Great Greens Giveaway Drive Thru
March 28th 12-4pm
Hello friends and neighbors,
Here is another update! Sorry for all the info. I'll send one more on Friday just to make sure we all are on the same page. Check out the pictures of the greens and roots below.
We are still going ahead with our distribution of kale and spinach, and sale of some root veggies to our CSA members on Saturday, March 28th from 12-4pm. We will not be celebrating spring with our u-pick greens event, but instead will be giving out healthy, life sustaining food to help us get through this time. Farms have just been officially designated as 'essential life sustaining businesses' and that is exactly correct!
This being said, you need to decide for yourself whether the risk/reward is great enough to come out to the farm and of course we respect either decision. Our distribution will be safer than going to the grocery store; we will be prepping all week at a safe distance from each other, washing our hands and wearing disposable gloves. We will also be wearing hand sewn masks made by Natasha Keller at the distribution for your safety (click her name for her pattern).
How the deal goes down
You stay in your car. Most important.
We will stay 6' from every car and square away payment details. If you paid via Paypal or sent a check in the mail we can move on to a veggie transfer. If you have a check for us or cash in an envelope you can put it in a bucket that our staff will have on hand. If you would like to purchase additional carrots, beets, potatoes, or a mixed bag of watermelon radishes and daikon radishes please bring a check and a pen with you. If you forget you can Paypal us when you get home.
Then if you are ok with us approaching and handing you a bag of greens at arms length that is great. We can also hand you roots in bags. Done deal.
If you would rather we put the bag outside your car door, let us know and we will be happy to accommodate you. Then you can open the door and grad the bag. You can also roll down a window and we can put it on a seat. Or if you have a tailgate that you can open and close we can put it in your trunk and you can close the trunk. We will not open a car door or close the trunk.
We are offering this pickup event because we feel it is important fo us to provide you with healthy food that nourishes the body and is so delicious, it will lift you spirits. In addition to our offerings we have arranged a bread pickup with Wide Awake Bakery on the 28th (info below), Cayuga Sunrise Farm across the street from us will be selling meat the same day (info below), and The Trumansburg Main Street Market has a great inventory for curbside pickups (info below.)
I'm so thankful for our CSA community and we care about you so much and feel that it is important to share our food with you at this moment.
Here are more event details:
If you've signed up already for the Summer CSA or sign up at this event with a check you can park in our parking lot and we will give you a free bag of greens from our greenhouse. We will also have 8 lb bags of carrots, beets, and potatoes for sale for $15, and a mixed bag of watermelon radishes and purple daikons for $10, but we need to limit the sale of roots to one bag each per share. These bags will also be brought to your car and we are not taking preorders for roots. Roots can only be purchased with a check or later with Paypal. We have also extended the hours from 12-4 to spread out the traffic and look forward to seeing all your smiling faces (from 6 feet away). CSA after all is Community Supported Agriculture with the emphasis on Community and we need to secure our local food supply now more than ever.
If you can sign up before the event that is even better!
That gives us a chance to do some accounting and early sign-ups help us with cash flow and our general piece of mind. Your support early in the season also helps cover the cost of seeds and supplies for the year. You can purchase your share by sending a check for the whole season, multiple postdated checks, or by paying online via Paypal. Visit our website for pricing and the Join Form. If you've been a member just look over the join form for payment dates, etc but you don't need to fill it out this year.
Do you know someone that is food insecure? Community members? Church members?
We also have shares available through the Healthy Food For All Program. Healthy Food for All is a farmer-driven initiative that partners local CSA farms to make fresh, seasonal produce accessible to all community members regardless of income. If you are WIC or Food Stamp eligible, HFFA gives you the option to purchase a weekly share of the harvest at 50% off. Single parents with children under five are eligible for an additional subsidy. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-272-2292 for more info.
Free hat incentive!
The crew and I are very excited for this season and are hoping that you help spread the word about our Summer CSA. Again, as an incentive to sign up new members, we will be offering a free hat to anyone that signs up someone that was not a member last season. Just have them put your name down on the Join Form. Hats can be picked up at the start of the season in June.
Spread the Word with a quick click
Are you on Facebook? We have an event on Facebook for our Great Greens Giveaway. If you could help us spread the word we would appreciate it very much. Word of mouth is the best advertising..or in this case friend to friend on Facebook.
2020 Two Adult Household Share
This year's base price for the 2020 Season is just over $25 per week.
Weekly distribution of richly grown produce of your choice in a Filled Sweet Land Farm bag. You pick and choose the vegetables each week that go into your bag.
Itemized vegetables including tomatoes and garlic.
Access to u-pick crops like strawberries, raspberries, kale, chard, peas, beans, flowers, shishito peppers, etc. Most of the u-pick crops become unlimited! When we say unlimited we mean it!
Invitation to farm events
An invitation to come to the farm for family or personal recreation - walks, picnics, etc.
A Sweet Land Farm bag for new members
Why sign up this year?
More heirloom tomatoes
More flowers and more varieties
U-pick Shishito Peppers
More U-pick fingerling potatoes!
More salad mix and spicy greens
And a few more surprises...
This is a one-time event, if you miss it there are no make-ups. You may send a friend in your stead. This event is only open for CSA members.
