The Dirt on Our Farm
We grow food year round, producing the freshest and tastiest Certified Organic vegetables and berries. The food we sell is grown exclusively on our own farm - no reselling and no buying at auctions and calling it our own. We raise all our vegetable plants from seed right here on the farm without using synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Cultivating our vegetables requires a very limited use of fossil fuels each year because we farm mostly with our backs in the sun and hands in the soil. Furthermore, we limit our reliance on external sources by making our own compost, refusing to use black plastic sheeting over the soil, and growing all winter in a passive solar greenhouse that needs NO back up heat source.
The bottom line is, we want to feel great about what we do and the quality of what we grow. That feeling is only possible for me if I follow my heart, which tells me that I am a steward of this land - not a dominant force. And I care for my farm based on the understanding that it is what sustains my community and family, not just a resource to be tapped.
When a farmer strives for ultimate control over her farm, she will be disappointed. We aim to work within the natural systems of our land and micro ecology to grow our awesome tasting produce. This way, we're supporting our ecosystem and facing fewer production hardships since we aren't fighting with nature's cycles.
What does this mean in terms of production? Using regular soil tests and constant observation, we keep soil nutrients, micro organisms, and aggregates in balance with compost, cover crops, naturally derived minerals and amendments, and don't add them if they aren't missing. Our goal is not to have the hugest of vegetables, but instead the MOST DELICIOUS! Huge can mean flavorless, and big tasteless vegetables, frankly, are a waste of space. We interpret system issues and problems based on what symptoms arise. For example, certain weeds can indicate deficiencies or excesses of nutrients and minerals in the soil. Vegetable crops could exhibit stress, telling us a piece to the soil puzzle is missing. Pest and disease pressure often means a farmer has not focused enough on crop rotation and soil health. The idea is very simple, but the practice requires diligence and a love of seeing the inseparable union of science and nature.
We love food at Everblossom Farm, and whether you're a farm laborer here or an eater of our goods, you'll come to realize that farming is more than just throwing seeds to the ground and reaping a harvest. For us, it's a connection to survival and happiness. And despite some overly challenging days and occasional disappointments, we're rewarded by this place and it's provisions every single day.
Posted by Elaine L. Lemmon :: Monday, January 12 :: 5:08pm
Greetings vegetable lovers!
Everblossom Farm Summer 2015 CSA Shares are on sale now! We are so excited to offer our organic vegetables to you, so we have created discounts for early registrants! Huge early bird discounts now through the end of January!
The Standard Share gets the worm!!! Yuk. What I mean to say is Standard Share members can get an early bird discount. Enter coupon code EARLYBIRDsmall for a Small Standard and you'll save $32 or EARLYBIRDlarge for a Large Standard and you'll save $52!
Standard shares mean that we choose what will go into your bag each week. You will get the same delicious veggies that other types of CSA members enjoy, except you don’t have to decide what you will get. You just sit back, relax, and let us make all the decisions! You'll find a full description of this share type and others at this link. If you'd like to see some examples, visit our Examples of CSA Shares page. More questions? Check out the new FAQs. We have you covered.
Need more flexibility in your menu? Sign up for our Build Your Own Box! Now it's personal. You select the level of credit you'd like to have at our online market, and then shop any week you'd like. Essentially, you're adding shopping money to your own account that you'll then use to select exactly the items you want. Sign up for a Build Your Own Box share option of Large $600 or XL $700 and a Coffee Share, get a free bag of coffee! (Use coupon code COFFEE at checkout.)
Don't hesitate - these discounts are for a limited time. What better way to provide your family with a healthy, delicious meal while teaching them how to support the local community at the exact same time! It's never been easier - choose your shares, select your pick up location, pay online, and watch the produce roll in.
And don't forget that we love to throw CSA parties with great burgers and beers! ;)