CSA Information & Application Packet

For all of you interested in our CSA Program, please follow the instructions below.  You can also click this link to print these instructions.

Click Here for the Application.  Click Here for the Veggie List.

Birney’s Miracle Farm CSA Cover Letter & Instructions

 

We are contacting you because you expressed interest in the CSA that we are going to be starting this year. We realize that we are getting this information out a little later than we had planned, but we hope that you are still interested.  Because of the delay we are going to have different deadlines for payments this year, than we will have in the future.

The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) will be a 10 week program, starting as soon as we have a harvest, which will vary slightly every year based on the weather.  With your membership you will be helping to support our farm, by giving us money upfront that will help with the inputs for the farm when we need them in the beginning of the season, and in return you will receive a basket of fresh, high quality vegetables every week for the 10 week period. If the season runs longer than 10 weeks, you will have the option to continue buying the baskets at the end of the season on a weekly basis. Another advantage to your membership is if there is a shortage of a certain crop, you will get it before we put it at the stand for sale. One other important factor to consider is that you will be sharing in the risk, as we will be. So if there is a crop loss of a particular crop, you will receive a different item that will make up for what was lost. The other shared risk is that if there are devastating weather events, we won’t be able to offer a refund.  The consensus among CSA participants is that the quality and convenience far outweighs the risk.

We have thought about what sizes and prices to offer on our baskets quite a bit, in order to keep our prices competitive with the low prices we offer at the stand. We have decided to offer a small (peck) basket, which is roughly 10lbs for $15/week, and a large (1/2 bushel) basket which is roughly 20lbs for $30/week. We feel the small basket would be enough to supply 1-2 people for the week, and a large basket would supply a family of 4 for the week. We realize that some items, such as sweet corn and melons, due to their weigh, would take up most of the box, but we will make sure that you are getting your money’s worth every week. The availability of certain items can’t be guaranteed from week to week, but if there is a shortage of one item, it will be made up for with something else. We would also like to offer you the option to opt out of certain vegetables. When doing research on CSA’s a lot of people liked getting new vegetables that they had never tried before, but at the same time, if it was something they didn’t like, they didn’t have the option to not receive it in their baskets. If there is a vegetable that you do not like, or have an allergy to, please let us know, and we will substitute it with something else. See attached list of what we will be growing this year. We will not be growing onions or potatoes this year, but if you wish to have them in your baskets, we can get them from another local farm so you don’t have to go elsewhere to get them.

If you would like to sign up for this year’s CSA, please fill out the form below.  The first half of your payment will need to be made by May 1, and the second half by July 1. If you would like to sign up, but for some reason you can’t make the payments by the due dates, please contact us and we will work out a different payment plan. Checks can be made payable to

Birney’s Miracle Farm Market

4257 Watkins Rd SW

Pataskala, Oh 43062

 

Please print the application and the item selection list and fill them both out and mail them along with your check to the above address.

 

We will send out an email to all the members updating you on the progress as the season approaches, and letting you know approximately when you should receive your first basket. At this time we are planning on having Tuesdays be our pick up days from 10am-12pm and 4pm-7pm. If for some reason you can’t pick up your baskets on that day, please let us know and we will make other arrangements. If you will be out of town one week, let us know and we will add a week onto the end of the season for you.

 

Thank you again for your interest in our CSA. We hope that you will sign up and partner with us in making 2015 our best season ever! If you have any questions please feel free to message us, or call 740-927-7750 and ask for Eric or Caren Conkey.

 

Eric and Caren Conkey

Birney’s Miracle Farm Market

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Thank You for Your Thoughts and Prayers

We’ve had a few people contact us asking regarding the head on collision in Pickerington yesterday morning caused by a drunk driver. Yes, that was my brother, Richard Andrew “Andy” Birney. He wasn’t very involved with the farm over the last few years, but his 5 kids were. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, and please if you’re going to drink, DON’T drive!

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Changes For The Upcoming Season

We want to thank all of our customers, both new and long standing, for your support.  Unfortunately weather and operating costs are forcing us to make some changes this next season.

To be able to provide better management of the U-Pick as well as lower labor costs, we have decided to only open the U-Pick fields on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.  These have proven to be the busiest U-Pick days in the past.

We are also considering running the stand on an honor system part of the time. This will not be an everyday thing.  After all we do want to be available as much as possible to meet our customers and to answer any questions you may have.  However, we do need to cut labor costs.

