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Shipki News: Farming with a Spoon, Being the Change

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My mom, Georgette

 

Dear Friends and Local Agriculture supporters!

Happy EARTH Day, Full MOON  in April and glorious SPRING! 

 

Shipki Farm came into being 8 years ago. The inspiration and commitment to contribute to developing strong local agricultural options, coach next generation to grow food and share the fertility and boundless gifts of the earth, remains stronger than ever – despite sometimes huge obstacles.

Every morning I go up to the chicken coops to let the hens out to pasture, witness the gentle turning of the seasons,  breathe in the sweet air and send out gratitude for the beauty of this earth.  Such a fierce joy to be stewarding this small, precious corner of it.

two of our 29 free range hens amidst the apple petals

You are hereby invited  to take part  – in whatever way kindles your joy 

There is much abundance – and the opportunities many:

Come to the farm, “be a farmer for the day” on any one of the next 3 Saturdays & take home a week’s worth of spring veggies ( see list below)

Stay the night / the weekend: We have a charming cabin, vintage bus, or nearby Guesthouse & B&B

Order veggies  “a la carte” –  ask for the weekly market sheet – and pick up your order in Langley or at the Farm

Visit our new farm stand on Langley Road  ☛ Opening May 8  ☚

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Spread the word: we are seeking a full time Farm intern – write to me for more details – it’s a dream come true for the right person 

✿SIGN UP NOW – please don’t wait –  Support local agriculture & young farmers, while enjoying insanely delicious food!  Our CSA deliveries will start May 30 for both on & off island clients.

Tell your friends – we have part time jobs: Harvesting & Packing, Driving & Delivering, Cultivating & Planting

Like us on Facebook ! get growing tips, Bulgarian recipes and thought provoking articles !!

Send us some love!

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WHAT’S READY NOW:

arugula

Brassica Raabs ( YUM!!)

cauliflower greens

celery

celery root

chard

chive onions

herbs – culinary & medicinal

jerusalem artichokes

leeks

lettuces ( large heads & small leaf)

parsley ( make parsley pesto! it’s awesome !!)

radishes

red & siberian kale

spinach

spring garlic

AND the best eggs on Whidbey Island… possibly the world!

WHAT’S COMING:

Lots of salad greens

Mustard greens

Broccoli Raab

Baby beets (overwintered)

Young burdock root

Maybe parsnips

And peas!

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The young garlic looking good! 

 

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THANKS FOR READING TO THE END!!

We hope to hear from you & see you soon.

shipkifarm.com

facebook: Shipki Farm Organics

360-579-2416

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Ruby streaks lettuce heads

 

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Just poking out: the beets, broccolini, more lettuce
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Miner’s lettuces and the happy spinach!

 

Quentin the flower boy
My grandson Quentin!!

Welcome to the 2016 CSA Season!

Shipki Farm
Whidbey Island CSA
7331 Holst Rd, Clinton , WA 98236

 

We offer a limited number of shares per season on a first come-first served basis. One share includes a variety of produce (in standard box or small box sizes) each week for
20 weeks, beginning in May and running through October.

Every week you may be given the opportunity to order “add-ons” such as free-range eggs, freshly baked artisan breads, pestos, home-made goods, cut flowers, etc.

Sign up NOW for your 2016 CSA
Below is a sampling of the produce we offer. This list is not all inclusive.
Typical early season (May – July):
Arugula, Gourmet Salad Mix, Lettuces (Dancine, Little Gem, Romaine, Butter crunch, assorted heirloom varieties), Chard (Aurora), Kale, Asian greens (Hon Tsai Tai, Pac Choi, Tatsoi, Yukina Savoy, Malabar spinach), European greens (Endive, Radicchio), Parsley, Chives, Radishes (French Breakfast and Easter Egg), Leeks, Peas (Snow, Sugar Snap), Cabbage (Charmant, Ruby Red Perfection), Spinach, Burdock, Collards (Champion), Broccoli Raab (Sorrento, Zamboni, Bordeaux) and MORE
Mid-season (late June – August):
Most of the above, plus: Beets (Bull’s Blood, Touchstone Gold), Carrots (Mokum, Nutri-Red, Purple Haze), Basil, Cucumbers (Lemon, Crispy Salad, Agnes Pickling), Cilantro, Onions, Scallions, Broccoli (Calabrese, Packman), Raspberries, Kholrabi, Cauliflower (Venus, Cielo Blanco, Purple Graffiti), Tomatoes (Stupice, Sungold, Roma, Brandywine, and other heirloom varieties) and MORE
Peak harvest (early September):
Most of the above, plus: Cabbage (Krautman, Primero Red), Eggplant, Green beans (Concesa, Jade, Soleil, Burgundy), European peppers (Hungarian Wax, Carmen Sweet, Pimento, Red Bell), Hot peppers, Summer squash (Cue Ball, Patty Pan, Yellow Crookneck, Costata Romanesco), Potatoes, Flowers and MORE
Late season (late September – October):
Most early season crops, plus: Garlic and Winter squash (Delicata, Kabocha, Blue Hubbard, Acorn)
Exact amounts of produce are dependent on weather and other factors, but you can expect a generous week’s worth of delicious, completely organic, fresh-as-can-be local produce.
The economy box provides enough for 1-2 adults eating vegetables most days. The Bounty box provides enough for 3-4 people eating vegetables most days.
You will also receive unique & delicious recipes to help you get the most enjoyment from your produce each week.
http://www.shipkifarm.com
madpizzafarmer@gmail.com

