News & Blog
The season is officially on! Onions just sprouted! All 8,000 of them!
You are receiving this email because you singed our waitlist to purchase a Chatfield Farms CSA share. We still have quite a few of you on this list who have NOT purchased a share yet. We are getting ready to release our shares to the public this week!
You can purchase a share by simply clicking the link below:
Thank you so much everyone!
The Chatfield Farms' CSA
Dear waitlisted friends of the Chatfield CSA,
It is now time to purchase your CSA share! Please read through our options first so you can familiarize yourself with our shares, prices, etc. by visiting our Share Options page. If you know what type of shares you would like, then please click this link to sign up now. Sign up now!
If you need assistance, please contact Josie Hart at email@example.com
A most Happy New Year to all!
We will start the shareholder renewal process January 9th for all current CSA shareholders. If you would like to renew your CSA membership, you have the entire month of January to do so. Starting in February we will open up shares to our waitlisted members and the general public. We will send out an email notification before the final week of renewals. To renew, click here and enter our member portal.
If you need to add a friend or family member to our waitlist, please enter their name and email on our homepage at www.chatfieldcsa.org
As always if you have questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Supporting Shareholders,
In gratitude for your support of our expanding and exciting outreach programs we'll be putting together a box for you. The box will include, but is not limited to:
dried hot peppers
Tuesday shareholders: since the gardens close early now there isn't a great spot to pick up at York St. so we'll be DELIVERING yours. Please send me an email confirming your correct address, and on Tuesday, Nov. 15 you'll be getting a box delivered right to your door (or side porch, or whatever your preference is, just do note if you do have a preference!)
Thursday shareholders: we'll have you pick up here at the normal location on Thursday November 17 BUT we'll have expanded hours, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
You won't be picking up your turkey on this day - you will pick up your turkey Sunday, November 20th. More information will be out soon about that.
The email reminder you received last night was an outdated automatic message that should have been turned off. There is no pick up today, sorry for any confusion!
I will take this opportunity to also ask you to fill out our CSA Survey so we can improve on what we do! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016csasurvey
After you complete this survey - send us an email and you will be entered to win a CSA goody basket!
This is not goodbye--just "see you next spring"! The first time back in the produce section at a grocery store is a difficult experience--just a caution for those first-time shareholders out there.
What at first had seemed a challenge--getting a box of vegetables all at once and figuring out what to do with them--becomes, as the season progresses, a huge benefit. You realize how easy it is to eat seasonally, and you have an answer to the timeless question, "What's for dinner tonight?" With a CSA, it's much easier to build meals around what has been harvested and picked up.
I won't even get into the flavor issue of grocery store produce....Alas, it is a hard transition, so I wanted to warn you.
For those wanting to renew their shares, we will have a purchase link on our website starting January 9. You will have the whole month of January to renew your existing membership.
Starting in February, we will sell shares to our wait-listed folks.
If you know someone who would like to purchase a Chatfield Farms CSA share, please refer them to our homepage at www.chatfieldcsa.org
Survey: Enter to WIN!
Please complete our survey and enter to win a surprise CSA goody bag! Click the link below:
If you ordered a holiday turkey, pick-up for the turkey will be November 17 from 2-7 p.m.
Payment will be due at pick-up.
Supporting Shareholder Delivery/Pick-up
For Tuesday supporting shareholders, we will deliver a box of Thanksgiving veggies and herbs to your door on November 15. If you are a Thursday shareholder we will have pick-up at the farm from 2-7 p.m.
Volunteer Party Invitations -
Invitations to the annual volunteer party will be sent out this coming Monday. Please attend so we can say thanks to all our volunteers for a great season! We couldn't do it without you!
FINAL Gleaning Day - November 5, 10 a.m. - noon
Items that are not under straw or fabric will be up for grabs! We will send out an additional email about what crops you potentially can harvest on this day.
Thanks for a great season!
Today we have a few reminders and some great specialty products for sale today!
