As your farmer, I am committed to helping to build our community, providing fresh and healthy food to you and being a responsible steward of the farmland and our ecosystem. The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model is an innovative way for you to receive fresh vegetables each week and be a part of the Deri Farm community. Healthy vegetables come from healthy soil. Using organic farming methods, I am not just restoring the nutrients in the soil, but improving its quality for our future.
-Justin Deri

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Spring in the Greenhouse

Spring is coming.  Some early signs of spring in spite of the 17 F degrees and huge drift of snow: We started these onions (variety: Cortland) on March 4, 2015.  The photo was taken the morning of March 18.  The onions were seeded in to 128s at 2-3 seeds per cell.

Onions Growing

Cortland Onions Just After Germinating

These tomatoes were started on March 11, 2015 and the photo is March 18.  These are early tomatoes that will be planted in the greenhouse and a hoophouse.  The varieties are Margold, Sakura, Sun Gold, and Bigdena.  With the exception of Sun Gold, all are varieties that perform well in a greenhouse in large part because of disease resistance.  We have had a problem with leaf mold the past couple of years.

Tomatoes Just Germinating

Tomatoes Just Germinating

CSA Share (Week 18) – Distribution 16 – Week of Oct 14

After a second week with no CSA distribution, it is the final CSA share of the season.  The final share of the season included:

  • Winter Squash, butternut, buttercup, delicata, sweet dumpling – 10 pounds @ $1.50 per pound – $15
  • Choice: potatoes, onions, cabbage (depending on availability), celeriac – 8 pounds @ $2 per pound – $16
  • Hakurei Turnips and Radishes – 1 pound @ $3 per pound – $3
  • Kale and/or Chard – .8 pounds @ $4 per pound – $3.50
  • Garlic – 2 bulbs @ $1.25 each – $2.50
  • Choice: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant – 1# @ $3 – $3
  • Salad mix (mustard mix plus mini head lettuce) – ~.45 pounds @ $12 per pound – $4.50

The total share value for the final week of the CSA is $44.50.  The total and final value for the 2014 season was $587.50 for whole share and  $308.25 for half shares.

CSA Share (Week 16) – Distribution 15 – Week of Sept 30

For a couple of reasons, the weeks of September 23, 2014 and October 7, 2014 have no CSA distributions.  First of all, I have heard from many CSA members that they are having a hard time catching up with their backlog of vegetables.  So, one week without a share after following a large share should give everyone a break.  Also, I need time to catch up on some things around the farm that need to be taken care of.  I hope it works well for everyone!

The share for the week of September 30 includes:

  • Winter Squash (delicata, acorn, red kuri, sunshine) – choose 4 (average 1 pound each) @ $2 per pound – $8
  • Potatoes (fingerling and “regular” varieties) – 5 pounds @ $2 – $10
  • Onions – 2 pounds @ $2 per pound – $4
  • Celeriac – choose 2 (average .75 pounds each) @ $2.50 per pound – $3.75
  • Beets, topped – 1 pound @ $2.50 per pound – $2.50
  • Cabbage – 2 pounds @ $2 per pound – $4
  • Peppers and Eggplant – 2 pounds @ $3 per pound – $6
  • Carrots, baby – 1.5 pounds @ $2.50 per pound – $3.75
  • Garlic – 0.3 pounds @ $12 per pound – $3.50
  • Tomatoes – .75 pounds @ $3 per pound – $2.25

The total share value for the week is $47.75 and the total for the season thus far is $543.00.

CSA Share 2014 – Week 14

A few new items this week mark the start of the fall share: winter squash, baby leeks, and sage.  As the nights are getting cooler (down to almost freezing a couple nights ago and it seems likely there may be a frost tomorrow night), the season really is wrapping up for the CSA.  The share this week included:

  • Choose 2 from winter squash:  acorn, spaghetti, carnival and 1 from: sunshine or red kuri - 2 at average 1.7# + 2.5# = 5.9 pounds total @ $1.50 per pound –  ~ $8.50
  • Potatoes (choice of varieties including fingerling) – 3 pounds @ $2 – $6
  • Onions (red, yellow) – 1.5 pounds @ $2.50 – $4.50
  • Baby leeks – 6 count – $2
  • Sage – choose 8 sprigs – $2
  • Greens (choice of kale, chard, beet greens) – .75 pounds @ $4 – $4
  • The “full plate” for this week includes: peppers, eggplant, a small number of cucumbers, and tomatoes – 6 pounds @ $3 – $18

The share value for this week is $44.  The total for the season is $495.25.  The plan is to take next week to do some work around the farm and not harvest, then do a share week.  So, there won’t be a CSA distribution.  Depending on when a real frost comes, I may do another work week with no CSA distribution again followed by the final CSA.  This will also give a chance for CSA members to chew away at their backlog of veggies!

CSA Share 2014 – Week 13

I’m a week late in getting the share for week 13 posted, but better late than never!  Also, I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of the share, but the vegetables are nothing new from prior weeks.  So, here is at least a listing/value of the share contents for the week 13 share (September 9, 2014):

  • Take one cabbage, add celery or fennel, then add a mixture of the following for a total of 10 pounds: potatoes, onions, cucumbers, summer squash – 10 pounds @ average of $2 per pound  - $20
  • Peppers (sweet, green, and hot) and Eggplant – 2 pounds @ $3.50 per pound – $7
  • Garlic – choose 2 @ ~ $1.25 – $2.50
  • Tomatoes (heirloom, cherry, slicers, paste) – 7 pounds @ $3 per pound – $21

This was the last week of any squash and cucumbers.  A few more make squeak their way in, but almost all of the plants are dead and gone.  The number of items doesn’t seem like a lot because so many were wrapped up in the “full plate” choice.  I think most shareholders like being able to have a little more choice.

