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CSA Week #13

Posted on August 7th, 2020 by Bonnie and Rudy Geber

Whew! Lot's of picking this week! So much that we're doing some bulk orders, we'll include some information at the bottom in case any of you are interested in a bulk order in addition to your pick up tomorrow. We will likely begin to include some 10lb boxes of tomatoes next week into our harvest estimate that you can add on to your box if you'd like to can...or just really eat a lot of tomatoes!

Let's see, other big updates from this week? Well, we pulled all of our onions. Our method is to pull them out of the ground after most of the tops have either died back or fallen over. Then we let them dry out in the field for a couple of days before moving them to a curing area that's covered with good airflow. The key is that we have to finish cleaning up our garlic so IT can first vacate that curing area! We definitely set a personal farm record for tomatoes harvested, when you factor in all of the cherries, beefsteaks, and heirlooms, we (ahem...almost entirely Rudy) picked about 600lbs this week!! So you can understand our worry over finding a home for them all, that's quite a bit more than we move in a typical week. At the moment, we still have a little bit of bulk tomatoes left, some carrots, and a lot of beets. See below for more info. 

Have a great day, and remember to swing by to grab your produce box at your pick up site either tomorrow or Friday. 

Cheers, Bonnie & Rudy


Calling all Canners! We've got an abundance of certain crops and are offering bulk orders at bulk prices.

If you are interested in ordering any of the following items, please email us at with:
1) What you'd like
2) How many lbs (note the minimum order amounts!)
3) Where you'll pick up, at the Farmers Market on Thursday at the Chamber, 3-7 OR on Farm pickup (13 miles North of town on Hwy. 37) on Friday afternoon, 2-5.

We'll send you back a confirmation email with your total cost included. We do have a lot of these items, but aren't really sure how much demand there will be for bulk quantities, so when they're out, they're least for this week, we'll see as the season goes on and will let you know if more bulk opportunities arise!

Beets - Minimum order 10lbs
Cost: $2.50/lb up to 20 lbs, over 20lbs cost is $2/lb
(beets are topped and rinsed)

Carrots - Minimum order 5lbs
Cost: $2/lb
(carrots are topped and rinsed, mostly orange with some rainbow carrots included)

Tomatoes: Minimum order 10lbs
Cost: $2/lb
(Tomatoes are a mix of Big Beef and New Girl, vine ripened and freshly picked)

All of our produce is locally grown using organic methods.
As usual, we'll be at the Farmer's Market on Thursday with these and many more items!

PS. Fun facts for those considering canning (from National Center for Home Food Preservation)!
Beets - Whole, Cubed or Sliced
Quantity: An average of 21 pounds (without tops) is needed per canner load of 7 quarts; an average of 13-1/2 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints.

Tomatoes - Whole or halved
Quantity: An average of 22 pounds is needed per canner load of 7 quarts; an average of 14 fresh pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints.

Carrots - Sliced or Diced
Quantity: An average of 17-1/2 pounds (without tops) is needed per canner load of 7 quarts; an average of 11 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints.