Ramping up for our season

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Even though we are merely days away from February, we are already hard at work into our season. While spring through fall are very busy for us, people don’t realize our work continues through the winter as well. So we’re “pulling back the curtain” in the next few blog posts.

Back in December, our organic certifier was on site for six hours examining the fields and our practices to ensure we are appropriately following their guidelines to remain organic. And since then we’ve spent many hours working our re-certification paperwork, which must be completed and submitted annually.

This week, we’re getting our greenhouses ready. That means checking out the furnaces and running those for a few nights in a row. Not only does this help us ensure they are working (and won’t stop suddenly once we get our new seedlings in), but also helps us start to get the greenhouse to a comfortable temperature. Next week we’ll be spending a lot of time in there planting our new seeds and officially kicking off our 2017 season!

Want to learn more? Come visit us! Or check us out at a “Meet Your Farmer” – see Facebook for details.

Photo credit: Freeimages.com/ Amy Burton

CSA Sign Up – Why Do We Sign Up NOW?

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Kellner Back Acre Garden started CSA sign up for the 2017 season back in November. Why on earth do we start signing people in November for food that won’t be delivered until June, at the earliest? Hopefully you are familiar with the CSA model – you sign up early in the season because this is an investment into the farm where you are a buying a share of the produce come harvest time. The farmer uses this investment as the starting capital each year to bring you weekly harvests later.

Here at Kellner Back Acre we have been busy the entire winter. (There’s no “off-season” for a farmer!) This past month we have been busy evaluating our harvest from last year, what grew well, what did not, and what customers/members have requested. We also take into account different varieties, whether organic seed is available (and never choosing genetically modified), cost, and the appropriate growing season for each variety of seed. We use this information to carefully select seeds for the coming year, which is a huge up front cost for us. Our seed orders have started to come in and it’s a little bit like Christmas for us!!

Want to learn more about why CSAs ask members to sign up early? Or what it is we do on the “off-season”? Follow us on Facebook. Each week we’ll be bringing updates (and maybe a surprise special offer) until February 24, 2017, which is National CSA Day.

 

Resolutions? We can help

Studies routinely show up to 40% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions.  However, a recent University of Scranton study found only 8% of us meet those resolutions.  So let’s examine some of the more common resolutions and how we may be able to help you:

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Lose weight. 

The weight loss industry is a $64 billion dollar business, so there’s no shortage in methods to help one lose weight.  But most experts agree that the key to losing weight is 80% based on what you eat.  Try our CSA with fresh veggies delivered every week or if you can’t wait until this summer, stop by our winter farmer market for one of our dinner baskets.  You’ll get fresh produce, organic meat, and a healthy recipe to get dinner on the table next week.

Better health.

Pesticides.  Antibiotics.  GMOs.  It seems there are plenty of reasons to fear what we’re eating and putting in our bodies.  But Kellner Back Acre has organic eggs, organic chickens, and chemical-free produce to help you feel better about what you’re eating.  Plus, our weekly CSA shares are likely much fresher than the produce at the store, which loses nutrients as it sits.

Better financial decisions.

Groceries can be a big part of a family’s weekly budget. US Department of Agriculture indicates a moderate food bill for a family of 4 is $239/week.  Our CSA share is an up-front cost, but typically members receive $25 worth of goods each week, but pay just $19/week for those goods.  And our organic eggs are available to members at $3.50/dozen, where you may pay upwards of $5/dozen for similar eggs in the grocery store.

Do more exciting things.

Maybe you don’t think a CSA membership is exciting.  But each week you get a bounty of fresh vegetables, some familiar and some not-so-familiar.  Let’s be honest – you may not be likely to make kale pesto, but when you get kale for the second week in a row, you learn to step out your comfort zone.  We’ll help with weekly meal boxes, recipes, and tips to store and use that produce.

Learn something new.

Maybe you have already learned something new in this blog!  To help you with this goal, we’ll be posting to social media, providing our weekly newsletter, and regular blog posts to keep you up to date on our sustainable, organic farming practices; how to use those chemical-free vegetables; and information on our organic meat, including how we raise it and the benefits to you.

Interested in learning more?  Call us. Or visit us.