As the Regular Season Winds down here are 5 things you should know, a note from the finance desk, and 5 more things to know- please scroll down to read everything.
1) Last pick up days of regular season: October 22 and October 24 – it will be dark by end of day – bring your own light! The coordinators will start closing up around 6:30pm, but will be there until 7pm. If you cant make it by 6:30pm, you may be getting your share pre-bagged, or by car headlights.
2) November Share – 11/5 and 11/19 – Tuesdays Only – Open to all members. Current Enrollment – 265. Open Spots – 100 /125 (harvest dependent). Whats in it? – mostly veggies – sweet potatoes, potatoes, squash, kale, leeks, Brussels sprouts, and some fruit, cranberries, apples, pears. Cost : $75 for both pick ups. To add this share, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) December Share – Date TBA – (likely Thursday, December 5th) Open to all members. Current enrollment – 185. Open spots – 40 – 90 (very dependent on harvest – we will accept 40 more names, then create a wait-list for up to 90 more) Whats in it? all the shares we feature separately – including herbal sea salt, cheese, bread, fresh herbs, tons of veggies and apples. Cost: $80 for one pick up. To add this share email email@example.com.
4) Community Aid – More funds available now. If you need to apply for financial help for any reason, please contact Julie to guide you through the process. Email: Julie@farmdirectcoop.org
5) November Bulk Order – Thursday November 14th only – Expected Hours – Mhd – 5:30-8, Salem -6-8, Melrose 6:30-8. This is a huge undertaking. The hours depend on amount ordered, and driving conditions. What is it? Many members like to store foods for the winter, pre-bake and freeze pies or squash, sauce apples and cranberries, or just have a giant bag of carrots in the fridge. We offer many items from apples to potatoes, jam to kale, celery root to turnip and hopefully sweet potato. These are all sold in bulk order sizes (bushel box, 25 pounds, 10 pounds, a case, etc). Every one is welcome to participate. Cost is dependent on prices from growers. Please bring a check the day of pick up. The order form will be online by the end of the regular season (fingers crossed). Watch your email and newsletter at that time!
Notes from the Finance Desk (Hi from Tamara):
6) Eggs – Another exciting development is finding another egg supplier. Steve (the western route driver) has been working with Charles Dance from Open Meadow Farm. We expect to receive 100 dozen eggs per month for the rest of 2013. This still falls well short of our demand for eggs. We are discussing the possibility of increasing their flock size in 2014, which would allow for a larger and more regular supply of eggs.
7) Organic Cotton FDC Tee Shirts & Hoodies– A few of you have asked if you can buy one of the black tee shirts you’ve seen the depot coordinators wearing. Yes, you can. Here is a link to the online order form: http://blog.farmdirectcoop.
8) Marblehead Thursday Members – if you haven’t met her yet, please introduce yourself to depot coordinator Sarah Fox. Sarah has been running the Tuesday pick up all year, and came on board at the end of last year. She has experience, and has been getting to know the Thursday members. If you need a delivery, or missed your share you may email her here: sarah.marblehead@
9) Signing out for Extras When you buy extras (i.e. pints of berries, loaves of bread), please make sure you write your name legibly on the Extras Sheet. Intuitive? yes. Frequently not executed? Also yes.
10) Soulstice CSA – When the FDC ends, many folks still wish to receive local organic CSA shares. Soulstice CSA provides a boxed share filled with a combination of local roots veggies, greenhouse greens and East Coast USA only produce like strawberries and zucchini from Florida and sweet potatoes from South Carolina. The season runs from January to May. Pick ups available in Swampscott and Melrose. This CSA is a separate entity from the FDC, though it is managed by Tamara and Julie. For more information, share sizes (three sizes available) and cost visit: http://www.soulsticecsa.com/
If you made it this far, through the entire email, I want to thank you very much. An informed FDC member has a better overall experience .