AMADOR HILL FARM AND ORCHARD

A Program of the Women’s Environmental Institute

What is a CSA?

(Community Supported Agriculture or a CSA Share)

Yes, we have re-named our farm Amador Hill Farm and Orchard. It still remains WEI’s farm and central to our education programming and visitor attractions

A FULL SHARE at WEI’s Amador Hill Farm offers you a three-quarter bushel box of organically certified fruits, vegetables and herbs for 18 weeks to our CSA Shareholders.  The box is delivered on Fridays from mid-June to mid-October at the drop-site of your preference.  CSA shares are delivered to eleven different  drop sites  located throughout the Twin Cities Metro and North Branch areas As a shareholders, you pay an annual subscription fee and share with us the harvest, joys, rewards and inherent risks that are all a part of farming. Most of all we enjoy growing healthy organic produce for you and love to share recipe ideas and suggestions with you from all of our shareholders

The FLEX CSA BOX is the same as the FULL SHARE but we deliver to you only 12 weeks out of the 18.  You select the dates and the drop-site.  This will help you plan for vacations or time away from home.

Amador Hill Farm is certified organic by the Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA) which means that we have a rigorous third party verification process to ensure that we use no petrochemical insecticides, herbicides, fungicides or GMO/treated seeds. We certify because it helps increase the visibility of the organic farming economic sector, when farms certify, and we believe in the rigor and care required for this certification. This is your guarantee from USDA through MOSA certification that you have purchased organically certified produce. Amador Hill Farm is also a member of Minnesota Grown, Hungry Turtle Farmers Coop, Sustainable Farming Association and we are the administrator for the North Circle Online Farmers Market serving East Central Minnesota.

CSA SNAPSHOT: Amador Hill Farm will be growing over 200 varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruits most of which you will find in your box.  These will be packaged, mixed and scaled down to 8-10 bundles/bunches/bags per box. We will try to balance basic household and well-loved food with a few lesser known fruits or vegetables for culinary exploration and cooking fun. A weekly newsletter which includes recipes for the produce in the box will be sent to you electronically on Thursday at 10:30 – a day before the CSA box is delivered to give you ideas for meals and shopping lists. Two things we outsource with local sustainable organic farmers are berries and sweet corn, which we don’t grow, but we believe these round  out our CSA offerings. Everything else in the box we grow from seed —seeding by hand either into trays to transplant or by direct seeding — or from our apple trees.  It always amazes us to see the farm emerge from tiny seeds and enriched by our healthy organically certified soil and from the tiny beauty of bloom on our apple trees.  We love this miracle of nature

Why do we do this?  Because we care about health, we care about the land, we care about really good and tasty food, we care about the organic farming movement, and we care about our wider WEI mission of environmental, food and farming justice.

Our farm is a farm and more than a farm. By ordering your CSA through WEI, you are not only supporting our farmers and making a pathway to your own health, but you are also helping us support our education program which centers largely on our Amador Hill Farm Campus.

 

 

 

 

Living with Our Local Seasons.  What to expect.

Early Season

Salad Greens, Spinach, Arugula, Amaranth, Sugar Snap Peas, Scallions, Swiss Chard, Collards, Chives, Garlic Scapes, Radishes, Herbs.

Mid Season

Salad Greens, Summer Squash, New Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans, Sweet Corn, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Kohlrabi, Scallions, Broccoli, Beets, Onions, Okra, Raspberries, Leeks, Eggplant, Herbs.

Late Season

Salad Greens, Garlic, Tomatoes, Winter Squash, Carrots, Sweet Corn, Peppers, Broccoli, Cabbage, Potatoes, Onions, Baking Apples, Pumpkins, Brussels Sprouts, Turnips, Yams, Dry Beans, Root Vegetables, Herbs Check out the total list of over 150 varieties we are growing this year (members are not guaranteed a sample of each variety but a generous mix of the total list)