Get real local veggies all year!
And it's not just turnips and potatoes folks!
We are looking forward to our best Winter share yet. Our experiments last year pointed us to a lot of very hardy winter greens like spinach, lettuce, and bok choys; the cabbages, kales, broccoli, and cauliflower have had a great growing season and we finally seem to have tricked the little worms that beat up the sweet potatoes and carrots. Combine that with the great potatoes, greens, winter squash, rutabagas, beets, onions, and way more that we always grow and we should have tons of diversity and plenty of food all winter long.
What is Stoneboat Farm’s Winter CSA?
Our 2018-19 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, sweet 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 Tuesday, November 12th at the farm and our last will be March 17th. The market pick ups will start Saturday, November 9th and follow the market schedule. 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. This is a risky part of the CSA, it might freeze hard in October and we’d lose some of it before the CSA even starts. But after three years, we’ve gotten pretty good (and built a few greenhouses) so we’re confident we’ll have a good greens in most shares!
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, 1 bunch chard, 1-2 butter lettuce heads, 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:
3# 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, 3# sweet potatoes, 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 red beets, 4#s fingerling potatoes, 2 heads chicory, 2 heads January King cabbage, celeriac, 1 very large kholrabi, onions, some purple sprouting broccoli, cauliflower, and plenty of greens!
Ok - I’m convinced, what do I need to know to sign up?
The winter share is $740 for a whole share and $435 for a half. We need a $100 deposit to secure your spot. If you get your deposit in before October 15th, you’ll get 40 dollars off a whole or 20 dollars off a half share. 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 6th and and the balance in January. We only have 50 shares to sell so I expect them to go quick.
Send us an e-mail either through the site above or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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/