Wide Awake Bread at our Pickup
Wide Awake Bakery will have Gary's bread, a sourdough bread, for you at the Greens Giveaway, but no cash changing hands.
IF you ARE already a member of the Wide Awake Bakery breadshare, you can go to your account page and add loaves from the "store."
IF you are NOT already a member of the Wide Awake Bakery, please take your bread, enjoy it, and send the Wide Awake Bakery a check.
The loaves cost $6.50 for those who are NOT bakery members, and $5.50 for those of you who are bakery members.
Please take the time to read and understand how this works.
Note that being a member of Sweet Land Farm is not the same as being a member of the Wide Awake Bakery breadshare.
You can mail a check to the bakery at Wide Awake Bakery
4361 Buck Hill Rd. S. Trumansburg NY 14886
Cayuga Sunrise Farm Meat Pickup
We are located right across from Sweet Land Farm, just north of the Town of Trumansburg, at 9737 Route 96. We are now taking sign-ups for our Summer CSA program! First pick up is Friday May 15th, occurring every month for 6 months. We offer three share options including both 100% grass-fed beef and naturally raised pork. Visit our webpage CayugaSunriseFarm.com for more information about our farm and our Meat CSA program to sign up for your share today.
In response to the coronavirus we are also now offering ground meat, hamburger patties, and hot dogs by the package every Tuesday & Friday through the end of April. Visit our website (CayugaSunriseFarm.com) to place your order today. Now’s a good time to try local grass fed beef! We offer a wide variety of meats and encourage all to join our CSA. Local high quality, grass fed beef at a reasonable price.
We will be open and available on March 28th, 1-4pm. During Sweet Land Farm’s Great Greens Giveaway to answer any questions you may have, or to pick up packaged meat (pre-orders preferred). We will greet you out at your car for questions or pick-up.
Cayuga Sunrise Farm
Trumansburg Main Street Market Curbside Pickup
Hi Trumansburg! We are "open" for online ordering of our entire grocery inventory and certain prepared foods. Order online any time at www.tburgmainstreetmarket.com for curbside pickup OR home delivery Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday between 4pm and 5pm that day! Stay healthy! Sending love!
Trumansburg Main Street Market
21 East Main Street
Trumansburg, NY 14886
OTHER CSAS AVAILABLE FOR THE SEASON
Wide Awake Bakery(Bread Share), Wellspring Forest Farm ( Mushroom Share), and Cayuga Sunrise Farm (Meat share), and Red Byrd Orchard Cider will not be at our event this season, but please check out their websites and consider signing up for their shares and buying their products.
We hope to see you at our event and hope you all wash your hands, get out in the spring sunshine, and share a smile with your family and friends.
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
This model of farming is designed to provide a close connection between the farmers, the land and a community of shareholders. The farmers feed the shareholders by providing weekly produce. The shareholders financially support the farm and become an integral part of small scale, local agriculture. CSA is a life-affirming movement that redeems our interaction with the earth by providing a structure within which we can personally determine the way we want our food to be grown and distributed. The community farm is a place to rekindle our vital connection to our food and the land on which it is grown.
Sweet Land Farm is located in Trumansburg, NY, an area rich in farming history and now enjoying an agricultural revival. The native soil here is deep, dark, and luscious. Sweet Land Farm shares property boundaries, a spirit of cooperation, and pleasant neighborliness with a certified organic grain farm.
A third of Sweet Land’s acreage is in annual vegetables, with an acre or so in perennial and bi-annual fruit, and the balance is in cover crops. We believe that the backbone of a healthy, thriving farm is healthy, thriving soil. To accomplish this, we rotate annual crops with cover crops. The cover crops are grown, chopped, and tilled back into the soil to add organic matter back to our soil and capture and recycle nutrients for the crops we harvest and eat.
At the beginning of the season, shareholders pay a predetermined rate, and receive fresh locally grown vegetables and fruit weekly. As CSA members, you will know exactly where your food comes from, who grows it and how it is grown. Members can come out any time and pick flowers and tomatoes with their children, or show them carrot tops sticking out of the ground. The shareholder has the satisfaction of taking an active role in preserving farmland and supporting the rare breed of family farmers. By supporting organic agriculture, your are supporting a farm that does not use chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers.
A CSA is a farmer-friendly model. The farmer develops a stable, long-term relationship with reliable customers. This economic model benefits both the consumer and producer in its’ stability. This makes it easier for the farmers to plan yearly crops because they know what, and how much product their customers want. Additionally it allows the consumer to plan their food budget. The CSA model also enables farmers to do most of their marketing in the slow winter months, so that when the growing season rolls around they can spend more time producing excellent produce. It provides the farmers with a viable business, an essential element in sustainability.
Don’t forget the soil that’s growing all this bounty! Healthy soil grows healthy plants, and healthy plants grow healthy people. Just as plants grown on rich soil have fewer diseases, pest and growth problems, people who eat this nutritious food experience radiant health. At Sweet Land Farm we rotate our crops into land that has been cover cropped, allowing pest and disease cycles to be interrupted and to allow roots, earthworms and soil microbes to create a rich crumbling soil structure.