We understand change is uncomfortable.  However it is necessary to allow us to continue to provide high quality produce at reasonable prices.  We value our customers and want to continue servicing your produce needs.  We welcome your input.  Please contact us with your ideas on how we can improve our service to you while still enabling us to lower our expenses and keep our prices fair.

Don’t forget to let us know if you are interested in a CSA Program.  Click Here For more information.

Eric and Caren

Eric and Caren

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CSA: Please tell us if you are interested.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

We want your opinion.  We want to know if there is an interest among our customers in Community Supported Agriculture, also known as CSA.  Basically a CSA is a share of the farms production purchased in advance.  Each week you receive a mix of fresh produce.  Different produce ripen at different times so the assortment of produce will vary based on what is available each week.

We are considering two sizes; a family size which will be approximately a half bushel for $30/week, and a personal size approximately one peck for $15/week.  You choose which size you want to purchase.  You pay in late winter or early spring for the entire year’s produce.  The money is used to raise your vegetables.  As soon as they ripen, usually mid to late July, you start receiving your weekly produce, and will continue to receive your basket until approximately the end of September. Depending on the weather you will receive produce for approximately 10 weeks.

There is some risk involved.  For example, it could be a great year for corn and a bad year for peppers.  So your basket may be heavier on one vegetable over another.  However we will make it as assorted as possible. At the beginning of the season if there isn’t enough variety for a full basket, we will make up for it as more variety becomes available. If you have preferences, we will do our best to address them.  So if you don’t want any eggplant, we will replace it with something else available at that time. Also because you will be taking the risk with us by paying up front, we will make the baskets priority over what is offered at the stand. So if there is a small supply of a certain item, it will go in the baskets as opposed to being sold at the stand.

The biggest advantage to you is farm fresh vegetables all season from a grower you know and trust to provide healthy, fresh, and flavorful produce.

Please visit our Contact Us page and let us know if you have an interest in a program like this.  If enough of our customers are interested in a CSA program, we will definitely put one together for you. We appreciate your timely response on this. Our goal is to make a decision by the end of the year, so that we can get more information to those interested in January, as payments will probably be due by April.

Thanks!

Eric and Caren

Eric and Caren

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The U-Pick is now OPEN!!!!

The you pick is now open with peppers, eggplant, beans, cucumbers, and squash! The last planting of beans is setting on, so please don’t wait for everything else to be in full swing to come, because we can’t guarantee the availability of the things that sat on early, beans, cucumbers, and squash.

Eggplant

Eggplant

green beans

Green Beans

summer squash

Summer Squash

Cucumbers

Cucumbers

 

Health Benefits of Peppers

Sweet Banana Peppers

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Corn is ready!!!!

We have corn!!!!! It is available at the stand! Also the you pick is open with beans, cucumbers, and zucchini, there are a lot ready now. Stuff is coming on sporadically because of the weather, so don’t miss out on the stuff that is ready now waiting on everything else that isn’t ready yet. 🙂corn

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We are OPENING Saturday July 26th!

Eric and Caren

Eric and Caren

Apparently some of the crops liked the break in the weather last week as much as we did! We will be OPENING THIS SATURDAY, July 26!!!!! The green beans, squash and cucumbers (pickling and slicing) are ready! They will be available in the you pick, as well as at the stand. Our tomatoes are still a few weeks out, but we will supplement with Ohio River tomatoes until ours come in. We will also have Candy onions from our friends at Easy Acres farm in Thornville. Until Saturday, we will have cucumbers and zucchini at the stand available on the honor system. Because of the wet spring, we didn’t get as many plantings of beans in as we had hoped, so don’t put off getting your orders in for canning and freezing!

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Happy Memorial Day!

We have been very busy the last couple months in the greenhouses and in the fields. We have 2 plantings of corn and a planting of beans in the ground. We’re wrapping up work in the greenhouse, and patiently… well not so patiently, waiting for the fields to dry out enough to get back out there! We also wanted to take a moment and thank all of the veterans past and present for your service to our country! Happy Memorial Day!

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Making Progress!

CarenWe’ve been very busy at the farm over the last couple of weeks! We put up a second, smaller greenhouse that we will be planting early tomatoes and carrots in to kick the season off earlier this year! We have seeded over 30,000 (yes that says thirty THOUSAND) hot peppers, plus a few other things. I will post some pictures of our progress. Happy spring!!!

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seeds

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Greenhouse Time!

Even though there’s still snow on the ground, we have been busy prepping to start in the greenhouse. Most of our seed orders have come in, and we will start seeding hot peppers and early tomatoes this week. Eric was like a kid at Christmas going through all his seed orders! Come on Spring, hurry up and get here!!!!Eric

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