When you buy a CSA share at Rainshadow Organics, you can choose to have your vegetables delivered to the Bend, Sisters, or Redmond farmers market. 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.
Also, as part of your membership you will get a weekly farm update with recipes that will be posted here on the website blog. This will include introductions to new vegetables, information about storage and use, and new recipes! Recipes will be our favorites, tasty, easy to prepare, and tested right here on the farm.
You are expected to bring your own re-usable bag or box to collect your vegetables. 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.
CSA OPTIONS INCLUDE:
The Small Vegetable CSA for $475: This share will include 8-10 different things each week, including an herb to use fresh or dry for later. It will generally fit into a paper grocery bag, although I recommend bringing several bags so as not to smash the veggies. This share is meant for singles or couples who do not eat too many veggies. Many couples prefer the large share and do some preservation for winter so that you can eat the very best food year-round.
The Large Vegetable CSA for $630: This share will include 8-10 different things each week, including an herb to use fresh or dry for later. It will generally fit into two paper grocery bags, although I recommend bringing several bags so as not to smash the veggies. This share is meant for families or couples who eat a lot of veggies and put some food by for winter.
The Small Market Share for $400 for 440 Market Bucks: This option is meant for members who would like to make the very important commitment to the farm, while maintaining flexibility. You can use your market bucks at any market we go to, any week throughout the summer. You have access to all the vegetables, meats and grains on the market table.
The Large Market Share for $600 for 660 Market Bucks: This is a larger commitment than the small share, but means the same flexibility to you.
The Summer Full-Diet share for $1260: This is our dream option where our members get to eat like farmers!! This share includes a large vegetable share, 5 pounds of meat per week, fresh milled flour and wheat berries.
The Winter Full-Diet share for $700: This is our extra-special winter option that is delivered once a month and includes winter greens, stored potatoes, onions, garlic, and winter squash, 10 pounds of mixed meats including whole chickens, mixed cuts of pork and beef, fresh ground flour from our home grown organic wheat, and wheat berries.
The Summer Work-Share for $600: This share is for people who would like to commit to working at the farm on tuesdays or thursdays throughout the growing season. You will meet at the farm in the morning for harvest and will learn all about growing in Central Oregon through the course of the season. You will need to bring a lunch and will be done in the early afternoon. Your payment must be complete by June 1st, but you will receive installments of $30 back each week that you work plus your hand picked vegetables of course. If you can’t make your work day, you can still pick up your vegetables at market, but will not receive your installment that week. This is the Rainshadow savings plan! **Must contact Sarahlee about this option before signing up.