CSA Member U-Pick Nuts and Bolts

U-pick opportunities are underway!  Whether you are a member of our on-farm CSA, or a Market Share member at the Westside Community Market (full-season members only), you are invited to participate in our U-pick opportunities as part of your membership.   There is no charge to members for these items, we only ask that you take what your household will put to use and follow any posted limits.   Many of our members tell us it's their favorite part of the CSA experience!

Flowers: Our flowers are starting to bloom!  They are located in the barnyard to the right of the pick-up area.  You are welcome to pick anything that is blooming.  We have scissors, rubber bands, and plastic bags on hand to bundle your stems for the ride home.  Veteran members bring their own snips or scissors so they don't have to wait for a pair during busy times.022

Herbs: Our herb garden is the first thing you come to if you walk out to our fields from the main parking area.  There are blue signs indicating the herbs that are ready to harvest.  We have several large basil plantings for pesto harvests as well--we'll let you know as those become ready to pick.

Tomatoes: Sauce and Cherry Tomato U-pick usually starts near the beginning of August--we'll let you know!  Our tomato patch moves every year as we rotate crop families around the farm, so we'll have signs pointing the way to this year's patch.  We'll also have larger plantings of basil and cilantro in the tomato field for your sauce and salsa needs.  We have a dedicated  cherry tomato hoop house for U-pick next to the herb garden that will open up around the same time.

Sauce tomatoes!

Sauce tomatoes!

Pickling Cucumbers:  This year we will have 2 plantings of pickling cucumbers for U-pick, starting a bit later due to a very wet June.  Look for them starting in mid-August.

When can CSA Members pick?  BOTH on-farm and market members are welcome to visit the farm during our CSA hours on Wednesdays 3-7pm for picking.  We are available at the barn during this time to show you around.

This year we will also have several "Open Picking" times during the week for you to come and pick, in order to reduce off-hours appointments.  You are still welcome to call the farm to set up an alternate time if needed.

Please note that areas of the farm not posted for U-pick are NOT open for picking.  If you unsure whether an area is open, please ask us at the barn.  

Questions about U-pick?  Just ask!  Email or call Kristen, or ask us at the farm or market when you see us.

 

Happy Harvest Season!

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