"Mid-April through October the Wednesday box of fresh vegetables and fruits from the CSA means scrumptious salads and marvelous meals for Eva and me. Wendy's newsletter reminds me that growing healthy food is both an art and an act of love. Join the CSA. It's a blessing for your health and heart." Van Temple and Eva Abbott
Our family loves getting a box each week from Wendy! It lets us spend all week thinking and talking over dinner about what is in season, how things grow, and other stories from Wendy's weekly email note. We value the chance for our kids to grow up eating fresh foods grown locally and visiting the farm means we all can enjoy knowing where our food came from.
- Kate and Christopher Blinn
Christopher Farm 2021 Richmond CSA
Thanks for supporting our local farm. Our CSA will make weekly deliveries to Richmond on Wednesday evenings this season. If you sign up, you will receive a weekly assortment of fresh vegetables all grown on our farm, recipes, and ideas for preparing less common vegetables. Community Supported Agriculture is a joint contract that allows the farmer to support her or himself while providing good, nutritious food to a community. My pledge to you is to make every effort to provide a wide variety of certified organic vegetables, balanced over the growing season. As you know, there is always the possibility of a crop failure, and this has increasingly become the case with the climate disruptions we are experiencing. Luckily, different crops have different growing requirements, so hopefully lack of a particular item or items will be balanced with bounty in other areas.
Deliveries will begin the last Wednesday in April and run until the end of October. Should we have to start late, we will add a week or two on at the end of the season. There will be two one-week breaks during the course of the season in order to allow you to eat down your fridge a bit, and in order for me to regroup. The first one will be in June, and the second in late July.
We will begin our CSA deliveries on the west side of West Richmond Friends meeting on 7th street, just south of Main Street, from 4:45 - 5:45 on Wednesday evenings. Once the Richmond Friends School is out of school for the summer, we will set up under the arch between the two buildings. If you are unable to pick up your share on any given week, please contact me in advance to make other arrangements.
With the changing nature of what is and is not considered safe in light of the pandemic, we too have had to be flexible in our delivery approach. Last season we set up tables with boxes containing the shares so that people could approach and take their shares, still maintaining social distancing. I anticipate that we will likely do the same in 2021. We also offer no-contact home delivery for a $5 fee if that is your preference. As always, we will put your safety and ours at the forefront of decisions we make, and will make sure to communicate our plans to you.
Option 1 - The Fixed Share or Surprise Box
For those who have participated in the CSA in the past and like the challenge of eating whatever is provided in season, we will continue our traditional fixed shares, aka. surprise boxes. I will incorporate a few choices at the point in the season where there is sufficient abundance to do so. In order to accommodate people who may be gone for all or part of the summer, I’m offering part-time shares that will run for 3-4 months. We can pro-rate the cost to fit your schedule. Likewise, if you have your own garden, but would like to receive produce on either end of the growing season, we can pro-rate the number of weeks you would like to receive a share. If you will only be gone 1-2 weeks during the summer, I encourage you to gift your share to a friend, family member, or a household that normally couldn't afford a share..
Last season we introduced two new share sizes, which seem to have been a hit. We will continue to offer a slightly larger share for families, or those who eat a larger amount of veggies. We also offer a smaller share, geared towards one person, that is an alternative to splitting a box with another household. And we will also continue to offer our regular share size, which will be an average of about $15 of produce a week.
Small Share: 6 months $225
Full Share: 6 months $425
Family Size Share: 6 months $550
Fall Share: mid-August until the end of October $250
Option 2 - Full Choice CSA
If you prefer to pick which veggies you do or don't receive, we also offer the option to make that choice yourself. This allows you to decide how much you will receive on a given week, what you will receive on a given week, and also skip a week if you plan to be out of town. You can also customize the amount you receive so that some weeks it's less and others it's more. These shares are available in the same increments as the Fixed Shares. However, they cannot be purchased through my website, but must be purchased in person.
At this time of year, when our income is the lowest, we also have the most expenses. These come not only in the form of seed, but also in a variety of supplies: materials for the soil mix we start the seeds in, row cover to protect tender seedlings from the elements, propane to heat the greenhouse, wages for our hard-working farm crew, etc... When you make your CSA payments earlier, it allows me to purchase these supplies without stress and also to plan how many households we need to plant for. To this end, I am offering a $10 discount to those who pay in full by January 15. To hold a spot in the CSA, please make a deposit of $150. Shares will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. The remainder of the payment is due by March 31. You can mail a check or money order to the following address. Alternately, you can go to, www.onlinefarmmarkets.com/christopher-farm and purchase a share through my on-line store.
5305 W. 500 S.
Modoc, IN 47358
The list of available produce will include, but is not limited to:
Spring: kale, spinach, lettuce mix, head lettuce, radishes, scallions, cilantro, arugula, carrots, Swiss chard, mint, beets, mixed Asian greens, salad turnips,
Summer: Most of the above plus sprouting broccoli, tomatoes of all kinds, garlic scapes and garlic, onions, parsley, beets carrots, carrots, cucumbers, summer squash, basil, green beans, peppers
Fall: winter squash, baby ginger, carrots, daikon and other specialty radishes, hakurei salad turnips, and a large number of the items listed above