Spring has certainly made her return with a vengeance here at Ffynnon, and that reminds us that there is less than two weeks remaining for our early-bird discount on your 2016 Ffynnon Farm CSA share! The garlic and shallots are showing impressive growth, our new strawberry plants are becoming well established, and the peas and other early crops are practically leaping skyward, both in the greenhouse and in the newly planted beds. We are doing everything we can to take advantage of these warm and (mostly!) dry days so that you get the best in variety and quality right from the first box in your share.
Our CSA share is designed to provide a week’s worth of produce for a family three to four, or for a pair of serious veggie lovers. We do not offer half shares this year, but we do encourage folks to split shares. Beyond freshness and great flavor, a Ffynnon Farm CSA share is also intended to provide a great value—our goal is to stock your box with items worth at least ten percent more than you would get for the same price at a typical natural grocery. Add in your $50 off for signing up by April 30, and you’re getting almost two full weeks of produce for free!
We plan to start our share season on Thursday, June 16, but we are keeping the starting date flexible—Mother Nature is the ultimate keeper of all schedules here at Ffynnon and everywhere else. Extra warm and dry days might move the first delivery date ahead to June 9; conversely, if growth is a little slow, we’ll push things back to June 23. In any case, you will get a full 21-week season of veggies, fruits, herbs, and flowers.
Many of you have been asking about the contents of your share boxes and what you can expect throughout the growing season, so let me take you on a tour through your CSA summer. First of all, know that we are going to try to include a leafy salad green in every box. By “leafy salad green,” we generally mean “lettuce,” and we are growing several types and varieties in order to provide you with lettuce throughout the season. Some varieties thrive in heat, while others “bolt” (flower and go to seed) at the first hint of warmth, so we will always have several varieties in the pipeline. Other greens will include spinach, arugula, Swiss chard, and kale. Early in the season, you can expect beets, carrots, spinach, and arugula in your box. Peas will be another early feature, and we have them in three forms: snow peas, snap peas, and shelling or English peas. As the season moves along, peas will give way to beans, broccoli, early cabbage, and the like. Full, warm summer brings tomatoes, of course; we currently have six varieties in the greenhouse, including Brandywine and other heirlooms, and our favorite cherry tomato, SunGold. Summer squashes, corn, and onions take the stage in August and September, and then it’s back to cabbages, as well as cauliflower, winter squash, potatoes, and other end-of-season favorites. Sprinkled in amongst these more substantial offerings, you’ll find little delights like radishes and kohlrabi, green onions and baby eggplant. Fresh flowers and herbs will round out your box as they become available.