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National CSA Day is February 23!

It is officially time to start thinking of summer! Why would anyone want to start doing that already, you ask? The reason is that Friday, February 23 is National CSA Day! It was officially inaugurated in 2015 as the last Friday in February.

Last year, Nature’s Pathways was happy to do our part in helping promote our local farmers who give us the freshest and best produce and meats from their fields, with lots of hard labor on their part. This year we would like to do the same by giving our readers as much information as we can on which farms have CSA shares, types of shares, what they sell and where to find them. We encourage individuals and families to check out local farms because it is the best way to get to know who grows your food. You can also find out how they manage pests, if they use a fungicide if it is hard to grow a particular crop in Wisconsin, how they enrich their soils and even, “What do I do with 4 pounds of ground cherries (or other crop)?” Trust me, your farmer knows every which way to prepare their food!

There are also farms that have CSA shares of meat. It’s important to discover if the animal has enough space to move about, does it eat its natural diet or is it grain-fed, will insecticides be applied to stop bothersome insects, and even how does it go to butchering day?

Each one of us has our own individual concerns about what goes into the food our families eat, and not all farms are created equal. By getting to know who is growing your food, you can ask the farmer directly and find out if you are comfortable with their methods.

In regard to both produce and meat, you can be assured of the freshness of local food as it is not picked before it is ripe and gassed with ethylene gas or irradiated. As always, if you have questions, just ask!

We need your help!

Nature’s Pathways wants to highlight area farms that offer farm share programs to share the wealth of nourishment with our readers!

If you are a local farm that participates in farmers markets and/or offers a farm share program, and are interested in being featured in Nature’s Pathways magazine, please email Karen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 

Check out these local CSA farm share programs!

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Fox Cities Farm LLC

W2594 County Road JJ

Kaukauna

920-585-4315

www.foxcitiesfarm.com

 

Downtown Appleton Farm Market - Saturdays, Neenah Farmers Market - Saturdays, on-farm store

Full Share every week, Full Share every other week, Fall Add-on Share

A variety of staple vegetables/fruits, occasional heirloom/odd varieties, varieties selected for flavor, canned items, recipe suggestions

Small farm located two miles east of Appleton North High School. All crops/tree fruits produced using organic growing methods focused on soil health. Items from other local farms added for CSA box diversity. Our small orchard of fruits/berries is beginning to bear, and we are adding more perennial fruits every year. On-farm store offers produce, pork, poultry and eggs. All animal products are pasture raised.

Park Ridge Organics

N8410 Abler Road, Fond du Lac

920-979-9658

parkridgeorganics.com

 

Downtown Appleton 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!

The G Farm

9328 Manu Road

Larsen

920-268-2856

www.theg.farm

 

On farm each Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Online sales delivered Tuesdays.

Possibly the Neenah Farmers Market.

8 pounds with or without eggs, or 16 pounds with or without eggs.

The first Tuesday of each month you will receive your share of pastured meats delivered right to your door. Beef, pork, chicken and turkey are included in the share. Check online to find our food shed or delivery zip codes (in the FAQ section).

We raise animals as they were intended to grow in nature. Cows do not get grain, they do not have a crop. Chickens, pigs, turkey and all of the other animals are raised on pasture and each serves a purpose in building the soil and the ecosystem on The G Farm. Stop by the farm and learn about your food, your farmer and the systems these animals are raised in.

Triple B Produce

E6501 Mickel John Road

New London

920-427-9435

www.triplebproduce.com

 

Shares can be picked up at the farm and we also deliver to Waupaca, New London, Shopko in Appleton, Anytime Fitness West and Bulk Food Store in Greenville.

Full, Half, Bi-weekly Full share, Egg Share.

Green beans, beets, peas, sweet corn, kale, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, broccoli, leeks, peppers, kohlarabi and more!

We practice companion planting, which is a natural way to produce bigger and better harvests. We offer eggs and pick-your-own beans, tomatoes and cucumbers. Our shares are available for 14 weeks during the growing

season.

 

 

 

 

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