Archive for September, 2005

Sep 26 2005

Posted by under CSA Updates

9/28 pickup

Dear CSA and friends of Shalom Orchard,

I have spent the weekend at the Common Ground Fair and have come back inspired by the beautiful veggies I saw there! I am looking forward to spending the snow covered months studying my seed catalogs and planning veggies for your eating pleasure next summer!

Today we took 48 chickens to the butcher and they are now in the freezer. I had 28 quartered and kept 20 whole. They dressed out at 6-7 #. I packaged two breast quarters together and two leg quarters together. Each package weighs about 3-4#. Some of you have given me orders, but I haven’t heard from some of you. If you want to order chickens, whole or by the parts, I can keep some of your order for later pickup (you can pay for them when you pick them up). Please let me know.

This week we still have summer veggies (squash, beans, tomatoes, cukes), leeks, potatoes, onions, and, if it doesn’t rain too much, some apples. We hope to start making cider this weekend, $4.00/half gallon. I hope you all will come out during the next few weeks for apples (bring your family for pick your own), cider, pumpkins and winter squash, Jurusalem artichokes and parsnips (they get very sweet after a frost). The cider freezes well and is great to have during the holidays. If you want to order any of these later veggies, etc., I will get them to you.

I have talked to several of you about adding two more weeks next year, for 14 weeks rather than 12. This will enable you to use your shares for the fall produce. So far, I have had 100% positives. Please let me know if you have strong objections. It will add $40.00 to the $20.00/week share and$60.00 to the $30.00/week share.

I look forward to seeing you Wed., 4-6PM.

Thank you,

Charlotte and Jim

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Sep 20 2005

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9/21/05 Pickup

Hi CSA and friends of Shalom Orchard and Winery,

I apologize for this reminder going out late to you. This week we have potatoes, beans, cukes, onions, carrots, tomatoes and chard, in addition to chicken, lamb and eggs. Next week is the LAST PICKUP! Twelve weeks have flown by and the beautiful harvest has almost finished its cycle. You folks have been so great and it’s been wonderful getting to know you all better.

Next week we will have apples, storage onions, potatoes, some winter squash, pumpkins, in addition to lots of tomatoes and some of the other veggies and the new batch of chickens. Remember, you can take chicken next week for the winter or reserve it and we’ll keep it for you. These chickens should dress out at about 6=7#. We will have them quartered and whole. If you want to can tomatoes, we hope to have extra available.

We start making cider the first weekend in Oct., and hope to keep making it every weekend until all the apples are done. We offer “pick-your-own” for 75 cents/#. We hope you all will come out and enjoy the harvest!

See you tomorrow 4-6.

Thank you,

Charlotte and Jim

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Sep 13 2005

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9/14/05 Pickup

Hello CSA and Friends of Shalom Orchard,

We had such a great time being with all of you Sunday evening! We are so glad that some of you brought friends and family, and we missed those of you who couldn’t be there. Personally, I think Jim’s fireworks took the show! I especially want to thank Michael Whalley for organizing all the kids! Thank you all for coming, for bringing yummies, and for your help with cleanup!. For us the CSA is so very special – your support for this farm keeps us going and we look forward to continuing to grow you good food! Next year I plan to have the commercial stove up and running in the winery, so it will be much easier to get all that food out to you.

This week we will have beets, green beans, onions, cukes, squash, tomatoes, lettuce and basil. Thinking ahead – the chickens will go to the butcher 9/26, so the pickup on the 28th would be a good time to take chicken for the winter or reserve it and we will keep it for you. I can have it cut into quarters or leave them whole. They will not be quite as large this time.

We will be starting to pick apples next week, so look forward to them. We will start making cider the first weekend in Oct., so plan on coming out to get fresh cider! Yum! It can be frozen and is so good to have for winter mulling.

Let’s keep working on those recipes!!

Some of you have told me of folks that are interested in the CSA. Please give me their names and I can contact them. For the Bangor group, if you can’t find new members, we will alternate weeks with you and bring your orders to you. You are very valuable to us! And for you who live on Mt. Desert Island, there will be several folks joining from the Island, so you can work out an alternating pickup arrangement.

Looking forward to seeing you on Wed., 4-6:00.

Thank you,
Charlotte and Jim

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