Living Seasonally

It’s November 23rd, 2016. Until this weekend, the weather felt like September. But despite the warm weather, I’ve been feeling myself return to my winter habits. I am surprised to find that the shorter days drive my behavior more than the temperature outside.

As I spend more time at home cooking, reading, and enjoying the company of friends, I am grateful for the passage of time and the changing seasons. After a frenetic summer, I need the long nights to force me to slow down and rest. This is a time of regeneration.

I cooked more times in the last two weeks than I had in the entire month previous. What I’m cooking has changed also. Root vegetables are prominent in their sweet, crispy glory. I roasted a locally-raised chicken, and was reminded how many ways a chicken can feed a family. (Have you ever made homemade stock?). And, maybe best of all is the salad!!!

Even though temperatures have finally cooled off and the days are short, there is still so much growing at The Farm. This is the season for cold-hardy greens: spinach, lettuce, baby kale, arugula, ruby frills, and so much more. These greens taste sweet, crisp and have more bite than standard lettuce. As one of the CSA customers told me: “Your spicy salad mix has rocked my world!” Not only does our salad mix incorporate a broad variety of greens. But also, greens taste better in the fall/winter because sugar is nature’s antifreeze. Once the greens have frozen once, the flavor changes dramatically!

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What are your winter habits? One new habit I’m working on is feeling more gratitude. The best way to make a new habit is to practice. If you’re a St. Joe’s colleague, join the Gratitude Challenge Nov 28-Dec 16th. Learn more here.

Fall CSA openings

The Fall CSA*, which started 2 weeks ago, now has several open spots!

What: shares will include salad greens, carrots, beets, eggplant, squash, leeks, cabbage and more.

When: now-Dec 14

How This is a self-serve CSA, meaning that you will be able to pick your shares (a bag of produce) up from a cooler at the Farm anytime from 11am on Wednesdays to 9pm Sundays. Here’s a silly tutorial video on how to pick up your share.

Cost The cost is $20/week. We ask that you pay in full at or before the first pick up. Cost will vary depending on start date.

To join the CSA:

  1. Sign up using this form: 2016 Fall CSA
  2. Payment options include.
    1. Come to the Wednesday Farmer’s market (11-1) and pay with cash, check, credit card or payroll deduct.
    2. Bring cash or check (made out to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital) to the Farm.
    3. If you are a resident, please talk to Matt Malone.

Questions? Call 734-712-4667 or email Amanda (Amanda.Sweetman@stjoeshealth.org)

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A share from last fall

*Definition: If you haven’t heard of them, CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture, programs are a way for farms to connect directly with customers. Typically, farms offer a set number of “shares” which customers can purchase at the beginning of the season. Then customers come pick up their share each week for a set number of weeks. This is a great model for all involved, farmers get upfront capitol when they need it most and consumers get ultra-fresh, local produce.

Visit the Farm today!

Come visit us at the Farm today, July 28th! We are hosting a special event for our Prescription for Health participants and we want you to come too! Last year was so much fun!

What: Open house and farm market

When: 3:30-5:30pm

Where: The Farm at St. Joe’s

5557 McAuley Dr.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

(Map)

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Details: We will only be accepting cash, check, or Prescription for Health tokens.

Still spots available for Summer CSA!

We have 9 spots remaining in our Summer Staff CSA program! Read on to learn more and share with your friends and colleagues!

Farm at St. Joe’s Community Supported Agriculture Program

Both the Summer and Fall CSA sign-ups are live! If you haven’t heard about our CSA program, see the bottom of the post.11218169_1092881110723814_2659495670044168339_n

What: shares will include

Summer salad greens, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, onions and more!

Fall salad greens, carrots, beets, potatoes, squash, leeks, cabbage and more!

Who St. Joseph Mercy Employees. We will take 45 participants

When

Summer June 29-Sept 14

Fall Sept 21-Dec 14

How This is a self-serve CSA, meaning that you will be able to pick your shares (a bag of produce) up from a cooler at the Farm anytime from 11am on Wednesdays to 9pm Sundays. Here’s a kinda goofy tutorial video on how to pick up your share.

Cost The cost is $20/week. We ask that you pay in full at or before the first pick up.

Summer is $240 for a 12 week share

Fall is $260 for a 13 week share

To join the CSA:

  1. Sign up using these forms:
    1. Summer
    2. Fall
  2. Payment options include.
    1. Come to the Wednesday Farmer’s market (11-1) and pay with cash, check, credit card or payroll deduct.
    2. Bring cash or check (made out to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital) to the Farm.
    3. If you are a resident, please talk to Matt Malone.

Questions? Email or call (734)712-4667.

*Definition: If you haven’t heard of them, CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture, programs are a way for farms to connect directly with customers. Typically, farms offer a set number of “shares” which customers can purchase at the beginning of the season. Then customers come pick up their share each week for a set number of weeks. This is a great model for all involved, farmers get upfront capitol when they need it most and consumers get ultra-fresh, local produce.

Our program is collaborative! We partner with Green Things Farm and Seeley Farm to provide a wide diversity of crops.

Let me know if you have questions!

Email: Amanda.Sweetman@stjoeshealth.org

Call: 734-604-9643

CSA sign ups are live!

I have great news! It’s time to sign up for the Farm at St. Joe’s CSA program again! Both the Summer and Fall sign-ups are live! If you haven’t heard about our CSA program, see the bottom of the post.11218169_1092881110723814_2659495670044168339_n

What: shares will include

Summer salad greens, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, onions and more!

Fall salad greens, carrots, beets, potatoes, squash, leeks, cabbage and more!

Who St. Joseph Mercy Employees. We will take 45 participants

When

Summer June 29-Sept 14

Fall Sept 21-Dec 14

 How This is a self-serve CSA, meaning that you will be able to pick your shares (a bag of produce) up from a cooler at the Farm anytime from 11am on Wednesdays to 9pm Sundays. Here’s a kinda goofy tutorial video on how to pick up your share.

Cost The cost is $20/week. We ask that you pay in full at or before the first pick up.

Summer is $240 for a 12 week share

Fall is $260 for a 13 week share

To join the CSA:

  1. Sign up using these forms:
    1. Summer
    2. Fall
  2. Payment options include.
    1. Come to the Wednesday Farmer’s market (11-1) and pay with cash, check, credit card or payroll deduct.
    2. Bring cash or check (made out to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital) to the Farm.
    3. If you are a resident, please talk to Matt Malone.

Questions? Email or call (734)712-4667.

*Definition: If you haven’t heard of them, CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture, programs are a way for farms to connect directly with customers. Typically, farms offer a set number of “shares” which customers can purchase at the beginning of the season. Then customers come pick up their share each week for a set number of weeks. This is a great model for all involved, farmers get upfront capitol when they need it most and consumers get ultra-fresh, local produce.

Our program is collaborative! We partner with Green Things Farm and Seeley Farm to provide a wide diversity of crops.

Let me know if you have questions!

Email: Amanda.Sweetman@stjoeshealth.org

Call: 734-604-9643