I am so happy to report that all the details are in place for us to move forward with planning a fabulous 2016 season - including finding a new volunteer to help drive the shares to Jackson each week! Yahoo!!!
EverGreen Farm's CSA program for 2016 will run much like we did in 2015 - with pick ups in Smoot, Afton, Alpine & Jackson. The price will remain at $600 per share (+ a $50 delivery fee for shares going to Jackson). We will be using the same pick up locations, delivery day and times, etc.
I just did a recount of those who have expressed interest in being a Workshare next year and the numbers are lower than what we need to put together the number of shares we've had for several years running. Taking this factor into consideration, we will be offering less shares in 2016. If we get more Workshare sign ups, we may adjust accordingly.
What does this mean for you? As usual, share are limited and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Shares will go on sale around January 10th and I recommend you SIGN UP ASAP to reserve your spot! (We only require an initial partial payment to reserve a CSA membership.) I will send out an email to our 2015 CSA Member contact list, post a notice on facebook, and also post the sign-up information and paperwork to this website. Please make yourself a note to check in and act quickly.
It's a week past Thanksgiving and we've essentially wrapped up the bulk of our farm work for the year. Followed by a few days away visiting family for the holiday. Now I'm back to business making plans for our 2016 season.
A few things have been decided at this point.
1. Based on a sudden reduction in workshare help (illnesses, moves, employment issues, etc.) we are reducing the number of CSA shares offered for 2016. I am personally saddened that there isn't more interest or availability of people who can be more involved with the hands-on production of the foods they eat, but I completely understand how busy we all are with family and work responsibilities. I'm in that same situation (farmer, wife, mom, etc.) - thus the decision to reduce the size of the CSA.
2. The price will stay the same as well as the basic plan for the foods we grow, dates and duration of the CSA, etc.
3. We are in need of a volunteer to help transport our produce each week from Alpine to Jackson. Sending CSA shares to Jackson has gone smoothly for the past several years, largely due to having someone helping us make the weekly drive. Our previous "driver" is no longer able to continue in this role due to work commitments. We are looking for someone to fill this need. This is a trade arrangement. One full share in our CSA in trade for transporting the coolers of produce from Alpine to Jackson from mid May through mid October (about 22 weeks). Usually meeting in Alpine at about 4 pm. Please let me know if you know anyone who is interested.
4. After much thought, deliberation, and "research", we have decided to add a $50 per share "delivery fee" for shares going to Jackson. With a reduction in income (from the reduced size of CSA) we need to be more mindful of expenses. It costs about $1,000 to have shares going to Jackson. This wasn't so much of an issue when there were 20+ shares going that way, but this will no longer be the case. I have compared our prices to other CSAs in Jackson, asked opinions of others who live and work there, etc. and this is a solution we feel is reasonable and fair.