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CSA 2021 Updates

Welcome to CSA 2021!

Thank you for your commitment to eat fresh, eat healthy, and eat local! We sure are excited, and honored, to be chosen as YOUR farmers for the upcoming season!! We’ve got some changes coming this year, including a new CSA software (goodbye Harvie!), and we’re excited. This blog post will serve as a hub for our CSA family to receive weekly updates as we Countdown to June … count down to the first week of June, what we anticipate to be the start of our 2021 CSA Program! Feel free to check back here each Monday to see how things are going and to get our latest news and updates.

January 11 …

Thank you to all who have already signed up and have chosen to take advantage of our best offer of the year, an early sign up savings of $50 AND your choice of a $25 VonThun Farm gift card or a pair of farm season passes (valid for both of our farm locations) if paid for in full by January 15. Unfortunately we were not able to ask which incentive you prefer (gift card or season passes) through our online sign up, but no worries … we’ll reach out to you to get your preference soon after our early sign up incentive period is over. Oh, and we’re excited to share that we found a new CSA software we hope to use to replace Harvie. We have a meeting with a software rep later this week to see if the software is the right fit for our program … stay tuned!

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January 18 …

Oh, what we’d do for a real, ripe, homegrown tomato right now!! That picture is mouthwatering, isn’t it?  This mild winter weather sure has us all thinking about spring. What about you??! The guys are consumed in all kinds of winter projects, from fixing tractors and horse fence to building a new chicken house and painting wagons. BUT, the project we’re most excited about is our new CSA software system called Farmigo. Tim has been busy for days inputting, uploading, downloading, and tweaking … and it’s almost ready! Once compete on our end, you’ll be able to manage your CSA shares via your own online account. Cindy has been busy creating a new CSA Handbook filled with online account how-to’s, CSA expectations, and a special how to use, store, and freeze produce section. Oh, and if you wanted to take advantage of our early sign up incentives and haven’t paid in full yet (the deadline for full payments was Jan. 15), keep an eye on your inbox. We’ll be sending an email regarding that shortly! And since we’re counting down to the beginning of the CSA program in June, it’s only right to announce that it’s just 19 weeks away. There’s a lot that will happen in those 19 weeks, but it’ll be here before you know it!

Homegrown greenhouse tomatoes

January 25 …

And, we’re growing! A few tomato, pepper, and onion plants have been started in the greenhouse … the promise of a new season!! Those 3 crops take the longest to grow from seed to transplant, so they’re started much earlier than the other crops. BUT, it won’t be long until we start thinking about the start of those other crops too!

Although our early season CSA sign up with incentives offer is now over, we are still offering early season sign up with a $25 discount … so if you know of anyone who may be interested in joining CSA, let them know. And now that we’re using the Farmigo CSA software, we are able to offer a REFERRAL PROGRAM too! Just have your friend, neighbors, or family sign up for CSA and add your name where it asks how they heard of the CSA program … you’ll get a $20 farm market gift card. Yup, it’s that easy, and there is no limit of how many gift cards you can receive!

Homegrown Produce

February 1 …

Uugh, what a week this is going to be! We’re certainly not happy about ALL this snow. Although we do gladly welcome some snow each winter (it’s good for the soil & the farm dogs love it), this is just ridiculous. The guys were on ladders for over an hour in the height of the storm pushing snow off one of the greenhouses so it didn’t collapse.

Our new CSA software is now up & running … we worked out a few glitches, so now we just need to create online accounts for each of our members. Once we have that done we’ll share Farmigo with you … we think you’ll love it!

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February 8 …

The weather outside certainly is frightful, but the greenhouse is toasty warm so our little seedlings can grow! That’s always the case … we don’t see the coldest temps of the year until we start heating the greenhouses.

Our seedlings are growing well. We always put our newly planted tomato & pepper seed trays on heated mats to help get the seeds sprouted. The electric heat of the mats warm the soil where the roots grow, ultimately shortening germination time. Other crops that don’t take so long to germinate were started in between the recent snowfalls. They were started on the greenhouse floor without the heat mats, so they’ll take a little longer to germinate and grow. Those newly started crops include onions, leeks, shallots, & various lettuces.

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February 15 …

Not much has changed this week other than we are one week closer to the start of CSA … and we’ve sure got lots of growing to do between now & then. Tim has been busy with crop planning – spring can’t come soon enough!

The Farmigo staff has been creating the online accounts for CSA members that signed up via our online store before we started using our Farmigo software. They should be done any day.

Don’t forget about our new CSA Referral Program. Our early season sign up ($25 discount) ends March 15 … help your friend, neighbors, & family take advantage of those savings and you’ll get a $20 farm market gift card if they sign up & add your name where it asks how they heard about the CSA program. The best part? There’s no limit to how many gift cards you can receive! Pass this link along for all the CSA details.