Mar 31 2014

CSA Membership Update!

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just a quick update from our snowy, muddy farm- we originally had April 1st as our cut off date for CSA Share sign ups, but we understand that the extended winter weather isn’t exactly INSPIRING thoughts of green pastures and fresh crispy salads. yet. so, while we have had quite a bit of interest, and a good response for share sign ups (thank you!), we haven’t quite met our goal for the season. we’re extending the sign up date until May 1st to give anyone who still wants to be a part of our certified organic CSA the time to join us!

This season we are offering 4 share options:
Vegetable Share (7-10 items a week) for 24 weeks from May 28 to November 5th for $625
Juicing Add-On Share (3-4 bunches of greens & other unique juicing items) for the same 24 weeks for an additional $275
Whole Frozen Chicken Share 12 chickens (around 4lbs per bird) every other week beginning in June for $252
Egg Share One Dozen Eggs per week for 16 weeks beginning in July for $84.

and remember! We have weekly pickup every Wednesday here at the farm or on North Winton Road in the City of Rochester from 4-7pm.

we’d love to have 40 members this season, so if you are interested, please let us know ASAP! you can download a copy of our member contract here: Member Agreement for 2014 and as a reminder, you can see what crops we expect to harvest as we set up our planting schedules for the greenhouse: Lakestone Family Farm Expected Crops 2014 Season

thanks so much for your support!


Mar 26 2014

What’s In A Share?

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So, we’ve received a lot of questions about what to expect in your share if you join our CSA. “How much produce is it? will it be enough to feed my family of four? will it be too much for us if we are just a couple?” “Can we buy a half share?”

We are planning on distributing about two bags of produce each week. We don’t want to overwhelm anyone with more food than they think they can eat, but we also want you to receive the value that you’ve paid for!

After much consideration and discussion with other CSA farmers and shareholders, we decided to offer full shares this year, as well as a juicing add on which includes 3-4 additional bunches of greens every week. Of course, you are more than welcome to split your share with anyone as you see fit. In our experience, half shares can be tricky depending on what’s been harvested that morning- do we “halve” the content of a box- giving you a half of a bunch of greens, 2 potatoes instead of 4, 3 carrots instead of 6, etc. or do we take a “full share” and divide it’s contents by “value.” we’ve known farms that try and accommodate their members with both options and oftentimes people still end up unhappy with what they receive. since this is our first year running a CSA, we decided to keep our shares as is, and not overwhelm anyone with food that no one wants to waste.

However, being former share members ourselves, we know how much of a challenge it can be to transition into a CSA style way of eating. (what do i DO with kohlrabi!) Eating pre-chosen, in season food every week is delicious but ambitious! (why so much kale? WHYYYY??) And even if our best intention is to follow the USDA guide of filling half of our plates with vegetables at every meal, we are living a busy life of working full time and raising three kids, so we definitely try to prepare simple, family friendly meals every day.

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Our goal is to provide shareholders with a variety of recipes and ideas on how to do what we do- sometimes, make something fancy with your food! but more often, prepare your produce to be easily made and enjoyed by your family. We will have a weekly post on our recipe page that will list everything in your share and different ways to prepare it- both with links to recipes as well as some of our family favorites. eventually as we go along this season i hope to have a page that will list each vegetable as they come up with a picture and a link to specific recipes. we’d love it if you send along your favorite recipes as well!

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Another comment we’ve heard from interested people is “I’ve been in a CSA before! I didn’t even KNOW what half of the stuff was that I was getting!” and to that we always reply “we don’t grow anything we don’t eat!” and that’s the honest truth- when we started farming, it was a natural extension of what we had already been gardening for ourselves for years. we really only grow foods that we all enjoy eating. many of the crops we do grow are specialized varieties of foods you are already familiar with- oftentimes they are heirloom varieties or rarer versions of existing vegetables, like radishes or lettuces.

the following is a chart that details what we expect to be harvesting and when:
Lakestone Family Farm Expected Crops 2014 Season

hopefully this answers the question of what to expect in a share! keep the questions coming- we love to answer them!


Mar 16 2014

ask us about the farm!

have questions about organic farming? it’s more than just some weird, elitist label, we promise!

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we’ve gotten a few questions so far- like what makes certified organic farming different from other farming methods? and what does it mean to be “certified organic” versus “natural” or “local” or “small”? what are GMO’s and why should you care? what do our chickens eat? why aren’t our chickens eating “vegetarian?” why does it seem like organic food is SO much more expensive than regular food?

ask us! we’d love to answer your questions! we are going to take a question every few days and post a response here and to https://www.facebook.com/lakestonefamilyfarm .

thanks!