2022 CSA Share sign up info + Happy New Year!  

2022 3PH CSA Shares: Sign up (via the google form here) Returning members through Feb 28, wait list on March 1

 

 

 

photo by D’Real Graham

I’m technically still “on vacation” so the CSA sign up details snuck up on me this week. But I’ve seen so many other farms posting sign ups on instagram, that I know you guys must be wondering what’s going on with your fresh veggies.

I wanted to give everyone a chance to look at your calendars, plans, budgets, and coordinate with any housemates or neighbors if you are going to share the CSA with anyone.

“Vacation” doesn’t mean no work, it just means light days. I’ve been luxuriating in this rare time of year where I can lay in bed with a cup of coffee and the newspaper, every once in awhile just staring off into space when a farm idea starts to percolate in my brain. It’s such a privilege to have rest time, thinking time, planning time, and I’m grateful.

I ordered seeds and supplies, and put everything away. Now the frost blankets and protective mulch layers are at the farm doing all of the important work right now, keeping the overwintered veggies snug.

I’m still working on the crop plan. 3PH will be back to working full time this season and the shares will be more varied than last year. All of the details are not set in stone, though as I said above I did order all of the seeds before they got sold out. I updated the website (click here) with “what to expect” and I listed what’s on the tentative harvest plan, weather and bugs permitting. I’m keeping a couple of surprises up my sleeve though.

Since all of the dates are connected, working backwards from one or another major date on the calendar it came to me that CSA sign ups need to start today.

photo by Ben Cole

photo by Ben Cole

April 16 – the last frost date. Certain crops such as spinach and lettuce get planted 6 weeks before the last frost. Carrots and peas can get planted 8 weeks before the last frost. For crops that are transplanted in early April such as kale and collards, that means the greenhouse needs to be fired up no later than March 1.

May 3 and May 7 – the first harvest days for the 2022 CSA. That means **even the fastest growing vegetables** we harvest that week must be planted during the first week in April.

Feb 28 – the last day return members can sign up and claim a spot I’ll save for you before I open it up to people on the waiting list. As always, payments won’t be due until the week before the first pick up. Splitting the payment into three checks is still an option.

As you now know, I’m just sitting at home studying spreadsheets while over caffeinated so do email if you have questions about this season,
Gail

photo by Tyler Grigsby

 

 

Fill out the google form by Feb 28

photo by Tyler Grigsby

Return CSA members (from 2020 or 2021) may sign up using this google form through February 28.
You’ll get payment instructions (for full payment by April 30 or split payment options if you choose) and an orientation email.

Any open slots will be offered to folks on the waiting list on March 1.

The 2022 season will go from May – Nov, and is divided between spring, summer and fall sessions.

SPRING session: May 3/ 7 – June 21/ 25 (8 wks = $245) 

SUMMER session: July 12/ 16 – Aug 30/ Sept 3 (8 wks = $245) 

FALL session: Sept 13/ 17 – Nov 15/ 19 (10 wks = $310)

half share option (pick up regular box every other week)

Note: this year pick ups are on Tuesdays (porch) or Saturdays (market style)

you are not charged for the three skip weeks: week before and week after July 4th, week of Labor Day

 

photo by Tyler Grigsby

2022 harvest plan

Apples, arugula, asian pears, beans, beets, bok choi, cabbage, carrots, collard greens, cucumbers, flowers, garlic, herbs, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, melons, okra, onions, peas, pea shoots, peaches, peppers, potatoes, radishes, scallions, spicy mix, seedlings, spinach, sweet potato greens, tat soi, tomatoes, turnips, winter squash, yokatta na, zucchini.

 

 

 

photo by Tyler Grigsby

Here’s my soap box at the end: supporting local farmers is one of the most critical things you can do for the environment, and for your local economy. You vote with your consumer power and that choice is, unfortunately, necessary to counteract what’s happening over at the USDA and in the capitalist economy.

Many options are available, but not all of them will work for your family and that’s ok.

Make the right choice but please do make a choice.

If there is one criteria that I can emphasize this year as being of utmost importance, it is buying DIRECTLY FROM BLACK FARMERS. Not to be too flippant, but we kind of need 2022 to be the year when people move beyond posting quotes on social media and start making an active investment into our Black owned businesses.

Be wary of organizations that say they support Black farmers but don’t buy from us. Shy away from non-profits who accrue lots of grant money to do technical assistance but it doesn’t trickle down to our bank accounts.

Find someone close to you who has a market or CSA pick up date that fits your demanding school and work schedule. Create community around the experience, and take it as an opportunity to get reacquainted with your kitchen.

I dream of nourishing your family, and there’s space for 100 CSA members to sign up this year with 3PH.

Three other farms I highly recommend:
Deep Roots Farm – they have a CSA and attend three markets each week including FRESHFARM Dupont Circle on Sundays
Dodo Farm – they attend two weekend FRESHFARM markets, including Silver Spring on Saturday and Dupont Circle on Sundays
Mighty Thundercloud Edible Forest – for anyone in Virginia, Thelonius has veggies for you!

Treat yourself to a cookbook for the season’s journey. I’m a big fan of:
– I flipped through Jubilee at a friend’s house. I haven’t made any of the recipes yet, but going through it and enjoying the cookies he made, it seems like a good one to dive into this year.
– Michael Twitty, who’s anthology/ cookbook Rice is available at Politics & Prose
– JuJu Harris, who’s cooking bible “
Healthy and Homemade” has a recipe for every week that is dedicated to helping veggies growin in the mid-atlantic shine
– I follow the cooking blogs SmittenKitchen and Cookie and Kate. Buying the cookbooks are worth it, but the online recipes are all tried and true, delicious and easy to make.
– The DC library actually has some pretty great cookbooks as well.