Hello Friends,

First off we would like to thank you for investing in our little farm so that we can provide you with the freshest produce possible all season long.  This season has been another bountiful year and we are so grateful to have the best CSA members a little farm could ask for.  Our hearts have been overjoyed at watching you observe the changes in your eating habits over the last 14 weeks, to see your energy levels rise, your smiles brighten and we know folks have been punching new holes in their belts.  Your farmers are so proud and we really appreciate the opportunity to partner with all of you and to be a part of positive change.

Jess and I have decided, and by popular vote, that we are going to go forward with a six week extension on the CSA, a fall CSA, if you will.  The CSA will start on Tuesday October 30th and continue for six weeks until December 13th.   This is an exceptionally exciting time of year to grow as the mild Oregon winters offer and incredible climate to grow exciting Veggies and herbs throughout the season.   Here is a list of comfort veggies that we will be hoping to provide through the fall CSA:

Tomatoes (Until the first frost), Potatoes, Leeks, Onions, Sugar Snap Peas, Butternut squash, Spaghetti Squash (my favorite!), Broccoli, Carrots, Beets, Kale, Chard, Collard Greens, Lettuce mix, Spinach, Arugula, Mustard Greens, Kohl Rabi, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Chinese Cabbage, Parsnips, Rutabaga, Brussels Sprouts, etc…

(Fun fact, in order to keep from freezing winter crops produce high amounts of sugar, which makes them extra sweet and tender!)

Also, as shareholders in the farm, you have the option of receiving all the wonderful fresh goods produced on the farm.  From produce to fresh eggs and most recently a “herd share” aka the goods from our friend, Ellie.  The options available are on the Sign Up form found below.  If you have any questions please feel free to call or email us anytime.

How will the CSA work?

Glad you asked!  The CSA will switch to home delivery or farm pick up.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays we will be making home delivery runs and Wednesdays will continue to be farm pick up day. In order to qualify for home delivery you must live within 8 miles of The Burnside Bridge in downtown Portland or 5 miles from the Blue Moon Cafe in Lake Oswego.  If you think you are located outside of our delivery range just Google map your home address.  If you know you are outside of our delivery range but still want to participate in our Fall CSA than send us an email and maybe we can work something out.

Will you be making deliveries the week of Thanksgiving?

No.  We will be closed for the holiday during the week of the 19h and resume delivery the following week.

How much will it cost?

The cost will be $30 per week (the same rate as the regular season CSA) plus a weekly $5 home delivery fee for those of you that are not picking up at the farm.  So for farm pick up the total cost is $30 per week * 6 weeks = $180 and for home delivery it will be $35 per week * 6 weeks = $210.  The total amount will be due in a single payment upfront before the start of the CSA.

Will you have egg and herd shares available to members?

Yes! You will find the “herdshare” & egg option when you sign up through the website.

6 weeks worth of eggs (1 dozen per week) = $39

6 weeks worth of fresh milk (½ gallon per week) = $30 + $10 bottle deposit = $40 

How do we sign up?

Visit our SIGN UP page here – https://workinghandsfarm.com/fall-extension-sign-up/ .   Then select the winter CSA option that best fits you.  After you sign up send a check made out to Working Hands Farm to our address 12101 SW River Rd. Hillsboro OR, 97123.  After you have signed up online and we have received your check in the mail we will send you a confirmation email and add you to our 2012 Fall member list.

Will the shares be limited?

Yes, we will be limiting the fall CSA to the first 40 members to sign up.  So act fast as we expect it to fill up fast.

Thank you for helping to support our little farm!

p.s. We will be showing a movie this Friday so stay tuned for more information about that!  Also, we have been running low on crates lately.  So, if you have crates at home please bring them this week!  If you are unable to bring your crate back please bring a bag.  It makes our harvest days go more smoothly when we have everything that we need.  Thanks in advance!

p.p.s Wolf is harvesting the honey from the hives this week and next and is looking for a few extra volunteers each day.  Here are the days he will be out here starting at noon:

Sunday, September 23rd
Monday, September 24th
Wednesday, September 26th
Friday, September 28th
So please let us know when you are interested in coming out!  Many hands make light work!

Faithfully yours,

your farmers

dirty hands, clean hearts

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