The farming season is fast approaching and we have been busy with tons of planning, ordering and field designs. The top of our kitchen table has been covered with seed catalogs for most of the month as we finalize our plans for bringing you the freshest vegetables and flowers possible.
Our CSA is open and the membership form is here on the 2018 Membership form page! We would love to have you be part of our farm family this summer and grow veggies and flowers for your family. Options for pick up are either on the farm in Owosso or for Okemos/ East Lansing folks at our pick up site 5151 Marsh Rd the site of the Meridian Farmers Market. Pick up is on Mondays from 5:00-6:00PM.
We have two sizes shares available. A standard share feeds a family of two and a premium share feeds a family of four or a vegetable loving family of two who may want to can or freeze their extra produce. Also don’t forget a flower share; a big beautiful bouquet of seasonal flowers available for you when you pick up your veggies.
We hope you check out our CSA and we invite you to join in this sustainable farmer to consumer relationship. Thank you!
Here are some pictures I have taken over the last few weeks. Follow me on instagram for daily images of our farm life. Look for the link on the right side of this page.
We have been busy this week doing seed research, preliminary crop planning and pouring through seed catalogs making plans for the spring. Thanks to everyone who gave us feedback from a Facebook post about what you would like to see in your CSA box/ on our market tables. We take your words to heart.
Later this week I will have the 2018 CSA membership form here on the website. It’s kind of low tech in that you have to copy it off, fill it out and mail it to the farm. Sorry for the inconvenience.
I ordered the lisianthus this week and we will be growing 9 colors again. I’m pretty excited about a few new ones. Any flower designers that want to buy our bulk flowers this summer just get in touch and let me know what you want us to grow.
Hey folks we will be at the Meridian Township Farmers Market from 10:00-2:00 at the Meridian Mall on Saturday January 6 with our delicious eggs, hot sauce, hot pepper crumbles, winter squash, garlic and farm cards and prints. Looking forward to seeing you there!!
Happy New Year to all our great CSA members, customers and Owosso Organics supporters!
I know I have been rather absent from these pages but I hope to be more active in the coming months as we enter into our slow season and hopefully during the season as well. We have had a lovely, slow and reflective Christmas and New Years break and are looking towards the 2018 season. The seed catalogs have begun to arrive and we will soon be making some concrete plans for our crops and markets. We want to send a sincere Thank You to everyone who has supported our farm this past year. If you are a customer at one of our farmers markets, what would you like us to grow for you this season? A CSA customer, What would you like to see in your boxes for the 2018 season?
We would love to grow our CSA this season so please feel free to pass the word on our CSA.
We have tentative plans to be at the Meridian Farmers Market in the Meridian Mall this Saturday January 6 from 10:00-2:00. We have lots of our delicious eggs as well as hot sauce, hot pepper crumbles, winter squash and farm cards and prints. Follow us on Facebook for updates. Thanks again everyone.
Please excuse my absence from these pages. The farm has been pretty demanding but I wanted to catch everyone up on whats been happening around here.
We just finished CSA distribution week #6 and are beginning to segue into summer crops as the heat from the last few weeks have brought many of the spring crops to an end. This weeks boxes found the first of the summer squash, cabbage, basil, fresh garlic, spinach and Growers Choice salad mix. Thank you to all our fantastic CSA members! Flower shares will begin soon, either this week or next. Can you still join Owosso Organics CSA? Yes you can! Copy the membership form found here at the website and prorate your membership cost reflecting the 6 weeks you have missed. Mail it to the farm with your check. Flower shares are yet to begin so they are still at $100.
We have been working tirelessly to keep up with the weeds and the farm looks fantastic right now so we called our friend Scott Allmen at Clearwater Media and he brought his drone and took some beautiful images of the farm. Look for that on the website soon.
We are in full swing at the Farmers Market. Saturdays we are at The Meridian Farmers Market from 8:00-2:00 and Sunday at The East Lansing Farmers Market from 10:00-2:00. Come see us!
The lisianthus are only a couple weeks away and the flower garden is really starting to show. We will have loads of flower bouquets at the markets in the coming weeks.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook (Owosso Organics) and on instagram link on the right side of the page.
Here are some images from the last few weeks. Enjoy!!
