Welcome to the winter share!
You have joined a winter Eggs and Greens share with Stony Ridge Farm, and we THANK YOU!
By taking the risk of becoming a 4-season farm, we allow our cash flow to remain positive through the winter months. The past 2 years have taught us that this is essential to our long-term viability. Perhaps you know how credit in the off months can catch up with a business…
Each of you has been given a start date, or know that this share will kick in when your current share commitment is satisfied. We have 21 members. Once the current molt is over, we will be back to 24 dozen eggs per week from our older girls. The pullets will begin laying sometime in the next month, and that will add another 10 dozen per week. So, we’re pretty confident about the eggs.
As for greens production, we will have spinach, salad and mustards, cabbage, broccoli, kale and brussels sprouts in the market garden. These will be fine through November/early-December and then back sometime in February depending on how gray the weather. We are currently refining our sprout, shoots, and microgreen production. These will help us through the darker days of the winter (mid-December to February). Everyone will have the option to pause a week’s share if they think it is not the $20 value they are seeking (eggs are valued at $5/dz).
An email will come each week describing the share and letting you know if things are getting challenging. No one will lose a share due to production issues or weather challenges. Feel free to pause for vacations as well.
We will not be offering broiler chickens this winter. The cost was just too high. We will offer them to full share members in 2017 at no additional cost. Thanks to each and every one of you who purchased a chicken this year. We can’t work our way toward a full diet, 4-season CSA without the brave few who are willing to support the risks so that everyone else can benefit. THANKS!
Finally, we are currently becoming approved to offer ferments through our farm share program. Once approved, ferments will be offered to winter share members at no extra cost. We will ask for feedback to help us plan for the future. THIS is very exciting!
It looks to be a perfect weekend, weather-wise, go outside and play!
Lorrie & Bob