Sign Me Up for the 2016 Season

Mail the completed form and your check to:

SHIPKI FARM
7331 Holst Rd, Clinton, WA 98236

NAME_______________________________________________________

ADDRESS____________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________

HOME PHONE (___ )__________________________________________

e-mail address_____________________________________________

____Enclosed is a check of $500 for one Bounty share ($25/week)
(a full share is a generous amount of quality produce each week for 20 weeks,
from May 30 – October 10. Enough for 3-4 people)
____Enclosed is a check of $350 for 1 economy share ($17/week)
(a economy share has the same produce as a standard share, but sized for
2 vegetable-loving adults)
____Enclosed is a check for $250 as a deposit, with the remainder due June 16, 2015

Add ons may be available throughout the season:
Free range Eggs $4.50 /doz
Flowers $8.00 bqt
Berries in season $3.00/pt
Charge my card:
VISA AM EX M C DISCOVER
Number________________________________________________________
Ex date _________________________ Code______________________

Billing address if different than above:__________________________________

_________________________________________________________________

If you have questions, call 206-409-6722

We got the beets
We got the beets

www.shipkifarm.com

2014 Whidbey Island Farm Tour

We’re gearing up to once again be part of the Whidbey Island Farm Tour, the weekend of Sept. 20th and 21st.  We’ll have a market stand at the farm with all kinds of fresh and delicious produce, and hope to have a food cart as well, offering home-made goodies cooked with Shipki fruits and veggies (more on that soon!), as well as tours and activities for the whole family.  New this year, we’re especially excited to be hosting an art show in our 1960s school bus, during the tour, featuring original artwork by five local artists. More details on that to follow!

Current offerings – August 24, 2014

Well, after a long hiatus we have our website back at last – but that doesn’t mean things have been idle here on the farm. We’ve recently added a second hoop house – for even more warm-weather and over winter crops, and have expanded our poultry to include two-dozen ducks. That’s not all of course: this season, we’ve already seen a bumper crop of tomatoes, cucumbers, and summer squash, not to mention peppers and eggplants in our hoop houses. The weather has been on our side, with lots of sun this year. Below is our market sheet for 8/24 – order “a la carte” or sign up for a weekly CSA share:

SHIPKI FARM PRODUCE AUGUST 24 , 2014
PLEASE Order by WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
Pick-up is FRIDAY PM (though if you needed it sooner, we can make that happen) either at the farm in Clinton, or in Langley at NWLA, 5023 Langley Rd, Langley WA 98260.


GREENS & BRASICA:
Green & Red Cabbages (lovely big heads this year) – $2.50lb Rainbow Chard – $3.50 bunch
Gabe’s FAMOUS Gourmet Salad mix $7.50 quart bag 

Arugula – $3.50 large bunch (it’s a bit bug eaten, but tasty!)
Siberian Kale – $3.00
 bunch
Tatsoi – $3.50 bunch

HERBS:
Parsley, Cilantro, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Dill seed, Green Coriander, Sage, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Calendula, Borage, Comfrey
Each $3.00 per bundle or get a mixed bouquet for $4.00

Burdock root and stem – $3.50 small bunch

ALIUM:
Chive Onion (A Hybrid special Shipki delicacy!) – $3.00 bunch
Chives – $3.00 bunch
Green Onions (big beautiful heads and robust greens) – $3.50
Fresh Garlic Heads – $1.00 ea

ROOTS & BULBS:
Radishes, Easter Egg and April cross – $2.00 bunch – special!
Japanese Turnips – $4.00
Beets – $3.50

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Carrots – $4.00 bunch
Potatoes (fresh & tasty, just dug) – $3.50/lb

SEASONAL SPECIALTIES: 



Tomatoes:
Many choice heirloom varieties – $5.50/lb
Cherry tomatoes, red & gold – $5.00/pt

Peppers:
Gypsy, Bell, Red & Green and Chocolate (limited quantities) $6.00 / lb

Eggplant:
Asian, Long & Purple (limited quantities) – $6.00/lb

Cauliflower:
Beautiful white heads – $4.00/lb
Cheddar (delicious yellow variety) – $4.00/ lb
Graffiti (It’s purple!) $4.00/ lb

Cucumbers:
Pickling time!! Salad cukes, Lemon, Agnes and more – $3.50 /lb

String beans:
Yellow, Green & Purple varieties – $3.50/lb

Summer Squash Galore!
Romanesco, Green tiger, Yellow & green crookneck, sunburst, cue ball.. and more! $2.50/lb

ADD-ONS:

Famous Shipki Chicken Eggs
Truly Free-Range from our happy, healthy hens!
1 dozen – $4.50



Fresh Baked Bread

(Baked on day of pick-up
)
Multi-grain Boule – $6.50
Baguettes – 2 for $5.50



To order: email josette@whidbey.com or call 360-579-2416
www.shipkifarm.com

THANKS FOR YOUR ORDER FRIENDS! COME AND VISIT THE FARM!!!!
~We welcome work trades~