It’s not too late – but it is first-come, first-served

I know, I know: hurry up and wait. The story of (some parts of) our lives.

Join, Join, Join the CSA! By the April 15th Deadline! It’s coming soon! Watch out! Here it comes!

It’s passed, it’s passed! It came! It went!

And there’s still time and room to sign up???

Yes.

So what was the big rush???

Let me see if I can lay this out without shooting myself right in the foot. Or shooting you in the foot. Or turning you off entirely.

The last few years, maybe, “the rush” has been off. (There, the secret’s out). We’ve been able to accept more CSA shareholders each and every year (this is good for us all: you and me.) We’ve been able to accommodate all interest brought our way.

 

First and foremost, let me say a great thank you to the many CSA shareholders who have committed already. Who have paid already. Who have started on their payment plan already. Your confidence and participation in this CSA process is greatly appreciated and much valued by all of us.

 

we are only

half way to where

we want to be

with shareholders

right now.

 

…so…

is the CSA half full,

or half empty??

 

Depends, maybe, on who’s looking at the checkbook! Some days it seems half full, others half empty! This also depends greatly on how strong my belief is that we will build our shareholder numbers and fill our CSA to a sustainable level ~ some days, frankly, my faith can be shakey! Some days it seems half full, others half empty!

 

We do need to get to a decent carrying capacity,

to a good critical mass!

 

I am an “old-school” CSA farmer. I believe as strongly in the theory of CSA as the practice of CSA.

What do I mean by this?? (many, many things)

 

From our CSA brochure:

 

“This CSA brings you and us, the Farm and the food, together. Our CSA is both a concept and practice. This requires mutual trust, understanding and flexibility. You support stewardship of the farm and food when you buy a share of the upcoming harvest. As partners in community and agriculture, we pledge to share the benefits of abundance and the risks of failure. We will all do our best to nurture this Vegetable CSA this season.”

 

You support stewardship of the farm and food when you buy a share of the upcoming harvest.

 

The CSA model calls for payment in advance, in anticipation of the growing season ahead. This commitment and payment in advance of the harvests allows us to better mitigate our planning, expenses, energy, and risks too. (The vast majority of all our farm expenses occur in the first four months of the year, excepting labor costs.)

 

this is not “just” a pre-buy program

 

We have (only) approximately 1.5 full-time people working the Swier Family Farm (during the actual growing season, that is). We have to be very economical with our time and energy. And very, very economical with any time and energy spent on the Farm, period. Does this mean we are a lean, mean, streamlined machine? Not quite. But we do get an absolutely fantastic amount of work done on very small acreages, with very few steady helping hands.

 

You support stewardship of the farm and food when you buy a share of the upcoming harvest.

 

So… as an old-school CSA farmer, trying to do what’s best for our CSA as a whole… how do I best convey what I’m attempting to express?? (I’m realizing that my time on the computer right now is limited, and that I will not be back to the computer for another three days, at best…. I’ll have to re-address this later…)

 

One year we got a sign-up at the end of one season for the next season! At the final CSA delivery of 2011, we were paid for the 2012 season!

 

(I’ve read about this happening in large urban settings. CSA membership is soooo “competitive”. It sounds almost dreamy!)

 

That vote of confidence in our CSA was really inspiring. Absolutely confirming.

 

And that shareholder has been with us ever since. And we are ever-grateful too.

 

also from our CSA brochure:

 

We will all do our best to nurture this Vegetable CSA this season.

 

We try very hard to accommodate any and all interest in our CSA. We have payment plans by which we try to comfortably match different people’s different budgets. We have worked to make it work for people, year after year.

 

and I’ll have to better complete this post later!

 

got organic?

OF COURSE!

 

 

The Swier Family Farm in 2014

 

sff3drawing
The Swier Family Farm is a small, family farm located in Remus, MI. We farm organically, though we are not certified. All food and flowers are grown by us on our farm. We deliver all produce to central drop-off locations. We offer both a Vegetable and Mushroom CSA Share
.
 
This CSA brings you and us, the Farm and the food, together. Our CSA is both a concept and practice. This requires mutual trust, understanding and flexibility. You support stewardship of the farm and food when you buy a share of the upcoming harvest. As partners in community and agriculture, we pledge to share the benefits of abundance and the risks of failure. We will all do our best to nurture this CSA this season.

We’re into “open enrollment” for our CSA,

first-come, first-served

from this point forward.

 

 

thank you!

