2013 shares are now available

veggiebasketThe price is $300 for the year.

Please make payment by mailing in a check with your order, or contact us by email to pay with a credit card. There will be a 5% fee added to credit card transactions. If you want to pay by cash, please contact us to make arrangements.

Payment is due in full by June 5th.

Pick ups will be once a month (third Saturday from 3 – 6) starting on June 15th.

the dates will be:
June 15th from 3 – 6
July 20th from 3 – 6
August 17th from 3 – 6
September 21st from 3 – 6
October 19th from 3 – 6
November 16th from 3 – 6

What’s in a share?
I like to try to give you a variety of items, although sometimes things are all ready at once and you get an abundance of one thing. That’s what freezers are for! Save some for later.

New Challenges
I always include something new for you to try. I’m excited to have added peanuts to the crop list last year. This year I’m adding ginger, galangal and turmeric. Sometimes I include items that are referred to in common parlance as “weeds.” But I actually cultivate some of the more popular “weeds” to make harvesting easier. I think you’ll enjoy adding these unusual but extremely nutritious items to your cooking routine! This includes purslane, lambs quarters, amaranth (calaloo), wild onions, and dried stinging nettles.

My household also benefits from the fresh farm goodies, and I’ve been known to mix parts of an entire share in one big stir fry and call that dinner. Therefore, I lean towards putting together shares that have a couple of meal options, not pieces of more than a dozen meals that can’t be combined. You’ll notice for example that each share has something in the onion family. I think that’s an important base for any dish. You’re also likely to see the ingredients for ratatouille at the same time instead of always spread out across pick ups, and so on through a seasonal based meal planning.

Mouth Watering Goodness!
Don’t worry: I don’t grow “bad” vegetables! Ok- that’s obviously subjective. Every farmer should be upfront about the fact that we grow things we like to eat. I do grow some things just for my customers, like swiss chard which I can’t stand. But mostly what you get is what I eat. I also tend to make meal recommendations that I myself put on the dinner table. Finally, at the end of the day I am restricted in what I can grow by the climate, daylength, and space constraints. You’ll see all of these things reflected in what is available each month.

Community Minded
Like last year, I’ll sometimes include items from my farmer cooperative peers, such as honey and mushrooms from Good Sense Farm & Apiary, as well as herb-infused vinegars from Little Red Bird Botanicals, also located in DC.

How much will I get?
The question that never goes away: how much will be in my share? This year I’m trying something new: I’m only distributing shares once a month. It will be a “double share” meaning it’s twice as much as I gave out weekly last year. That means either you live in a house with a lot of people, or you like to do marathon cooking weekends once a month and save meals for later, or you always invite yourself over for dinner at friends for the entire week after receiving your share, or you find someone else to share with. Or you decide it’s not for you and you go to the farmers’ market or store instead. Take the plunge if you want to support a DC-owned farm. As we grow, you’ll reap the benefits as we are able to offer more customer-friendly options and show our gratitude in yet to be determined ways…

To give you a better idea, here’s what I think will be in the first share:
June 15th
2 heads of lettuce
2 bags of salad greens (i.e. 1 spinach and 1 arugula)
3 bunches of herbs
1 bunch of garlic or onion scallions
1 bag of garlic scapes
2 bunches of cooking greens (i.e. 1 kale, 1 swiss chard)
2 bunches of roots (carrots, beets, radishes, turnips)
1 bunch of flowers
1 bag tat soi or bok choi or 1 head of cabbage