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Dear CSA Shareholders,
The CSA is thrilled to partner with Pine Mountain Homestead to offer our members raw goat's milk herd-shares, goats cheese and goats milk fudge at our weekly distribution! Pine Mountain is owned and operated by past Chatfield CSA grower, Michelle Cotton. We are happy to support her new endeavor.
Pine Mountain Homestead's small herd of Alpine and Oberhasli goats are pasture-raised in the serene mountain town of Pine, CO. The goats are fed solely on organic, non-GMO grain and hay.
For details on signing up for the herd-share, please contact Michelle Cotton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.465.0703 (cell). Goats cheese and fudge will be offered to members on a first-come-first-served basis each week. You can sign up for cheese in advance. The milk will be reserved for the herd-share members only.
Read more about Pine Mountain Homestead on the Local Harvest Website Local Harvest - Pine Mountain Homestead, and more about the innumerable health benefits of consuming raw goats milk on the Weston A. Price Foundation's Read about raw milk
Dear CSA Shareholders,
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Locavore Delivery for our first-ever meat share. Please read through the information and visit Locavore's website at the bottom of this email. All sales and payments go through Locavore, but we are happy to answer questions. If you are interested in purchasing a share please email email@example.com to reserve your share for either York St. or Chatfield distribution.
2014 CSA Meat Share provided by Locavore Delivery
Biweekly, 20-week program
Tuesday pickups begin June 10 Thursday pickups begin June 12
Locavore Delivery partners with small Colorado ranches and family farms by providing logistics, sales and marketing support to get products from
their farm to your table.
A biweekly meat share with Locavore Delivery supports
Small-scale agriculture in Colorado
Sustainable farming practices
Humane treatment of animals
Healthy nutrition for your family
Each biweekly share will include
Sangres Best All Natural Beef - Westcliffe, CO
(burgers, kebab meat, steaks, ground beef and more)
Heritage Breed Berkshire Pork
Cone Ranch - Julesburg, CO
(ground pork, pork chops, Italian sausage and more)
Other products will vary
and may include:
Uncured, Nitrate-Free Bacon
Wild Game Sausages
100% Grass-Fed Bison
Two share levels available:
$60/biweekly x 20 weeks = $600 share
1 lb. uncured, nitrate-free habanero bacon
1 lb. grass-finished kebab meat
2 lb. grass-finished ground beef
¾ lb. bone-in heritage breed Berkshire pork chops
1 lb. grass-finished, dry-aged sirloin steak
$120/biweekly x 20 weeks = $1200 share
2 lb. uncured, nitrate-free habanero bacon
2 lb. grass-finished kebab meat
4 lb. grass-finished ground beef
1.5 lb. bone-in heritage breed Berkshire pork chops
2 lb. grass-finished, dry-aged sirloin steak
FAQ and payment Info for CSA meat share
The Chatfield CSA added a meat share this year. Please click on the link below to see the details!
2014 Ela Family Farms’ Organic Fruit CSA Share
Enjoying Colorado fruit in-season is one of life’s simple pleasures. Ela Family Farms looks forward to sharing our fruit harvest with you through the Denver Botanic Garden CSA share.
Our fruit share offers 80 lbs of organic fruit over 12 weeks and suits a family of 2-4. We let our fruit ripen on the tree a little longer, striving to bring you the best tasting fruit you will enjoy all season! As you know, Mother Nature is ultimately in charge.
If we have a crop loss or shortage, we will substitute the full retail value of the fruit with our organic artisan fruit products or another fruit. We guarantee our fruit and that CSA members receive the full retail value of their share.
To learn more about our 100-year fruit growing history and the fruits we grow visit www.elafamilyfarms.com or send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Predicted Fruit Schedule Week of:
Aug. 12&14- Peaches
Aug. 19&21- Peaches
Aug. 26&28- Peaches
Sept. 2&4- Two bags of fruit: peaches and apples or pears
Sept. 9&11- Two bags of fruit: apples and plums, pears or peaches
Sept. 16&18- Two bags of fruit: apples and pears or plums
Sept. 23&25- Two bags of fruit: apples and pears, plums or peaches
Sept 30&Oct 2-Two bags of fruit: apples and pears
Oct. 7&9- Apples and cider
Oct. 14&16- Apples and cider
Oct. 21&23- Apples and cider
Oct. 28&30- 20 lb. box of storage apples. When kept cold, these apples will be delicious for weeks.
To purchase a fruit share, please visit our the www.chatfieldcsa.org homepage and update your account.
Modern Gingham Jam Share - Support a local Denver mom and fellow CSA shareholder!
The 2014 jam share will include at least six 8 oz jars of jams made from locally harvested fruit and vegetables made into unique flavorful jams. Modern Gingham Preserves is a Denver-based preserve company that uses locally grown (and often locally foraged including Chatfield) fruits, vegetables and herbs to make unique, fruit forward, softly set jams. Flavors of the jams will be dependent on what the local harvest season produces. Flavors may include Palisade peach jam, local raspberry and mint jam, hot pepper jam, or flavors yet to be developed based on what the season brings us here in Colorado. These shares will contain several unique jams only available to CSA members. Distribution will take place in October.
You can purchase a share from the link below!
