Archive for July, 2006

Jul 31 2006

Posted by under CSA Updates

August 2 pickup

Hello CSA and Friends of Shalom Orchard,

Today we begin the blueberry season of 2006!!!!  The recent rains have plumped up the berries and it is a beautiful day to begin.  This year, with our boys working off the farm, we have the first ever all female crew!  Khimba, Sarah, Molly, Hannah, and Charlotte will be starting things off this week.  Saturday we will have two new apprentices joining us:  Maddie and Michelle!!  They have been working on another farm and are joining us for the remainder of the season to diversify their apprentice experiences.  We will be so very happy to have them join us.  Maddie is interested in making breads and pies – which may become available to you if there is interest.

This week we will have available:

blueberries!!  $5.50/qt, 3.00/pt  (shhh! This is a CSA price only.)
peas – $4/#  (these will be packaged in smaller weights, depending upon the yield for the week)
french haricot beans – not priced yet
leeks – $3/bu
scallions or, possibly,  Alsa Craig onions
zukes – not priced yet
cabbage – $2.50/#
a few sungold tomatoes!
chicken $3./#
eggs 3.25/doz

We are really getting into summer!!  I am waiting for the MOFGA price list to be published to finalize the pricing.

We look forward to seeing you Wednesday, 3-5:30 PM.

Thank you.

Jim and Charlotte

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Jul 25 2006

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Pickup for Wednesday, 7/26/06

Dear CSA and Friends of Shalom Orchard,

The rain over the weekend has produced a new, very healthy crop of weeds and we are fortunate this week to have a couple of extra hands on the farm – friends of our boys – who are helping to bring things under control.  The heat is bringing out the blooms in the squash, tomatoes and beans, but making it hard for crops like broccoli and lettuce.  But this is the nature of farming!

Here is a list of what we hope to have ready for you this week.  Please remember that we cannot always give you the amounts you may want of a particular veggie as we try to spread everything around, based on share size.  We are now basing our prices on the list published by MOFGA, since it reflects our local Maine market, rather than the national organic market.  Thus, you may notice some changes, up or down.  There will always be some variability between local farms as well.  Many CSAs do not price veggies, however we do try to give you a somewhat accurate idea of what your dollars are paying for.  Also, as the season progresses, you will find I like to throw in extras at no charge when there is abundance!

Here goes:

raspberries – $3.50 / half pint
leeks – $3/bunch
new potatoes – $1.5/#
peas – $2/half # bag
scallions – $1.50/bunch
cabbage – $2.50/#
basil – $2/bunch
other herbs $1.50/bunch

We look forward to seeing you Wed., between 3 – 5:30 PM.

Thank you,

Charlotte and Jim

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Jul 18 2006

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July 20 pickup

Hello CSA and Friends of Shalom Orchard,

We apologize for this email going out late – we are still cleaning up after the computer glitch.  We have been frantically trying to get caught up with the weeds after all the rain.  They are thriving now in the heat.  Most of the veggies like the heat, except for the lettuce, which is stalled for now.  We have spotted the first blossoms on the beans!  So soon we will have those lovely french haricots verts for you!

This week we will have:

some cherries ( crop is very light due to poor pollination)  $5/quart
raspberries!  $3.50/half pint
peas   $5/#
onions $2.50/bunch
young carrots $2.50/bunch
cabbage  $3/head
some swiss chard $3/bunch
some broccoli $???

I now have two price lists to work from:  Alberts Organics, a national list which is published weekly and is used by all of the retail markets; and also a list that has just come out by MOFGA, listing the retail and wholesale prices of some Maine organic farms.  We try to price according to these lists, but there will be some variation based on availability of a particular crop.

We will price by the pound, where appropriate, but we don’t always have a pound available.
When we have light producing crops, such as the broccoli right now, we try to spread it around by making up small packages.  We know it is disappointing when something is your favorite veggie!  For those broccoli lovers, take heart!!  We are just about to plant 72 seedings for fall production.  The cooler weather should enable higher yields than the early plantings.

We look forward to seeing you Wed., 3-5:30.

Thank you,

Charlotte and Jim

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