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Saturday, October 27, 2012

CSA Survey and Share Report


It's Saturday afternoon, Tessa is upstairs cleaning and counting garlic to distribute at our winter share pick up and hosting the last few farm stand visitors of the day.  It's a little chilly in the office and very quiet--this being the first Saturday since June that our CSA hasn't been bustling all day.  Even the farm crew has the day off and there is no mistaking that the summer season has ended.

And what a season it was!  I felt lucky this season to get to spend time up at the barn on a few Saturdays, allowing me to connect with many of you one on one.  I always appreciate your kind and supportive feedback and your honest and unique perspectives on how to grow and improve our CSA!  I can't wait to dig into the planning for next year after having one more year of learning under my belt and one more year of imagining what this place could grow to be!  Thanks to you all for making this farm such a special place.

Please read on to see your 2012 share report and to find the link to our 2012 CSA survey.  

See you in the soon-to-be snowy fields!

Meryl LaTronica


 CSA Survey
Powisset Farm CSA Survey 2012--Please click the link below to fill out a short (14 questions) survey! Let us know what we did well!  Let us know how we can improve.  
We really appreciate your feedback.





Powisset Farm 2012 Share Value Report

Our 2012 farm season ran for 20 weeks, beginning on June 5th and ending on October 20th.  
The value of the share distributed at the barn (not including pick-your-own crops) is $696.35. 
That is an average of $35 per week of Powisset veggies, not including PYO crops.
 Including PYO crops, the value of our farm share this season was $899.10! 

We compiled our share data by tracking the amount given each week in the share multiplied by the price of each vegetable.  In our report you may see a range or a fraction of a bunch given—this represents when a vegetable was part of a choice—maybe you could choose between Kale or Swiss chard, we would enter that in our records as distributing a half bunch of each item. 

As you can see, we exceeded the amount that you paid for your share! Each season, we strive to provide you with the produce that you paid for and maybe a little more (this season our share price for TTOR members was $590). This season we went a bit overboard, providing you with 20% more produce in the barn and nearly 50% more including pick-your-own!  It is not our goal to way exceed our share value (and it’s not the best business model either), but we couldn’t help sharing the abundance with you this season.  We just hope the amount of produce wasn’t too overwhelming for you!  Some highlights of this season’s share are; 40 pounds of tomatoes, over 20 pounds of potatoes and over 20 pounds/bunches of carrots distributed! Wow!

Our report below shows you how much of each item you received during the 2012 season:

Crop

Units distributed
Price per unit
Value in share
Arugula-bunches
4-5 bunches
$4/bunch
$16-$20
Basil-bunches
4.5 bunches
$2.00/bunch
$9.00
Beets-bunches
10 bunches
$2.50/bunch
$25.00
Beets-loose
7 pounds
$2.50/pound
$17.50
Broccoli
7 pounds
$2.50/pound
$17.50
Cabbage
4-6 heads
$2/head
$8-$12
Carrots-loose
13.5 pounds
$2/pound
$27.00
Carrots/bunches
6.50 bunches
$2.25/bunch
$14.65
Cauliflower
1.5 pounds
$2/pound
$3.00  
Celery
1.5 bunch
$2/bunch
$3.00
Celeriac
2 pounds
$1.50/pound
$3.00
Chard (not in pyo)
3-4 bunches
$2.50/bunch
$7.50-$10
Collards
3-4 bunches
$2/bunch
$6-$8
Corn
2 dozen (1/2 dozen for four weeks)
$5/dozen
$10.00
Cucumbers
10.25 pounds
$1.25/pound
$12.80
Eggplant
11 pounds
$2/pounds
$22.00
Escarole
1 head
$1.75/head
$1.75
Fennel
2-4 bunches
$2/bunch
$4-$8
Garlic
.5 pounds
$10/pound
$5.00
Garlic Scapes
2 bunches (12-15 pieces)
$1.75/bunch
$3.50
Specialty Greens bunches/heads (tatsoi, mizuna, broccoli raab, bulls blood, komatsuna, radicchio, bok choi and more)
14 bunches/heads
$2.00/bunch or head
$28.00
Herbs (cilantro, dill, sage, parcel, savory, parsley—not including basil)
8 bunches
$2/bunch
$16.00
Hakurei turnips
6 bunches
$2.00/bunch
$12.00
Kale
6 bunches (not including pyo)
$2.25/bunch
$13.50
Kohlrabi
2-4 bunches
$1.50/bunch
$3-$6
Leeks
5.50 bunches
$2.25/bunch
$12.40
Lettuce
30 heads
$2.25/ head
$67.50
Melons
1 pieces
$2/piece
$2.00
Onions
6 pounds
$1.50/pound
$9.00
Parsnips
2 pounds
$1.50/pound
$3.00
Peppers, bell
13 pounds
$2.50/pound
$32.50
Peppers, sweet
6.50 pounds
$2.50/pound
$15.00
Peppers, hot
1 pound
$2.50/pound
$2.50
Potatoes
21.50 pounds
$1.50/pound
$32.25
Pumpkins
2 pieces
$2.50/piece
$5.00
Purple Top Turnips
2 pounds
$1.25/pound
$2.50
Radishes-bunches
6 bunches
$1.50/bunch
$9.00
Rutabaga
1.5 pounds
$1/pound
$1.50
Scallions
8.5 bunches
$2/bunch
$17.00
Spinach
4.5 pounds
$4/pound
$18.00
Summer squash
16 pounds
$1.25/pound
$20.00
Sweet potatoes
6 pounds
$2.50/pounds
$15.00
Tomatillos
1/2 pound
$2.50/pound
$1.25
Tomatoes
40 pounds
$3/pound
$120.00
Turnips, purple top
1.5 pounds
$1.25/pound
$1.25
Winter squash
7 pieces
$3/piece
$21.00




Total share Value without Pick-your-own:


$696.35

The total value of PYO crops offered was $202.75.  That is an average of $10 per week over 20 weeks.  We know that you didn’t always make it out to the fields to participate in the pick-your-own part of our CSA, so you probably didn’t take home all $202.75 worth of PYO produce this season.  But, most of you spent time picking and we are proud to have a CSA that continues to provide the opportunity for you and your friends and family to get your hands dirty, find joy in picking your favorite bean, and bending low to get that last pint of husk cherries.

 Below is our Pick-your-own report for 2012:

PYO crop
Units Distributed
Price per unit
Value in Share
Bush beans
16 quarts
$1.50/quart
$24.00
Chard
15 bunches
$1.75/bunch
$26.25
Cherry tomatoes
12 pints
$3/pint
$36.00
Cilantro
3 bunches
$1.50/bunch
$4.50
Dill
4 bunches
$1.50/bunch
$6.00
Fava beans
2.5 quarts
$2/quart
$5.00
Hot peppers
4.25 pints
$2/pint
$8.50
Husk cherries
5 pints
$3/pint
$15.00
Kale
4 bunches
$1.75/bunch
$7.00
Peas
8 pints
$3/pint
$24.00
Strawberries
3 pints
$3.50/pint
$10.50
Flowers
12 bouquets
$3/small bouquet
$36.00




Popcorn Stalks
unlimited


Herbs from herb garden
unlimited


Raspberries
A few handfuls






Total Value PYO Crops:


$202.75


we had some big sweet potatoes this season!
the awesome crew with those delicious pumkins!
 

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