 

The total share value for week 13 is $50.50.  The total for the season is $451.25.

CSA Share 2014 – Week 12

CSA 2014 - Week 12 items

CSA 2014 – Week 12 items included: cucumbers, fingerling potatoes, onions, peppers and eggplant, chard/kale, tomatoes

Week 12 of the CSA share for 2014 was pretty similar to shares from previous week, except potatoes were fingerling potatoes and the onions included some cipollini onions.  I had emailed a delicious recipe that used both (http://food52.com/recipes/6573-roasted-fingerling-potatoes-cipollini-onions-with-cress-sundried-tomatoes-oregano-blue-cheese-crema) which was essentially roasted potatoes and onions.  The share includes:

  • Cucumbers (and a little summer squash) – 4 pounds @ $1.50 per pound – $6
  • Potatoes (fingerlings and perhaps a few white round) – 1.5 pounds @ $3 per pound – $4.50
  • Onions (cipollini and red/white onions) – 1.5 pounds @ $2.50 per pound – $3.75
  • Peppers (sweet, green/purple, and hot) – 2 pounds @ $3.50 per pound – $7
  • Tomatoes (cherry, red slicer, heirlooms, paste, saladette) – 6 pounds @ $3 per pound – $18
  • Chard/Kale – 1 pound @ $3 per pound – $3

The total value for this week is $42.25 and the total for the season is $400.75.

CSA Share 2014 – Week 11

2014 CSA Week 11 share

2014 CSA Week 11 share

Fennel and and celery are new items in this week’s share.  In the past I have had a hard time growing fennel since it often bolts.  I delayed the planting a little this season and it seems to have drastically cut down on the number of lost plants.  This week’s share includes:

  • Cucumbers and summer squash – 5 pounds total @ $2 per pound – $10
  • Carrots, onions, and potatoes – 2 pounds total @ $2.50 per pound – $5
  • Peppers (green, colored, hot) and eggplant – 1.5 pounds total @ $3 per pound – $4.50
  • Kale, chard, and beet greens – .8 pounds total @ $3.75 per pound – $3
  • Celery – 1 head weighing on average 1.5 pounds @ $3 per pound – $4.50
  • Fennel – 1 bulb with fronds averaging just over 1 pound @ $4 per pound – $4.25
  • Tomatoes (cherry, heirloom, slicers, paste, and tomatillos) – 4 pounds @ $3 per pound – $12

The share total value this week is $43.25 and the total for the season is $358.50.

CSA Share 2014 – Week 10

Week 10 CSA share

Week 10 CSA share

This week I tried something a bit different.  Typically I divide up how much we harvest and then let people take set weights of particular items.  That often leads to things like “half share take: .38 pounds” which is an awkward way of taking one half of the whole share’s .75 pounds.

This week there would’ve been several vegetables that would’ve had the awkward weight.  So, instead I offered up what one shareholder on Tuesday named “The Full Plate.”  The idea being that shareholders take a total weight and get to choose the items to include in that weight.  So, the share this week was:

  • take one cabbage, then add items from the following list for a total of 9 pounds (the total weight was different on Tuesday and Friday because I had many extra items leftover on from the Thursday market): potatoes, onions, zucchini/summer squash, cucumbers, peppers, and eggplant (Friday also had a few bonus items left over from the market) – 9 pounds @ $2.50 – $22.50
  • Carrots – 1.5 pounds @ $2.50 – $3.75
  • Garlic – 1 bulb @ $1.50 each – $1.50
  • Tomtatoes (red slicers, cherries, heirloom, paste) – 2.5 pounds @ $3 – $7.50

The total value for week 10 is $35.25 and the total for the season so far is $315.25.

CSA Share 2014 – Week 9

Week 8 CSA Share

Week 9 CSA share included: summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, new potatoes, tomatoes, chard and/or kale, basil

Week 9 CSA share included

  • summer squash, zucchini, and cucumbers – 7 pounds @ $1.50 pound – $10.50
  • peppers – .8 pounds @ $3.50 per pound – see eggplant
  • eggplant – 1.2 pounds @ $3.50 per pound – combined with peppers for a total of $7
  • new potatoes – 2 pounds @ $2.50 per pound – $5
  • tomatoes (slicers and/or cherry tomatoes) – 2 pounds @ $3.50 per pound – $7
  • chard and/or kale – 1 pound @ $3 per pound – $3
  • basil – ~2 ounces @$16 per pound – $2
  • PYO Peas, if you want – $0 assigned

The share total value for this week is $38 for the whole share.  The total value at week 9 of the 2014 season is $280.

CSA Share 2014 – Week 8

Week 8 of Deri Farm CSA for 2014

Week 8 of the Deri Farm CSA for 2014. The share includes: cucumbers, zucchini/summer squash, new potatoes, peppers, eggplants, fresh sweet onions, chard, and beans

Week 8 of the 2014 CSA season at Deri Farm included:

  • Choice of cucumbers, zucchini, and/or summer squash – 6 pounds total @ $2 per pound – $12
  • New Potatoes – 2 pounds @ $3 per pound – $6
  • Choice of green peppers (or purple), eggplants, and hot peppers – 1 pound total @ $4 per pound – $4
  • Fresh Sweet Onions – 1 pound @ $2.50 per pound – $2.50
  • Swiss Chard – 1 pound @ $4 per pound – $4
  • Taste of tomatoes (cherry and red slicers) – 1 pound @ $4 per pound – $4
  • PYO beans – pick all you want (delivery got 1 pound) @ $3 – $3

The total whole share value this week is $35.50.  The total value for the 2014 season so far is $242.