2024 CSA Season Week Two

June 18, 2024

We’ve made it to the second week of the season, and we’re filling your box with as many delicious veggies as we can! We hope you’re all enjoying this last week of spring and gearing up for summer!

Just a reminder for our half-share members, you are on an alternating schedule. 12-week half share members, this is your week!

Tips and tricks for a smooth season:

  • Please do not take any extras at the delivery site unless your name is on them. We appreciate your cooperation! 
  • Help us keep everyone healthy by only touching your own share. 
  • Don’t forget to check your name off the list, so we know you got your share! 
  • Shoot me an email at least a week ahead of time if you need to change your delivery schedule. 
  • Contact your site host before the 7pm deadline if you aren’t able to get your share during the delivery window.  
  • Please bring your own bag or box, so you can leave the farm totes at the delivery site. We would appreciate it if you stacked them nicely to help out both your site host and your delivery drivers! 
  • Keep an eye on your emails for information from the farm! Let us know if you aren’t getting them, as that’s how we communicate with you!  
  • Only take a box if your name is on the list. We only pack enough for the members listed, so if your name isn’t there, please contact the farm for a makeup during the next delivery or a credit to your account.  

Give your site host a call if you can’t pick up your share that day! 

If you’re unable to pick up your share the day of delivery, you will need to contact your site host to see if they are able to hold it for you. Your site hosts are under no obligation to hold your shares! The pickup deadline for residential deliveries is 7:00pm. After that delivery window passes, the leftover shares will become theirs to either eat or give away. They do not come back to the farm, and we are unable to replace missed boxes. 

Please make sure you contact your site host if you’re unable to pick up your share on delivery day. Our office is usually closed or we’re out on the farm during those pickup windows, so we will not be able to help with missed pickups the day of delivery. 

Let the farm know as soon as possible if you miss a market box! 

If you pick up at the markets, missed shares do come back to the farm. However, we only hold them until the next packing day (Tuesday or Friday), so we’ll need to know by 10am the day before (Monday or Thursday) in order to send them to another site or hold them until your next delivery. Any boxes left after those deadlines get donated to Food for Lane County. 

Let us know if you’re going on vacation

We know the season is during the summer and we all like to go on vacation when it’s warm! We’re happy to accommodate you by either rescheduling your share, offering a double share the following week, issuing a credit for the 2024 season, or donating your share to Food for Lane County.  

(Please note: we are only able to make these changes with at least 7 days notice. If you pick up on Friday and want to change to Tuesday earlier that week, you’ll need to let me know 7 days before that TUESDAY, so we have time to make the changes.)  

July payments are right around the corner!

For those of you on a monthly payment schedule, this is your friendly reminder that your next payment is due by July 1st! I’ll be sending out invoices directly from the website again, but you can always locate your invoices by logging into our website and clicking on your orders. If you have an issue making a payment or believe the website doesn’t reflect your payments accurately, please shoot me an email at [email protected], so I can look into it.

For those who have not yet made a payment or set up a payment plan, please do so immediately or reach out to the farm to set one up and avoid a disruption to your delivery schedule. Thank you!

A quick note about payments and account changes:

Please make all payments and account changes directly to me. As the office manager and CSA Coordinator, I handle all payments, SNAP information, schedule changes, and anything else to do with your accounts. Our site hosts and market vendors do not work with or have access to any of your account information, so submitting any changes or questions in writing by email is the only way to make those changes. Please do not ask our vendors to change or relay any account information to the office.

If you’re making a payment by check, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do NOT leave it attached to the clipboard at the site or give it directly to a market vendor, even if you have always done so in the past. This is not a secure way to pay, and we can in no way guarantee it will make it to the office. Placing a check in the mail is the best way to get it to us. If you do give it to a market vendor (NOT a site host or clipboard, as we do not want payments delivered this way), please make sure your payment is in a sealed envelope with your name and “CSA” clearly written on the front. Loose checks will end up with market money and not applied to your CSA account. That’s an easy mistake for our vendors to make, which is why we prefer checks delivered to the farm only by mail. Thank you so much for your cooperation and understanding!

Ways to make payments to the farm:

We offer the following payment options for your convenience: 

Check: We’re happy to accept checks for payment to avoid the credit card transaction fee. (We actually prefer it, as it saves us the fee too!) But make sure you deduct the fee from your total! If you’d like to send post-dated checks so you don’t have to remember to make additional payments, you’re more than welcome to! We’ll lock them away in our safe, so they’ll always be secure.  

While mailing a check is the most secure way to make sure we receive your payment, if you choose to pay at one of our markets, please make sure your payment is contained in a sealed envelope with your name and “CSA” clearly written on the front. Please do not leave a check at your pickup site.  

