The Harvest at 47th Avenue Farm
Here in the Willamette Valley, our summer season starts in mid-May and continues through October, offering a changing menu every week as different vegetables reach their peak of flavor. Early spring starts with fresh herbs, fava beans, green garlic, and all the elements of a crisp salad. Sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes and other traditional summer crops reach their peak in August and September. In the fall, hardy winter staples like Japanese kabocha squash, toscano kale, and fingerling potatoes fill out the end-of-the-season shares.
A list of exactly what has been in the summer share in past years is available here.
But in our temperate climate, nature is far from done at the end of October &ndash why should we be? That’s why we also offer a unique, twice-a-month winter share from November to late April. Featuring a bounty of greens, root vegetables, and herbs, we also coax broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and brussels sprouts from the cool earth. In addition to these hardy crops, we also grow winter squash, onions, garlic and potatoes that we plant in the summer and store for the winter.
All of our farm properties are managed sustainably using cover crops between vegetable rotations, beneficial insects, drip irrigation and conservation tillage techniques. This holistic farming system improves the tilth and fertility of the farmland. It also protects the woods, wetlands and communities that surround our farms. And it simply makes better vegetables.
How it works: the CSA model
What would happen if a community partnered with its farmers to produce the freshest, most responsibly grown vegetables possible? Well, you’d have a CSA, an inspired model that’s served us and our shareholders for 17 years. In “traditional” industrial agriculture, the value of produce is defined almost exclusively by price – not by how fresh or responsibly farmed it is – and that in turn fosters a race to the bottom: to be competitive and make a living, farmers have to cut corners. And in the process, we all lose.
In a CSA, members pay in advance for their share of the season’s bountiful harvest.
That not only provides financial support to farmers early in the cycle when they need it most, the certainty of income means they can allocate their resources more efficiently and responsibly: toward truly sustainable (and more labor intensive) farming practices, but also bringing shareholders unique, artisinal, and thoroughly tasty produce.
Please note: While a share entitles you to the bounty of the harvest, it also means a share of the risk. On occasion a crop may fail due to inclement weather, pests, disease, or other conditions beyond our control. Our goal is to bring you, despite these challenges, an abundant and diverse harvest throughout the season.
We think you’ll love it.
Choose from two pickup locations
We offer two pickup locations in the Portland metro area: southeast Portland in the Woodstock neighborhood, and Lake Oswego at historic Luscher Farm. To learn more about each location and order a share, click one of the links below:
Whichever you choose, you’ll stop by once a week through the summer growing season (or every other week during the winter share) to fill a bag or more (depending on the share option you’ve chosen) of freshly-picked veggies. A list will tell you how much food to take, and there’s ample opportunity for sampling and socializing.
To create a range of options for shareholders, the we offer a variety of different types of shares:
Family (whole) Share
Every household is different, but in our experience, this share will provide most of the vegetables needed to feed a family of four for the week.
Regular (half) Share
This is for smaller households.
In exchange for 12 hours of work during the season, working shareholders will receive a $30 price reduction. Working shareholders will sign up for tasks at the beginning of the season. Opportunities include helping out with pick-up, participating in work parties, working on the news-letter, and a variety of other tasks.
Three work parties and potluck celebrations will be scheduled over the course of the summer season, which both working and regular shareholders are encouraged to attend.