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The time has finally arrived!

We’ve been getting a lot of messages from members asking when the weekly veggie baskets are starting and we are pleased to announce that they are starting next week!

We have made the decision to purchase some items from local businesses in order to fill up the baskets and replace what was lost in the hail storm this week. Look for organic mushrooms from Highline Mushrooms and organic baby cucumbers from Erieview. We will also be including what we’re calling a Hail-lelujah Salad Mix at a discount price. This will include Rainbow Chard, Curly Kale, Red Kale, Collard greens, and Dinosaur Kale – our Rainbow leafy green mix – greens that were damaged by hail but are still good to use in smoothies, for juicing, for stir fries, or for freezing.

A sneak peek at what to expect in your first basket from our gardens —

Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes

 

Sugar Snap Pea, 'Cascadia'. Edible pods with fat, juicy peas inside.

Sugar Snap Pea, ‘Cascadia’. Edible pods with fat, juicy peas inside.

Beautiful 'Salanova' lettuce from Johnny's Seeds interplanted with our own specialty mix of Rainbow Radishes.

Beautiful ‘Salanova’ lettuce from Johnny’s Seeds interplanted with our own specialty mix of Rainbow Radishes.

A larger sized variety of Bok Choi.

A larger sized variety of Bok Choi.

There will also be Arugula in the baskets.

A fun blog post on what to do with “strange and scary” CSA vegetables – 31 Things To Do With Confusing CSA Vegetables – lots of great ideas here so keep this blog post handy for future weeks.

General details for all of our locations: Pick up times are between 4 pm and 7 pm. If you are picking up from a retail location they will NOT be able to hold your veggies if you are late. You can send someone else in your place to pick up your veggies if you’re not able to. Retail locations are acting as pickup locations only, if you need to ask a question or communicate with us please use our email address as individuals at the stores are not able to take payments and may not be able to answer questions about the veggies.

Details for each location is as follows:

Main farm near Tilbury (Lakeshore) – Weekly pickups will be on Mondays from 4 pm to 7 pm. If you’re not there by 7 pm we will bag up your share, label it with your name, and put it in our self-serve fridge for eggs (and later our walk-in cooler) for you to pick up at your convenience, for a maximum of 24 hours. We would appreciate an email if you know you won’t be able to make it. If you’d like to have eggs each week with your share let us know so that we can put them aside for you to pick up with your veggies. If you haven’t paid for your share in full then your next payment of $125 is due on the first week. You can pay in cash or by cheque when you come for your veggies at the farm or you can pay by email money transfer if that is more convenient. The address is 20600 Morris Rd (take Canal St West out of town and we’re the 2nd house on the right).

Shop Eco378 Devonshire Rd, Windsor – Weekly pickups will be on Tuesdays from 4 pm to 7 pm. There will be a list of member names at the store, please sign off that you’ve received your weekly share. I will be present at Shop Eco – to meet members, answers questions, and take payments – on Tuesday June 24th. If you’re not paid in full then your next payment of $125 is due and you can pay in cash or by cheque with us directly or use email money transfer if that is more convenient.

The Urban Greenhouse7635 Tecumseh Rd East (in the Pickwick Plaza), Windsor – Weekly pickups will be on Tuesdays from 4 pm to 7 pm. There will be a list of member names at the store, please sign off that you’ve received your weekly share. I will be present at The Urban Greenhouse – to meet members, answers questions, and take payments – on Tuesday July 1st. If you’re not paid in full then your next payment of $125 is due and you can pay in cash or by cheque with us directly or use email money transfer if that is more convenient.

Take Back The Farm4929 Malden Rd, Windsor – Weekly pickups will be on Tuesdays from 4 pm to 7 pm. There will be a list of member names at the store, please sign off that you’ve received your weekly share. I will be present at Take Back The Farm – to meet members, answers questions, and take payments – on Tuesday July 8th. If you’re not paid in full then your next payment of $125 is due and you can pay in cash or by cheque with us directly or use email money transfer if that is more convenient.

Faerie Willow Farm1720 Mersea Rd D, Leamington – Weekly pickups will be on Tuesdays from 4 pm to 7 pm.

If you have any questions or concerns please send them to locallygerminated@gmail.com.

Let’s get the season for fresh, local, organic veggies started!

Week 1 basket - sugar snap peas, garlic scapes, radishes, bok choi, mixed greens (hail-lelujah salad), arugula, greenhouse tomato and baby cucumbers.

Week 1 basket – sugar snap peas, garlic scapes, radishes, bok choi, mixed greens (hail-lelujah salad), arugula, greenhouse tomato and baby cucumbers, mushrooms.

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This isn’t the blog post I had intended or planned or thought I would write. I was all set to announce the start of the CSA next Monday and Tuesday and to give out details on payments and pickups. That post was set to go out last night. And then this happened….

What we saw when we walked out of the house after being pelted by hail.

What we saw when we walked out of the house after being pelted by hail.

Golf ball sized hail.

Golf ball sized hail.

After getting over our shock that big chunks of ice fell out of the sky on a scorching hot and humid day…we decided to check on the crops. And it’s a good thing I had taken pictures earlier in the day to show members what was coming up in their first basket so I have proof it was beautiful (at least for my own purposes!).

Here are some “before” pics….

Bok Choi

Bok Choi

Rainbow mix of leafy greens.

Rainbow mix of leafy greens holding up well under very windy conditions.

And some “after” pics…

Collards pelted by hail.

Collards pelted by hail.

Rainbow Chard got hit the worst.

Rainbow Chard got hit the worst.

San Marzano Paste/Sauce Tomato pelted by hail and damaged.

San Marzano Paste/Sauce Tomato pelted by hail and damaged.

At this point we don’t know the full extent of the damage as we haven’t been able to brave it just yet. This afternoon we will go out and count how many plants have been damaged that won’t recover. The good news is that the Chard, Kale, and Collards will bounce back in a couple of weeks, the bad news is that those leafy greens and the Bok Choi are full of rips and large holes and won’t be “fixed” for the first CSA delivery we had planned for next.

We haven’t yet made a decision about what to do in regards to current paid members in the CSA. We can try and buy produce from other farmers (as it seems that only our small area of Tilbury was hit with the hail), we can delay the start of the CSA (and forego being able to deliver some crops, like snap peas), we can harvest and deliver the damaged crops at a reduced price, or we can come up with another solution/decision altogether. If you have any suggestions please email them to us at locallygerminated@gmail.com We will be in touch again soon with regards to what we are going to do and we will still send out a blog post regarding CSA pickups.

I (Rashel) made the decision to post this even though I don’t know what we will do yet because some of you might hear me on CBC Radio today and I wanted to at least let everyone know, from us, what has happened.

Thank you all for your ongoing support, we are grateful.

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We are closing registration for new memberships on Thursday June 19th. It’s your LAST CHANCE to get a box of seasonal organic veggies for the 2014 season!

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Basket of veggies in August

We will be at various Local Farmers’ Markets throughout the Summer – Downtown Windsor, Belle River, Leamington, Amherstburg. Follow our Facebook page for exact dates and times. Also follow our partner, Faerie Willow Farm, for updates on their produce, meat, and market dates.

There is still time to get your name in for a draw on a FREE Organic Pasture-Raised Chicken (value $35). If you are a current member and you refer someone new before Thursday June 19th your name will get put in the draw! If you are a former member and you refer someone before June 19th your name will also be put in the draw!

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One last note – the Belle River Farmers’ Market opens this Sunday, June 15th and runs from 10 am until 2 pm. We’ll be there with certified organic plants, and some surprises from the garden!

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