Farmstand Open! CSA sign ups open!

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Farmers Clare and Dana with garlic braids, some of which are available in the farmstand

Our farmstand is open every day 9am-7pm or so. We have plenty of eggs as well as salad, kale, chard, tatsoi, pac choy, spinach, beets, potatoes, garlic, garlic braids, onions, cornmeal, and sometimes broccoli and carrots. Come on by!

Our CSA sign ups are still open for veggie shares, egg shares, flower shares, cheese shares, wine shares and coming soon honey shares.

Our CSA is sliding scale, so you choose how much you pay within a range for each size veggie share. We also provide payment plans, scholarships and EBT access. Let us know if you have questions or need assistance at aroundthetablefarm@gmail.com and check out the CSA page of the website for lots more info.

Much love from Dana, Aaron,Wendell and Alder as well as Clare, Katie and Milo!

Sign up for our 2021 CSA!

This year we had an amazing CSA and we’re looking forward to next season. We are offering veggies, fruit, grains, flowers, eggs, wine and cheese! Join us in preserving local farmland and draft horse culture.

Our farm and horse mentor Betsey Wittick and her team of Bainbridge Vineyards and Laughing Crow Farm. John Erskine, another of our horse mentors, to the right.

For our CSA, our small and full size boxes include veggies, fruit and staples (like cornmeal and dry beans). Eggs and flowers can be added on from our farm. Cheese will come from Chimacum Valley Dairy. And, wine will come from Bainbridge Vineyards, where we are worker-owners after training with Betsey for 2 years.

We welcome back three amazing crew next year: Clare, Katie and Milo. They will all be returning members of the farm and will make up an all-star team. We also look forward to farming with our kids who next season will be 7 and 4. Our older son is already a big help, collecting eggs every day, helping with harvest and prep and filling CSA boxes.

We offer a sliding scale, payment plans, EBT and scholarships, so let us know if you would like to use one of these options.

Find more info about the CSA on our CSA page or contact us at aroundthetablefarm@gmail.com. Thanks!


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Poulsbo Market Re-opens temporarily at Vinland Lutheran Church

Starting this Saturday 4/25/20, Poulsbo Farmers Market will open, starting with just farmers and expanding to other essential businesses in May.  We’ll be temporarily at Vinland Lutheran Church 10am-2pm on Finn Hill Road, West of town.  We’ll be using all the same safety precautions as at our pop-up…hand washing stations, vendors handling produce, social distancing, sanitizing between each customer, gloves and masks.  Thanks for all the support!

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Stay healthy, eat local!

Pop-up market #2 4/11/20 in our front yard 10am-2pm!  Oxalis, Full Tilth Farm, Walker Meadows, Dusk to Dawn and we will be there.  Walk or bike if you can!  Park in the driveway if there’s room.  Wash hands on entry (we have a station) and stay 6 feet from others.  We sanitize our tables and hands between each customer, so you can feel safe about eating local!

Spring is here!  We are seeing new signs of life from bees to frogs to flowers.   We know that everyone’s lives and routines have changed!  We now have a kindergartener at our “farm school.”  He is enjoying being home, while missing his teacher and friends.  His
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new favorite learning activity is math worksheets!  Despite all the changes, the plants are still growing and food is still coming out of the fields.  We have our farmstand open for business 7 days a week right now with eggs, greens and flowers for sale 9am-dark.  Please leave exact bills or owe us one as we don’t want to increase your risk.  You do not need to write anything down (to avoid shared pen) and we’ll be cleaning the surfaces regularly.  Our CSA is open for sign ups as well…check out the CSA page!

Much love from our family!  Stay well and reach out by email, phone or in person with social distancing:)  We want to support all in being healthy during this time.

