January 2017

2017 CSA Registration Information

. . . Jan 22, 2017 | posted by randy
A typical June CSA, carrots,beets, cabbage, onions and eggplant

Special Announcements!

Our 2017 CSA will be starting May 3rd instead of early April. Why? Because we are expecting. Josephine’s due date is March 28. We decided to push our start date to the first week in May.

We will be teaming up with Loch Holland Farm to offer broiler chickens to our CSA Members as we will no longer be raising our own broilers. See below for details.

Already know what you want? Go straight to our registration page here.

OUR 2017 CSA
We will be accepting 100 CSA membership in 2017.  Small shares cost $15.45 per week, and are good for households of two people, or even a sinlge vegetable maniac.  Full shares ($25.75 per week) are ideal for households of two or three, or families with a couple small children.  We offer multiple paying options and discounts. You will find specifics on the registration page.

We have divided our CSA into three seasons, Spring, Summer and Fall.

Spring Share:  May 3 through July 1 Full Share $231.75 or Small Share $139.05

Our spring CSA runs 9 weeks.   Over the course of the spring, you can expect head lettuce, salad mix, spring onions, cabbage, kohlrabi, kale, turnip roots, beets, changing over to potatoes, cabbage, squash, eggplants, cucumber carrots and more. 

Summer Share:  July 5 through September 2 Full Share $231.75 or Small Share $139.05

Our summer CSA runs 9 weeks.  Over the course of the summer, you can expect potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, squash, okra, onions, tomatoes, sweet pepper, eggplant, melons, garlic and more.

Fall Share:  September 6 through November 18 Full Share $283.25 or Small Share $169.95

Our fall CSA runs 11 weeks.  Over the course of the fall, you can expect cucumbers, squash, okra, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, root vegetables, salad mix, lettuce, various greens, snow and snap peas, cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi, sweet potatoes, and winter squash.  

Pasture Raised Meat and Eggs
Members of our 2017 vegetable CSA can choose to add our farm fresh eggs to their shares and/or Loch Holland Farm whole broilers. These add ons are only available to members who commit to all three seasons.

(Eggs SOLD OUT for 2017) Egg Shares for 2017: Full Egg Share $139.05 or Half Egg Share $69.50

Our laying flock lives in a mobile chicken coop that we move around so that they always have access to plenty of insects, grass seeds and other snacks. As the number of eggs that our chickens lay varies continuously throughout the year, egg share members will receive a proportion of all the eggs laid in a given week.  There will be extra eggs in spring, and fewer eggs in October and November as the hens start preparing for winter.  We expect that to average out to one dozen per week over the course of the season for Full Egg Share members, and a half dozen per week for Half Egg Share members.         

Whole Broilers for 2017:  May through November $144.20

We also offer pasture raised Freedom Ranger broiler chickens to our CSA members.  Loch Holland Farm raises the same breed from the same hatchery we did previously. Their broilers are never given antibiotics, have constant access to pasture from 2 or 3 weeks old, and are even processed right on their farm.  A Broiler Chicken share includes one whole, frozen chicken per month (4.0 to 4.5 lbs chicken, $20.60/month), delivered on the first week of each month.

Goat meat is available Saturdays at our Cooper Young Community Farmers Market booth and at the farm.

Pick up locations

Shares are available for pick up:

Saturdays 8:00am to noon at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market at 1000 S. Cooper AS OF 03/28/2017 NOW FULL

Wednesdays 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at 3618 Walker

Wednesdays Noon to 7:00PM at Wholesale Nutrition 2130 W. Popular Suite #102 Collierville, TN 38107 AS OF 02/28/2017 NOW FULL

NEW! Wednesdays 9:00am to 2:00pm near the interesection of Cooper & Central. This pick up will be at a members home and the actual address will only be shared with members that have selected this location.

Wednesdays shares are also available for pick up at Tubby Creek Farm in Ashland Mississippi

Regstration is nearly full if interested in a CSA share please email Randy, randy@tubbycreekfarm.com

2017 Winter Update & CSA Registration

. . . Jan 18, 2017 | posted by Josephine
A young kid in an A-frame shelter in the snow

It is midwinter on the farm.  The lengthening daylight should start greening up the pasture soon.   Between rainy days and freezing temperatures, Randy and Patrick have been assembling the new greenhouse.  Vegetable seeds for next year are ordered, delivered and sorted.  A few – cabbage, lettuce, kohlrabi and beets- have even been started in seed trays.  The crop field is mapped out and planting dates set.  A season’s worth of planning takes place in December and January.  We reflect on the season, try to tease out the good decisions from the bad and think of creative ways to make good management easier.   Every year we get better.  We make new mistakes and sometimes re-make old mistakes but on the whole we get better.  

Greenhouse frame under constructionStill, this is our slowest time of the year.  There is time to do things other than farm and sleep.  Randy has been baking lots of delicious sourdough bread and I have been quilting and stocking the freezer with soups and broth in preparation for busier times.  While we could, with some coddling, keep some vegetable crops growing for most or all of the winter and early spring, we choose not to.  The last of the carrots will be coming out of the muddy soil this week and then we will be done harvesting until April.  Which is good, because the wash pack area has been converted into a makeshift seed starting station since the new greenhouse isn’t completed yet. 

The reason we choose not to grow and sell produce year-round is that we need a break.  Just like we fallow the field to let it rest, winter is the farmer’s fallow.  While physical recovery from the hectic growing season is relatively quick, I find that I need more time to prepare myself emotionally and mentally for the coming season.  Sometime in early spring it is like strapping oneself in to a very long roller coaster that does not stop and is impossible to get off of until well into November.  Taking a break in the winter means that we can step onto that roller coaster with excitement and anticipation each spring.  I am already starting to get excited about spring planting, impatient for the arrival of the onion starts which is still a month away.

2017 CSA Registration

Speaking of excitement and anticipation, registration for our 2017 CSA is now open!  This will be our 6th year offering a CSA.  We are planning to accept 100 memberships in 2017. 

There are a couple of changes this year: 

  • Instead of starting in early April, the CSA will instead begin the first week of May.  I am due at the end of March, and we thought having a baby and kicking off the CSA at the same time might be a bit much.  The CSA will run until mid-November as usual.
  • We will continue to offer pasture raised Freedom Ranger broiler chickens to our members, but this year Loch Holland Farm will be raising the chickens for our CSA.  We respect their production practices and know they hold their products to a high standard of quality.
  • We are looking for an additional CSA pick-up site in the Cooper-Young area for Wednesdays. The Saturday Farmers Market pick-up is always to first to sell out so we are trying to find another site in the same neighborhood.  Please let us know if you have any suggestions.
  • For more information about our 2017 CSA and to register click here.