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Apprentices Lauren, Cait and Felicia getting the veg ready.

Apprentices Lauren, Cait and Felicia prepping the broccoli & spinach

Today is opening day of the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market. We’ll be there every Saturday, come by, say hello and pickup some of our fine, fresh produce. Here’s hoping next Saturday it will be a little warmer!

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Winter Storage box of vegatables

This is one hefty box of veg! The Persephone Farm Winter Storage Box includes onions, garlic, potatoes and winter squash of all sorts. Stock up with local comfort food for the winter (some are available tomorrow at the Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market).

With the late warm season, we have a big bountiful harvest to share with you. Please come see us at the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market tomorrow for a wide selection of local food goodness — parsnips, brussels sprouts, carrots, beets, leeks, greens and lots more. (Saturday 9am-1pm) Be sure to ask Rebecca about Persephone Farm’s Winter CSA.

Rebecca and buckets of white flowers

Rebecca prepares for a white wedding!

I keep seeing references to local flowers. Debra Prinzing’s new book “The 50 Mile Bouquet” is all about seasonal, local and sustainable flowers. That’s the subtitle! Well it sure makes sense. Why celebrate your love with roses shipped all the way from South America. Think of the carbon footprint on that bouquet. Yikes! Anyway Persephone Farm has been growing and providing flowers for years. CSA subscribers get bouquets and are told not to feel guilty about it. The flower beds and borders aren’t just for their beauty, but also for their ability to attract precious pollinators and beneficial insects to the farm. They add diversity to the crop rotations.

Besides subscribers, brides and other folks can get Persephone flowers for special occasions, weddings, anniversary parties and such. Learn more about their flowers for special occasions in Kitsap County.

Usually there are plenty of pretty seasonal bouquets to choose from at Persephone’s booth at the Bainbridge Island farmers market. Go ahead pick out one for your honey. Feel good and enjoy your local flowers!

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Wednesday, June 6, 5:30-7:30pm at the Farm
All registered subscribers are requested to attend. (If you’re not yet a subscriber and would like to join, please contact us.) It’s important that at least one member of each subscriber household attend. After this meeting, our pickups will be on a self-serve basis and must run smoothly for everyone to get his/her share of the just-harvested bounty.

We’ll explain the system at the orientation, as well as sign you up for bread, cheese or egg shares, or other delectable additions to our own farm’s harvest, if you’re interested. Each of these is an add-on to the CSA, a delicious way to support local producers, and an opportunity to collect an even more abundant basket each week. Your first vegetables of this season will be ready for you to take home. The distribution will come at the end of the evening for new subscribers. Returnees may pay their balance, grab veggies and go if you like. Bring a bag or box to carry your bounty down the driveway. Please park on Midway or in the designated pasture area halfway up the drive. Our parking area at the orientation site is limited to those who cannot make the 100-yard walk up the hill.

Rebecca, Louisa, Bill and our apprentices are very excited to see this program starting for another glorious season. We look forward to meeting all our new subscribers and seeing the familiar faces of friends and neighbors.

 

First pickup and subscriber orientation is soon — June 6th

Fom what I hear, the 2012 Season is looking to be abundant! The first CSA pickup and “Orientation” is a special event. All subscribers converge at the farm, (including the Bainbridge Islanders). Tasty hor d’oeuvres are served, subscribers learn how the self-serve pickups work, tour the garden to see their veggies growing and meet the new apprentices. Also we can choose “add-ons” from local producers — wonderful cheese, bread, eggs, honey, etc. If you haven’t signed up yet, give Rebecca a call and reserve your share (360) 297-1877. Imagine having lots of fresh very local, sustainably grown veggies every week, June – October! Start a healthy, yummy habit. Learn more about Persephone’s CSA.

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