Friday, December 19, 2014

3701 S. Schultz-Portage Road
Elmore, OH 43416 · 419-862-3576

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CSA Farm Days

100_3271One of the benefits of membership is invitation to our myriad farm events each season. The 2014 listing of events is below.

In order to attend one of our events, we ask that you RSVP using the drop-down menu below. This will give us an accurate idea of how many people to plan for, and when we need to close the event. Simply select the event you wish to attend in the box, then click on RSVP. Fill out the box that appears with your name and number of adults and children, and then hit submit again. That’s it! You’ll have to do this for each event you wish to attend. Do not RSVP if you do not plan to attend. Note: to keep our lists accurate, we only include the next four consecutive events in the drop-down menu. So you’ll have to come back later to RSVP for later events.

POTATO SPUD “EGG” HUNT (April 12, 2014, 9:00 am-12:00 pm):
Join us for a unique twist on the Easter Egg Hunt! We hide our potato seeds around the farm like eggs… the kids must hunt for them, collecting as many as they can. We’ll also hide a special MEGA-Potato. Find that and you win a cash prize! Once they’re all found, we all pitch in together to help us plant them in the field following the hunt. This event is part entertainment and part work day and extremely kid-friendly. Bring a rake and a lunch to enjoy after we’re done. Or stop by the Red, White, and Brew Sandwich shoppe in Elmore.

ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO WORK DAY… (April 26, 2014, 9 am-12:00 pm): Join us for a fun morning of planting potatoes in the field! Kurt will have the beds dug up. We just go along and place the seed potatoes into the dirt every few inches, using a measuring tool, then rake the dirt into place and cover with mulch. It’s very kid-friendly. Bring a rake and a lunch to enjoy after we’re done. Or stop by the Red, White, and Brew Sandwich shoppe in Elmore.

SPRING CLEANING WORK DAY (May 17, 2014, 9-11:30 am): Help our staff clean and prepare the farm’s facilities as we get ready to open up our season. Includes bin washing, cooler cleaning, and other basic set-up and organization.

THE GREAT E-SCAPE (June 14, 1-4 pm): Join us for a few hours of garlic-infused fun, as we ask for your help cutting the garlic scapes off several beds of our garlic plants. Bring some wine and a garlicky snack to share afterwards.

SOLSTICE REVELRY (June 21, 2014): A laid-back event at the farm, where we celebrate the longest day of the year with good food, a bonfire, and lots of opportunity for revelry with good friends. Potluck-style.

APRICOT JAMMING (June 29, 2014, 9-11 am): Learn how to make apricot jam using the water-bath method and pressure cooking method. This hands-on workshop allows you to practice alongside seasoned veterans, so you can walk away feeling confident in how to do it yourself next time. The methods you use can be transferred to other types of fruit jam. You even get to take home a jar of jam as your reward. Class size limited to 8. Serious RSVPs only please.

FARM OLYMPICS (August 2, 2014, 10 am – 12:00 pm) CANCELLED: Join us for a kid-friendly late morning of silly (and serious?) races and relays — with a farm twist. This event was such a hit last year, that we are bringing it back. We’ll create some new events for our teams to compete in, as they battle for the “garlic medal.” You bring a bag lunch, and we’ll provide some popsicles.

PICKLES PLEASE! (July 26, 2014, 1-3 pm): Learn how to preserve pickles in this hands-on canning workshop. We’ll teach you how to make the perfect brine, and how to use a pressure canner to finish the job! Delicious recipe! This technique will serve as a basis for exploring other pickling recipes on your own. Size limited to 8. You even get to take home a jar of pickles as your reward. Serious RSVPs only please.

PESTO FEST (September 6, 2014, 4-7 pm): Bring your own food processor and ingredients to make pesto at our farm — with basil picked from our fields. You’ll pick your own basil, and prep your ingredients, make a batch of pesto, and then share some of the bounty for lunch. We’ll provide a big pot of noodles with a fresh salad, and we’ll enjoy a pesto potluck meal under the beautiful catalpa tree! Limit: 20 people.

SALSA IN A JAR (August 24, 2014, 1-4 pm): Join us for a hands-on canning workshop, where we learn how make our own salsa! We’ll teach you using the pressure-cooking method, and introduce you to a great salsa recipe. These techniques can then be adapted for your own tomato salsa recipes. Size limited to 8. Serious RSVPs only please.

FIELD TO TABLE FINE DINING EVENT (September 12, 2014, 6-9 pm): A five-course fine dining event on our farm, catored by Chef Jospeh Jacobsen from Degage Jazz Cafe, using ingredients from our farm. Guests can walk the grounds while sampling hors-d’oeuvres, followed by a tantalizing meal under a giant tent. Tickets must be purchased to attend this event. Limit: 100 adult guests.

DOWN ON THE FARM POTLUCK (September 20, 2014, 4-7:30 pm): Our annual potluck event on the farm for our CSA members. Bring a dish to share. We’ll provide burgers, dogs, and drinks. Relax and wander the farm. Kids can play on the playset and sandbox area. A hayride tour starts at 4:30 pm to showcase the farm property. Come out and see YOUR farm!

BONFIRE AND PUMPKIN HUNT (October 4 & 11, 2014, 7:30-9:30 pm): A night of stargazing and s’mores around a bonfire; includes donuts, s’mores, hot chocolate, and a flashlight pumpkin hunt for kids that you won’t want to miss. Each child can pick out a pumpkin to take home. Be sure to RSVP for the correct day.

THE GREAT FOOD GIVEAWAY (Date TBA): Every year we have a few crops that over-produce for us. We call them “bumper crops.” Join us for an hour to pick our bumper crops and prepare them for delivery to our poorest neighborhoods. We’ll then deliver them on the back of a truck directly to people in need — whoever we can find that day, and hopefully make their day a bit brighter.