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Posted 5/30/2020 11:02am by Josie Hart.


Dear Shareholders,

This is it! We are so excited to grow fresh food for you all! Please remember to bring your own bag (you will only need one this week) and refer to our safety protocol email if you need a reminder. Please park in the parking areas provided, hop into line and we will hand you a prepared vegetable share on a tray. Easy-Peasy! No contact! 

 

Harvest List - June 2 and 4 (list is subject to change based on weather and other dynamic factors of farming)

arugula

baby bok choy

radish bunch

assorted herbs

As the season goes we will have more and more items - we appreciate your patience with us!

 

Featured Recipe - Chopped Bok Choy Slaw

4-6 baby bok choy heads

2 T olive oil

3 t lime juice

3 t toasted sesame oil

1 bunch scallions/green onion chopped in large pieces

1/3 cups roasted peanuts

1/4 thinly sliced hot pepper

Clean and separate bok choy, add bok to a bowl with chopped scallions, cover in oils and a dash of coarse salt/pepper, place on a medium-hot grill in a grill basket. Turn over once, searing the edges of the bok choy and cooking until the water steams out.

Chop cooked boy choy mixture (use culinary scissors)

Cover cooked scallions and bok choy with lime juice, chili and chopped peanuts - salt/pepper.

Pairs well with an Asian inspired teriyaki salmon or Asian short-ribs or a crispy chili tofu.

Add-on Shares that are ready for pickup Tues/Thurs:

- eggs

- mushrooms

- yak meat

If you purchased a meat share it will be delivered to your house on Tuesday. For Thursday meat shares you will pick up at the farm. Please check to see what you purchased!

Here is a group picture of our whole team, in the beautiful Iris Garden at Chatfield Farms:

*You will need to wash all of your produce before consuming well. Due to Covid, we are handling all produce much less at our washing facility, so please double wash when you get home.*

Posted 5/28/2020 5:42pm by Josie Hart.


Dear Shareholders,

We are doing everything we can to make sure distribution is a safe and efficient process for everyone. Please take a minute to read through our protocols regarding safety at both our distribution locations for the season. As we begin our process these protocols may change so please make sure you are checking your emails regularly.

York St. Tuesday 4-7 p.m. - Grab and Go (curbside as always)
Chatfield Thursday 3:30 - 7 p.m. Grab and Go from CSA Washstand Barn

When you arrive you may park in any open space of the DBG Parking Structure at York or gravel lot at Chatfield.

What to bring:

  • 1-2 large reusable bags
  • sunscreen and a hat 
  • a positive attitude
  • a mask (mandatory) we have 1-2 extras in case you forget
  • gloves are optional

What to do:

  • A staff person will be checking everyone in line for what shares you are picking up (vegetable, mushroom, egg, yak) and what size of share you purchased (small, full). Please make sure you confirm before you come.
  • There will be markers as to where you wait in line so we keep 6 feet apart from each other. If you can leave your kids or spouse at home, this will help us eliminate the number of people arriving at one time. 
  • Distribution is only one direction - you will start on the York St. side and flow through the line toward Josephine.
  • At Chatfield, you will start in line outside of the washstand and pick up your share from right to left outside. The front gate will be unlocked with a security guard present at Chatfield.
  • We will handle the produce and prepare your share - all you do is put everything into your bag from a sanitized tray - please do not touch anything other than your produce! We will have hand sanitizer for you to use.
  • Eggs, mushrooms, yak, fruit are all products from other farms that we partner with. Pickup of those items will be grab and go after you get your vegetables at the end of the line.

If we find that too many people show up at one time - we will have to schedule pick up times based on your last name. This is not our first option because generally, our distributions have been spread out enough. If possible, try to show up after the first rush - coming closer to 5 or 6 will help us mitigate long lines. After we get a sense of what time each person shows up, then we ask that you keep your pick up window consistent as much as possible for the season.

As our produce amount increases, please bring extra bags. We want to try to get through the pandemic without a huge cost to the environment if we can so please try to support us in that mission and make sure your bags only touch your hands!

Most Importantly – stay safe and if you are feeling unwell, please have a healthy family member/friend pick up your share so you can stay home. If you do not pick up your produce, we will donate to a hunger relief partnership and the food will go to those in need.   

We appreciate you helping us to support small-scale farming in our city through any tough situation!  

If you have questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me, Josie, at josie.hart@botanicgardens.org 

See you next week! 

 

 

Posted 5/11/2020 10:55am by Josie Hart.

Dear Supporters,

We will deliver your supporting shares on Thursday, May 14th NOT Tuesday, May 12th. Please note the change.

We will drop them off on your porch somewhere out of the sun in the afternoon. 

Harvest List - May 14
(please note harvest list is subject to change due to weather or other dynamic circumstances) 

green garlic 
chives
radish
arugula 
shallots
possibly shungiku (google this if you don't know!)

