Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Hope this finds you all doing well and enjoying the cool weather of late. I wanted to make a few announcements about the Spring/Summer CSA program.
1. Deliveries (including on-farm pick-ups) will begin May 9th/10th. Home deliveries will occur Thursday afternoons. Please attend your chosen location on a weekly basis. If you need to pick-up at an alternate location please try and allow us a 24 hour notice. Everyone will be issued two boxes (or crates). We ask that you return your empty box each week to trade out for a full. You may also bring any empty containers (egg cartons, plastic trays, etc.) issued by us. Also, If you have purchased a large number of add-ons to your box, please bring along an additional bag or container.
2. ADD-ONS! This is a feature on our new site that will allow you to add local, sustainably-produced meats, cheeses, honey, fruits, etc. to your weekly boxes. Please see here: http://harmonyridgefarms.net/members/add-ons . This is password protected; I will provide all members with their password shortly. I will have all items available for purchase posted the Friday prior to your deliveries to allow you plenty of time to order your items. Items must be ordered by Tuesdays at noon. Any orders placed after that time will go into the following week's box (if possible). The site does not countdown automatically, so we will notify you if something is sold out. You will receive an itemized receipt each week for your add-ons and we will bill (via e-mail) on a monthly basis.
3. RECIPES! Wendy and Holly's recipes will no longer be attached to the weekly boxes. They will be catalogued by Month here: http://harmonyridgefarms.net/members/recipes.
(They are currently set-up by season, but we will be changing it to a monthly set-up.)
I believe that's all for now, please let me know if I can answer any more questions.
Thank you all for your support of Harmony Ridge Farms. See you in May!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Happy Spring! We've been hard at work ensuring to the best of our ability your deliveries will be bountiful come May and beyond.
I just wanted to make a few announcements about our CSA.
- We still have memberships available, both basic and 'plus'. We will continue open registration until all available memberships are sold. We do expect to sell out of shares sometime in April.
- We've added online payment to our site via paypal here: http://harmonyridgefarms.net/
- We've added a new delivery in Kernersville. Pick-up will happen at P.U.R.E. Wellness, 144 N. Cherry St. Kernersville, NC 27284 Suite 1 in the Hart Complex, beside Time Warner Cable. Time frame for pick-up will be between 12PM - 2:30PM (subject to change).
- We welcome volunteers on the farm, as there is much to be done this time of year. If you wish to pitch in, please let me know and we can arrange a suitable time.
K. Isaac Oliver
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
I’ve noticed robins in greater numbers of late on the farm. I knew they migrated, but have wondered why they’re seemingly always around. It’s been said they follow the 36 degree line as it progresses North, yet many remained here last winter when it was so much colder.
Upon researching, I discovered that it’s more accurate to say they migrate only when food is scarce…fruit being their primary choice, adding to the menu earthworms and insects in winter. In a kind of orchestrated risk diminishment, robins spread out in winter in search of fruit. The hardiest brave the cold North while others search for easier pickings.
The short dry spell leading up to the weekend’s snow allowed us to turn ground. Robins and other birds just about follow the tractor, knowing a meaty bonanza lies just beneath the surface. The worms must have had their fill as well, at least in our fields, as they seem to wriggle out of each shovelful. The soil test results we received back this week attest to the added vitality of our soils, just as well as the worms.
Based on our results, our need to use costly bagged amendments will be largely eliminated; it seems our close attention to soil health is paying off. The test results have left us singing in anticipation of Spring…which brings me to the most fascinating aspect of robin migration: most robins hold in their song until they’ve reached home, where they will breed. It’s as if they’re storing creative energy, allowing it to surge forth when Nature deems it fit to reproduce…the arrival of Spring.
Our song begins in the Greenhouse, each sprouting green potential hitting a different note. It’s always a magical thing to watch it unfold. Yes, we couldn’t resist an extra-early sowing of tomatoes…some of these will go in our new hoop-house in hopes of early tomatoes. Lettuces, herbs, broccoli, cabbage, endive, radicchio, onions, chard and beets are up, and this week brings sowings of peppers, fennel, kohlrabi, raab and basil.
Looming rain brings with it a sense of urgency and things tend to get done. Saturday was just that way, and with the help of a prospective intern, Michael, and my Dad we pushed our onion transplanting upwards of 10000. In addition to our staple Yellow Candy Sweets we are trying Red Candy, Zeppelin and a supersweet white called Sierra Blanca. Later this week I’ll start in on the dried sets, which I’ll plant close together for Spring Onions.
One of the great joys of building Harmony Ridge these past few years has been all the great people we’ve met, including those who’ve lent a hand. First to come to mind is our neighbor Bobby. He’s given freely of sage advice on soil and climate and is always around when you need him. Just the other day he brought his forklift by to help us unload our new Springtooth cultivator and seeder for the tractor. It’s amazing how local folks seem to show up right when you need them on a young farm. One of Bobby’s former hands, Kelly, works on small machines and has been indispensible of late, as we are mechanically-challenged.
