A CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.
What to Expect in Your CSA
Welcome to the Rainshadow Organics CSA! We are so looking forward to meeting you and sharing the bounty of our farm.
We have a variety of CSA options to fit with your household size and preferences. Below is information about what to expect. Remember to bring your own re-usable bag or box to collect your share!
As part of your membership you will get a weekly farm update with recipes that will be posted here on the website blog. Recipes will be our favorites – tasty, easy to prepare, and tested right here on the farm. We will also invite all members out twice during the season for special Customer Appreciation Days.
About Our Veggies
Your share will include dozens of vegetable varieties throughout the summer. We grow 48 different kinds of vegetables and 231 different varieties of those vegetables. All of our vegetables are certified organic, many are heirloom varieties, filling your kitchen with color and variety.
In the beginning of June when the season begins you will find cool season crops like greens, carrots, beets, lettuce, thyme, kale, broccoli, and snap peas. As the garden matures you will find things like beans, basil, dill, tomatoes, new potatoes, cucumbers, and cabbage. In the plentiful days of late summer you will find squash, melons, eggplants, mint, and parsnips. We try our best to include a fresh herb each week to use fresh or dry for later. We also try to always include dark leafy greens, which are the most nutrient packed food that we offer. We also try to include lettuce weekly, because everyone loves summer salads.
Every summer in Central Oregon is different in the garden. Some years things ripen early, some years there are complete failures of some varieties. We strive to plant a wide variety at different intervals to insure success. In a land of zero frost free days and searing heat we can’t wait for you to behold the fruits of our bounty.
Veggies will be rinsed, but you will need to clean them thoroughly before eating. Veggies may have some dirt on them or be imperfect, because some vegetables come with natural preservatives and repellents on their skins and we hate to remove those until you are ready to use them. This is all part of the organic farm and the veggies will surely be a delight in your kitchen.
About Our Meat
Your herd-share commitment allows Rainshadow to produce local, natural meat products just for you, delivering a delicious variety in the right quantity for your family. Your meat will be carefully nurtured for months in advance, harvested regularly and delivered frozen along with the farm newsletter and recipe ideas.
We recommend you get a copy of the Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook. Grassfed meats are incredibly healthy for both you and the environment. With a few tricks and good recipes you can transition from corn-fed, high fat meats to flavorful lean meats. Coupled with our weekly vegetable box, the ingredients in your kitchen will provide a grand adventure.
You can expect to see different cuts of meat each week from whole chicken, bacon, ribs, steaks, ground beef, soup bones, chops, stew meat, pork chops, shoulder steaks, brisket, sausage, ham steaks, tri tip, sirloin steaks, etc.
Our mixed meat boxes will be delivered at the same time as our vegetable CSA to the Bend Farmer’s Market. Deliveries begin in June and run through October. Because the meat is frozen, it will be delivered every other week.