Getting your fair share of the pie…and the vegetables

Getting your fair share of the pie…and the vegetables

Today’s consumers have never been more savvy or health conscious when it comes to buying food for their families. They are opting for healthier choices and often times that means buying food that is locally grown, without the aid of chemicals and pesticides. Local farmers recognize this heightened demand for fresh fruits and vegetables that have been organically grown and are working harder than ever to make sure that their farm stands are filled with enough produce to satisfy all of their customers.

 

It can be terribly disappointing to get to the farm stand only to find out that the tomatoes are sold out or the lettuce has all been eaten up. This is the plight of the local farmer….knowing how much produce to grow to meet the demand of his customers. Grow too much and the farm suffers a loss in terms of expenses; grow too little and the customer is disappointed. In an effort to take the guess work out of the process and to ensure that every customer gets their fair share of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, Community Supported Agriculture, also known as CSA shares, have become quite the trend and consumers and farmers alike are, pardon the pun, eating it up.

 

The way the CSA shares work is simple. Customers pay the farmer upfront for a season’s worth of fruits and vegetables. This gives the farmer a firm grasp on the number of people who will be purchasing from him during the season so he knows how much to plant to ensure that all of his “regular” customers get the vegetables they want. Each week, he sets aside the fruits and vegetables that have been “pre-ordered” by these shareholders. It is the ultimate customer service model and a win-win situation for both the farmer and the customer.

 

Here at Colchester Neighborhood Farm, we are selling CSA shares for our vegetables and fruits as well as the flowers we grow, organic eggs, and our winter vegetable crops…buying fresh and local doesn’t end when the last tomato has been picked.

 

What really sets Colchester Neighborhood Farm apart from other local farms is the people. Yes, it really is the people who are tilling the soil, picking the vegetables, building trellises, tending to the chickens, and all of the other work that happens on the farm. Managed and operated by New England Village, Inc., a nonprofit organization that assists people with developmental and intellectual disabilities find employment, the men and women working on our farm have found their purpose here and are happy to lend their talents and skills to this business. And they are happy to deliver the highest level of customer service to the people who visit our farm stand.

 

Buying fresh fruits and vegetables from Colchester Neighborhood Farm not only provides you with food that tastes good, it gives you a good feeling knowing you are supporting people who truly love their job and the opportunity to serve you.

It’s Springtime at CNF :-)

Summer Memories

Summer is over… but we have some beautiful photos to share taken by member Kate, who is with us most Saturday mornings.

Lemon Verbena

Many of you have been introduced to lemon verbena this year.  Colchester Farm is ever grateful to Ania who brought us a few leaves from her garden last fall as our introduction to the lovely herb.

Here is some info about lemon verbena sent from Chef Carol via oldfashionedliving.com.  The author is Brenda Hyde; a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids.  She has a family friendly blog, On the Front Porch.

Click Here –> Using and Growing Lemon Verbena

Container Gardening

Gardening in containers can be a fun way to produce an abundance of vegetables, flowers, herbs, and even trees and shrubs.  Container plants add beauty to all kinds of areas and flourish on windowsills, patios, balconies, doorways, steps, decks or anywhere else you may have a spot outside.

Lots of you have mentioned that you’d like to plant a garden but do not have space…

Check out:  Container Gardening Guru