Winter Farm Share
As the season turns from summer to fall, we hope you have been enjoying good food from bountiful harvests, whether from our farmers, your garden, or local farmers markets. We encourage you to eat locally as much and as often as you can. We are reminded that winter is coming, and we need to make preparations for the season ahead.
Enrollment for our Winter CSA is now open, so you can continue to eat locally and seasonally all year. Some of you depend on our member farms for much of your family's produce, meat, and other farm products. Others have your own garden and look to us for local food during the cold months. Some of you are just curious about how a Farm Share works and haven't yet tried it out.
As you know, a farmer's bills don't stop coming just because the growing season is taking a long nap. Our farmers prepare for this by growing storage crops like squash, onions, potatoes, beets, cabbage, and more. We also have some greenhouses that allow us to grow fresh greens through the cold, dark days. Since most of the produce lasts longer in winter, we schedule deliveries every two weeks to several communities in Mercer, Venango, and Butler counties. If you live outside those areas, you will have to wait until our Summer CSA to enjoy the fruit of our farmers' land when we expand our delivery area.
This year, we are asking that our members make a down-payment toward your Winter Share and pay the remainder in 2018 to help us avoid income taxes on money that is not really income for the co-op but goes to the farmers in the remaining months of the Winter CSA.
Do you prefer the Webstore rather than the CSA? Details and application are available here.
Thank you for supporting our small family farms. We endeavor to grow the most nutrient-dense food as possible with the resources that we have.
Amy Philson, general manager
Northwest Pennsylvania Growers' Cooperative