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It’s CSA Day!

Every day is CSA day in my world, but … Small Farm Central organizes a more official CSA Day each year to promote CSA sign ups, and today’s the day.

Our local twist on CSA Sign Up Day is the CSA Guild’s Local CSA Farm Open House on Sunday, March 19, 2017, 2-5 pm at Clyde Iron. If you’d like to meet the people who will be growing your food for this season, this is your opportunity to interview the contestants — er, farmers– face to face. Or, you can quietly gather business cards and then order a beer. It’s up to you.

One more date to make note of if you’re considering Stone’s Throw Farm CSA: March 15 is the deadline for our wildly popular Early Bird Discount. Sign up or just check out the details here.

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2016csa guild posterIf you’re still looking for someone to grow your produce this season, get the story straight from the farmer’s mouth:  stop by the CSA Open House at Clyde Iron on Sunday, March 20, from 2:00-5:00 pm. Check out the various offerings and find a CSA share that’s right for you.

More info about the open house is available here and here.

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We had a good turnout at the Local CSA Farm Open House on Friday — the first official day of spring. It was especially nice to see a few of our dedicated customers who stopped by to say hi. We picked up some new members but still have 6 Stone’s Throw Farm CSA shares available, so if you’re still shopping for a CSA, check out our share options on our online sign-up form. If you have any questions, just let me know. Thanks! I’ll post something here when we’re sold out of shares.

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2015csa guild poster-page-001Stop by and see me at the Local CSA Farm Open House on Friday, March 20, 2015, 5:00 – 7:30 pm at Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W Michigan St, Duluth.

You can sign up for a Stone’s Throw Farm CSA share at the event, or find another CSA that suits your needs.

All of the farmers contribute local food and/or goods for a great raffle — the winner will be pulled from the hat at 7:30 pm, right before Farmers Take the Stage starts in the same venue! Stick around and let the farmers entertain you.

The CSA Open House is FREE. Farmers Take the Stage costs $10 and benefits the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association.

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Front row, left to right: Rick & Karola Dalen, Northern Harvest Farm; Heather-Marie Bloom, Rising Phoenix Community Farm; Janna Goerdt, Fat Chicken Farm; Sarah Weik, YKer Acres; Lise Abazs, Round River Farm. Back row, left to right: Dave Hanlon, Food Farm; Charlie Kersey, La Finca, Janaki, John, & Jane Fisher-Merritt, Food Farm; me (Catherine Conover, Stone's Throw Farm); Matt Weik, YKer Acres. Unable to attend (but with us in spirit): Chelsea Morning Farm, Good Nature Farm, and Hermit Creek Farm.

Largely due to the example the Food Farm set early on and their great reputation among consumers in our community, as well as their efforts to educate, encourage and mentor beginning farmers, many new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms have sprung up in recent years. There are now 11 vegetable CSA farms that I know of in the Lake Superior region.

We have five vegetable CSAs running in Wrenshall alone. Rick and Karola Dalen began their farm business, Northern Harvest Farm, at the Food Farm in 2005, and I learned at the Food Farm in 2008 and 2009 before starting Stone’s Throw Farm in 2010 across the road from Northern Harvest. Matt and Sarah Weik started YKer Acres just a few miles away the same year I started farming on my own. Heather-Marie Bloom interned at Northern Harvest Farm and is now running her business, Rising Phoenix Community Farm, on my land. So it seemed appropriate to me when Rick and Janaki Fisher-Merritt of the Food Farm invited the rest of us to meet at the Food Farm on March 17 to talk about how we CSA farmers could work together for the benefit of us all and of the community as a whole.

We talked about some common challenges and possible solutions, and also threw out some “big ideas” about organizing and effecting change in our communities. What this group ends up doing and looking like remains to be seen, but it’s exciting to me that we (almost) all got together and started officially working together.

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Thanks to John Myers and Bob King of the Duluth News Tribune for the nice article about CSA in today’s paper!

Click here for information about purchasing a summer CSA share.

Check out the photos below for a look around the farm. The winter rye is going to town in the hoophouses and starting to green up in the field. The only problem is, the chickweed and other spring weeds love the warm weather, too!

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