Featured Recipe for the week of May 14

Green Garlic and Chive Vinaigrette -
recipe Credit - Steven Shoemaker
Standard Vinaigrette ratio is 3 parts oil to one part vinegar.

With all dressings, you need to keep tasting and adjust to make sure the balance of sweet oil and acidic vinegar is pleasing to your palate. If you don’t have an immersion blender, I would suggest picking one up does wonders with making vinaigrettes and mayonnaise. A blender will work just fine as well.

1 Cup Olive Oil
½ Cup White wine Vinegar
1Tbsp Dijon
2Tbsp Green Garlic Minced
1Tbsp Chives Minced
Salt and Pepper to taste

Mince together the Green Garlic and Chives
Measure out your Oil and Vinegar - Mix and add Dijon.
With all in ingredients together, blend thoroughly.
If you have an immersion blender you will get a very nice full-bodied dressing for your salad. You may need to add a little more oil or a little more Vinegar depending on whether you like a sweeter or more sharp vinaigrette
Salt and Pepper to taste.  

 

Posted 5/6/2020 8:27am by Josie Hart.

Pick up time correction:

Thursday pick up at Chatfield Farms is from 3:30 pm - 7 pm every week starting in June.

Pardon our error and please make a note!

Thanks! 

 


Hello everyone!

I hope you are enjoying this brisk and beautiful Cinco de Mayo.

As the manager of the CSA program, I want to welcome you to our community and thank you for your support. 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Supporting Share Delivery (this is only available to people who have a supporting share) MAY 12 for TUESDAY pick-up people.
  • Supporting Share Delivery May 14 for Thursday pick-up people

Start Date for CSA Pick-Up:

Denver Botanic Gardens - Tuesday, June 2 from 4-7 p.m. upper level of the York Street parking garage, south end (under the evergreen trees). Follow signs.

Chatfield Farms - Thursday, June 4 from 3:30-4 p.m. at the washstand building located in the Hildebrand Ranch area. Park in the upper gravel parking lot. Follow signs.

COVID Awareness
Before the start date of each location's distribution, we will send you specific details about how to pick up your share while minimizing contact with our staff and the other shareholders. We take your safety and the safety of our staff seriously and want to ensure it is a streamlined experience for everybody.

Weekly Information
Add this e-newsletter to your favorites in your inbox so you don't miss important information from us. You may have to find us in "promotions" or "updates" or "junk" folders if you do not see our weekly emails.

Additional shares will be starting right around this time in June and we will update you when we have the first pick-up date for mushrooms, flower bouquets, eggs, fruit, and yak meat. If you purchased an ongoing meat share, you will receive word from Pasture Provisions directly.

Don't hesitate to reach out with questions regarding your Chatfield CSA share. Add the start dates to your calendar now so on Tuesday or Thursday you don't forget to pick up your share! 

Thanks all!

We will be seeing you very soon...more news to come about how the crops are doing in the fields and our new farmers for this season.

- Josie Hart, Manager of Farm Programs

 

Posted 5/5/2020 6:02pm by Josie Hart.

Hello everyone!

I hope you are enjoying this brisk and beautiful Cinco de Mayo.

As the manager of the CSA program, I want to welcome you to our community and thank you for your support. 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Supporting Share Delivery (this is only available to people who have a supporting share) MAY 12 for TUESDAY pick-up people.
  • Supporting Share Delivery May 14 for Thursday pick-up people

Start Date for CSA Pick-Up:

Denver Botanic Gardens - Tuesday, June 2 from 4-7 p.m. upper level of the York Street parking garage, south end (under the evergreen trees). Follow signs.

Chatfield Farms - Thursday, June 4 from 3:30-4 p.m. at the washstand building located in the Hildebrand Ranch area. Park in the upper gravel parking lot. Follow signs.

COVID Awareness
Before the start date of each location's distribution, we will send you specific details about how to pick up your share while minimizing contact with our staff and the other shareholders. We take your safety and the safety of our staff seriously and want to ensure it is a streamlined experience for everybody.

Weekly Information
Add this e-newsletter to your favorites in your inbox so you don't miss important information from us. You may have to find us in "promotions" or "updates" or "junk" folders if you do not see our weekly emails.

Additional shares will be starting right around this time in June and we will update you when we have the first pick-up date for mushrooms, flower bouquets, eggs, fruit, and yak meat. If you purchased an ongoing meat share, you will receive word from Pasture Provisions directly.

Don't hesitate to reach out with questions regarding your Chatfield CSA share. Add the start dates to your calendar now so on Tuesday or Thursday you don't forget to pick up your share! 

Thanks all!

We will be seeing you very soon...more news to come about how the crops are doing in the fields and our new farmers for this season.

- Josie Hart, Manager of Farm Programs

 

Posted 3/28/2020 11:32am by Josie Hart.

Dear new and returning CSA members,

First off, we hope you and your families are safe and healthy throughout this difficult and scary time. We are certain that freshly picked, nutrient-dense food is exactly what will help us all - and we can't wait for the season to begin.

