June is finally here, and you know what that means! The 2022 CSA Season is right around the corner! That’s right, we start our CSA season next week! We are so excited to get this food journey going for yet another year, and we can’t even tell you how much we appreciate you letting us tag along.
Quick Note of Clarification:
Last week, I sent out a mailing with hard-copy information, including delivery site info and a delivery schedule. Those mailings took a few weeks of preparation, so if you’ve changed details to your account in the last few weeks, the mailing may not be up to date. I’m happy to email you an updated schedule, or mail another hardcopy upon request.
For those who received the Extended Share with regular pickup on Tuesday or Wednesday, the last five weeks of the season (three weeks for Extended Half share) will be on Sundays for Portland, and Friday or Saturday for Eugene. Updated schedules for Weeks Twenty to Twenty-Four will go out as the season gets closer.
What to Expect from this Year’s CSA:
Each week, we’ll fill your boxes with as much yummy produce as we can. Due to the weather, the first few boxes are always lighter, but don’t be discouraged! As the season goes on, we will more than make up for it. We’ll send out estimate emails on Mondays and Thursdays while the crew is harvesting so you can plan your grocery lists, but please keep in mind these emails are just estimates! The weekly blog that goes out on Tuesdays after the first packing day of the week will contain pictures of that week’s share, along with a list of what’s included, tips on storing and preparing those veggies, and recipes to help inspire you in the kitchen. (Please note, Friday’s box is not always the same as Tuesday’s box, but don’t worry. We’re keeping excellent notes. If we don’t get you something one week, we’ll get you the next time that veggie is available.)
When you go to pick up your boxes at the delivery site, please remember to be respectful to your site hosts and their property. They work with us on a volunteer basis, and have graciously donated their driveways and porches to make things more convenient for our members. There will be a list of names for those who have shares that week. The half share programs alternate weeks, so it will be especially important to read the list and make sure to check off your name. If your name is not on the list, please don’t take a box!
The Standard Half Share program (10 weeks) will begin Week One (June 7-June12) and the Extended Half Share program (12 weeks) will begin Week Two (June 14 to June 19). They will continue every other week until the season ends.
Let Us Know Early About Vacation Days!
We know summer is the best time for us all to go on vacation, and it can be super easy to let those dates you’ll be out of town slip your mind. Let me know early if you’re going to miss a delivery! Last year, we started our 7-days notice policy, but we were pretty flexible about making changes. Unfortunately, this year, we will need to be strict with that policy. Any changes requested after that 7-day deadline will not be able to go into effect for that delivery. Being strict with this guideline not only helps our crew know what to harvest, but it helps us not miss boxes on packing days and minimizes any last-minute confusion.
Another reason we’re being so strict this year is I’m getting married this summer! We’ve done our best to minimize the time I’ll be out of the office for the wedding and the honeymoon this year, but since I will be gone and Chris, Shannon, and the crew will be working the farm, I’ll need to make sure I have everything ready to go a week in advance so we don’t miss anything while I’m gone.
I know this can be an inconvenience, and for that we apologize. But we hope you understand and are willing to work with us to make this season as smooth as possible. Let us know as soon as you know! You can fill out a vacation request on our website by going to our CSA FAQ section and filling out the form. The sooner you know, the better!
We Say Goodbye to the Hollywood Farmers Market
As some of you may be aware, over the past several months, we have been struggling to find and employ staff to run the booth at the Hollywood Market. With increasing fuel costs, and an overall increase in expenses (labor, supplies, etc.), we sadly feel that we can no longer service this market. This was truly a hard decision for us. But, we have to look at the bottom line of the farm’s future in the years to come.
You can read Chris and Shannon’s full goodbye here. Thank you so much for all the love and support the Hollywood Market and our members there have shown us. We’ll miss seeing you on Saturdays.
New Delivery Site Options:
King Farmers Market, Sunday – 10:00am to 1:30pm
Located on NE 7th and Wygant between NE Alberta and Prescott Streets. Look for the Winter Green Farm sign.
**Portland members will pick up at the King Market for the Extended Season**
Wednesday Residential Sites:
7109 SE 31st Ave. Portland -12:00pm to 7:00pm
This site is located on SE 31st Ave. between SE Bybee Blvd. and SE Knapp St. The boxes will be up the driveway, under the canopy.
3736 SE 33rd Ave. Portland – 1:00pm to 7:00pm
This site is located west of Cesar E Chavez Blvd. (SE 39th Ave.) between SE Powell & SE Francis. The house will be on the east side of the street, and the boxes will be on the porch.
4307 NE Brazee St. Portland – 2:00pm to 7:00pm
NE Brazee Street is 3 blocks north of Sandy Blvd. in the Hollywood District. The driveway is on the 43rd Ave. side on a corner lot. Please park on 43rd Ave. facing the proper direction and do not block other driveways. NE Brazee is 1 block south of NE Knott Street, which dead-ends at 43rd Ave.
4714 NE 18th Ave. Portland – 3:00pm to 7:00pm
This site is located on NE 18th Ave. Between NE Going & NE Wygant, on the East side of the street. Your shares will be in the driveway up against the north side of the house.
3815 SW Alice St. Portland – 3:30pm to 7:00pm
This site is between SW 36th & SW 40th Avenues, and the house is on the west side of the street. Please park on the street, in front of their home. The street has no sidewalks and is a common walking loop for local neighbors, so please adhere to the 20mph speed limit and be aware of pedestrians and children. The front gate will be open. Follow the walkway to the covered porch. Watch your step as the ground is slightly uneven.
Please look these over and let me know what delivery site works best for you. If I do not get a response before Friday, June 3, you will automatically be redirected to the King Market on Sundays. We’re so sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and we greatly appreciate your understanding.
Come See Us This Saturday!
Winter Green Farm is having our Open House Potluck this Saturday, June 4, 2022, from noon to 4pm. Bring your favorite dish, grab your family and friends, and come say hello! You don’t have to be a CSA member to join us. In fact, we would love to see new faces along with our current members, and welcome them into the Winter Green Farm family! We’ll have hay rides, a scavenger hunt, good food, great people, and lots of fun! We hope to see you there!
We Still Have Standard Shares Available!
Haven’t purchased your share yet? Know someone who’s been curious about joining the CSA, but hasn’t reserved a share? It’s not too late! We still have Standard Full Shares available! Hop on over to our website and reserve a share now, or sign up at the potluck this weekend!
Now that the weather is cooperating, we’re staying busy, busy, busy here at the farm! Lots of veggies being planted, the greenhouse is thriving, and the energy is buzzing. We’re all so excited to begin the season next week, and we’re so grateful to have you with us this year.
Chelsea and your Winter Green farmers