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Sign Up Now for the 2017 CSA Season!

Sign Up Now for the 2017 CSA Season!
Sign Up Now for the 2017 CSA Season

with Valley Flora!
• A September Harvest Basket from Valley Flora •
 


Valley Flora has space available for the 2017 CSA season!
 

Get 28 weeks of fresh, seasonal produce direct from the farm, June through December!

Four convenient delivery locations.

Flexible payment plans, and we accept SNAP benefits as payment for CSA memberships.

Visit us online for more information and to sign up.


 





2017 CSA Offerings: 
  • Harvest Baskets
  • Abbys' Greens Salad Shares
  • Candace's Egg Shares
  • Juana's Tamale Shares
  • Farmstand Shares - New!


Click Here for 2017 Pricing and to Sign Up!

 

Harvest Baskets sell out, so don't delay. Reserve yours now!


Thanks for eating locally and supporting family farms!
 
Pick-up Locations in:
  • Port Orford
  • Bandon
  • Coos Bay
  • At the Farm
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In This Week's Beet Box Newsletter:
  • The Last Tote
  • Tamales This Week!
  • A Big Bang for your CSA Buck!
  • Final Farmstand: December 14th
  • Recipe of the Week: Abby's Homemade Pumpkin Pie
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Your Share This Week:
  • Leeks
  • Shallots
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Kale or Collards
  • Green Cabbage
  • Parsnips
  • Yellow Finn Potatoes
  • Pie Pumpkin
  • Hakurei Turnips
Please Note: All of our produce is field-rinsed, not washed. We recommend you wash all of your produce before eating it.

The Valley Flora Crystal Ball
What might be in your first share next June!
  • Head Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Radishes
  • Broccolini
  • Red Ursa Kale
  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Fresh Herbs

No Fruit Shares this Week

 
Valley Flora is on Facebook. Check in for periodic Farmstand and U-pick updates!
The Last Tote
It is always with mixed emotion that I write this final dispatch for the season: I relish the winter that lies ahead and the freedom it offers, and at the same time I'm already nostalgic for the comfortable, predictable rhythm of the harvest season, working side by side with Roberto and my family. We do have some much-awaited fun planned for the first part of January, which involves bolting a seat into our delivery van, strapping the carseats in, and road tripping down California Route 1 with surfboards and bicycles in tow (of course visiting a few farms along the way). Then home again lickety split to start in on the orchard pruning and seed ordering and 2017 CSA sign ups and, yes, by January 23rd putting the first tiny onion seeds into greenhouse trays and kicking off a whole new season. February brings a spate of farm conferences and meetings and more orchard pruning and lots of greenhouse seeding and then POP! before you know it the asparagus are up and the farmstand is open again and we're back in the saddle, like it or not.

Winter always feels the longest and most luxurious right now, in the moment before it's actually begun. But once we're in it, with the CSA season behind us, it's surprisingly just as busy as summer - in its own way.

As for our loyal comrades in good eating - all of you - I know this begins that part of the year that some of you dread, devoid of your weekly installment of fresh veg from VF. I heard it a few times from customers at the farmstand today who were lamenting the "Valley Flora deprivation season" soon to befall them. I know, and I'm sorry. Maybe someday we'll figure out how to go year round without burning out and losing our love for it. I'm doing some experiments with shoots and micro-greens to augment late fall/early spring harvests, and have had my head buried in seed catalogues each evening by the fire searching for more fun winter things to grow. My sister thinks I'm crazy, all that slogging through inclement winter weather in pursuit of some purple sprouting broccoli, and yeah, she's probably right, but I can't help it. 

This final tote of yours is loaded with storage crops - pretty much everything in there besides the fresh greens will hold for months in your fridge (except for the shallots which are best kept somewhere cool and dark and dry, not the fridge). With a little bit of rationing, you could still be enjoying some VF goodies in a month or two. AND, don't forget that our farmstand is open next Wednesday - so if you want to stock up on more potatoes or carrots or storage apples or onions or anything else, come see us from 10 to 2 on December 14th (if you're looking for big quantities of something, give me a heads up by email so I can be sure to have enough for you at next week's farmstand).

Thank you for another great season together, and for making this little farm hum.

 
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Tamales this Week!
The final round of tamales will be delivered this week, in addition to all special order Holiday Tamales. Please look for your share in the marked blue coolers at your pickup site. Enjoy!
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A Big Bang for your CSA Buck!
Each season we keep track of what goes into your tote each week and then tally up the value of all 28 totes, giving us a grand total for the value of the CSA share each year. We value everything in the share based on our farmstand prices, which tend to be similar or lower than the prices for organic produce in the grocery store (on the rare occasion that I find myself in a grocery store, I always love to do some price-spying in the produce aisle...I'm often astounded by what things cost, and the sad shape they're in). This year, the value of the CSA share came to $947.75. That means that had you purchased all of the food you received in your weekly tote from our farmstand, you would have paid $947.75 instead of $800 (equal to an 18% discount by subscribing to the CSA).

For anyone who is curious about the value of the share over the course of the 28 weeks, here's a breakdown. It illustrates the seasonal bell-curve, with lower value shares at the shoulders of the season and the highest value shares in the middle (late August/early September was a whopper this year).
As for next season, crop planning is already underway and we hope you'll join us for another 28 week adventure in seasonal eating. Priority sign-ups for all current CSA members will begin in late January 2017, so expect an email from us in the New Year! Thanks again for all your support. We wouldn't be here without you!
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Fall Farmstand Hours

From now through December 14th we will be open every Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm. Our final farmstand for the 2016 season will be Wednesday, December 14th. Make sure you stock up on long-storing staples like onions, shallots, potatoes, carrots and apples before we close for winter!


 
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Recipe of the Week

Abby's Homemade Pumpkin Pie

from Abby's recipe box
Inspired by the pie pumpkin in your final share this week, I decided it was high time we shared my sister's world famous pie recipe with, er, the rest of the world. This is a staple wintertime treat in our family. If you don't have time to make a crust, just skip it - the pie filling is what it's all about!

Ingredients

2 cups baked and mashed pumpkin or squash
1.5 c cream
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp powdered ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp cloves
2 eggs

Blend all ingredients together well and pour into a single crust (or if making a crustless pie, pour directly into pie pan).

Bake at 425 for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 350 and bake 45 minutes more until filling is set.

Serve with whipped cream!
For more recipes, check out these links - all of which are searchable by ingredient:
 
http://www.valleyflorafarm.com/forum/4
Our own collection of recipes, where you can contribute and share your favorites
 
http://www.valleyflorafarm.com/content/recipe-searcher
Our website’s recipe search engine, where you can hunt down recipes by ingredient
 
www.epicurious.com
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
http://info2.farmfreshtoyou.com/index.php?cmd=RE
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient
 
http://helsingfarmcsa.com/recipes.php
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes
Fall Farmstand Hours

From now through December 14th we will be open every Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm.

Rain or shine!

Fresh Produce, Fruit, Herbs
and Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

 

 
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