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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CSA Share 2014 – Week 7

Week 7 CSA included: cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, new potatoes, eggplant (or equivalent), chard/kale, salad turnips, fresh onions, green beans

Week 7 CSA included: cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, new potatoes, eggplant (or equivalent), chard/kale, salad turnips, fresh onions, green beans

This week’s share is quite a bounty in cucurbit items (i.e. summer squash and cucumbers) and also has one of my favorites: new potatoes.  The share included:

  • Cucumbers (pickler and slicers) – 4 pounds total at $2.50 per pound – $10
  • Zucchini – 1.5 pounds @ $2.50 per pound – $3.50 (rounded down a bit)
  • Summer Squash (aside from zucchini such as patty pan, golden zucchini, yellow summer squash) – 1.5 pounds @2.50 – $3.50 (again rounded down)
  • Turnips (and last of kohlrabi) – 2 pounds @ $2.50 per pound – $5
  • Eggplant (or an equivalent) – 1 pound @ $4 per pound – $4
  • Fresh Onions – 1 pound – $2 per pound – $2
  • Kale and/or Chard – 1.2 pounds @$4 per pound – $4.50 or so
  • New Potatoes (mixture of varieties) – 1.5 pounds @ $3 per pound – $4.50
  • Beans – if  PYO take 4 quarts @$2 per quart, if delivery or picked by us take 2 quarts @ $4 per quart – $8

The total share value this week is $45 and the total so far for the season is $211.50.

CSA Share 2014 – Week 6

Week 6 included: zucchini/summer squash, cucumbers, salad turnips, beets, kohlrabi, broccoli, lettuce, kale and/or chard, fresh garlic

Week 6 included: zucchini/summer squash, cucumbers, salad turnips, beets, kohlrabi, broccoli, lettuce, kale and/or chard, fresh garlic

Back from a week long trip to Ohio to celebrate my grandfather’s 100th birthday, we are back in to the thick of things with the CSA shares.  Each week I worry that I have to “rob Peter to pay Paul” when we are harvesting vegetables.  There’s also a chance that things left in the field for the next week may bolt or rot in the summer heat.  This week was a strong share week, but perhaps I’m a little behind overall because I did take a week off.  Once again, thank you to my CSA members in being patient and allowing me the week to visit with my family.

Here’s what is in the share this week for a whole share:

  • kohlrabi – 2 “bulbs” – $2
  • beets (with and without tops) – 1 pound – $3.50
  • zucchini/summer squash – 4 pounds – $10 (includes specialty varieties like patty pan, golden zucchini)
  • hakurei turnips (topped) – 1.5 pounds – $3.50
  • cucumbers (picklers and slicers) – 1.5 pounds – $3.50
  • broccoli – 2 pounds – $7
  • lettuce, head – $3
  • kale and/or chard – 1 pound – $4
  • fresh garlic – 1 large bulb – $1.50

The value for this week’s share is $38.  The total value for the season so far is $166.50.

As an added bonus, we are allowing CSA members to start picking flowers.

Weeding Party

Back on June 29, we had a little weeding party.  To sweeten the deal a bit for those coming to help, I offered a little farm tour before the weeding and then a chance to pick some strawberries.  It seemed like most people genuinely enjoyed working in the fields for a bit, in spite of the hot and humid day.

We about 25 people coming to help, we made quick work of 1,200 bed feet of onions.  It was noted that my heavy mulching with compost made the weed pulling be quite easy.  Here’s a picture just as we started the weeding:

Onions at Start of Weeding Party

I’m not even sure the onions can be found in the picture.  Less than 45 minutes later, one could almost hear a sigh of relief as the onions stretch out:

Wrapping up the Onion Weeding

And finally, a hot and sweaty crew though happy with the satisfaction of a job well done and the thought of fresh picked strawberries soon to come:

A hot and sweaty crew after a job well done

A hot and sweaty crew after a job well done

Thank you to all who participated.  My employees and I were so relieved to have that job finished.  With the positive feedback from those involved, I hope to organize another work party soon.

CSA Share 2014 – Week 5

CSA Share - Week 5

CSA Share – Week 5

I always strive to get an early summer broccoli, but have often been thwarted by too many hot days in late spring.  This week we get the fruits (more accurately florets) of not having extremely hot weather: lots of broccoli!  The share for week 5 of the 2014 season is:

  • broccoli – 2 pounds – $7
  • kohlrabi (2) plus enough zucchini to equal 3 pounds – $7.50 total ( kohlrabi ~$2.50 and zucchini ~ $5)
  • hakurei turnips – 1.5 pound bunch – $4
  • garlic scapes – 8 ct – $2
  • scallions – 8 ct – $2
  • swiss chard - 1 pound – $4
  • head lettuce – 1 head – $3.50 – the variety this week is freckles lettuce
  • PYO snap peas – 2 quarts – $7 (market price has been $7 per quart, so half off since PYO)

The share total value is $37.  The total for the season so far is $128.50.

