some new-to-us varieties (and more!)

each year we like to try a number of new-to-us varieties.

often they’re recommended by a gardening friend or CSA shareholder.

or we’ll see something interesting in the market, give it a taste, and decide to grow it ourselves!

the experimenting and trialing is good, clean fun.

during the catalog season I’m always happily reminded of this quotation from:

The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love. Kristin Kimball. 2010.

(page 119) …. “If it had been left up to me, we would have grown one of everything from the catalogs that year. In the winter squash section alone, I underlined twelve intriguing varieties, including Candy Roaster, Turk’s Turban, Pink Banana, and something called Galeux d’Eysines, which the text told me meant “embroidered with pebbles.” The herb sections made me completely nuts. How could you not order one packet each of saltwort, sneezewort, motherwort, and Saint-John’s-wort, plus a sample of mad-dog skullcap, which the text said was once a folk remedy for rabies? At a buck a pop, how could you go wrong? The whole trick of seed catalogs is that they come into the house in the winter, when everything still seems possible and the work of growing things is too far in front of you to be seen clearly.”


here’s some of the new-to-us’s for 2016:


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bidwell casaba

Bidwell Casaba Melon


blondkopfchen tomato

Blondkopfchen Tomato TM406-20

cylindra beet

Cylindra Beet

just a few reminders!

This year, we will gladly and with great thanks offer a mushroom sampler (when in season) to any vegetable shareholders paying in full before March 20th.

We appreciate all your help spreading the word. We are looking for additional CSA members this season. Thanks for passing this post on!

looking forward to a great season ahead!

full share veggie crates ready for you

 here’s our 2016 CSA Brochure

(click on it)


here’s a single paged sign-up and payment form

(click on it)

Swier Family CSA 2016 Sign Up and Payment 

If you find that your computer opens the above documents with somewhat “off” formatting, scroll to the very top of the opened page and click on “enable editing”

sign ups, payments, deadline

cured garlic - ready for you! eggs not yet washed! pigs on pasture 2013swier family shiitakeDSCN6799

here is a collection of links to our website, helping to further explain some of what we do and how we do it:

our csa adventure

crate mate

Last year scholarship share donations helped 4 other families receive good food!

scholarship share

pastured pork

pastured eggs



a photo collage of our farm and farming!

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