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Everything you need to know about the 2019 Farm Share program

Our produce is really fresh! We harvest many of our vegetables just hours before you pick them up.

Hooray! The Farm Share program at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice is now open for sign-ups. But what exactly is a farm share? Some of you may recognize the program by its former name, Community Supported Agriculture or CSA. We decided to change the name for the 2019 season. It’s simpler, more direct and gosh darn it’s more fun to say. “Farm Share” I want to don a pair of overalls and grab a piece of hay to chew on. “Farm Share” But I digress.

Our Farm Share program is a way for people to get certified organic produce and that is fresh and grown locally here at White Violet Center. But you’re not really buying the produce; you’re buying a share of the harvest. Just like farmers and gardeners everywhere, Farm Share members take on the risks and the rewards of growing but without having to do any of the hard work. The team at White Violet Center will plant, weed, tend, pick and clean everything.

Shown here are bags from our 2018 season, filled with certified, organic produce, ready to be transported to one of four pick up locations.

We’ll even transport it to one of four locations for your convenience. You just pay a membership fee and pick up your bounty each week – or every other week for our half share members. Some of the crops planned for this year include beans, beets, broccoli, celery, carrots, cabbage , cucumbers , eggplant, fennel, garlic (green and dry), ground cherries, greens (kale, chard, spinach, etc.), herbs (cilantro, dill, parsley, basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, chives, etc), leeks, lettuce, onions (green and dry), peas, peppers (hot and sweet), potatoes (five types), pumpkins, radishes, shallots, summer squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes (cherry and slicers), tomatillos, turnips, winter squash (butternut, acorn, spaghetti, etc.). Yum!

You can always change out something you don’t like at our swap box.

Did you see some things on the list that you don’t like or maybe aren’t sure how to prepare. Don’t fear! You can choose the Member Choice option where you’ll get to pick what’s in your bag each week. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous then by all means go for the Farmer Choice option where we’ll pick the best of the garden. But even with the Farmer Choice option you’re always welcome to swap out something you really don’t want during pick up. If we grew okra I would definitely be using the swap box! And as for those veggies you may not know what to do with, we’ve got you covered too! Each week Candace Minster, our garden manager, sends all Farm Share members an email explaining the contents in the bag as well as some really great recipes you can try. So get ready to enjoy some Hakurei turnips and Dragon Tongue beans!

Sign up before April 1 and you’ll get an early bird discount. Our program runs for twenty weeks and begins in May and ends in October. There’s also an egg share available. Click here for more information or to sign up. Or you can contact Candace Minster at cminster@spsmw.org or 812-535-2933. We only sell a finite number of shares so don’t wait. And if you’re not in our local area there are other programs like this across the country. It’s a great way to support your local farmers and get high quality food for you and your family.

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Mary Riley

Mary Riley is the marketing manager for some ministries of the Sisters of Providence including White Violet Center for Eco-Justice and the Volunteer Services.

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