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Sign up for a 2021 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Share today, and eat well this summer!

Stone’s Throw Farm Vegetable and Flower Shares are available now; sign up online or use our print and mail form.

Our Early Bird Discount gives you $15 off a Veggie CSA Share when you pay in full by March 15, 2021. Or, make an initial payment now and pay the remainder by June 1, 2021.

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Building SiteSince the beginning of Stone’s Throw Farm, Elden and I have been planning to build a house at the farm, “someday.” What was once a bare hay field is now home to hoophouses, a quonset-style garage/packing shed, a couple of small sheds, gardens, a deer-resistant fence, a bunch of antiquated farm machinery, and, coming soon, a house!

Slab-BackfilledSo far, we have an insulated slab. This is quite thrilling, trust me.

Elden sold our house in Duluth at the end of October and we’re house-sitting at my parents’ Wrenshall home for the winter (makes it sound like we’re doing them a favor, right?).

In reality, my parents not only help me at the farm all summer, they’re also helping us make the house at the farm a reality. Thanks, Mom and Dad.

Although progress on this year’s main farm improvement project — a potting shed/seed-starting greenhouse — was slowed by the more pressing concerns of getting a construction loan, selling the old house, and moving all of our stuff, that’s coming along, too. Previously I started seeds in my parents’ basement and devoted a large amount of hoophouse space to pots and trays all spring, so this will be a very welcome change next season. Some of our farm members chipped in a bit to help with this improvement — thanks!

I’ll officially wrap up the season on Wednesday when I deliver the Thanksgiving shares. I’m always thankful to switch gears at the end of the season and come inside for the winter, though this fall has been so warm so far, it’s almost unreal. I’m not complaining!

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One half share available

Update 4/25/15:  We’re now completely sold out of CSA shares for 2015. To be notified when shares go on sale for 2016, please send an email to stonesthrowmn at gmail.com. Thanks.

Due to some upgrades from half to full shares by our Stone’s Throw Farm members, we now have one half share left, but we’re sold out of full shares. If interested, you can go ahead and sign up for that half share online . . . the sign-ups are time-stamped so there’ll be no confusion about who got the last share. In the event that multiple people try to sign up for the same spot, I’ll let you know as soon as possible. Thanks.

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We’re now sold out of Stone’s Throw Farm half shares, but we do have 2 full CSA shares still available. To sign up, click here.

Little Virgin Tiger Moth

Little Virgin Tiger Moth

If you can’t handle a full share yourself, you might want to find someone to split it with. Many of our farm members do this, either alternating weeks (picking up the whole box every other week) or dividing the box between the 2 parties each week. Some “splitters” like to get together at the pick-up site or elsewhere to divide the contents of the box, but you don’t have to do that. Each box will have the name of the primary shareholder on it at the pick-up site each week, so we don’t mind if splitting shareholders take half of the produce out of their box and leave the other half for their co-shareholder to pick up later. It’s up to you how you split your share!

???????????????????????????????Spring has been kind to us so far . . . the fields are drying out at the farm and the forecast shows warm and sunny days ahead. You never know what will happen with the weather, of course, but right now I’m feeling optimistic. It’s a nice change after the last 2 years, when we had snow beyond this date.

???????????????????????????????It’s a good time to walk through the woods, because the trees and bushes haven’t leafed out and the ferns haven’t emerged. Once that happens, most of our woods is a dense tangle that is difficult to get through. And, treasures like this little skull are hidden from view.

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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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WingtipsInSnow

Recently at the farm, Elden & I noticed several signs of winged predators.

Yup, it’s that time of year again. Even though there’s still snow on the ground, it’s time to buy fresh, locally grown produce . . . it’s just not quite time to eat said produce. Sign up for your 2013 Stone’s Throw Farm CSA share now, and enjoy the fruit of our labor starting in mid-June.

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Soon the farm will be bustling again. I’ll start onions from seed next weekend . . . and once the work starts, there’s no stopping!

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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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