Pick Up days will be Thursday afternoons
and are as follows:
Options for getting your share
Introducing the Midsummer Farm 2018 Herbal CSA Program
So now for the 2018 Season - We will be doing an Herbal CSA - or CSM (Community Supported Medicine) program! We are so excited and thrilled to finally be pulling this goal and dream of ours together!
We started our small but very diverse organic herb farm in 2005. And over the years, we have developed and grown our gardens, field space, greenhouse, riparian areas, and woodland to support a beautiful variety of herb plants. Our herbs are certified organic, but we go way above and beyond the NOP standards in our production practices.
Intensely Positive Growing Methods
Our herbs are grown in plant-guild communities, where supportive and symbiotic species can thrive in the way nature intended. We've experimented with pairing up herbs to discover the dynamic relationships between species, leading to better development of nutritive values and medicinal phytochemicals such as essential oils and anti-oxidants.
Almost all of our fertilizer and soil amendments are grown on our farm - mostly in the form of manure from our rabbits and poultry and fish, who, like our plants, are also all treated respectfully and as family members. We consider compost-making and compost-tea-making to be an art, and we see the result in the vibrant health of our plants.
We use biodynamic methods in all our growing areas. And we work very specifically to encourage the positive energies of the plants. We raise our herbs with respect and where our relationship between ourselves and the plants is one of partnership.
This positive and spiritual relationship to our gardens is very important to us - we wouldn't want to do an herb farm any other way - but we also see the results in our end products. The herbs we harvest are simply gorgeous and are shockingly and remarkably healing. Even processed or dried, the colors and vibrancy are clearly outstanding. And the tonics and medicines we make from them are gorgeous and super-effective.
We finally feel like that our herb gardens have grown and developed to a point where we can offer harvested herbs for sale. We have been selling young herb plants for many years at our Big Annual Plant Sales (over 400 species and varieties!), but many perennial herbs take time to grow large enough for harvesting, especially ones which require root-harvesting, so we haven't been selling harvested herbs on any large scale until now.
We are very excited about this new step in Midsummer Farm's development!
How Long do they last?
Most of the herbal products have a very long shelf life - so you can save them for years to come. I will provide general "use-by" dates with each product.
We are charging $45 per pick up - which is $540.00. If you pay in full as you register, you can take a $45 discount - so $495.00- so that's one whole pick up free! Or you can pay in two installments of $270.00 one at registration and one by May 1st. And Herbal Guild Members get the CSA for free!
Small-Batch, Hand-Made Attention
Every product will be homemade - in small fresh batches - by me and by our Herbal Guild Members. If an herb is included in a product that is not grown right here at Midsummer Farm, it is ordered from Mountain Rose Herbs. All of the other ingredients in our products are thoroughly researched and curated for cleanness, organic, fairtrade, and other ethical considerations, including the containers and bags you will receive them in.
The selection will always be very seasonal - a mix of herbs that are ready to be harvested and herbal solutions that address the needs of the season...
Experience and Effectiveness
Everything will be from our large collection of herbal products we use all the time in our household and on our farm.
And I will be providing full details on the herbs as well as how to use the products you receive each pick up. These write ups will be included printed out with the products themselves.
The CSA Details
We are going to start the Herbal CSA Program out in March and then do 12 pick ups throughout the course of the year. About 1 per month, although we'll double up in the late summer and autumn, taking advantage of the main harvesting season for herbs.
Because we are just starting - we will start small. (Just to make sure I can pull it off in the way I am envisioning!) We will be capping off membership at 20 shares this first year.
Each pick up will consist of at least 6 different herbal products - and we'll do some customization - and sometimes we will be able to add bonus seeds and plants and/or pet/farm animal/poultry products. When you fill out the questionnaire at the beginning of the season, let us know what your apothecary needs look like!
The herbal products will be a mix of fresh bunches, dried herbs, dried tea mixtures, salves, tinctures, lip balms and other salve-sticks, ointments, bug repellent, refreshing face-wipes, refreshing spritzers, throat/mouth sprays, handcream/lotion, foot soaks and baths, poultice kits, massage oils, etc.
Your Herbal CSA share will include some of our more popular products such as our Herbal Greens General Salve, White Sage and Eucalyptus Lip Balm, Nervine (Carpal Tunnel) Salve, Bronchial Relief Tincture, Elecampane Tea, Berberine Anti-Bacterial Healing Ointment, Thyme Throat Spray, Lymph-Moving Tea, Chamomile and Cocoabutter Face Stick, and more~