Week 1 – June 6 Newsletter

Let the games begin!  The first week of our CSA has started and we’re excited about what a great growing season we’ve had so far.  It’s been raining frequently, but there’s been a comfortable amount of sun too.  Lot’s of veggies are in the ground and a bunch of new varieties are in the works.  We’re planting a couple of rows of sweet potatoes, growing some heirloom varieties of melons and squash and are trying our hand at sweet corn again too.
Our row of raspberries that we planted last spring is going well and we hope to get a good harvest from them this year too.

We’re raising broilers (chickens) on an every two-week basis – so we should have plenty in stock, after the first harvest in a couple of weeks.

Be sure to read through this newsletter, as it’s going to give you the details about your first pickup of the CSA season.  Happy eating!

There’s a few items of note – so be sure not to skip over this section!  Wednesday, June 6th is the first pick-up for the Farm Share members (Basic, Plus and Odd), and for the Share Members that are picking up at Phipps Farm Market too.  Saturday, June 9th is the first pick-up day for the Boyd Center Share Members.  Even Share members will pick up at the barn on June 13th.

The barn is open on Wednesdays from 11 am – 7 pm.  Park by the barn beside the road, and come in the front door.  If you think you might be running late – just give us a call (724 226 3939).  The Phipps Market/CSA runs on Wednesdays from 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm, on Saturdays from 9 am – 11 am we’ll be at the Boyd Center.  Be sure to bring your own bags.
For the folks who have signed up for a 1/2 share – we have sent you an email indicating whether you will start on the first week (odd) or the second week (even) of the CSA distribution.  Please email me if you don’t know which week you’ll pick up.

Please remember to check in when you show up to pick up your share.  If you’re new to our CSA, we’ll gladly give you the run-down on the operation and answer any questions you may have.

We’ve started a few new collaborations this year with some folks.  Our friends at Wild Purveyors have a Mushroom CSA.  If you think you’d like to receive a  variety of local PA cheeses and/or specialty mushrooms regularly, be sure to let us know.  We’ll send you the details.

Nate and Kristen have taken over our poultry operation and are now raising hens and broilers on organic grains while out on the green pastures.

Frankferd Farm orders should by placed by June 29th.  We’ll have those items available for pickup on the week of July 4th.  Email jen@blackberrymeadows.com and let her know if you’ve placed an order for July.

JULY 4th  – we’ll still be open on July 4th.  Be sure to have someone pick up your share for you if  you can’t make it out that day.

Who Else?
Frankferd Farms – a natural foods distributor.  Place an order with them once a month and we’ll have it on hand at your CSA pick-up
Wild Purveyors – join their Mushroom CSA and get speciality on a regular basis.
Natrona Bottling Co. – Brewed fresh here in Natrona, this beverage is High Fructose Corn Syrup-Free!
Uppity Women Soaps – locally handmade soaps and creams (her products will be available starting in July, we’ll try to supplement with another local artisan soap until then).
Allegro Hearth Bakery- Fresh bread and sweets available at the farm pickup only.
Kopar Honey Farm – talk about local!  The Kopars keep bees on our farm, as well as other locations in SW PA.
Clarion River Organics – we purchase potatoes, watermelon, winter squash and other items from them that we may not be growing this year.

We have a few CSA shares still available.  If someone joins at your recommendation, we’ll give you a $25 credit towards purchasing items in the barn or farm stand (or we’ll bring them to you at Boyd).  Make sure they give us your name!


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