Update!!

The sun warmed the hoops and we were able to harvest. We’ll see you tomorrow in the hospital lobby from 11-1.

Plus, there is a special event being put on by our partners: Prescription for Health

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Nov 3rd last day to sign up for Fall CSA!

Hello Everyone,

Make healthy eating easier–join the CSA program! You will receive a bag of delicious vegetables each week and support local famers. This season is shorter (7 weeks) and features items like: squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, spinach, lettuce, kale, and radishes.

Sign up today! Click here

Cost: $140

Program runs Nov 8th–Dec 20th.

Note: we’ve changed systems and are now using the class/event registration- you have to “add an event” to be able to register and pay

emily and nicole packing shares

Interns helping to pack shares.

Why is there no half-share?

This season is short and will contain many of our storage vegetables, meaning that these vegetables will keep for 1-2 months if you keep them in a cool dark place. Meaning that it is less likely that you will be overrun by vegetables that will go bad quickly. As always, we encourage you to share with a co-worker, neighbor, or friend.

What is a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 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 shares each week for a set number of weeks. This is a great model for all involved, farmers get up-front capitol when they need it most and consumers get ultra-fresh, local produce.

Our CSA is a bit different: it is collaborative and self-serve. Collaborative means that many farms in the area contribute food. We strive to work with only the best growers that use safe and sustainable growing practices. Self-serve means that you have from Wednesday at 12pm and Monday at 5pm to pick it up.

 

Sign up now for the Fall CSA!

 

Do you love fresh produce? Do you want to eat more vegetables and support local farms?

Then sign up for the 2017 Fall CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program at The Farm at St. Joe’s!

What: Get a bag of produce each week from the Farm! Stock up on fall favorites like squash, potatoes etc!

When: November 8- Dec 20. You pick up your produce straight from the Farm (5557 McAuley Dr). You can come anytime from Wednesdays at 2pm until Wednesdays at 8pm.

How: Register and pay online. (If you are a medical resident please contact Amanda, she will help you use your stipend $). 

How much: $140 ($20 per week)

Who? Anyone. Tell your friends!

 

Questions? Email Farm Manager, Amanda Sweetman, at Amanda.Sweetman@Stjoeshealth.org

 

Fine print: We do not offer refunds. Bags that are not picked up by 8pm on Mondays are forfeit.

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Summer Camp Fun!

We just had an amazing week of Farm, Field & Forest summer camp!

Campers got to explore how we can sustain ourselves with good nutrition and our environment with responsible actions.

We also got an unexpected tour of a medical helicopter!

There are more spots open for Farm to Table morning camp the week of August 14-18 from 10am-noon for ages 4-7 with an adult; register here: http://aarecedsummer.weebly.com/farm-to-table-cooking-with-kids.html

CSA week 4

Greetings everyone!

As the summer progresses, The Farm is a hopping spot! The tomatoes are starting to come on (visit the Farmers market tomorrow), the peppers are starting to set, and I spied a baby eggplant the other day! I’ve attached the newsletter for the CSA pilot that we’re running for low-income families. There are lots of great pictures!

This week’s share includes:

Kale

Green Onions

Blueberries (conventionally grown)

Zucchini

Cucumber

Parsley

Head lettuce

Green beans

Fruit spotlight: Blueberries

Blueberries are nutritional powerhouses, packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin K, manganese, fiber and numerous health-inducing phytonutrients. Blueberries contain high levels of diverse antioxidants and are believed to provide many health benefits, including boosting brain and heart health, protecting against  pathogens, reversing damage caused by toxins, preventing and fighting cancer, and improving gut health.