It has been great getting to know other farmers in the area as well. This year we will work more closely with some of the best around…making their products available to CSA members through our new add-on process. The website under construction will allow members to simply check off items they wish to add to their weekly boxes in one easy step. We are excited to enrichen the CSA experience while helping other farmers sell their goods…meats, cheeses, fruits, honey, jams, dry goods, etc. available on a seasonal basis.
As I have some catch-up to do in the Greenhouse today, I’ll leave you with a few more announcements…
- membership is still open for our Spring/Summer CSA program. Our first deadline is this Friday 24th. If you wish to join I urge you to submit your registration soon as we can only serve so many. If you are indeed joining us, please drop me a quick e-mail stating your intention so we can better gauge our marketing and production needs.
- There will be a new delivery location in downtown Kernersville. It will occur midday on Thursdays, details TBA.
- On our new website we will have a section with testimonials and references. Please let me know if you would like to serve as a reference for our CSA program. I would simply list your name and number. I am also welcoming the submission of any 1-3 sentence farm testimonials.
Once again, thank you all for your support. Until next time…
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Harmony Ridge Farms 2012 CSA Registration
• Abundance. A season full of fresh, naturally-grown and nutrient-rich vegetables and herbs grown by us for you. The season will run from early May to late August. (We will start as early as Mother Nature will allow.)
• Variety and Tradition. Vegetable varieties selected for flavor and delivered weekly at the peak of freshness. We grow many hard-to-find heirloom vegetable varieties, and a full compliment of the traditional standbys. We time our harvests to allow for the utmost variety on any given week, but do not skimp on the old favorites.
• Unparalleled freshness. Most of the produce is picked within a couple days of delivery.
• Weekly recipes. With each produce delivery you’ll find a set of recipes selected for their tried and true flavor, ease and for their inclusion of our vegetables. Often the herb cuttings we provide are called for in the recipes.
• Family involvement. The opportunity to help out and learn basic skills on the farm (if so desired).
• Environmental and Personal health. A contribution to the local community and ecosystem by supporting a low-waste and chemical-free food production system. A contribution to your family’s health and well-being.
• Proximity. We are 3 miles Northwest of Winston-Salem, off Reynolda Rd. Scheduled visits are welcome.
• Social opportunities: A Farm to table dinner at a local restaurant and perhaps another event or two depending on time available.
• Participation. Be a part of ever-evolving family enterprise. We want you to feel a part of the farm and we believe our personalized service reflects this warmth and gratitude. As we wish to evolve and continually enhance our CSA, we welcome your feedback and advice.
• Peace of mind. Know your family’s vegetables are au natural and grown just down the road.
To secure your CSA share, please send a check payable to Harmony Ridge Farms, 3620 Rosebriar Circle, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 ($675 for regular membership and $915 for a “plus” membership) by Friday, February 24th. You may direct any questions to me, Isaac, at 336.467.1052 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A note about payments…if you wish to stagger your payment over 3 months you may do so. Please remit the first 1/3rd payment prior to the 2/24/12 deadline. This payment will secure your membership. The following two payments will occur in March and April consecutively. Regular membership paid in this way will result in 3 payments of $225, or for Plus Membership, 3 payments of $305.
A few notes on CSA deliveries. We’ve decided to follow to the schedule we followed last fall. 2011 SUMMER MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE! Members may choose between one of four delivery options: 1.) Pick-up shares at the farm on Wednesday evenings between 5 and 7:30PM, 2.) meet me in the West End, W-S (location TBD) between 10:30 and 11AM Thursdays or 3.) meet me on the front porch of my parents’ house in the Greenbriar Farms Neighborhood at 3620 Rosebriar Circle, Winston-Salem, 27106 between 12 noon and 1:00PM Thursdays or 4.) request home delivery at an additional charge of $150. Home deliveries will occur early Thursday afternoons. We ask that you choose one option and continue your schedule every week. We can accommodate reschedules with sufficient notice. (I should note we are considering a dropoff in Kernersville as well.)
Thank you all for your time and consideration.
K. Isaac Oliver
Please kindly remit your payment to renew (or begin) your Harmony Ridge Farms CSA membership by tearing off the bottom portion of this page and sending a check payable to Harmony Ridge Farms, 3620 Rosebriar Circle, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.
Yes! Sign me up. I, ______________________ have enclosed a check for $675 for regular membership. (Or initial $225 for payment plan)
Yes! Sign me up. I, ______________________ have enclosed a check for $915 for PLUS membership. (Or initial $305 for payment plan)
I will be picking up at ____ Harmony Ridge Barn on Wednesday evenings 5PM – 7:30PM
____ West End on Thursday mornings 10:30AM – 11AM
____ The Olivers’ house, 3620 Rosebriar Circle, W-S, 27106, Thursdays, Noon – 1:00 PM
My current e-mail address(es) ____________________________________________
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