Time to sign up for the winter season, which should be excellent – the early November warmth has been an unexpected bonus as we’re getting baby greens and root crops established in the hoophouse for winter.  There’s a few changes since last year, and some of you are here for the first time, so let me sort of talk through the winter CSA and see if I can hit on the most frequently asked questions.  If you’re already sure you want in, just click on the link at the top of this page for the new sign-up sheet.

CSA stands for ‘community supported agriculture’, and members, in  sense, buy a share of the farm’s output for the season.  You don’t choose what goes in your bag, but you’ll know it was grown organically, sustainably, locally, and with love!

What do you actually get in a winter CSA?  Well, there’s an amazing amount of things that can grow here year-round, given the proper conditions and care.  This will be the third year the hoophouse has been operational during the winter, and the two winters I’ve used it so far have run the gamut – one warm, one very cold.  So I’ve learned a lot about winter farming in the extremes, and I feel ready for whatever comes our way this year.  Winter CSA is heavy on greens – spinaches, lettuces, chard, microgreens, sprouts, Asian braising greens – but there will also be tiny winter carrots (they’re the sweetest!), and potatoes, and homemade jam, and winter squashes, and all sorts of good things.

Winter bags are prepared every TWO weeks, and that works out well because unlike summer harvests, winter greens keep extremely well.

One change from previous years is that I’m going to just say upfront that the delivery dates listed below are targets, and there will be some flexibility if there is bad (really bad) weather.  Last year, we had one memorable snowy / icy day, and I was so proud of myself for making all the deliveries on time; I’d set the alarm for 3 am, packed bags, left three hours early, and drove white-knuckled all across the area to drop the bags.  I finally got home, warmed up, relaxed…..and started getting emails from Beans saying they were unable to pick their bags up, as the roads had continued to worsen that afternoon.  So, I’ve learned.  I’m planning on the dates outlined below, but we will work out alternatives, on a case by case basis, as necessary.

The basic winter package is $240, and that will include eight bags.  You have some options, if you’d like:  you can add eggs or soup.  The specifics are on the signup sheet, which you’ll find by clicking on the contract link at the top of the page.  You’ll send a check to me, but – this is really, really important – if you need to spread out the payment over a few weeks, that’s cool.  Just let me know what your plan is.  (And, as I write this, we still don’t have a state budget, and I know two current Beans who are waiting for back pay as a result.  Please just let me know what’s going on, I can work with you.)

There are pickup locations in Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, New Cumberland, and of course, here at the farm.  these pickups would all be on Tuesday, beginning with December 22, 2015, and then running every second week until the end of March.  There will also be a pickup option at the Broad St. Market, at the Radish and Rye stand.  That’s on Fridays, and the first pickup there will be Dec. 18, 2015 – then we’d skip three weeks until January 8th for the second one.  From there, every second week.  I’ll remind you about the skipped week.

If you have any questions, please email me at katie@komta.com, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

3 Responses to “Winter 2016 CSA Info is here!”

  1. Hilton Baxter says:

    My wife and I are interested in joining a CSA for the coming spring / summer. Can you provide general information about Cool Beans CSA, share sizes and costs? When do memberships become available? When does the season usually start? We live in Middletown.

  2. katie says:

    Hi Hilton! Today’s the day that all those questions get answered. I’ve just updated the contract, and I’m on way out the door to make today’s deliveries of winter shares. When I get home tonight, I’ll update the ‘info’ link at the top of the page. That should answer most of your questions, and if it doesn’t, I’ll be happy to answer anything you need to know.

  3. katie says:

    One last point, Hilton – we’ve just (like, an hour ago) added a Middletown pickup site, which may be more convenient for you.

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