CSA Newsletter April 27th, 2021

SUMMARY: FOURTH WEEK of SPRING 2021! - EXTRA VEGGIES! - FARM CREW SPOTILIGHT - NEW* - NURSERY SPOTLIGHT- ACI DONATION UPDATE AND DONATE TODAY! - DID YOU KNOW? - LOCATIONS AND TIMES - WHAT TO EXPECT THIS WEEK - WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK

Week 5 - The FIFTH Week of SPRING CSA 2021!

HELLO DEAR CSA MEMBERS!


This week is a beautiful Spring CSA share, but this week's weather hasn't been much better and our Spring has continued to give us trouble. Today, this incredible hail storm that we are receiving, as I write this, is insane and not helping! It's hard to get quality work done on a farm when you can't work outside 🙄 and when you are constantly trying to catchup via repairs from the previous storms (like the collapsing roof we just had to brace and will repair later this week😣!)! Anyway...


This week we are/were planning on planting all of our onions and we are hoping to put in our cucumbers, peas and more carrots, lettuce, radishes and turnips...but we will see.


We are still very far behind. With the tomatoes already fruiting at this time last year, we are still at least 6 weeks behind (better than we were, but still very bad!) - as the onions being planted today are the very first veggies to be planted outside (aside from the overwintered stuff - like chives, mint, garlic and parsley root)!!😮


What this means is that our Spring is still a struggle! We are essentially 100% planted inside the houses, but with this cold and cloudy weather, the crops simply aren't growing very fast. Summer may just have an overabundance of crops (good for Summer members!) while the Spring ends up being just so-so. We hope this isn't the case, but there is only so much we can do to fight the weather. In the meantime we ask for your patience and understanding as our crops come in slower than expected and the next few weeks may be fairly anemic. Bottom Line: We are hustling and doing everything we can from our perspective and as soon as the weather turns consistently warm, we should have a very large harvest -considering the amount already planted and waiting to pop!


See below for event updates, new articles and announcements!

Enjoy your share this week and don't forget to join the fun and share your recipes and pictures in the Facebook Community Group

 

Volunteering

Our BIG NEED for this week: WEEDIING and BAG-PACKERS - contact Bekka if you would like to help!


Want to volunteer? We need weeders, harvesters, nursery workers, bag-packers, washers, construction/project helpers and we need help at the pickup locations and more! There is so much to do, there is something for everyone! Kids can help too (over 10y/o with supervision).


We still have some openings for some work-exchange shares as well.


Want to volunteer? Simply e-mail our amazing Administrator, Bekka at aci@ahavahcommunity.org to get more information and to sign up!

 

EXTRA VEGGIES and PLANTS FOR SALE

DON'T FORGET: SNAP MEMBERS ALWAYS RECEIVE 50% OFF!!

&

As always, all prices are

"Pay-What-You-Can-Afford."


See the weekly "What's in your Bag" e-mails that get sent on Wednesdays for your "extras" list.


👀GARDEN PLANTS ALSO QUALIFY FOR SNAP AND 2x DOUBLE-UP BENEFITS!!!👀


For Payment:  Cash or Check at the drops or the balance can be sent via PayPal to contact@ahavahfarm.com or via Venmo to Ahavah Farm, LLC or by paying with credit card over the phone.

 

SUMMER SHARES STILL AVAILABLE - FALL NOW OPEN.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF SUMMER CSA MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE AND WE MUST SELL THESE SOON. Please share with your friends, neighbors and family!


Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/csa to sign up.


If you are not an auto-renewal member and have not signed up for Summer, but want to save 5%, please e-mail Havah at contact@ahavahfarm.com to be placed on auto-enrollment and automatically save 5% every season.

 

ATTENTION AUTO-RENEWAL MEMBERS:

Your automatic renewal will be charged on May 10th , 2021 for the Summer 2021 season. Please make any changes or request known no-later than May 7th. If you would like to change your share size or pickup location, or if you would like to change your Market-Style / Traditional style share or for any other requests, please send them to contact@ahavahfarm.com before May 7th. Thank you.


The following are the amounts to be charged:

Large - Cost $602.49 minus 5% discount. Amount to be charged: $572.36

Medium - Cost $468.60 minus 5% discount. Amount to be charged: $445.17

Small - Cost $334.72 minus 5% discount. Amount to be charged: $317.98


If you are paying cash or with SNAP there is an additional 2.99% discount for either of these methods.

 

DID YOU KNOW?


This week I thought it would be a lot of fun to include a throwback from our very first full-year of farming, back in 2015. A documentary was done on our farm, Ahavah Farm, and on the Wiley farm, Larga Vista back in 2015. It is such a hoot to see the differences, not only in perspective, but in the land, our family and the farm itself, from how things were back then. Of course our farm is 10x the size it was and we have 12 employees now besides our family - and of course, the children are so grown up now - I get teary eyed watching them!!!!


This is such a fun opportunity to go back from time to time and see where we came from. I think you will enjoy this video (it's only 7 minutes long)!


 

🔦 Ahavah Community Initiative SPOTLIGHT 🔦

As you know, Ahavah Community Initiative loves to donate free food to those in need. But did you know that ACI is all about education and outreach too (see our class schedule below)!?