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Shakefork CSA sign-ups happening now!

Posted 2/2/2017 2:29pm by Melanie & Kevin Cunningham.

Greetings, everyone!

We enjoyed the recent break in the weather and a hint of spring just around the corner.  It sure takes a lot of imagination to recall summer's abundance when the farm looks like this:

Winter flooding in the pasture and garden from Cummings Creek....

Water in the boots is always a treat!

In general, flooding has been milder this winter, thanks to the earthworks we put in place last season.  We're still harvesting from the garden for the Arcata winter market and have only been deterred by flood water once.  Thankfully our road is still in great shape, and we've maintained our access, even during flooding events.

We've been staying busy, as always.  Our two Jersey mommas calved in January, so we're milking again and processing ghee a couple times a week.  We've had the momma cows, their new calves, and our two oxen teams in the barn all winter, collecting manure for next season's compost.  It doesn't take long to build up a lot (literally, tons) of fertility!  We like to say that we are ox-powered in more ways than one.

Our golden Ghee, one of our favorite ingredients...

Golden ghee, great for cooking veggies in.

In January, we started our first rounds of sugar snap peas, and yesterday we finished sowing 18,000 onions.  Next it's peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, broccoli and more, all vegetables that will appear in CSA boxes and on our market tables throughout the season.  Although summer's abundance may seem far away, the seeds are literally being sown on these blustery, wintry days.

The year's onions begin here...

The start of 18,000 onions.

If you're thinking about purchasing a CSA share, now's the time to sign up.  We're investing in the season ahead, hiring employees, purchasing bulk soil for the greenhouse, mineral amendments, and seeds - all big expenses at a time of year when your farmers experience very little cash flow.  CSA members play a crucial role in providing upfront support at a time when it is most needed.  A leap of faith, we know, and we are honored and humbled by your commitment and belief in us!

Print a member agreement form HERE.

You can find details about our CSA program, including what's in a share HERE.

We recently processed our older hens and now have stewing hens available at the Saturday market, or by appointment at the farm.  They are delicious, with a rich, yellow fat - perfect for nourishing winter soups.  They range from 3-5# and cost $3/lb.

Our website also recently received a makeover.  It's still a work in progress, but we feel it captures the energy and mission of our farm.  Let us know what you think.  http://shakeforkcommunityfarm.com/

In gratitude, your farmers,

Melanie and Kevin Cunningham