Please pick up your storage apple boxes today - the sauce box of apples is $16 and the storage box of apples is $30. Make checks to DBG.
Hand crafts and goodies for sale today: Bring cash or check today!
Milehigh Fungi: Come by and meet Micheal and Liz, the owners Milehigh Fungi and our new partners that will be providing us a mushroom share next season! Purchase a sample of what will be in the share next season including fresh shiitake and oyster mushrooms. They also will have an assortment of dried mushrooms.
Chad and Jackie (our CSA farmers!): Homemade crafts, knit wear and unique jewelry for sale. Cards accepted.
Handmade Holiday Ornaments from Catie (Chatfield Horticulturist): Catie makes beautiful jewelry and individual holiday crafts.
Chatfield Grown Lavender: Choose from handmade sachets, lavender bundles and (new) lavender grill sticks.
Chatfield Honey and Homemade Grape Jam! - Purchase the last of the Chatfield Honey for the season and a very limited amount of Peg's famous grape jam!
For your warmth and comfort, we moved our first yoga class inside today. It will start at 4 p.m. in the schoolhouse. The schoolhouse is a very peaceful and comfortable building, perfect for yoga! You can park in the main lot, do the yoga class and then go pick up your veggies. Jackie welcomes all experience levels - so even if you have never done yoga before, you are welcome to join. The class fee is a suggested donation of $5 - $10. There will be a chalk board outside so you know where to go.
If we have enough interested folks, we will run these classes till the end of distributions, and hopefully continue next year! See you there!
Hello folks! We are flying right through the fall season and have had some robust distributions lately; now we will be slowing a bit on what had out as we go into the cooler final weeks. Peppers, basil, tomatoes, summer squash, etc....have all finished. Cooler season crops like radicchio, spinach and arugula are coming on!
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Gleaning Day is this Sunday October 2nd, from 10 a.m. to noon. Please follow the dirt service road to the greenhouses and park there. Look for a volunteer to assist you at the greenhouses. Don't forget to bring the supplies we have mentioned for picking the crops.
A New Event for CSA Folks! Yoga at the Farm!
There will be a yoga class offered during distribution from 4 to 5 pm, This Thursday October 6th. The classes will be taught by one of our farmers here at Chatfield, Jackie Beavers, a registered yoga teacher. Jackie has practiced yoga for many years, studied yoga and meditation in an ashram in India. Jackie also went through Yoga Teacher Training and certification in Italy.
She will be leading a Hatha Yoga class, open to all skill levels, at the CSA washstand lawn on the west side of the wash stand. The class will be a combination of postures (asanas), breathing (pranayama), and meditation as Jackie works to bring balance to the mind, body, and soul through the practice of yoga. Please bring your own yoga mat. If this class goes well, we will add more for the rest of October. It should be a beautiful and fun time. Rain backup will be announced on Thursday if needed.
Harvest List for October 3 - 7
spinach or spicy arugula
chard or kale
Featured Recipe: Winter Squash Fritters
Serve these fritters with tomato chutney, spicy Greek yogurt, chopped cilantro or any other sauce you enjoy. They freeze well and are easily heated up in a toaster oven.
1 small winter squash - any variety
2-3 T olive oil
1 egg, beaten
1 medium yellow onion
6 T all-purpose flour
5 T corn meal
1/2 teaspoon curry powder, paprika, salt, ground pepper
Vegetable or Coconut Oil for frying
Preheat 350. Since the squash lengthwise into halves - bake squash until tender. Once the squash is cooled, mix with egg and onion.
In another bowl mix the dry ingredients and then incorporate the two mixtures together. Heat oil for frying. Drop heaping spoonfulls of the mixture into the oil and fry both sides. After they turn golden brown, pull from the oil and cool on a paper towel or cooling rack. Add more oil to the pan as needed to fry the batch. Whip up a fresh dip and garnish with cilantro.
A Fundraiser for our Veterans!
Please consider purchasing a ticket for our Veterans Farm Fundraiser. Proceeds go directly to the Veterans Program for next year.