We barely think of winter anymore at the farm! While we are about half way through our winter share season, we have jumped right into planning for summer.
We opened the summer share enrollment in mid-January. If you missed signing up, you can still receive an early bird discount by paying in full before February 17. We are roughly 30% full at this early stage and we have new members joining us for the first time. Go here to sign up and reserve your carrots!
Seeds are arriving right on schedule, equipment is being repaired in the slower months as usual, and by early March the greenhouse will be the focus of attention.
As always, monitor our web page for news, watch your email for announcements, and ask questions if you need more information from us. We are looking forward to another great season in the Intervale!
Despite the brown grass, cold ground, and some snow and ice, we are preparing for our 2017 summer shares!
Running a large farm (58 acres) and managing over 600 CSA shares takes time and preplanning. We are always thinking months ahead to prepare plantings, harvests, and membership numbers. Signing up early, now, ensures that you have a CSA share for the summer; we have about a 30% turnover/new members every year and our CSA program is very popular!
Sending in payment, in full or in part, allows us to manage cash flow efficiently as well. Seeds have been ordered and are arriving daily. We repair and replace equipment during the winter. We do have year round staff–a smaller crew than in summer, but farm activities do not cease.
As an incentive and a thank-you for paying in full by 2/17/17, we offer a small discount on the share price. See the sign-up form here. You may also send in a deposit of $50 to reserve your share and pay the balance in three equal payments (due May 1, June 1, and July 1.) Alternatively, you may contact us to set up a monthly payment plan to fit your budget. For budget plans, we encourage you to set up automatic payments using your bank’s electronic “bill pay” system.
We hope to see you back for another bountiful summer of fresh, colorful, and organic produce. We love seeing both the old(er) faces as well as the new. Feel free to refer your friends and family…word-of-mouth is our best form of advertising and is the highest compliment we can receive.
As you might expect with several holidays on the calendar, there is a slight change in the winter pick-up schedule.
Thursday, December 22, is the final pick-up of 2016 for Group 2. If you have missed prior weeks you are welcome to come on Thursday to catch up.
There is no pick-up on Thursday, December 29.
The first pick-ups of 2017 will be January 5 (Group 1) and January 12 (Group 2.)
Happy New Year to our loyal members!
The Intervale is the worst kept secret in Burlington!
While the Intervale lands host several urban farms, the area is a hub of activity year round. Our CSA is the largest operation and creates the most traffic, but the Intervale is also a recreation area. Hiking and biking trails are numerous, runners are seen at all hours of the day, and bikers cruise through on their daily commutes.
The Intervale Center also is host to the very popular Summervale events which brings together local food producers, music, demonstrations, and community. Wintervale, while a victim of global warming some years, is another way to enjoy the Intervale land year round. Ski trails are groomed and the public is encouraged to use the area for snowshoeing, skiing, walking.
The Intervale Center is fundraising for a replacement snowmobile for grooming trails. You can participate in the effort by going here. In addition, there will be a trail work day on November 19, 9 a.m. to 12:00. If you are able to help out, sign up here. Meet at the Intervale Center and the group will head out.
ICF assists in hosting Wintervale activities. Also, when asked, many of our new CSA share members tell us they learned about ICF because they attend Summervale/Wintervale or they run or bike through the Intervale and see activity.
In the end, all the programs in the Intervale are related in one way or another. And they all work because our members can’t keep secrets!
The final summer pick-ups for the 2016 summer share are next week, October 24 and 27.
We’ve had a great season and are already starting to plan for 2017. To help us, please fill our our summer survey here if you have not done so already. Paper copies are also available at pick-up.
In the meantime, we are gearing up for our 2016-17 winter share which starts on November 3! We waste no time changing seasons and produce offerings. The winter greens have been planted and will be ready by the time we have to close up fields.
We are 96% subscribed for our winter share! You have time to sign up still, but don’t delay. You can use the electronic sign-up form here or you can download and print a form to mail in. Or at your final pick-up look for a paper form at the desk.
Don’t forget to order your add-on products here. While we will have a few extras for sale on site, we can’t guarantee availability.
Finally, we hope to see you at our Annual Meeting on November 5 at the Integrated Arts Academy. Our traditional pot luck dinner (5:00) will precede the business meeting at 6:00.
Thank you all for your continued support and sharing your enthusiasm with your friends and neighbors…our membership grows and is sustained by your good will.