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Posted 4/27/2018 8:13am by Cindy Pruett.

We are so excited to begin out 9th year as an organic farm and CSA.  Now is the time to join for the month of May. 

From Local Harvest: 

For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.

Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief:


Advantages for farmers:
  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers:
  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
  • Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
  • Find that kids typically favor food from "their" farm - even veggies they've never been known to eat
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

It's a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined CSAs, and in some areas of the country there is more demand than there are CSA farms to fill it. The government does not track CSAs, so there is no official count of how many CSAs there are in the U.S.. LocalHarvest has the most comprehensive directory of CSA farms, with over 4,000 listed in our grassroots database.

Posted 2/25/2018 5:55pm by Cindy Pruett.

We were so thrilled by the sweet article in the Daily Sentinel this week! YAY for new members! Welcome! Early March will not impress you - except with the gorgeous freshness and taste of the spinach, but nature will wow you with her bounty as we go forward. Remember the entire idea behind a CSA farm is that you share in the abundant AND the lean times. We need your dollars to get the farm going each season and we pledge to thrill you with freshness, beauty and abundance as we go forward into 2018.  Don't forget we have organic chicken, eggs, and wild caught salmon available on the farm. We're still trying to find another grass-fed beef supplier. 

Posted 4/24/2017 1:36pm by Cindy Pruett.

Whole chicken available tomorrow at distribution.  They are about a fresh as they can be! (Saturday)  Whole birds are ready for your pot or freezer.  We are selling to the public for 8.00/lb., but only 6.00/lb. for CSA members who purchase tomorrow.  Most of the birds weigh approximately 6 lbs.

Freshly dressed organic chicken & Processing Crew:  Farmer Bryan & Cindy, Member Anne Tindell, Intern Katy Shumate and Master Plucker Ian Sims

 

 

In your share tomorrow:

Celery

Parsley

Collards

Swiss Chard

Kale

Dill

(broccoli and onions next week!)

 

Don't forget the eggs, salmon, frozen chicken pieces and Farmer and Chef meals in the big freezer, plus any herbs not in the share - help yourself!

 

 

 

Posted 4/24/2017 1:06pm by Cindy Pruett.

Whole chicken available tomorrow at distribution.  They are about a fresh as they can be! (Saturday)  Whole birds are ready for your pot or freezer.  We are selling to the public for 8.00/lb., but only 6.00/lb. for CSA members who purchase tomorrow.  Most of the birds weigh approximately 6 lbs.

Freshly dressed organic chicken & Processing Crew:  Farmer Bryan & Cindy, Member Anne Tindell, Intern Katy Shumate and Master Plucker Ian Sims

 

 

In your share tomorrow:

Celery

Parsley

Collards

Swiss Chard

Kale

Dill

(broccoli and onions next week!)

 

Don't forget the eggs, salmon, frozen chicken pieces and Farmer and Chef meals in the big freezer, plus any herbs not in the share - help yourself!

 

 

 

Posted 10/3/2016 11:06am by Cindy Pruett.

Thanks to all of you have came out to the Hootenanny! We hope you had a great time! We sure did!

If anyone is available, this next week is a MAJOR planting week. We have 1000 strawberries, and hundreds of baby plants that need to go in the ground.  Many hands as the saying goes...

The salmon is here! Megan grilled up samples Saturday night and will be doing so again Tuesday afternoon. You really can taste the difference.  14.00/pound

We have about five frozen organic chickens left and have baby chick arriving soon. We will process around the first of December.  You can reserve your birds on the website.

Enjoy this amazing weather!

 

Bryan & Cindy

 

Posted 10/13/2015 2:34pm by Cindy Pruett.

Reserve your now in our Online Store!

Posted 10/12/2015 4:11pm by Cindy Pruett.

Even if you paid for your share with a cash or check to us in person, we need to go online and sign up again. We are working on a way for you to be able to "roll over" each month.

Here's a link to the exact place.

 

http://www.applebycommunityfarm.com/login

 

See you tomorrow!

Posted 9/22/2015 9:22am by Cindy Pruett.

Can't wait to see you all this afternoon! Lots of squash and okra. Enjoy! Fall is in the air! Plenty of eggs, no beef until after the first. The website is ready for you to order your organic chickens.

 

Reminders:

Hootenanny October 3rd. It would be SO wonderful if some of you would make chili to contribute to the festivities! Chili last year was a big hit!

Farm to Table October 30th. More information coming!

Posted 9/15/2015 5:18am by Cindy Pruett.

Finally, some cool weather! Farmer Bryan is busy building new beds for all the hundreds of baby plants ready to go in the ground. The seedlings planted a few weeks ago survived the last of summer's heat and are doing well and all the mature plants are finally recovering and producing well.  We're not sure the tomatoes will have time to ripen, but hopefully we'll get some green ones! The winter squash was pretty much a wash, thanks to squash bugs and vine borers. But the melons are tasty! Look forward to at least one in your share today. The share has been fairly monotonous these last few weeks, we're all looking forward to winter's abundance. Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, beets, turnips. Yum!

Farmer Cindy and the farm crew (Megan, Andreza and the rest) have been planning the Fall Hootenanny, a Farm to table event and more! Save the dates: October 3rd and 30th.  Plus we're trying to find strawberries to plant and purchase chicks for on more round of broilers before it gets too cold. Let us know how many to reserve for you!

Posted 7/28/2015 6:05am by Cindy Pruett.

We're looking forward to seeing you today between 4-6. This time of year we are always sorry that we do not have an enclosed building from which to distribute. Even in the shade of the shop, it is extremely hot. But we'll have the fan blowing and maybe something cool to drink!

Your share today is pretty limited: a few rather crispy greens, eggplants, peppers and a few tomatoes. This morning we will assess if there is anything else that we've overlooked. The celosia (a gorgeous pink flower) doesn't appear to care that it's been almost 100 degrees for two weeks, so I will cut a few for you. It's WAY too hot to go out there and do it at 4:00!

It's time to renew for August.  We hope that you will cheerfully so do, even though this month maybe the most limited month variety and quantity wise so far this year. As you know a true CSA model is one in which the community supports the farm even when the farm struggles to support the community. We're confident that you will, and we promise to wow you with abundance in September and October. Speaking of October: PLEASE put our annual Hootenanny on your calendars! October 3rd. The Sawmill Vagrants have agreed to join us again! It will be a fun event! 

Many new veggies are already planted and growing in our "air conditioned" potting house. If there's something you would like us to grow this year, please let us know!

We still have a few broilers unspoken for, we will be processing them this month. You can reserve yours on the website.  

Blessings!

Farmer Bryan & Cindy