We still have plenty of spaces available in our 2017 vegetables and or flower CSA but we are hoping to get our memberships all sold by the beginning of May so if you are thinking of joining our CSA don’t delay! We are especially hoping to get more Okemos/East Lansing pick up folks so as an incentive…if you sign up for our CSA to pick-up at the Okemos/East Lansing site (5151 Marsh Rd., the site of the Meridian Farmers Market) in the month of April we will put your name in a drawing to give away to one lucky customer a free flower share for the season! (a $100 value). Help spread the word to your friends and neighbors!
Weather wise we are saturated. Puddles, standing water and flooding have marked this early spring. The snow, wind and sleet today didn’t help things. Needless to say we are hoping for some windy warm weather to round out this month. Meanwhile the greenhouses are filling up with plants and this week we started seeding in the field, heirloom and cherry tomatoes. Remember in just a few short weeks we will be back at the Meridian Farmers Market, opening day is Saturday May 6. Looking forward to seeing everyone then. We will have lots of plants and if the ground ever dries up some produce too! Thanks for following me in Instagram. Follow the link on the right side of this page. Here are some images I have been working with lately. Some are from last season.
After last weeks spring like temperatures we are back into more normal winter weather. We took advantage of the thaw to start some much needed clean up work on the farm and on some of the greenhouses we will need for early spring planting. The seed orders have all arrived (except for the back ordered items). They are all organized and the planting sheets are filled out, at least for the early spring work. In just a few days we will fire up the nursery greenhouse and spring will officially start. Until then, my kitchen is brimming with tiny of baby plants!
I mailed out the Owosso Organics 2017 brochures this week so if you were a member of our CSA over the last year or two you should receive yours in the mail soon. I’ve included an extra brochure to pass along to family and friends. We are doing Refer-A-Friend program this season where you can receive a 10% discount on your membership if you refer a new member. Make sure to write the name of your friend on your membership form and we will rebate you upon their paid membership. Friends must be new members and cannot split your share. Remember you can also get a CSA membership form right here on this website at the 2017 CSA membership form page. Just copy it (PDF file) fill it out and mail it to the farm with your membership fee.
We are pretty excited about some new items we are growing this year. (That’s called a plant-geek) We have a new summer squash called Magna that is supposed to have superior flavor over a long harvest period. A couple new sweet peppers, a big blocky orange pepper especially meant for greenhouse production and some beautiful new heirloom tomato varieties. Also we are going to try, try, try to have snap peas in your early boxes; hoping for a dry spring for that. Also stoked about some new flowers (that’s called a flower-geek) specifically Dahlias. I am trialing 15 different varieties and will use them in the bouquets as well as our wedding work. Don’t forget about our flower CSA share.
Ill be at a couple venues promoting our farm and CSA. Tomorrow February 26 at the CSA fair at Allen Street Market Place from 12-4 and on March 4-5 at Owosso High School at the Home Show. At the Home show I will be not only selling CSA shares but also selling our delicious hot sauce, hot pepper crumbles and my farm cards and prints. Sign up at either locations and you can receive either a free bottle of hot sauce or a coupon for a free flower bouquet picked up anytime this summer at one of our farmers markets.
Thank you all who have already signed up for our CSA. You have truly become what we call our extended farm family. With the early season financial demands on the farm your help is much appreciated. We look forward to seeing everyone as the farmers markets and the CSA distribution begins.
Today is the day!!! Our sign-up for the 2017 CSA season officially opens. The new membership form is right here on the page called “2017 CSA membership sign up form” Just click it to download the Pdf, fill it out and mail it to the farm with your payment. (yes, good old fashioned snail mail).
Please note we have (slightly) increased our prices this year as reflected on the membership form. We have not raised our prices for many, many years. The new price better reflects the current market rate for seasonal CSAs. It also helps us out with some of the increase in prices of imputs, seeds ect. that we have seen over the years.
New this year is a Refer a Friend Program. You receive 10% off your membership fee if you refer a friend to sign up for the CSA. Make sure to write your friends name on your membership form and when they sign up we will rebate you 10%. Friends must be new members and cannot be splitting your share.
We plan to mail out our 2017 CSA brochures next week and will include extra brochures for everyone. Our plan this season is to increase the size of our CSA and would love to have your help in doing so. Please feel free to pass out the extra brochures to your friends or refer them to the website. My cell number is on the brochure if anyone has any questions.
Thank you so much for all your support! Be sure to follow us on Facebook (under Owosso Organics) or on Instagram. Links on the right side of this page…..