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!
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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!
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!
We’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!!!
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!!!!
We met last week with our farm staff and everyone is anxious to get started this year. We have some exciting news too! We are teaming up with Easy Acres Co-Op Farm out of Thornville so we can offer you a wider variety of produce at our market. Easy Acres is a good fit with us because they share our belief in providing a fresh, healthy, and safe product. We are still working out the details so keep checking back with us for updates. This is going to be a fun and exciting year!
We have also decided to make it even easier to get our produce. We will be joining more Farmer’s Markets this year in addition to returning to the North Market. At some of these markets we will be teaming up with Easy Acres Co-Op Farm. We will add pages with information and directions soon, so keep checking back.