Music in the Field

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Naomi Wachira will be playing at the farm on July 28th!  Asia Renee will open with spoken word and beats at 5pm.  Naomi will follow with her singer-songwriter Afro-folk style music.  We suggest a donation of $20/person (kids free) with all proceeds going to the artists.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Food will be available for purchase from Oxalis Kitchen on site.  Cider and beer will be available by donation to the artists.  We encourage walking, biking and carpooling and will have parking fairies on site to help.  Get here a little early and set up a blanket or low beach chairs.  You may bring your own picnic as well.  Check out our flyer: Naomi_Final

And you can learn more about the artists:

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Morphing Lioness by Asia Renee

Our CSA is about food justice!

We are about eating around a table with friends and family, with people from all cultures and communities.  We are about welcoming all people to a table filled with food that was grown in their community, by people they know, in a way that supports the life of the animals and plants, air and water that surround us.

We are about access to good food for all people.  We want that to be a reality here.  So, since the beginning of our farm in 2010, we have offered our CSA

 

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CSA dinner in the front yard of the farmhouse!

 on a sliding scale.  We thought we might take a little more time to talk about that.

A sliding scale system of payment means that each person or household that signs up for a share gets to choose how much they pay for that share, within a recommended range.  We also work with people to make payment plans, and accept EBT.  This year we will be starting additional scholarships for those for whom the sliding scale is out of reach.  And, we always offer work trade.

The goal is to provide healthy food, encouraging a healthy environment and a healthy community.  A community in which those whose work is more highly valued by society pay according to their ability and those whose works is undervalued pay also according to their ability.  We all make it happen together.

We appreciate how much everyone in our CSA and community have put in to make this a reality.

For those new to this system, please ask questions.  Tell friends who need affordable food.  We look forward to offering scholarships this year in addition to the sliding scale.  Don’t let cost be a barrier!

In Solidarity,

Dana, Aaron, Wendell and Alder

 

From Spring Plowing to Winter Snow!

This is yesterday…

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This was last Friday… (it plays right side up)

Well, needless to say, we didn’t get back to plowing on Monday, like we had planned.  That’s how it goes sometimes.  Leading the way, you see Dandy, our new horse.  He is a 14 year old Belgian gelding bought this winter from our friends at Welcome Table Farm, where he has been serving faithfully for the last 10 years.  We are excited to have him on the team and looking forward to this season.

Draft Power means life and death

 

We lost our old horse friend and co-worker Otto this Spring to old age.  Tom, our beautiful new Belgian-Percheron gelding came to us this spring from an Amish farm in Minnesota.

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Dana driving, Shan running the plow behind Tom.  Plowed ground on right, disked ground on left.

We were able to take Tom straight to the field this spring, plowing with him a week after his arrival–that is amazing for a draft horse new to a farm!   He had a wonderfully slow “plowing gear.”  We appreciated his willingness to work and his companionable nature.

This fall, we woke up one morning with Tom across the street in the neighbor’s yard in some distress.  We brought him back, but he continued to act strangely.  We called our mentor Betsey who told us to call the vet who came and announced that we had a case of severe colic.  Tom was 5 years old.  We had brought him across the country.  We liked him.  We decided to take him to the hospital, on the vet’s advice.  He didn’t make it.  We felt like we had lost a family member.  He was a great horse.

IMG_1358 We were glad to have the time we did with him.  Losing both Otto and Tom in one year left us feeling bereft.  After some grieving time, we decided to buy a horse from our friends at Welcome Table Farm.  Dandy will be joining us at Around the Table shortly.

Strawberries!

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The sweetest month of the year is here!  The Shuksan strawberries are ripe for picking.  If you cannot wait until Saturdays at the Poulsbo market to get a pint (or two or three), feel free to stop by the farm stand any other day of the week to get your fix.  Don’t wait too long, though, since Shuksans are typically only ripe for about a month every year.

Activity on the farm is getting busy as the weather warms up.  Snap peas are in full swing along with garlic scapes, flowers are blooming, and the first garlic of the season was harvested yesterday.  The potatoes were also hilled for the first time last week.

We are also back at the Bremerton market on Thursdays between 4-7pm.  It’s a great spot for a summer evening picnic with plenty of space for kids and pets to play.

New items coming up next month – cucumbers, fresh garlic, summer squash, basil, and beets.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the markets and farm stand.

 

 

 

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