Last year I worked hard at developing our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. I tried to grow a large range of vegetables and herbs for the shares each week. I delivered the shares to Maple Avenue Market in Vienna each Saturday where the share holders picked up their bags and also did some other shopping at the market.
This year we are scaling back the vegetable operation in order to devout time and care to the soon-to-be planting of apple trees and the peach, pear, plum and cherry trees we planted last year. My plan is start out slow and add different vegetable plantings as time permits. I currently have planned tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers for the high tunnel. In the garden I planted garlic last fall, which is already up and growing. I plan to add squash, lettuce, beans and peas. I hope to do a few more items but I am leaving my options open depending on how the spring tree planting goes.
I plan to deliver the produce to Maple Avenue Market again for direct sale or to be part of Chris’ in-store CSA that he is offering. If you have not heard, he is selling shares for $300 for $400 of produce. You can pick and choose what vegetables make up your share by what is available at the store. I think it is a great idea and I hope I can contribute some healthy Certified Naturally Grown to your share choices this year at Maple Avenue Market.
I also want to try some personalized farm-to-home selling of produce. My idea is let you all know what is fresh for the week and take your order for produce. I will take the order via email or phone and then I want to try and deliver it direct to you as soon as I return to Vienna, or if you are in the Monterey area, whenever we can arrange a time. Obviously there are limits to this idea but I would like to give it a try. So when you see something ripe that you would like to try, give me a call and I will deliver!