Sunday, December 15, 2013

Announcing the 2014 R'Eisen Shine Farm CSA shares!


This is the time of the year where the farm is in full planning mode, and when we start offering our CSA shares for the following season. Why now? The costs of farming are substantial, and we off-set those costs by getting folks to sign up ahead of the season. This way, the farm doesn't go into excessive debt and can maintain the high standards we always strive for.

As many of you know, we run our farm on leased land and have been working diligently to rehab the property to a status of productivity. We have had some success, but there have also been profound struggles. One of those struggles has been soil health. We are not sure that our farm will always be at our current location, as we need a bit more space and a much longer term place to put up the kind of infrastructure we need.

After two seasons of working a little over 2 acres in vegetables, we've decided that for the next season, we will not be growing vegetables. This is scary for us, as we have always envisioned that our long term goals would remain a year-round diversified CSA. And that may still come to pass, but for right now, we are going to focus on our livestock operations and securing a permanent home for our farm where we can do all of the things we've always dreamed of.  For next season, we are so very looking forward to expanding the number of shares we can sell for our meat offerings, and spending a season with a small home garden to ensure we don't get rusty in our vegetable production skills.

So, what will we have available?

We will be offering 4 share types for the first part of the 2014 season, and will be offering a winter meat share as well. We've created these shares to allow folks to get our delicious, sustainable and ethical meats from the time we wind-up our last year-round share until early fall- when the winter share will then begin. We are pleased, proud, and excited to unveil these shares!

Monthly Meat Share
May-September (5 deliveries)
A once per month delivery of meat, that over the course of the season will include:

3 Chickens
8.5-10lbs of Heritage Pork (a variety of cuts, including bacon, sausage, ham steaks, pork chops)
3lbs Lamb (ground, stew, chops)
5 lbs of Turkey (breast, legs, and thigh cuts)
1 Rabbit

Sample Delivery:
1 whole chicken
1lb ground lamb
1lb pork chops

Cost: $260

Bi-Weekly Meat Share
May-September (10 deliveries)
A twice monthly delivery of meat, that over the course of the season will include:

5 Chickens
18.5-20lbs of Heritage Pork (a variety of cuts, including bacon, sausage, ham steaks, pork chops, roasts)
5lbs of Lamb (ground, stew, chops, small roast)
10lbs of Turkey (breast, legs and thigh cuts)
2 Rabbits

Sample Deliveries:
1st Delivery of the Month:
1 whole chicken
1lb ground lamb
1lb pork chops

2nd Delivery of the Month:
1 whole chicken
1 package bacon
1 fresh ham steak

Cost: $470

But, we didn't forget about those of you who purchased 1/2 pigs, 1/2 lambs, etc! And we will continue to offer those bulk options throughout the year, at a lower price per lb! The next shares are great to go along with those 1/2 and whole orders, or for the poultry enthusiast!

 Poultry Share:
(May-September)(5 deliveries)
10 Cornish Cross Chickens (typically used breed, large breast, great clean flavor)
15lbs Broad Breasted White Turkey (breast, leg and thigh cuts over the course of the deliveries)

Sample Delivery:
2 chickens
5lbs Turkey

Cost: $328

Heritage Poultry Share
(May-September)(5 deliveries)
10 Freedom Ranger Chickens (heritage breed, amazing depth of flavor, more leg/thigh then breast meat, best tasting chicken we've ever grown!)
8lbs Midget White Turkey (breast, leg and thigh cuts over the course of deliveries, slightly more dark meat, tender and sweet)
1 Rabbit (our own custom heritage cross breed, raised on pasture!)

Sample Delivery:
2 Freedom Ranger Chickens
3lbs Midget White Turkey

Cost: $368 


So now that you have seen all of the options, head over to our Meat Share Order Form page, which has all of our delivery locations, payment options, and sign up! And don't forget, if you need a larger size share, you can always buy by the 1/2 animal, or buy multiple shares! Thanks for supporting small sustainable farming! 





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