Welcome to December!

December 9, 2022

Can you believe it’s already December?! This year has gone by so quick, and it’s been a good one! We are so grateful that we got to share it with all of you, and we cannot wait for next year’s season to start! Keep an eye on your email for information, and we hope to see you all again next year!

Are you interested in joining us for the 2023 CSA Season?

We are making a list of current CSA members who would like to join us for the 2023 season! If you’re interested, send me an email or reply to this newsletter to let me know and I’ll add you to the list. If you would like to change your share type or delivery site for next year, please note that in the email, otherwise I will go ahead and reserve your spot for the same share as this year. More information will go out after this season, and then again after the new year as next season gets closer. Just remember, I can’t automatically hold your spot unless you say so, so make sure to let me know!

Still on the fence? Keep an eye on your email! I’ll continue to send out the weekly newsletter into the off season, which will contain information you’ll need to know regarding next season. We would love to have you with us again next season! Spots will fill up fast, especially at the Eugene Farm Stand or the Extended Season program, so if you’re interested in joining us next year, please be sure to let me know!

While we have not yet finalized the prices for next season’s shares, we are now accepting the $25.00 deposits by check for the 2023 CSA Season. For those already on the list, more information will go out shortly, as soon as all the details are finalized, but you’re welcome to send that $25.00 deposit before the new year. The option to pay by credit card will come after prices have been set for 2023, which will hopefully be early next week. Thank you so much for your understanding, and we can’t wait to see you next season!

Final account statements are heading your way!

As we’re coming up on the end of the year, I’m spending time going through all the accounts. While most of our members are paid in full, there are still a few that have a balance and even more that have a credit on their account. Statements for the 2022 CSA Season will be going out in the next week for those that have a balance. We ask that you please send a check or pay off current invoices online before the end of the year, so we can move into 2023 with a clean slate.

For those of you with a credit from 2022, that amount will roll into 2023. You will also get a statement by the end of the year letting you know the amount that can be applied to next season’s share. Don’t forget, if you join us again next year, we knock $10.00 off the total! We also donate $10.00 to our Financial Assistance fund for every member that signs up, which allows us to help those in need.

We’re still at the Lane County Farmers’ Market in Eugene!

We will be at the Lane County Farmers’ Market on 8th and Oak in Eugene from 9am to 3pm this Saturday and next Saturday. Our last day for 2022 will be Saturday, December 17. If you’re looking for root veggies, winter squash, leeks, shallots, leafy green or brussel sprouts, come on down and say hi! We would love to see you before our winter break. We’ll pick back up again in February of 2023, and we’ll be back at the Eugene Farm Stand and the King Market in Portland in June when the 2023 CSA Season begins.

The Double-Up Food Bucks SNAP Program is having a fundraiser!

The Double-Up Food Bucks program has been a great source of help for those on the SNAP program over the last couple years. The program has matched funds up to a certain amount to help cover the costs of CSA shares to provide SNAP users with healthy, delicious food. This year, they’ve decided not to cap that match amount, but instead pay half the cost, regardless of price or share size!

Since 2019, CSA memberships purchased with SNAP have tripled. This is largely due to the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program. For the past several years, SNAP has worked to secure funds for DUFB through legislation and grants – and so far, they’ve raised a lot of money!  But demand is growing so fast that they predict it will outgrow their budget for 2023.

If DUFB can raise $10,000, they can close the gap between the existing funds, and what they project they’ll need for 2023.  

We need your help! Please help us spread the word about “Double the Veggies, Double the Impact” by sharing it with your friends and family, or by making a donation to the program! Word of mouth is a great marketing tool, and so is social media! You can share their social media messages at @pnwcsa on Instagram and https://www.facebook.com/PNWCSA. You’re welcome to use their images to share or recreate your posts. Any little bit helps! 

We are so appreciative of the work they do to help up bring nutritious, delicious food to Oregon’s food-insecure communities. Together we can build a healthy and sustainable food system for everyone!

Would you love to get fruit from Mt. Hood Organic Farms in the off season?

Throughout the CSA season, we’ve partnered with Mt. Hood Organic Farms to bring you delicious apples in pears to enjoy. No, Mt. Hood Organic Farms would like to bring the fruit directly to you! From now until the end of January, you will be able to get a “no-nonsense,” 10 lb. box (about 20 pieces) of apples, pears, or a combination of the two. The cost is $35.00 per box, plus shipping. The will ship their delicious fruit anything in the U.S., with handwritten, personal touches if you’re sending a box to a friend!

This could be that fantastic gift you’ve been looking for this holiday season! You can contact Mt. Hood Organic Farms by email at [email protected].

Mt. Hood Organic Farms is located at the base of Mt. Hood in the Upper Hood River Valley, in an uncommonly beautiful part of Oregon. They’ve been around since the turn of the century, and their gorgeous grounds are perfect for both growing fruit through sustainable farm practices, and hosting beautiful wedding venues. Their pear and apple orchards boast near one hundred different varieties, and we’re so thrilled we get to connect you with this chance for a taste of their magnificent, organic, biodynamic produce. visit their website to learn more about their operation, or contact John directly to place an order!

This has been a wonderful year, full of twists, turns, and pleasant surprises! We hope you’re all enjoying the last vestiges of fall and gearing up for the winter holidays with great food, good times, and wonderful memories with your loved ones. Wishing you all the best this holiday season!

Many blessings,

Chelsea and your Winter Green farmers