Welcome to the 2014 Chatfield CSA season! I would like to welcome all returning and new shareholders to our community. As I look around, the farm is on the verge of blooming and bursting forth. I can't help but dream of fresh greens, baby bok choi on the grill and heaps of fresh herbs in my salad dressings. I am also looking foward to seeing you all each week to celebrate local food and chat about recipes at distribution. - Josie Hart
If you still have an accounting question or want to change something within your account, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible.
Important CSA Event Dates:
- CSA Volunteer Orientation: May 3, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.. It is not too late to become a volunteer. We have weekly volunteer opportunities every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, from 7 - 10 a.m.
- Our growing season has been blessed (we hope) with an early spring and there are already a few making progress. If we don't get snow in May, we will have our first Supporting Share distribution on May 13 at York St. and May 15 at Chatfield. At this point these dates are tentative and depend on the mid-spring weather.
- For all shareholders the tentative date for the first full distribution is May 27 at York St. location and May 29 at Chatfield. Both locations will be open for share pick up from 4 - 7p.m., weekly. Fruit and egg shares will not start until later in the season. Details and prices of the meat share and jam share will be confirmed soon.
- This year, we will be selling local mushrooms and cheese at both distributions but we are not offering a full share for an entire season.
- We will be sending out egg and fruit share information to all shareholders becuase we still have both of these shares for sale if you want to buy one online.
- Please join us for our annual Open House event on June 7, 1-3 p.m. for food, tours, a chance to meet the CSA team and an overview of our new outreach partners and programs. There will be barrel rides for the kids and other fun things so bring the whole family!
A Note from the Field:
by Phil Cordelli, Head Grower
The first flush of asparagus has already appeared, but was zapped by the cold nights last week. We’ll have a couple bigger flushes coming, with the timing dependent on the weather. We’ve overwintered some crops such as carrots and spinach and surprisingly cilantro! We’re seeding cover crops now, getting fields plowed and equipment prepped and the first planting of beets just sprouted. Carrots have been seeded and we are working on additional asparagus plantings this week. Things are looking good!
The weekly newsletter will start in May, filled with useful information on our CSA program, notes from the field, recipes and other highlights. Hope to see you all for our Open House Event down at the farm!
Dear Chatfield CSA waitlisted members,
We would like to extend an invitation to purchase a CSA share. We have just under 100 full and supporting shares left after renewals. We also offer a fruit share from Ela Farms and an egg share from Eastern Plains Natural Food Coop. Additionally, there will be a cheese and meat share available later in the season.
We are very excited about our 2014 season! We are extending our CSA to include a portable farm stand that will sell produce to low-income families in food deserts, classes and workshops for CSA members, foodie gatherings, a farm to fork dinner, volunteer opportuntities and of course great local produce.
We also are hosting our first Begininng Farmer's Conference at the farm in March, so please check it out online: Beginning Farmer's Conference
Make sure to use your main email when registering so we can easily contact you. If you would like to add anyone to your account who may be helping with pick up or covering for you while you are away, you can do so after your account is set up.
Please note that we have a $5 credit card processing fee. If you need to utilize our payment plan, you can set up a schedule that will charge your card at the begininng of each month until your total is entirely paid.
We appreciate your support of the Chatfield CSA and look foward to sharing a season of local produce with you!
- The Chatfield CSA
Thanks to all who have already purchased a 2014 share! Everyone else, remember to sign up by February 3, before the waitlist is opened and unclaimed shares are released. We have over 200 people on the wait list and only 100 extra shares. We are ordering seeds and supplies and it is very helpful to know we have a secure amount of money to work with.
We appreciate the people who brought leaves to the farm last fall. They are a great source of carbon, which is crucial to maintaining a healthy compost system. We just finished spreading compost on the fields, including compost generated at the farm. In the coming season, we aim to use up to 100% on-farm compost to reduce the use of transportation diesel fuel emissions.
Almost all crops are gone from the fields, except for some overwintering spinach and experimental carrot beds. We purchased a giant roll of greenhouse plastic to construct low-tunnels, which will help us extend the harvest season into November. As I am putting the finishing touches on the crop plan, we are keeping in mind the anticipated Thanksgiving pickup of storage crops, greens and herbs.
I’d like to thank those who have already purchased a Supporting Share. These are crucial to support our efforts to expand access to fresh and healthy produce. The Supporting Share also helps fund our Veteran Reintegration Program, which combines a therapeutic approach with job-skills training in areas throughout the Chatfield site. We will also keep donating produce to aid groups in food deserts such as the Grow Haus and Mo’ Betta Greens. Through purchasing an egg/meat share or fruit share you are supporting our local farm partners such as Ela Farms and the Eastern Plains Natural Food Co-op. The same is true if you purchase a jam share from your fellow CSA member Kathy’s Modern Gingham jam company.
I’m also proud to announce that, as I type this, I am looking at our brand-new SNAP program permit. We will now be able to accept Electronic Benefit Cards for people on Federal Food Assistance programs at our new Denver Human Services’ farm stand. We will be offering discount produce and accept EBT cards in one of this city’s biggest food deserts.
We can’t continue to engage and serve our community with these fresh food initiatives without your help. We ask that you consider buying a tax-deductible ($325) supporting share. We still have 20 available shares, so please read over the online information if you would like to learn about additional benefits, including a gourmet farm-to-table dinner at Chatfield!
See you in June,