Hello Friends of Jollity Farm!
We hope this spring finds you well. We have had a good rest this winter and used the time to further develop our farm plans and infrastructure. The farm is in full swing now and the greenhouse is busting at the seams. Early peas, beans, asian greens, radish and carrots are already sprouting in the fields.
Thank you to those of you who took the time to fill out our questionnaire last season. It has really helped us to develop our future plans in a direction we feel confident will be supported by the community. With your feedback in mind we will slowly be developing our plant nursery (flowers:annuals + perennials, veggie starts and herbs) and our farm shop. It is our goal to fill our farm shop with products grown or made on the farm plus other yummy things sourced from Vancouver Island farms and food producers. We will also start preparing more ready made foods using the excess produce from the farm in our soon to be certified commercial mobile kitchen. We’ve had a lot of requests for more guidance when it comes to getting the most out of your weekly produce so we’ll aim to offer more tips and simple recipes in our newsletters plus a few informal cooking classes throughout the season. Stay tuned for our first class – Cheesemaking 101 (sometime in June).
Although we have explored some ideas presented to us that might allow more flexibility with our CSA, we have decided to stick with the tried and true formula for another year. Some of you have shared some great ideas with us regarding other systems like a farm ‘co-op/credit’ card etc. but the logistics have proved too challenging for our current scale. Perhaps as our production continues to increase we will be able to offer a broader range of choice.
We anticipate a bountiful growing season ahead and have considered your feedback and will continue to try and grow more of your favourites. We have invested in a new style of ground cover bio-degradable mulch and some high tech insect netting that will help us continue to grow delicious organic veggies and not have to share as much with the bugs.
This year we will offer the choice of a Wednesday or Saturday morning pick up. The times will still be the same 10am to 1pm. Please let us know what day would work the best for you. We have chosen to harvest 2x/week in order that we don’t have to refrigerate as many items and can harvest fruit and veggies when they are ripe and ready to eat.
The cost of the small boxes will be $20/week and large boxes $28/week. If you found you didn’t have enough in your small box last year then please opt for the larger size. The smaller boxes are mostly meant supplement a home garden supply or provide for a single person. You may notice the boxes have gone up by $2/each. After reviewing our records from last year, we have figured these extra funds will help with more investment in mulch and manure throughout the growing season, as well as supplementing the cost of packaging (punnets and bags). We’ll keep you in plentiful supply of salad greens, heads of lettuce and sprouts to account for the extra cost.
When you send your confirmation email we encourage you to remind us of some of the veggies you love, and others you don’t care for so much. We appreciate your payment for the full season and cheques can be dropped off at the farm or in our mailbox (Box 6-6). We also accept e-transfer! If you would like to talk to us about a payment schedule that might work better for you (split into two equal payments, monthly or weekly) we are open to discussion.
We will be building our flock of laying chickens as we are only able to serve a few families at the moment. If you would like to have a regular supply of free range eggs in your weekly box please let us know. We will continue making our artisan sourdough bread and have added a new, lighter honey loaf into the roster. Please let us know if you would like a standing order for regular bread with your box.
Some of the other goodies you can look forward to in our farm shop are: local honey, free range meats, preserves and sauces, soups, dry goods, baking and lots more. If there are partic
ular grocery items that you would like to receive on a regular basis, please let us know. We will be doing our best to stock our little shop with many yummy and locally sourced food products for your enjoyment and convenience.
Contact Elisabeth or Noah Bond via email or phone (250.416.6736) for more information.