 

 

(links to the sign-up forms can be found below)

 

 

csa crate in july

 

The Vegetable CSA costs $440 (a half share is $270: I’d instead recommend you find a “crate mate”). For 18 weeks, June through September you receive a 4 – 20 pound assortment of fresh vegetables and limited flowers. This is approximately 1-3 grocery bags worth. The quantity and variety will vary seasonally.

for a CSA Veggie sign-up, click:

 

2014-csa-veggie-flyer

 

 

DSCN0778

 

 

Picture 020

 

 

The Mushroom CSA costs $30. You will receive 1/2 pound, 6 times in 2014 (for 3 pounds total). We cultivate shiitake in natural logs, wine caps in certified organic straw, and oyster mushrooms in “totem logs”. We also offer storage, preparation, and recipe ideas.

 

 

for a CSA Mushroom sign-up, click:

 

2014 Swier Family Farm Mushroom Community Supported Agriculture

 

 

Picture 132

 

 

You can find out more online at:

 

 

swierfamilyfarm.wordpress.com

 

 

or give us a call, tel #989-382-5436

 

Questions??

Concerns??

Just be in touch.

 

thank you!

 

 

 

 

below you’ll find (approximately) 120,000 ‘words’ about what’s ahead

 

enjoy!

 

 

crates harvested from field - late June 2012 csa crate in july harvest 11 (still missing onions, garlic, edamame, salad mix), 20 pound mark! july 2nd 2013 harvest from field csa share 7/9/13 full share harvest crate #3, 8/29/13 full share harvest crate #2, 8/29/13 Picture 003 harvest #12, 2013 sample full crate: Oct 10 2013 Picture 004 full share Oct 31 2013 full share harvest crate Thursday 29 August 2013 csa crate in july

DSCN0778 suns & amaranth aug 2013 august 2013, first week loaded in van, ready to roll  Picture 010 Picture 012 Picture 159 2013 suns & amaranth aug 2013 sunflowers aug 2013  august 2013, first week DSCN0778 loaded in van, ready to roll

Salad Mix - We combine several lettuce types, kale, chard and beet tops, every week it's a little different.

Baby Chard, can be eaten raw or lightly cooked.  It ususally has a red stem and veins and the texture of spinach.

garlic scape photo basil in field June 20, 2012 swiss chard in field cukes - Poona Khera and few Marketmore - August 2012 DSCN0790 eggplant late Aug 2012 many melons, late aug 2012 sept 12 2012 035 brussel sprouts - fall 2012 Picture 017 storage cabbages, oct 2012 chinese cabbage broccoli October 2012 radishes October 2012 sum squash 001 Picture 122 patty pan summer squash Picture 077 Picture 112 turnips, cleaned!, aug 2013 Picture 153 Picture 156 Picture 009 Picture 030 Picture 036 Picture 032 Picture 044 Picture 063

Picture 132 shiitake on log July 14 2012 Picture 013 ruffled, layered oyster mushrooms May 3, 2013 Picture 046 Picture 023 Picture 020 Picture 132 Picture 054 Picture 046 Picture 047 early august 2013 Picture 003 Picture 053 Picture 054 Picture 016 ruffled, layered oyster mushrooms May 3, 2013 shiitake on log July 14 2012 early spring 2012 - shiitake early spring 2012 - oyster mushroom

puddle jumpers, Allma & Ila

sometimes hands-n-knees processing salad mix

David loving on the garlic

Three Swier generations joining in the harvest (I'm taking the photo;-)

Kathryn and Ryan on their way for a water break

 

Ryan, Chris and Ben bagging produce on a harvest dayWashing harvested vegetables and greens

farmphotosgarlic10 029 processing food and filling crates - 2011 Picture 003 lunch on a harvest day Picture 007 Jack (NRCS fall 2012) I mean muddy Copy of Picture 033 Picture 007 Picture 030 Janek weeding, 2013 hello all! june 2013 farmphotosgarlic10 001 Picture 005 Picture 002 Picture 071 Picture 003 Picture 030 Picture 049 clipping garlic necks, in the shade 2013 chatting at the party, garlic party 2013 chatting while clipping, many smiles, much work, garlic 2013 Janek sept 2013 Janek, bundled, Oct 29 2013 Picture 013

Picture 147 1 quart pure honey, $9.00, sept 2013 bee frames 2013 bees frames in box 2013 Picture 043 2013 DSCN3729

About these ads

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Marg on April 19, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Did you get my check for veggies and mushrooms? I didn’t send the order form because I don’t have a printer. Hoped you would remember me.

    Understand you won’t have honey this year?

    Ever going to have pigs for sale again?

    Margaret

    Reply

    • yes, thank you, got your payments. I always do remember you Margaret! I have been meaning to email all with confirmations and you’ve reminded me. We will likely have some honey this fall – limited quantities. Pork, likely not (unless some piglets fall into my lap soon). I looked hard into producing more pork this growing season, and have opted not too. Though I do truly enjoy raising the pigs, a lot, I am limiting and focusing my efforts again this season.

      thank you Margaret,

      Chris Swier

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 57 other followers

%d bloggers like this: