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Don't forget about the beans, through those in your Stir Fry if you like...
Elderberry field...you can get these berries in late summer and DIY Elderberry Syrup for your family
The First Winter box is exploratory - in other words, it depends on supply and demand.
Also, if we put in a Certified Kitchen to make baked goods. We want to be as safe as
possible and get our customers the best. If Spring/Summer/Autumn go well and enough
business is procured for a State Certified Kitchen then we may go ahead with this winter
box...for 10-15 weeks (will be updated in the Autumn). This may end up being only a veggies box too depending on the 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 NOT included until we can procure/build a State Certified Kitchen to make sure our products are the best for our customers.
We believe selling direct is not an issue, but to error on the side of caution, we are waiting out this Spring/Summer/Fall to see the interest in Winter boxes with approved baked goods from a certified kitchen. Sorry, for any inconvenience, fresh veggies and fruits are better anyway:)
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. For instance, The Lemon Door owner has offered to be a pick up place for Saturday mornings...or other days. The Library in Lancaster has agreed to be another pick up place. Prairie du Chien and Platteville have yet to be determined, but some places are in communication with us. We hope to have a 4-8 hour window, with some of that time outside normal business hours to help everyone have time to get their boxes.
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.
At https://www.facebook.com/lancashirefarms/ we are asking people if they are seriously interested in a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) box of fresh berries and vegetables. This page will help explain what that means. This is not new, although you may be new to the idea, the boxes are full of In-Season vegetables (and in our case fruit too) usually delivered to a drop-off point in your town to pick up weekly or bi-weekly. Please visit the Facebook page to private message (PM) or comment to be included in this initial phase. Don't forget to "like" my page for quick updates. Not, just for boxes, but U-Pick and other specials.
Based on current thoughts from potential buyers on Facebook, there are some options. Most likely, 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.
I believe we could start delivering in the last week in May. That means - May, June, July, August and into September for Spring/Summer boxes. September, October, November, and December for Autumn boxes. Winter boxes would be January, February, and maybe some of March. In 2021, we hope to change this and have Spring Boxes are in March, April, and May...then Summer and Fall boxes. This is why Winter boxes are not FIRM right now, you have to stay tuned to know if I will proceed with those.
NOTE: In 2021, we hope to change this and have Spring Boxes are in March, April, and May...then Summer and Fall boxes. This is why Winter boxes are not FIRM right now, you have to stay tuned to know if I will proceed with those.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or call/text: 608-732-3400