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Final Winter CSA Delivery (Week 14) Thank You!!!

4/11/2014 5:18pm

Hello All!

This is the last week of Winter CSA Deliveries. I hope everyone has enjoyed our veggies during the colder weather :) Please remember to sign up for your Summer CSA share while spots are still open! We would like to thank everyone for your support. We couldn't farm without all of you and that's no joke.

Please feel free to email me any questions, concerns or comments about our program! We are always looking to improve and love to here our members, so speak up!

*If you have the time please leave some feedback about the Winter and or Summer program on the LOCALHARVEST.ORG website for our farm. Sadly, the members who have a great experience don't usually feel the need to comment but we have a few unhappy members that have write ups that are less than flattering and one that is seriously bogus! SO, that being said, if you have the time to just share your honest experience please do so. Thanks :)

Week 14 Orders :)

4/6/2014 8:14pm

Hello All!

I just wanted to remind everyone that this will be the last order you place for the Winter program. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Don't forget to put your empty boxes outside this week for pick up. There won't be another chance to unload them. We will be delivering your produce in a bag this week so that you won't have extra boxes after the Winter program.

2. Order wisely... choose veggies likes roots and sturdy greens, that will last a while if you want them to hold for a while.

3. Did you know that eggs last 6 months when they are unwashed and not refrigerated? Did you know that the eggs that are purchased from the grocery store are most likely at least 4 months old when you purchase them? Our eggs are free range, and are never fed animal bi product, growth hormone etc. and will last months refrigerated?!? Don't forget to stock up this week :)

4. We still have spaces left in the Summer CSA and more drop off locations than ever! Sign up soon to reserve your spot. Bring on the Fresh Summer Veggies!!!

This Winter has been filled with many challenges farm related and otherwise :) The Bitter Cold, Heavy Snow, Frozen Ground, Heavy Rain, Sopping Wet Unmanageable Ground, Loss of Electric, Injuries, Delivery Vehicle Troubles, Hospitalizations, etc. Flip, Flop temperatures made keeping our veggies in the best condition as possible a little difficult but we worked our schedules around delivering as quickly as possible, which meant often long days which often turned into late nights in freezing temps. Our staff of 4 bundled up, grabbed our coffees and somehow made it through! We love our CSA members!!!

We are a small farm with big dreams! We want everyone to know where their food comes from and once that connection is made to understand the importance of what we all are doing. We believe that by doing the right thing we will be able to take care of ourselves and our families. We would like to thank all of you for supporting what we do! We hope you will stick with us for years to come :) See you this Summer !

Your Farm Staff and Volunteers,

George, Libby, Allison, Danny, Roger, Sarah, Jess, Dalton, Sylwia, Holly, Judy, Brian, and Joey

Rainbow Carotts !

4/4/2014 8:16am

Hello ALL !

Just a quick update. This week was such a mess in the field we could get in there to harvest our rainbow carrots :( We used our root cellar carrots which awesome tasting but not nearly as cool looking! We should be able to get in there next week but I'll keep everyone posted. I'm sorry about any inconvenience. Thanks for your support!

Libby

Winter CSA Week 13!!!

4/4/2014 8:14am

Hello All!!!

We are moving right along into week 13. Thank you all so much for your support this winter. This has been the worst the farm has had it in a long time! Let's just say we are more than ready for the warmer weather.

Next week (week 14) is the last CSA delivery for our Winter Season so don't forget to stock up on any extras you might want until our Summer program begins. Here are a few things to remember for the last couple weeks of deliveries:

1. If you have any boxes from deliveries, please put them out to be picked up. We re-use them each week and after the last week there will not be an opportunity to send them back with us.

2. If you wanted to order things that hold a bit longer look for veggies like potatoes, cabbage, carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, sweet potatoes, citrus etc. If they are DRY and REFRIGERATED they should last quite a while. Steer clear of more fragile greens.

3. When you receive your veggies OPEN YOUR BAGS right away. Many of the veggies are coming right out of a wet field or in a climate controlled storage unit on our farm so the change in temp. could cause condensation in the plastic bags. This moisture will rot your veggies! SO open your bags and if possible remove your produce right away. Try not to wash you veggies until you are ready to eat them. This slows down the decomposition process as well.

