If you remember a few months ago, I had information in the newsletter about a great source for pasture-raised, non-GMO, non-hormone chickens from a local Amish farmer, Jonas Weber. Jonas is currently taking orders for turkeys for Thanksgiving or Christmas if you’re interested! The turkeys will be 15 to 25 pounds, and they’ll cost $2.25 per pound. He’ll be taking orders for the next week or two, so if you’re interested, get in touch with Corina Thomas at 989-561-5298. Since Jonas is Amish and doesn’t have a phone, Corina is a neighbor with a phone who will be answering questions and taking turkey orders. So if you are interested in getting a really great Thanksgiving turkey, give Corina a call!
Jonas is also considering starting a periodic farm box that will include a gallon of raw milk, some butter, cheese, eggs, and a chicken, and he’s looking for input from our CSA members on whether people would be interested in this option! All of the aforementioned products are produced by him and his parents, and they’re all pasture-raised, non-GMO, and non-hormone. I stopped by there Friday morning to get some more information about their products, and he gave me a sample box of what their meat and dairy share would include, and I just have to say, I am so excited about this! The thing about a lot of Amish farms is that they have really top-notch products, but not really a good way to market them. So Jonas and his folks are wanting to get some feedback from our CSA members about whether this is something people would be interested in, and whether it would make sense to hire a delivery vehicle to bring their meat and dairy shares to our drop-offs! So if this is something you’d be interested in, just send me an email, and I’ll let him know the level of interest in these awesome local farm products! Or if you’d be interested in some items but not others, let me know that too!
In other news, we’re going to have blueberries for everyone this week! The heat over the last week has really ripened the berries, so they’re a full week earlier than we thought they’d be! We’re also going to have enough berries to take some bulk orders this week! The bulk blueberries will come in 10-pound increments (which is about 13 pints), and they’ll be $37 per 10-pounder. We don’t know how many blueberry orders we’ll be able to fill this week, so if we get just a ton of orders and can’t get you blueberries this week, we’ll try to fill the requests as we can over the next few weeks. So if you’re interested in getting a bunch of blueberries for freezing, making jam, etc, just let me know and I’ll put you on the blueberry list!
Also new this week, I'm going to experiment with a new way to collect requests for prepacked shares! In the interest of saving me several hours a week doing emails, as well as increased accuracy, I'm going to try out a Google form instead of having you guys email me. So when you choose which share you want, just fill out this quick survey by noon the day before your drop-off. And if you think of anything that should be on the Google form and isn't there, let me know so I can tweak it for next week! Thanks so much! See you later this week! 😊
What to Expect in Your Share
If you are going through the line at one of our traditional style drop-offs (Alma, Mt. Pleasant, and Midland), here’s what the options will be at the different stations. If you have a half share, you’ll choose one item at each station, and if you have a full share, you choose two items at each station!
- Carrots or beets
- Lettuce or cabbage
- Kohlrabi or basil
- Zucchini or cooking greens mix
- Green onions, pearl onions, summer savory, or microgreens
If you have a prepacked share, here are your options. If you have a half share, you’ll choose either share A, B, or C, and if you have a full share, you can choose two of them. So just fill out this Google form by lunchtime the day before your drop-off to let me know which share you want for this week! If I don't hear from you, I'll just choose for you. :-)
Share A: Carrots, potatoes, blueberries, cabbage, basil, zucchini, and green onions
Share B: Carrots, cucumbers, blueberries, lettuce, basil, zucchini, and pearl onions
Share C: Carrots, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, kohlrabi, cooking greens mix, and pearl onions