2 heads January King cabbage, celeriac, 1 very large
kholrabi, onions, and hopefully some purple sprouting broccoli and
plenty of greens!
Ok - I’m convinced, what do I need to know to sign up?
The winter share is $725 for a whole share and $385 for a half. We need a $100 deposit to secure your spot. There are two payment plans after that - either pay it all by the first CSA or pay half of your balance ($312.50 for a whole or $142.50 for a half) on November 22nd and the balance on January 17th. We only have 35 shares to sell so I expect them to go quick.
You can get me a check at the CSA, the market or send it in to 10850 NW Jackson Quarry rd, Hillsboro, OR, 97124.
Meat and Milk:
We're partnering with Wingham farms to provide a meat share (available in whole or half) and a raw milk share this winter as well. Get a some local and delicious, beef, pork, duck, chicken (and more) to pair with your veggies this winter! The full info is here: http://www.winghamfarms.com/