We're going full steam ahead with our on-farm veggie CSA for 2018. And we're making a few tweaks to make it an even better experience.
First big change is that you pick what you take home market-style. This is similar to our winter CSA now. We want to give you more choice and flexibility.
Because of this new set up, the CSA distribution will be on-farm with a staffer there to help you. We're exciting to see your faces every week.
Also new, drop-ins are encouraged. We let The Wassaic Project artists-in-residence buy shares one week at a time because they aren't around for the whole CSA season and it worked out really well. Now we're opening it up to everyone! Please tell your friends and get on the email list. We'll let you know what is available every week.
We also have Low Cost Shares - snap them up quick! This is 50% off of our regular half share - This is $187.50 for the whole season. This can be paid in full or in installments. (We want to grow this program! Who should we be partnering with?)
Early Bird pricing before March 15th gets you $15 off of either the full or half Veggie CSA Share.
We will be having a CSA fair at the Millerton Library - April 7th 1pm-3pm if you want to talk to us in person. Or you're welcome to call us at 845 789 1522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First, we want to thank our CSA members. It is really special for us to have a direct connection with folks that eat the food we grow! Finishing up year three of the Maitri Farm CSA we feel like we’ve learned few things. Members want more choice and more flexibility.
We know the competition is fierce – it’s easier to choose Amazon - Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or Blue Apron.
But we know we’re different. We grow your food with love. We have fair labor practices, we minimize your food miles, we’re putting money back into the local community, we’re building our soils, we’re combatting climate change. You can call us up and talk to a real person who grew your food with care.
We want to serve you better.
We’re teaming up with the Good Food Farmers Network. This is a group of 6+ farms in the Hudson Valley that work together to make deliveries into NYC and Westchester (and now Fairfield County Connecticut). Imagine Maitri Farm joining a farmer superhero squad or the cast of Oceans 8.
This is a group of farmers putting together an updated CSA-type program. They have a default bag of food for $45 per week – you have the option to customize, but you don’t have to. This includes veggies, fruits, nuts, eggs and cheese. It’s more food than our standard CSA boxes. It’ll save you a trip to the grocery store.
If you would like meat to be included, it’s $60 per week. This will rotate between beef, pork and chicken. Some of the products are from us and some are from other farmers in the network.
GFFN holds itself to high standards and we’re excited to work with them.
You pay for each delivery, instead of up front like a traditional CSA. And you get to choose what you receive in each delivery. It’s a way for us to give our customers more choices and more flexibility.
We’re doing deliveries this February 27th and March 27th to test the market – hopefully we’ll get to do weekly deliveries in the Spring if enough people sign on. So be sure to tell your friends.
At Maitri Farm, we're lucky to have excellent winter infrastructure. We have a mildly heated greenhouse (we keep it at a balmy 34 degrees), an unheated hoophouse and an unheated mini-hoophouse. Our critters have a fabric covered barn that is unheated, but protects them from the wind and keeps them cozy. But still, this weather has been crazy pants.
Here are our winter survival tips for humans: