THE SIGN UP FOR THE FALL CSA BOXES STARTED 2 WEEKS AGO. FOR A LIMITED TIME, YOU CAN SIGN UP THIS WEEK, YOU MUST SUBTRACT 2 WEEKS FROM THE FULL PRICE OF THE BOX AND PAY THE REST. THEREFORE, FULL WEEKLY SHARE WOULD BE $455, NOT $535 AND BIWEEKLY WOULD BE $245, NOT $280. WEEKLY HALF SHARE WOULD BE $260, NOT $300.
NOTE: Limited Signup this week September 15-19, 2020 - the signup sheet and check needs to be at Lancashire Farms by September 21st, for first delivery on September 23rd, 2020!
Elderberry field...you can get these berries in late summer and DIY Elderberry Syrup for your family
Don't forget about the beans, through those in your Stir Fry if you like...
The First Winter box is exploratory - in other words, it depends on supply and demand.
We want to be as safe as possible and get our customers the best. If Spring/Summer/Autumn go well and there is enough demand for a winter box...for 10-15 weeks (will be updated in December, we hope). This may end up having more baked goods and canned goods, depending on demand.
Those potatoes are great when local!
Often, the most chemically sprayed berry with herbicides and pesticides on the planet...strawberries are hard to get fresh and chemically-free. However, the work is difficult for this tasty berry, but you'll probably never taste a better berry in your life, unless you plant and do your own. These will be added to the boxes when in season...1-3 weeks in June, as supplies allow. Usually, selling for $5 or more a quart at Farmer's Markets.
Baked goodies ARE INCLUDED in the Fall Share unless you note that you do NOT want them during the sign up. This may include jams, jellies, and pie fillings from the berries. We may add bread, rolls, cookies, pies, apple dumplings, etc. if our vegetables are low. Also, canned pickled items. If you absolutely do NOT want baked good, etc., let us know and we will add extra veggies of what we have in your box. These baked goods can come in handy around Thanksgiving.
Are you adventurous? Do you like to mix it up? Most humans are creatures of habit, including what they like to eat, but why not try something new?
Sure, that baby kale, Bok-Choy, or kohlrabi wasn't what you normally ate, but searching for a quick recipe might be a game-changer.
However, we will include some recipes as well...we want to help you enjoy common and uncommon fruits and vegetables.
Drop off/pick up points will be in any town that opens up with 5 or more customers. Right now, The Driftless Market in Platteville, Doolittle's Pub & Eatery in Cuba City, The Food Store in Dubuque, Udder Brothers Creamery in Boscobel, the Schreiner Memorial library in Lancaster, the Lemon Door in Fennimore, and Muddy Waters Pizza Pub in Prairie du Chien have all offered to help be drop off/pick up places for these weekly/biweekly CSA boxes. That's a total of 7 different towns you can choose from to get your local, fresh veggies!
People are learning fast about the great health benefits of Elderberry again. This wild American version, is almost twice as beneficial than its European cousin and has almost none of the hyped-up dangers.
This will not make you have a tummy ache if eaten fresh and new studies are forth coming from the University of Missouri dispelling the falsehoods. Absolutely, no risk if cooked.
What will happen? Your taste buds will "thank you" as you beef up your immune system with syrups, jellies, jams, or tea from their flowers.
Some of the berries that will likely be fresh this year in your boxes or ready for U-Pick are these Honey berries. Some say a they taste like a mix of Strawberries and blueberries.
All the berries on my farm a exceptionally healthy for you, Aronia being the highest on the ORAC USDA comparison chart. Elderberries second, cranberries third, and Black Currants 4th. The only one I don't have is cranberries. Many of these are great for smoothies if you do that kind of thing.
https://www.facebook.com/lancashirefarms/ Don't forget to "like" my page for quick updates. Not, just for boxes, but U-Pick and other specials.
For now we will do 15-week-periods, because the price needs to be paid "Up Front", the cost can feel like a lot. However, when you consider 15-weeks is around 4 months supply, it's reasonable. The reason for "up front" payment, is the seeds, supplies, and work needs to start long before you see your fresh box of food. The time frame takes commitment on both the farmer and the customers side.
Simple as it sounds. If you are a family of only two people, then this might be a good choice for you. This means, you commit to the same larger box of food but only take delivery every other week. This would be 8 weeks of the 15 weeks. However, you might only get one portion of a fruit or veggie in season during those two weeks. You also need to consider these in-season veggies/fruit generally last longer than ones from stores, because they've been picked early and shipped for periods of time. So fridge time is longer, but not more than a week on all items.
So, although it sounds perfect, when you're a smaller family, you still can consider bi-weekly. With this box, you are receiving about 1/2 of a normal box. The price will be a little more than half the cost of a regular box because supplies and delivery costs do not go down just because you take less produce. The benefit is that you get most of the fresh items at their in-season time frame, but you also will have less of something you might really want/like and possibly not some items included in the larger boxes. Still, a nice option for smaller families/individuals.
The cost of a weekly, normal box that should feed four people for 1 week on veggies with some fruit mixed in would be $35 a week (if picked up from a drop off point). $5 extra for home delivery (exceptions made for disabled or home-bound folks).
Of course, bi-weekly boxes are still $35 and a full box, but you only pay for 8 weeks up front.
The 1/2 box, for a family between 1-3 would be $20 a box and needs to be the full 15 weeks, not bi-weekly.
Full boxes per 15-week season = $525, full box, feeds 4-5 people, good portions like in picture, with added berries still.
8-week boxes, or bi-weekly = $280, same full box, just every other week.
1/2 size boxes, all 15 weeks ($20 a box) = $300, 1/2 of a full box, but fresh every week!
FREE IF YOU PICK UP YOUR BOX FROM A DESIGNATED DROP OFF POINT IN A DROP OFF TOWN.
$5 extra per week - if you want delivery to your porch/door. This is ONLY if there is a "drop off" place in your town already. Email: email@example.com and/or call/text: 608-732-3400
FOR THE FALL 2020 SHARE:
**How the Fall share of Fresh, Frozen berries works: (please note that you cannot pick up your weekly veggie boxes from the farm, too complicated with harvesting, delivery, paperwork, etc.)
During the second week (to assure enough Elderberry is harvested), September, Thursday 17- Saturday 19th, 2020 – Any time, WITHOUT appointment, from 2pm – 7 pm, you can drive to 6335 Mt. Zion Rd., Lancaster, WI 53813. These berries are usually sold at the farm for $8 a pound for Black Currants and Aronia, and $10 for Elderberry. Full Share gets $76 and biweekly/half is $42 worth of frozen berries. You can always buy more (if you want), for smoothies, pies, jams, jellies, juicing, syrups, and for healthy sauces. Also, we will give 1-pound of frozen Black Currant or Aronia or pay $2 for 1 pound of Elderberry for your time and trip to pick these up! So, Full Share should have 11 pounds of #1 organically-grown berries. Read next page if you cannot drive out to the farm for legitimate reason.
Full Share: You pick up 5-pounds of Black Currants, 2-pounds of Aronia, and 2-pounds of Elderberries. (plus 1 pound of Black Currants, Aronia, or 1 Elderberry # for $2 for your trip)
Half Share: You pick up 3-pounds of Black Currants, 1-pound of Aronia, and 1-pound of Elderberries. (plus 1 pound of Black Currants, Aronia, or 1 Elderberry # for $2 for your trip)
Bi-weekly Share: You pick up 3-pounds of Black Currants, 1-pound of Aronia, and 1-pound of Elderberries. (plus 1 pound of Black Currants, Aronia, or 1 Elderberry # for $2 for your trip)