CSA Share 2014 – Week 4

CSA Share 2014 - Wee 4

CSA Share Week 4 includes: hakurei turnips, radishes (topped), zucchini, garlic scapes, snap peas, kale (red russian), head lettuce, and strawberries.

Week 4 introduces peas to the share and sadly says goodbye to strawberries.  The share includes:

  • hakurei turnips – 1.5 pound bunch – $4
  • Radishes (topped) – choose 16 – $2
  • Zucchini – 1.5 pounds – $4
  • Garlic Scapes – choose 8 – $2
  • Sugarsnap Peas – 0.3 pound – $2
  • Kale (red russian) – 1 pound bunch – $4
  • Lettuce, head – $3.50
  • Strawberries – 1 quart – $7

The total share value for the week is $28.50 with a grand total of $91.50 for the season so far.

Organic Certification Survey

This is a seven question survey on the importance of organic certification at Deri Farm.  Thank you for your help.

In what way are you connected to Deri Farm?  (select all that apply)






When you first learned about Deri Farm, were you specifically looking for a certified organic vegetable/produce farm?



If you are a past or current Deri Farm CSA member, did organic certification help you decide on Deri Farm over another farm?



If Deri Farm stopped being certified organic, but didn't change any growing/farming practices, would you continue to be a customer of Deri Farm?




A big part of organic certification is record keeping and review of those records by a USDA accredited certifier.  If those records are shared openly on my blog (Deri Air) and website, would that be enough transparency for you to feel confident in my practices?  This would be a sort of "open certification."




You may be able to tell from this survey that I am trying to decide on whether or not to continue my organic certification.  I have no intention of changing my growing/farming practices other than to be "more organic"; however, I am questioning whether I want to spend time, money, and anxiety on the certification process.  Do you have any further thoughts?

If Deri Farm is no longer certified organic, I will not be allowed to use the label "organic" as part of my marketing (e.g. signs, website, business cards.)  Do you have an idea for a replacement term for "organic" for Deri Farm?  Many terms are vague, such as "natural", "spray free", or "sustainable."  This term would be bolstered by a page on my website explaining my growing practices.



Grilled Garlic Scapes

For a quick snack at the farm, I grilled garlic scapes and zucchini.  They are so amazingly good!  Fresh and nutrient rich vegetables are easy to cook because all the flavor is already there!

 

Grilling garlic scapes

Grilled garlic scapes are so amazingly good! Some large zucchini on the grill too.

CSA Share 2014 – Week 3

CSA Share 2014 - Week 3 includes: hakurei turnips, radishes, cucumbers/zucchini/beets, garlic scapes, chard, salad mix, and strawberries

CSA Share 2014 – Week 3 includes: hakurei turnips, radishes, cucumbers/zucchini/beets, garlic scapes, chard, salad mix, and strawberries

Week 3 share includes a few new items: hakurei turnips, chard, and strawberries.  A whole share includes:

  • hakurei turnips - don’t forget to eat the greens! – ~1.3 pound bunch – $3.50
  • radishes – 1 bunch – $2.50
  • choice/mix of early zucchini, early cucumbers, and a small number of beets – 2 pounds total – $6
  • garlic scapes – 8 count – $2
  • chard – ~.75 pounds – $3
  • salad mix – a little more than .5 pounds – $6
  • strawberries – one quart – $7

The total share value for the week is $30.  Half share received exactly half that amount.  The total share value as of this season is $63.

 

CSA Share 2014 – Week 2

CSA Share 2014 – Week 2

CSA Share 2014 – Week 2

The share this week included:

  • zucchini and/or cucumbers – choose 2 ($2.50)
  • beet root – 1/2 pound ($2)
  • radishes – bunch ($2.50)
  • beet greens – 1 pound bunch ($4)
  • garlic scapes – choose 4 ($1)
  • chive blossoms – choose 6 ($1)
  • salad mix – a little more than 1/2 pound ($6)

The total whole share value for this week is$19.  Half share value was $9.75, slightly more than half because they received .3 pound of beets as opposed to 1/4.

CSA Share 2014 – Week 1

The 2014 CSA season has started!  With some of the usuals such as salad mix, radishes and chive blossoms, there are also a few treats.  First of all, we had fantastic parsnips last year and dug quite a few this spring.  The last of those parsnips were given out this week; however, not all shares got parsnips and instead received chard or kale.  Also, I again grew cucumbers in the greenhouse and started some early zucchini in the hoophouse.

CSA Share - Week 1

CSA Share – Week 1

The first share is often a bit small, but I hope things start to ramp up quickly!

The numbers for the share this week are:

  • Zucchini/Cucumbers – choose 2 ($2.50)
  • Radishes – 1 bunch ($2.50)
  • Parsnips, Kale, or Other – $1.50
  • Chive Blossoms – bunch of ~10-12 – $1.50
  • Salad Mix – 1/2 pound – $6

Total share value was $14.