4. If you did not pay in full for the Winter program, the last invoices will be sent out soon. Also if you purchased extras those balances will be included in your invoices. We send our invoices out VIA email and they can be paid by check or through paypal. Checks can be sent to:

Z Farm CSA, 20 Flaxleaf Court, Baltimore Ms. 21221

 

5. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at thezahradkafarm@yahoo.com. I am in the office on Mondays and Tuesdays but I try to check my mail on my phone throughout the week when I get a chance. If I'm not in the office, I'm at the farm :)

6. If you haven't signed up for the Summer program please do so! We depend on our members to buy seed and start up supplies for the season to grow our Yummy veggies. We are coming out of a pretty tough winter so your support is needed more than ever:) We also have a few new pick up locations which may make things more convenient for everyone! You can sign up on our website www.thezahradkafarm.com.

Thank you all for your support! I hope you have enjoyed the Winter program. We are the only produce FARM that offers this type of CSA during the Winter and we are proud of it! If you have time please post your comments of support on our facebook page for our newbies to read :)

Thanks!

Your Farm Staff

 

Winter Is Almost Over!!! Summer CSA :)

3/19/2014 1:36pm

Hello All!

First I would like to thank all of those that participated in lat Summers' CSA Program with our farm. It is because of your support that our Farm can exist and thrive. We have been using CSA funds to not only purchase seeds and start up supplies but improve equipment, and repair greenhouses. We were able to grow spinach and greens in our green house for the Winter this year as well and it has been awesome!

We are excited to begin our Summer sign up! You can sign up for our Summer 2014 season which Begins the Week of June 2nd- November 16th. (24 Weeks of Fresh picked from our farm veggies and fruits)

In-season crops will be picked fresh the day of or the day before delivery. Among others, this could include peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuces, tomatoes (48 different kinds of heirlooms!), Brussels sprouts, radishes, eggplant, onions, cucumbers, beets, green beans, squash, zucchini, corn, potatoes, spinach, garlic, herbs, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, melons, plums, nectarines, peaches, apples, etc. (tree fruit will come from another farm). You may also choose to receive bread from “The Breadery”, or specialty items, which, in the past, have included: Iced Gems Cupcakes, local honey, pumpkin pie, cheese, tomato sauce, jam, pickles, apple sauce, specialty cookies, fresh kettle corn, Zahradka Farm Blend Zekes Coffee, salsa, fresh apple cider, minestrone soup, heirloom tomato ketchup, marinades, ice cream, coleslaw, veggie burgers, etc.

 

What are the payment options?

In the true spirit of CSAs ideally you will pay for your share all up front. If that is not practical for your family, you can pay ¼ of your share price when you sign up and then 3 equal payments in April/May/June. If that still doesn’t work for you, contact the farm and we will work out a plan for you. This can be done on-line with a credit card, using PayPal or mailing a check directly to our billing office (if paying in full by check by 4/30 subtract 10% of your produce share).

 

Cost?

Small Family Share expected to feed 1 person+ = 4 items $360 for 24 weeks = $15 per week (Example: 6 ear corn, 1 cantaloupe, 4 pickling cucumbers, 2.5lbs tomatoes)

Medium Family Share to feed 3 people+ = 8 items $672 for 24 weeks / $28 per week (Ex: 6 ear corn, 1 melon, 4 pickling cucs, 2.5lbs Tomatoes, 4 large peaches, 2 Italian eggplant, 2 red peppers, spring onions)

Large Family Share to feed 4 people+ = 12 Items $936 for 24 weeks / $39 per week(Ex: 1 dozen corn {= 2 items}, 2.5lbs tomatoes, 4 eggplant {= 2 items}, 8 large peaches {= 2 items}, 1 cantaloupe, 1 bunchspring onions, 2 red peppers, 2 green peppers, 4 pickling cucumbers)

 

Pick Up Locations So Far This Year...

John Hopkins Farmers Market - Thursdays 10-12

Burleigh Manor Middle School - Thursdays 4-6:30

Clarksville Middle School- Thursdays 4-6:30

Crossraods Church of Nazarene (Ellicott City)- Thursdays 4-6:30

Severna Park Farmer's Market- Saturday 9-11am

The Green Onion (Hamilton) - Saturday Time TBA

Our Farm Stand (Essex) - Saturday 11am-3pm

Baltimore Farmer's Market and Bazaar - Sunday 8-10am

Catonsville Farmer's Market - Sunday Time TBA

Garden Of Eden (Oakland Mills High School/ Columbia) 10:30-12:45pm

*We have quite a few office buildings and HOA's in the works. I will update upon approval. If anyone is interested in starting a CSA at their School, Office, Neighborhood or Church please let me know. thezahradkafarm@yahoo.com

 

A Word From Your Farmer...

