CSA time!

It’s time to pick out your CSA for 2011! In case you haven’t been introduced to the concept, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Generally how it works like this: you give your money to the farmer in the spring when the farmer doesn’t yet have a steady income. In return you get a box or bag of produce every week throughout the summer season. Usually the CSA price is a discount from what the same produce would bring at the farmer’s market. So you save money and support the farm too – quite a bargain! Here are the farms offering CSAs who attended the March 21 meeting of the Kitsap County Agricultural Alliance, in alphabetical order: Abundantly Green Marilyn Holt’s 80 acre farm is the largest operating farm in the county. This certified organic CSA offers a substantial discount for a 20 week season. Pick up is at the … Continue reading

Finnriver Farm

I’m still catching up on the report of my Jefferson County foodshed tour on Halloween Sunday. Last stop of the day was Finn River Fram. This diversified small farm includes blueberries, grains, and cider. We arrived during one of Crystie Kisler’s cidery tours. She told us we’d driven through their orchard on the way into the farm, although we probably hadn’t recognized it, as it is composed of small espaliered trees which give small sour fruit not for eating but for making cider. I have rather a big personality among quiet soft spoken farming folk, and I’m afraid I made a fool of myself again. When I commented on the outdoor oven, Crystie mentioned Finnriver was considering holding a how-to-make-an-outdoor-oven workshop next summer, whereupon I whooped aloud. I would love an outdoor oven! I wandered around taking photos of the blueberry fields while Ted tasted cider. When I left the … Continue reading

Petersen Farm Day

I spent my birthday on the farm. Today was the Great Peninsula Conservancy’s “Petersen Farm Day” event. If you’ve ever walked the Clear Creek Trail to its north end in the marshy grasslands you’ve seen it. Turning off Hwy. 303 to SR 3, if you look to the right, that large open grassland with the fantastic old barn is the place. Today’s event combined community activism with a family get-together. Gerry Petersen’s niece Dorothy Lind led walking tours of the farm, trading family stories with her cousins. The farm’s current overseer Scott Hall told us the history of that marvelous 1904 barn. A very entertaining historian acted the part of Holm’s neighbor Levin, whose home is now part of the Petersen farm. So many of the people who showed up today are friends and neighbors of the farm and its people. Nikki Johanson of Pheasant Fields Farm is growing row … Continue reading