Farm Journal 6/3/24

CSA Starts this week.

You should have received an email reminder on Sunday night. If you’re a half share – I sent you an email assigning you to a first week pick up (odd) or a second week pick up (even). Please reach out to me if you didn’t receive that email.

While you’re at the farm, feel free to check out what’s going on. SennaPig, a new mom, is set up camp on your way to the animal barn. She has a nest full of cute spotted piglets, who are about a week old now. Take a hike out to the veggie fields and admire the hard work and all the healthy crops out there. The mulberries are ripe – so feel free to snack away on them too! We’re looking forward to having you out to the farm again this year.

Greg and I have been farming here for 17 years! Before that, Blackberry Meadows was one of the first organic CSAs in the western region – the land has been certified organic since the National Organic Program (NOP) started, back in the mid nineties!

We can’t wait to hang out with our community of farm friends, who appreciate local organic agriculture and the philosophy of what and why we do what we do here! We’ll see you Wednesday (and Friday and Sunday) for CSA!

Place your order for some farm fresh goodies!

It’s time to clear some of the ribs out of the freezer! Here’s a riblet recipe. Riblets are spare ribs cut into short strips – the fit nicely into a crop pot and can be ready to eat when you get home from work!

Please spread the word that we’ve got roaster pigs ready at the butchers. If you’re planning a heck of a cook out for Father’s Day, or the 4th of July…. think about these guys as an option. They’d be great in a smoker, on a spit, in a pit, on on a roaster. Put your deposit down HERE.

We’re looking for Workshare help

If you ever feel like you’ve got extra time on your hands, we’d be happy for a little extra weeding help. It’s great opportunity to get grounded, get a little dirty (soil microbes are good for mental health!), soak up some sun, and hang out with folks how appreciate good food, hard work and being outside. OR, if you want a little alone time – we get that too. We can set you off on your own to zone out to an audio book while you tackle a section of the farm that needs some hard-core weeding attention. Come on Tuesdays at 9 am and stay until 1:30 and have lunch with us! We’ll send you home with a CSA share for the week! Just shoot me an email if you’re ready to come play on the farm with us!

Play Dates on the Farm

We’re also opening up the farm to play dates on select Tuesdays (6/11, 6/25, 7/9, and 7/23 from 9:30 to 12:30). Families with kids from 3-8 years old are welcome to stop by and participate in some farm fun. We’ll have a craft, story time, farm adventures, and free play. This is NOT a drop-off situation. There should always be a responsible adult staying at the farm with your kid(s). 

A girl holds a chicken in front of the camera

Art on the Farm

Join us again at the nearby table, picnic blanket, or gardens where our local artist and long time Blackberry Meadows CSA member, Maritza Mosquera, will offer a variety of materials and some fresh ideas to instigate and support us making art together.

Maritza has been an artist and teacher all her life. She will be sharing her love for The Farm, our members, food and, definitely, art.

Wednesdays in June from 4-6 pm during our CSA pick up at the farm.

All materials included. Come and Enjoy!

DONATIONS welcomed, good energy accepted.

Important: Ordering Information

Farm pick up to Wednesdays 11 – 7pm. Our farm store is OPEN! Park on the right at the top of the hill and walk over to our farm stand, under the red awning. We’ll have your order ready – as the purple counter.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure you place a minimum order of $30 for delivery. 

At the Farmers Grill Stand at Squirrel Hill Market, Sunday – 9 am – 1 pm

Across from Frick Park Market in Point Breeze, this Sunday at 1:45 – 2:00 pm

At the Farmers Grill Stand at Northside Market, Friday 3 – 7 pm

Ligonier Country Market – at the Farmers Grill stand – Saturdays 8 am – 12 pm

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