George Zahradka says “We are not a conventional farm by any means. We use 100% IPM (Integrated Pest Management) on the entire farm. My goal is to create an honest and open relationship with our members. I want to build a bridge based on trust and honesty from our farm (your food) to each family. We don't spray our crops in order to make things a little easier or to trick anyone; we only do it if our livelihood is in jeopardy. Yes, there are sometimes bugs in our produce but not as many as you would think. Worms in corn during certain weather conditions..... Inevitable unless it is doused in chemicals. What's our trick to getting them off? We open the husk and shake it hard once or twice, problem solved. I know our produce speaks for itself and once people see what we are offering, and experience it they will keep on coming back. I want a symbiotic relationship where we depend, trust and respect one another. We consider our CSA members to be a part of our working farm. We want them to know us, and to be able to connect with their food. We want everyone involved to not only be told, but to realize that they are a vital part of helping our farm continue on in a world where often convenience and labels are trusted more than actual human beings. We are all part of a movement, and I for one feel awed and proud of what we can do together.”

We Hope To See You All This Coming CSA Season !!! Thanks to all of you, word about our program has spread and we want our faithful members to return, so Sign up ASAP to reserve your spot in our program. Take advantage of a 10% discount when paying in full.

Please email the farm with any Questions:  thezahradkafarm@yahoo.com

Delivery Updates

2/16/2014 2:59pm

Hello All,

Well, this week was certainly a mess. Thank you all for understanding that the safety of our employees was and is a priority. If you have not received your share by the end of tonight we will be asking you to double up your orders this week or spread the number of extra veggies from your missing delivery over the next few weeks if that makes the amount more manageable. Please notify us in the notes section of this weeks' order. If you have ordered and paid for any extra specialty items. Please do not re-order them, but instead list them in the notes section of your order as well.

We would just like to thank all of our members for their understanding and support. We are able to concentrate to do what we love because of you all! We have such a rewarding experience working with all of you :)

Thanks again!

Your Farm Staff

 

Delivery updates week 6 :)

2/14/2014 12:49pm

We are busy packing shares at the farm but it is a total mess down here. We will get as many shares as possible delivered today and tomorrow but please keep in mind that it is supposed to snow again tonight as well as tomorrow and our plans for catching up on Monday May be a fail as well since it looks like we may get hit again. Today- Clarksville , Baltimore City (Towson side) and possibly some of Catonsville is on route. I will keep everyone posted as we go. Thanks for your patience and support as our delivery drivers navigate through these nasty conditions. Safety First!

WInter CSA Week 6/ Snow storm ;)

2/14/2014 7:51am

Hello All!

Well as everyone can see mother nature is "socking it to us" yet again ! Deliveries will be delayed this week. We are going to try and get down to the farm tomorrow to pack. I will be updating on Facebook when all of the shares go out but please just expect deliveries to be off this week.

Our TENTATIVE schedule is as follows...

Friday- Pack Shares, Towson

Saturday- Clarksville, Severna Park, Catonsville, Columbia, Possibly Ellicott City, Outer Howard County

Sunday- Essex/ Dundalk, Westminster

Monday- Bel Air/ White Marsh, Any remaining deliveries

*Please remember that we are going to have to plat this by ear due to the weather. All shares should be delivered by Monday. I will post frequently on our facebook page and update it when each route is on it's way. Thank you all for your support! Be safe out there :)

**Summer CSA 2014- Don't forget we are currently registering members for our Summer program. You can do so online :) Thanks again for your support.

Your Farm Staff

 

The Zahradka Farm CSA

We take special care of our CSA members, because they take care of us! Due to your limitless support and understanding, we were able to irrigate our new acreage during this years drought. To learn more about how to participate in our program go to "our products" at the top of this page and click on "Our CSA". This type of program is truly what supporting local business is all about. Your commitment to eating local and gaining knowledge about the food your family eats and where it comes from has helped our farm not only survive, but thrive. Thank You All!

Sustainablility

Here at the Zahradka Farm we are constantly striving towards sustainability. We can our leftover veggies that are viable and compost what is unfit to eat. We also recycle pots, plastic bags, canning jars, egg cartons etc. We encourage our customers to please bring us all of the above items you may want to dispose of and we will put them to good use! Thank you for helping us GO GREEN!

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