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  • April 2018
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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.

By the time this article hits the newsstands we should be closing in on the temperatures around 50s or so in northeast Wisconsin. The days will be longer and we will have gained that extra hour from daylight saving time. Farm animals will be having babies, chickens will increase egg laying and plants started out in greenhouses will be getting hardened to the weather and closer to being planted outdoors. If you have not signed up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share there are probably still some farms looking for new members. If you are on the fence, keep reading and find out why you should consider a CSA. If you have already signed up, you are probably counting the days and hours until you can feast!

Maybe you want to bring out your inner farmer and join a work share where you can work hours on the farm doing various jobs in exchange for your weekly share. That will give you an added appreciation of what goes into the food you feed your family. If money is tight, search for the farms that offer this type of share. It doesn’t take much time, usually 3-5 hours a week, depending on the size of the share. This will be rain or shine, but well worth it.

Since small farms tend to use more sustainable practices than large conventional farms, they do less harm to the environment. For example, small farms tend to practice crop rotation, composting and other methods to enrich their soil, so the plants grown on their land have the most vitamins and nutrients to absorb as they are growing. This combined with the fact that they come to your table within 24 hours ensures that the vitamin content of the food is not compromised.

Most small farms avoid using poisonous herbicides and pesticides that are harmful to humans and other life. Did you know that traces of glyphosate, which is a main ingredient in toxic roundup, has been found in the umbilical cord of newborns? That is scary stuff.

We are aware that toxic chemicals often used in large conventional farms can enter our bodies through our largest organ, our skin, when it is sprayed out in the open or touch the plants. We can also ingest it through our stomachs since it is absorbed by the plants we eat. Have you ever thought about it being in the meat supply? What about the cows that graze on the grass? Or the chicken that eats the insects that ate the leaves of the sprayed plants? Sadly, we also see the effects in our dying bee populations.

The time is now to pay attention to our food supply and support the people who are working hard to make sure the food they provide their communities is clean, safe and they are not endangering the food chain or environment. You can start small by becoming a “locavore” and eating seasonal produce close to where you live. Learn how to can, freeze or dehydrate food for the winter months when produce is not available. Buy humanely raised meat of animals who had a chance to run, jump, dig and be out in the fresh air. All of these little things add up and will do a world of good for — well, our world.

 

Check out these local CSA farm share programs!

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Brookside Farms

5027 Hwy 41

Abrams

920-639-6100

www.brooksidefarmsllc.com

Green Bay Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturday Full, Half, Create-your-own and Sweet Share (honey and maple syrup) Wide variety of vegetables, apples, melons and herbs. Egg shares and canned shares available, too. We have a semi-load of beehives and produce raw honey and maple syrup. Organic practices are adhered to utilizing heirloom and non-GMO seeds whenever possible.

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.

Every week and every other week pick-up options.

Regular size starting at $285 and Micro shares starting at $145.

Household staples - carrots, lettuce heads, tomatoes, peas, zucchini, green beans, squash, onions and more. Also, apple cider, apples and herbs! We are a certified organic  and worker cooperative farm that takes 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.

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 Rd, 
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

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