Food IS medicine - and we are happy to be growing it for our community!

Normally, our CSA distributions are a social, community-driven activity. We hope that by the end of May, we will be able to offer a market-style experience where you can pick out your vegetables, talk with your farmer and exchange recipes with other members. However, we are also planning for a different model in which we limit social interaction and use a grab and go model, where you still pick up at either location but you do not handle the produce or interact with more than a small group of people for your safety. 

In addition to safer regulations at our distributions, we will follow all CDC and CDH/Jeffco Health recommendations on the farm for safe produce handling during the time of COVID-19. This means we will increase our hand-washing stations, limit visitor interactions at our produce-washing house and make sure each staff person goes through rigorous safe handling training. We have always followed a food safety plan for our farm, so most of this is nothing new, however, we want you all to feel reassured we are aware of how important this issue is - we are feeding our families, too!

We still plan to start our distributions for Supporting Shareholders on Tuesday, May 12 and Thursday May 14. Supporting Shares will be delivered to your home, so if you signed up for this type of share, please email me the address that you would like us to deliver to at josie.hart@botanicgardens.org 

**Distribution for ALL other shares (full and small) should begin the last week of May: Tuesday, May 26 at our York Street location and Thursday, May 28 at Chatfield Farms.** 

If things change, as we all know they might, we will be in touch. Right now, Governor Polis has expressed strong support for farm operations ranging from farm stands, markets and CSA distributions. Hopefully we can come together again this summer to celebrate local food and a stronger community.  

Our regular weekly newsletters will pick up in May, where we will introduce our staff, go over season logistics and share "Notes from the Field," so you can hear stories about how your food is being grown! 

We give you all our best. We are considered essential workers by the local government which means our farmers are working, seeds are still going in the ground and the soil is alive and well! 

 - The Chatfield CSA Team

 

Posted 2/11/2020 11:37am by Josie Hart.

Hello everyone,

Thank you to those who signed up for the 2020 Chatfield CSA share. If you did not get in before we sold out - Good News! We have a list of CSA Farms in Denver that still have space, so look for one that is close to where you live (we have far west to far East).

We hope you choose to support a local Denver Farm this season to source your food locally!

Golden Acre Farm - pickups in Lakewood, contact Jason at goldenacrefarm@gmail.com or 860-716-9231.   

Paper Kite Farm - pickups in Harvey Park, delivery offered as well. Contact Ashley at paperkitefarm@gmail.com   

Grow Girl Farm - pickups in Littleton, more info at growgirlorganics.com, growgirlorganics@gmail.com or 303-885-5645.  

Sprout City Farm - pickups at Denver Green School (SE Denver) and Montair Park (Lakewood)
http://sproutcityfarms.org/programs/food-access-for-all/2015-csa-programs/  

Two Hands Farm -pickups in Golden, more info  https://twohandsfarm.wordpress.com/2014-csa/  

Emerald Gardens  year-round CSA - www.emeraldgardens.farm • 303-644-5980  

Delaney Farms - East Denver/Aurora
https://projectworthmore.org/csa-memberships/ 

 

Posted 2/1/2020 9:47am by Josie Hart.

Hello!

We have a few remaining small shares still but plenty of FULL shares on sale now for all the waitlist folks! We also have FLOWER shares and they are gorgeous! Click "sign up now" on our homepage or follow this link here:
http://www.chatfieldcsa.org/members/ 

Let's make it a tasty year! All you need to do is put down $100 for the first payment, then you can sign up for auto-payments once a month.

Thanks to everyone,

The Chatfield CSA, with Denver Botanic Gardens

 

Posted 1/30/2020 2:33pm by Josie Hart.


Hell all!
We will start selling shares to our waitlist on Feb. 1st. So if you would like to purchase a 2020 CSA share, we suggest you do so before then.

We still have plenty of flower shares - which normally sell out every year - and plenty of Yak snacks, eggs and mushrooms too. If you want to add any of these shares to your account you can do so from our homepage at  "update membership" or use this link:       

http://www.chatfieldcsa.org/members/updatemembership

Thanks all!

Josie Hart and the Chatfield CSA Team

 

Posted 1/4/2020 12:22pm by Josie Hart.

Dear CSA Community,


The time to renew your share for the Chatfield Farms CSA is coming up! We will open sales on January 15, at 9 a.m. At that time you will be able to put down the first payment on your vegetables, fruit, mushrooms, eggs and more.

A full list of prices and products will be available starting on the 15, under the "our produce" tab. On that date, we will also send out a direct link to the payments page.

We are sad to lose Phil our farm manager for the CSA, but I know he will still visit and will continue to be a part of our community. We are actively looking for his replacement and have some very qualified applicants!

Lastly, thank you for your support, your recipes and your enthusiasm for what we do here. We couldn't have a CSA farm without the most important ingredient: community.

 

All the best,

Josie Hart

Manager of Farm Programs