Credit Card: We’re happy to offer online payment options through our website, wintergreenfarm.com. After logging into your account, you can find your invoice in the “Orders” tab. When you check out, you can choose any of the payment plan options mentioned above. There is a credit card transaction fee of a little over 3%, as that’s what we get charged to process online payments. (This fee is added to all online payments, so if you’re paying by check, please feel free to subtract the fee from the total.) 

Please note that we are unable to take any credit card payments over the phone, as we’re no longer set up to do so. Thank you for understanding! 

Cash: While cash is definitely the least secure way to pay, we are happy to accept cash as payment for your share. If you choose to pay cash, please make sure to contain it in a sealed envelope with your name and “CSA” clearly written on the front if you pay at a market, or included in a note or letter if you send it by mail. Please do not leave cash or payment of any kind at your pickup site. 

You can mail checks to:          

 Winter Green Farm 

89762 Poodle Creek Road 

Noti, OR 97461 

If you are in need of financial assistance to help with your share, please contact the farm at [email protected] 

Have a Wonderful Summer Solstice this week!

Thursday, June 20, marks this year’s summer solstice! It will be the longest day of sunlight this year, and typically marks the mid-point of the growing season. The Summer Solstice is celebrated in some traditions as Midsummer, and marks the beginning of the summer season, which will last until mid-September and the autumnal equinox. Many cultures celebrate Midsummer and Midsummer’s Eve with a festival and feast, complete with colorful flowers, great food, and an all-night bonfire. If you’re celebrating the beginning of summer, our delicious Winter Green Farm peas and strawberries will be a nice addition to your feast!

Meet our newest addition to the farm!

We’ve had some wonderfully adorable puppy faces in the past, some of whom are no longer with us, and just a couple weeks ago, we added one more! Everyone, please meet Earl! He’s a sweet, rambunctious border collie Alden and Shannon brought home, and we’re thrilled to have him running around the farm with us this year!

What’s in your box this week:

  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Collard greens
  • Lettuce
  • Fennel
  • Snap peas

Some sites only:

  • Strawberries

The rain made it a little difficult to harvest as many strawberries as we’d hoped, but don’t worry! We’re keeping excellent notes. If we aren’t able to get you this week, we’ll make sure to get you next week.

Handy Tips:

  • Carrots: Cut or twist carrot tops off before storing in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. They will keep for several weeks. Clean the carrots well before eating by scrubbing with a vegetable brush under running water. Do not peel unless the carrots are damaged, as much of the nutrients are very close to the skin. Eat carrots raw in sticks, rounds, julienned, or grated. You can also add slices or chunks to soups, stews, or casseroles. Carrots are also delicious lightly steamed or sautéed, and garnished with butter or olive oil and fresh herbs. Try them grated with oil, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Spinach: Rinse spinach leaves in cool water and pat them dry with a towel or “spin dry” as you would lettuce. Store in a damp towel or plastic bag for up to a week. Spinach can be steamed, sauteed, eaten raw, or added to soups at the last minute. For long-term storage, you can freeze spinach, then blanch it for 1 to 2 minutes. Spinach cooks quickly, so be careful not to overcook. Look for a bright green color. Two to three pounds of fresh spinach will reduce to two cups when cooked.
  • Collard Greens: Just prior to use, swish Collard leaves in a basin of lukewarm water. After any grit has settled, lift leaves out carefully. Additional rounds of washing may be necessary.
    Store preferably unwashed, wrapped in a damp towel or plastic bag in hydrator drawer of refrigerator. Best used fresh, but may last for up to one week if properly stored. Keep moist.
    Collards can be cooked or eaten raw as a wrap for stir-fries and salads.
  • Fennel: Wash Fennel bulb, store in plastic bag in refrigerator, wrapping delicate leaves in moist paper towel, for up to two weeks. Fennel can be eaten raw, baked, steamed or sautéed. Tops can be used as a garnish or added to soups at the end. Use the tops as a substitute for dill.
  • Snap Peas: Snap peas are best stored in a plastic bag in your fridge. You can eat them as they are, in a stir fry, or salad, or try a fun new recipe!
  • Strawberries: Rinse strawberries just before eating to clean off any grit that may still be on the berries from the field. To freeze them, spread them out on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. Once frozen, store them in a Ziploc bag or plastic container until ready to use.

What we’re making this week:

  • As we transition into summer, sometimes you just need a cool, refreshing dish like this Carrot Salad to hit the spot!
  • There are a lot of things you can do with fennel, but if you’re craving Italian, give this Fennel Gratinati a go!
  • Strawberries are a delicious treat no matter how you serve them, but you can also put them in this Strawberry and Peach Sangria for a refreshing drink this summer!

We hope you’re all as happy as we are for the bounty these last couple weeks! The rain might make it hard to get as many strawberries as we want, but that won’t stop us from harvesting as much as we can! We’re so glad to be able to tag along on your food journey this season, and we wish you all a wonderful start of your summer!

Many blessings,

Chelsea and your Winter Green farmers