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  • August 2017
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We support Community Supported Agriculture!

“Our deep respect for the land and its harvest is the legacy of generations of farmers who put food on our tables,preserved our landscape and inspired us with a powerful work ethic.” —James H. Douglas, Jr.

Summer is in its final stretch now, and many people are out enjoying the great warm weather and taking advantage of sunny days to relax, enjoy outdoor family gatherings travel all over Wisconsin to see the beauty of our great state. Farmers, on the other hand, are busy during this prime harvest season gathering the bounty of their fields and planning ahead for the following year’s crops.

Nature’s Pathways wants to say thank you to the farmers who work year-round to provide not only for their families but for us, the community.

We depend on local farms to provide us with the freshest, nutrient-packed foods that are far superior to the produce that is picked before it is truly ripe because it has to take a 1,000-mile train or truck ride to get here. Sometimes it sits for another week before it gets to the grocery store shelves waiting for us to buy it. With that being said, who hasn’t noticed the difference between a juicy, sweet apple picked off a tree as opposed to the apple you buy at the supermarket from Washington or New York? The taste and nutritional value don’t compare.

We also must thank our readers for participating in local CSA and farm share programs and for finding them at farmers markets in the area. If you haven’t yet participated in a CSA, now is the time to be looking ahead to 2018! If you found yourself at your weekly farmers market buying the majority of your vegetables and fruits, maybe it is time to look into the option of having weekly deliveries of the best seasonal produce, even stepping outside of your comfort zone and preparing new vegetables that are foreign to you.

I personally never ate kale until a couple years ago. Why? Because my mother never bought it or prepared it. When I worked at Wendy’s in high school, kale was the big green leaves I had to pack over the ice on the salad bar for looks. I never thought of it as a food. Now I can’t be without it. Whether it is oven roasted with a little olive oil and garlic, or dehydrated coated with a cashew, lemon and nutritional yeast paste — which makes it crunchy just like a chip — or even sautéed with my morning eggs. I can thank local farmers for introducing me to one of my now favorite vegetables!

It is not too late (or too early) to have a conversation with local farmers about the programs they have available next year. They accommodate all family sizes so don’t be afraid if you are a family of three or a family of eight. If you gained anything from our Nature’s Pathways “We support Community Supported Agriculture!” series we hope it is that farmers are devoted to their way of life and sharing it with everyone they can to make a difference, even though it means they do all the work.

Thank you!

—Karen Grams

Check out these local CSA farm share programs!

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Burr Oak Gardens, LLC

W5511 County Road B, Rio

920-992-3643

burroakgardens.com

CSA pick up sites located near Appleton North High School and at Goodwill North Central Wisconsin in Menasha on Thursdays, June 15 through October 26 (20-week season).

Mini share, Basic share, Double share, Double Every-other-week and Late Fall Storage share.

Fruits, vegetables, herbs. Honey available as an add-on in the fall.

We are certified organic through Midwest Organic Services Assocation (MOSA). We have been delivering to the Fox Cities since 2010. Our farm uses sustainable practices to produce wonderful vegetables and a few annual fruits that are suitable for growing in Wisconsin. We are always astonished by what mother nature does with a little rain, a little soil and a lot of light.

Field Notes Farm

1579 Church Street, Stevens Point

262-224-6027

fieldnotesfarm.com

Downtown Appleton Farm Market, Saturdays 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.;

Future Neenah Farm Market, Saturdays 8 a.m.-noon;

Downtown Stevens Point Farm Market, Saturdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m.;

Pulse Young Professional's Bazaar After Dark.

Every week and every other week pick up, mid-June through mid-November.

Summer season is 18 weeks + 4 weeks of fall storage season. Each share is 3/4 bushel with 9, 11, 18 or 22-week pickups.

Work shares and Farm Artist shares available.

A variety of 8-15 household favorite vegetables each week, including weekly herb and

occasional fruits and apple cider.

We are certified organic and take pride in farming with a focus on soil health, building community and transparency. Each share features a newsletter with a story from the farmers, a list of the share's contents and simple recipes. We also have an orchard of peach, plum, pear and apricots. In the fall, we press apple cider to be fermented. We have a 5-month payment plan for our shares. Pick up sites in Appleton, Neenah, Amherst, Stevens Point and Plover.

Good Earth Farm

W8965 Oak Center Road, Oakfield

920-517-6727

goodearthfarm.net

Fond du Lac Downtown Saturday Market from 8 a.m.-noon.

Summer season CSA: Weekly Large, Medium, Small and Every-other-week shares from June through October.

Winter season CSA: November through February.

Mushroom shares and fruit add-ons available. Weekly newsletter, The ComPost, with news from the farm, great vegetable info, recipes and more!

We are a certified organic vegetable farm offering vegetable shares to the Fox Valley and surrounding areas. Our CSA is a fantastic opportunity to eat with the seasons and purchase locally from farmers who use sustainable and environmentally responsible farming methods. We offer many opportunities to see where your food grows, meet the farmers and have fun on the farm!

Oakridge Farms

125 County Road CB, Neenah

920-725-1541

oakridgeberries.com

Appleton Downtown Farm Market, Saturdays 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Standard share, Half share and Market share.

Fruits and vegetables.

We are a family farm growing fruits and vegetables using sustainable farming methods. We focus on building soil health and using minimal chemical inputs on our fruit crops. We offer summer CSA shares, pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries and blackberries and offer a daily farm stand open mid-June through September.

Park Ridge Organics

N8410 Abler Road, Fond du Lac

920-979-9658

parkridgeorganics.com

Appleton Downtown Farm Market, Saturdays 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (our stand is on College Ave. in front of McKinney Photography).

Our on-farm store is open Monday to Saturday from June through October.

Full, Half and Quarter shares offered every week for 20 weeks (June through October). Late season shares (November and December), Winter Storage shares (January and February).

Vegetables, mushrooms, eggs (available for farm pickup only), pasta and herbs.

Park Ridge Organics has been certified organic since our beginning in 2003. It is a second-owned farm providing produce to over 300 members each season. Our farm grows high quality produce and takes strong measures to ensure food safety. With over 14 years of growing experience and soil management, our produce flavor is exceptional!

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