Recipe suggestions:

Kale Tabbouleh

Farm highlight: Ann Arbor Seed Company

Ann Arbor Seed Company is your local source for quality garden vegetable and flower seeds. Our farm is located just west of Ann Arbor, so the seeds we sell are proven to thrive with our local climate and soil conditions. We’re involved in all steps of the process, from selecting for the best taste and vigor, to cleaning and packaging seeds, so we can be sure of the best quality. Our seed packets can be found at local retailers, the downtown Ann Arbor farmer’s market (seasonally), and on our online shop.  Please visit www.a2seeds.com for more details.

We would be honored if you would give our seeds a try in your garden this year! Sincerely, Eric, Meredith, and Stacy

Fun Facts: 1.Seed farming allows us to see our crops in all stages of their lifecycle. We enjoy letting lettuce bloom, over-maturing our zucchini, and letting carrots flower in their second year over 6 ft tall. 2.Eric’s favorite crops are the biennial root vegetables like carrots, beets, and onions. He feels rich having so much good food at the fall harvest. They are such dynamic seed crops, fast growing and beautiful in their second year. 3.We keep bees to help promote pollinating of our crops. It’s also fun to observe the great diversity of wild pollinators buzzing or crawling about in a patch of flowering vegetables.

 

Thanks as always for being a part of The Farm family,

Amanda and the Farm team

 

CSA week 5

Hi Everyone!

 

What a beautiful day! The Farm was happy to welcome our first summer campers today! Our Farm, Field, and Forest Summer camp started today! Do you know any teenagers who like playing outside? Our session next week is in danger of not running due to low enrollment! Seriously, this is what I wish I could have done as a teenager.

 

What: Farm Field and Forest Teen Camp

Explore our unique hospital-based vegetable farm, our native prairie and our woods by the Huron River. Each day we do farm chores, gather information on a hike, and investigate nature through hands-on activities. Learn how to best take care of yourself by eating well and your environment by living sustainably. Share your discoveries through presentations, projects and journaling.

Cost: 269

When: July 24-July 28 (M-F 9am-4pm)

Who: Grades 6-10

Register HERE

 

More spots available!! We have one person looking to leave the CSA and due to demand, our farmers have agreed to let more people into the CSA. Tell friends and co-workers!

 

Produce this week:

Chard

Blueberries

Cherry tomatoes

Basil

Green onions

Cucumbers

Eggplant

Head Lettuce

 

Vegetable highlight: Eggplant

The eggplant in your share this week are the oriental variety. Long and skinny and good for stir-fry! These are another favorite vegetable of mine. I love to cook Asian-inspired dishes and eggplant really elevates any dish. Last week I made a hoisin eggplant stirfry and added a ton of basil on top. Of course I didn’t write down the recipe but here’s a something to get you started: Hoisin glazed eggplant

 

Farm highlight: Ann Arbor Seed Company

Ann Arbor Seed Company is your local source for quality garden vegetable and flower seeds. Our farm is located just west of Ann Arbor, so the seeds we sell are proven to thrive with our local climate and soil conditions. We’re involved in all steps of the process, from selecting for the best taste and vigor, to cleaning and packaging seeds, so we can be sure of the best quality. Our seed packets can be found at local retailers, the downtown Ann Arbor farmer’s market (seasonally), and on our online shop.  Please visit www.a2seeds.com for more details.
We would be honored if you would give our seeds a try in your garden this year! Sincerely, Eric, Meredith, and Stacy
Fun Facts:

1.Seed farming allows us to see our crops in all stages of their lifecycle. We enjoy letting lettuce bloom, over-maturing our zucchini, and letting carrots flower in their second year over 6 ft tall.

2.Eric’s favorite crops are the biennial root vegetables like carrots, beets, and onions. He feels rich having so much good food at the fall harvest. They are such dynamic seed crops, fast growing and beautiful in their second year.

3.We keep bees to help promote pollinating of our crops. It’s also fun to observe the great diversity of wild pollinators buzzing or crawling about in a patch of flowering vegetables.

 

See the attached newsletter for more recipes and updates about the farm.

 

Thanks as always for being a part of The Farm family,

 

Amanda and the Farm team