Freshly harvested Radishes Spring has sprung and with it comes a frenzy of activity here at Butler Green! Amending our beds with compost, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, and of course, weeding, are some of the things we are doing to prepare for the bountiful season ahead. Our New CSA…
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While the unseasonably heavy rains last week may have made for muddy hands and wet feet, we’re happy to report that the crew and plants made it through! The fields got some much needed deep watering (and what better way than from rain!) and…
As day temperatures continue to increase, so has our abundance on the farm and fields this month. We beat our previous record and had our first vine ripened, heirloom salad tomatoes in May! This makes Farmer Brian very happy, as he and the crew have been caring for these very plants since January when they were carefully seeded, cut, and individually grafted by hand when they were less than 4 inches tall! We graft this particular variety to improve disease resistance and yield without altering the genetic makeup or delicious taste! Be sure to pick some up at the CSA or Farmer’s Market for a real treat!
Also coming on strong are our first strawberries, juicy and succulent with no need to core. We just pop off the top leaves and eat the rest! As the temperatures continue to increase, so will their sweetness! Also, because they are the everbearing variety, we are able to offer these gems all summer long. Look for our recipe for Flourless Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble at the CSA or the iFood Real blog. See a full list of what’s fresh this month at the CSA and Farmer’s Market.
Apart from harvesting, we’ve successfully managed to get all of our fields planted with our summer crops, including squash (pictured above), beans, potatoes, and sweet corn! Believe it or not, we’ve been so busy planting we may have temporarily forgotten where we parked one of our farm rigs!
Also, thanks to everyone who spent the afternoon with us last weekend on our first Farm Tour and Open House! We enjoyed seeing both new and familiar faces and introducing you to where all your food is grown. It is important to us that you feel connected to your farm and farmers! We’d also like to welcome a few new CSA Members who stopped by and signed up!
Our new crew is almost all here to start the new season with us! Meet our newest additions to the team and why they choose to work and learn at Butler Green Farms. We have more interns on the way, and we are in need…
It sure does seem that spring has come early this year! We have been able to till and plant much earlier than usual with all the warm and dry weather we’ve been having. After working hard all winter to have the earliest spring vegetables for…
CSA Updates, Beef is Back, and New Online Payment System
We hope this post finds you warm and well. We have many new updates and exciting things happening! If you were are a current CSA Member for 2014, you should have received our CSA Renewal Letter and Annual Report in the mail. If not, please let us know so that we can update your address.
In our annual letter we shared the results of our first CSA Survey and many changes we plan on implementing for 2015, including:
- More Grass Fed Beef (available now!)
- More Whole Chicken
- More Thanksgiving turkeys
- Improved meat organization and signage
- Improved parking and driveway access
- Additional information and recipes in newsletters
- Farm to table dinners, farm tours, and workshops
- Improved online experience, including Online Payment system (active now!)
Another big change for us this year is that, due to our farm lease expiring, we may be looking to relocate the CSA Stand and pick up site to another location very close by. Stay tuned for more information on potential site locations, timing, and how you can help during the relocation process. We are anticipating being at our current location on Valley Road for the majority of this season.
We would also like to extend our sincerest thanks to Friends of the Farms for all of their work this year supporting our farm and helping to preserve and protect many of the parcels we farm on on Bainbridge Island. We serve on their Board of Directors and appreciate all that they do improving roads, infrastructure, and managing our Open Space Ag lands. Find out more about Friends of the Farms and their organization.
We are incredibly hopeful that with your support and energy behind us, this season will be the biggest and best yet. We feel so lucky to be your farmers and truly appreciate your continued support.
If you have not done so already, we now have 2 convenient sign up/renewal options, including a brand new online payment system through PayPal (100% secure, and you do not have to have a PayPal account).
The first 24 members signing up for a Full $500 Share will receive a custom canvas Butler Green Farms tote bag!
Option 1 – *NEW* Online Payment
In order to provide more convenience, you may now renew your membership online using a debit or credit card on our website. Transactions are submitted securely through PayPal and you do not need to have a PayPal account to use this feature.
Option 2 – By Mail or In Person
If you prefer to send a check, please download and print our Renewal Form and return along with your check to PO Box 4458, Rolling Bay, WA 9806. Checks may be made out to Butler Green Farms.
CSA Stand Opening Next Week! The CSA Stand will be reopening next week on Tuesday, February 3rd. We will have: Kale Rainbow Chard Salad Greens Carrots Potatoes Brussel Sprouts Sundried Tomatoes Eggs Ground beef Pork sausage, chops, and steaks Whole chicken Butler Green Tomato Sauce…
It’s hard to believe yet another amazing season is wrapping up. The much shorter days and darker nights allow us a small respite after the intense growing season; the start of a much appreciated mental and physical rest. While there is still much to do…