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2015 signup now open, and please read this blog for changes to our CSA this year

Posted 1/27/2015 11:54am by Joshua Reinitz.

We are in the depths of winter here and are very much looking forward to getting out of doors and into our various garden and farm projects. With that being said, we would like to inform everyone of some new endeavors here on the farm and how we plan on going forward as a business and as a sustainable, fully working farm.

Our first major change is a difficult one for us, but it is something we have been contemplating for a number of years. We will no longer be delivering to the Twin Cities Metro area this year. We know this is a disappointment to many of our members who have been with us from the beginning of our CSA endeavor. Since the beginning of our farming, we have added two more members to the family and now our focus must be on our children and home life.  Many CSA’s have members or work shares pick up shares on the farm and offer a pickup location on behalf of the farmer, and we would like to see that happen but we just cannot do the driving ourselves with three small children.  Please contact us if this is of interest to you and your neighbors or friends so we can continue to serve you in a new way.

Another consequence of this is that we are reducing the number of CSA shares we sell, and we are changing our half share option. Instead of a farm that is focused solely on CSA production, we would like to grow more vegetables for the St. Peter Food Co-op and local restaurants, increase our grain and forage (alfalfa) production and increase our meat production (beef, pork and chickens). One benefit to reducing our CSA offering is that with fewer members we will have more time to focus on more difficult crops to grow like salad mix and carrots.  Our share options will also be different this year. We will now offer a full share once a week and a half share will be a “full share” every other week. We feel that this will give all our members more vegetable varieties and larger quantities. Lastly, we are happy to announce that we will once again offer egg shares this year, as we will have more time to tend to our chickens.   

In closing we would like to thank all our members for supporting us through the years. You are the reason that our farm business has been a positive force in our life and has enabled us to continue farming all these years. We have also been able to develop and create new ventures on our farm. Even though we will not be delivering to the Twin Cities, it does not mean you are not able to support us. We will still welcome all to our farm during our open pick up hours to purchase eggs, individual vegetables and all of our other farm products (maple syrup, meat products, etc.) and to enjoy our nature trails and help celebrate during our farm parties and harvest celebrations.

Our 2015 member sign-up is now open at http://www.easthendersonfarm.com/members/types We are offering a 7.5% discount for returning members until March 31!   Members from any of our past years of operation are eligible.  Please let us know if you need assistance in signing up.  Again thank you for your continued support!

Sally, Josh and the boys

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