CSA

Seasonal sweet treats that will have you anticipating each month's new flavors!

MONTHLY JELLY BOX

 

A Jelly Box is based on the idea of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).  A CSA is a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm & a community of supporters that provides a direct link between the production & consumption of food. Supporters cover a farm's yearly operating budget by purchasing a share of the season's harvest. CSA members make a commitment to support the farm throughout the season, and assume the costs, risks and bounty of growing food along with the farmer or grower.

 

Members help pay for product production costs, gardening/harvesting tools, labor, etc. In return, the farm provides, to the best of its ability, a supply of seasonal fresh produce or goods (in our case, jellies) throughout the growing season.

 

Becoming a member creates a responsible relationship between people & the food they eat, the land on which it is grown & those who grow/forage it. This mutually supportive relationship between local farmers, foragers, growers & community members helps create an economically stable farm operation in which members are assured the highest quality product at a fair price.

In return, farmers & growers are guaranteed a reliable market for a diverse & seasonal selection of wild & cultivated goodies. CSA reflects an innovative & resourceful strategy to connect local farmers & producers with local consumers; develop a regional food supply and strong local economy; maintain a sense of community; encourage land stewardship; and honor the knowledge and experience of growers and producers working with small to medium farms and food producers.

 

Not sure a CSA is for you? Check out our EXTRAS page for individual jars & gift sets.

WHAT'S IN SEASON

 

As we say good-bye to a July with record temps, I'm looking forward to my red zinger hibiscus (top pic) starting to flower.  This is one I love so much that I have 20 plants growing on our 1/5 acre yard!

Some other edible flowers around the upstate right now are:  roses, clovers, dandelions, cat's ear, 

daisies, elderflower/berries, anise hyssop, bachelor's buttons, basil, bee balm, calendula, chamomile, dill, fennel, chicory, mint, okra, kudzu, passionflower, rosemary, sage, scented geraniums, squash, sumac, sunflower (bottom pic), marigold, chives & Brassicas.  What flowers & herbs are you enjoying?

Upcoming flavors for August:
Elderberry, Tulsi (Holy Basil) &

one still being determined based on foraging availability.

HAPPENINGS

We've had mixed results with our yellow squash this year with a few yummy ones & others getting blossom end rot. (top pic). We did an extensive expansion of gardens using areas of our yard for the first time this season.  Taking notes on how each plant did & will be reconfiguring as we prep to plant our fall seeds the first half of August.

We are mostly in between harvests, which has been a wonderful break with the intense heat & humidity.  Taking the time to do some sun-mapping to improve our planting areas, figuring out where moisture sits & drains and seeing what we grew that we actually use or just thought we would.  I am also looking at a major redesign of my medicinal/fruit garden to help eliminate how prone the area is to powdery mildew & black spot.

Being outside for just a few minutes each day in the morning has been a great way to set my mood for the day.  Sometimes, my daughter joins me & we collect a small basket of flowers together.  We're still getting roses a few times a week if we can beat the beetles to them!  We've also added chive blossoms (bottom pic) once in awhile & are gathering calendula daily.

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