Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Dirty Dozen of 2013

www.minimacfarm.com

It's a weird and wild world we live in. Take a look at all the junk that we eat when we choose non-organic. The above farm does a great job of breaking down the percentages of harmful pesticides per veggie. Here's an excerpt from the article at wall street cheat sheet dot com...

"Why Does It Matter?

Pesticides have been proven to have adverse effects on people. Many of the pesticides are carcinogens, neurotoxins, hormone disruptors, and developmental or reproductive toxins. Children are particularly affected by pesticides, though adults certainly don’t escape these effects. The Environmental Wellness Group outlines some of the dangers of pesticides from different studies conducted over the years. Columbia University has found that deficits in IQ and working memory in 2011 seven-year-old children are linked to prenatal exposure to the pesticide chorpyrifos....

The EWG cites a study published by the CDC in 2009, reporting that they “detected pesticides in blood and urine samples from 96 percent of a sample size of over 5,000 Americans age 6 and older.”

So What Can You Do?

The EWG cites a study out of Emory University, which found that the high levels of organophosphate pesticides in elementary school-age kids essentially disappeared completely after only five days of eating an all-organic diet. Seriously. After a single “work week” of eating only organic produce, their pesticide-ridden bodies were almost completely free of the ADHD-causing, IQ-lowering carcinogenic toxins."


Bottom line...eat food grown without chemicals.

Monday, February 24, 2014

2014 CSA letter



February, 2014


Palisades Point Farm CSA Membership Letter 2014

Friends,
            We hope your family is well! It’s been a big year for us at Palisades Point Farm. After our first successful CSA last year we’ll be offering a second year of fresh veggies and eggs. We are excited for new developments.  Charley’s parents, Bob and Faye Neal have retired from Wheaton, IL and are building a house on the farm.  They have already been a big help: adding several raised beds, gutters on the small barn for rain collection, etc.  We will also have our first apprentice this summer, Bryce Toole. Bryce is a student at Asbury University with a passion for agriculture.  He has been heavily involved with the new intensive one-acre Mission Farm at the University. Here at PPF we’ve increased animals on the farm, as we have added cattle and more pigs. We are excited about offering more meat options in the future.  Our hens have not been laying as well this year due to the cold and their age so we have had slim pickens around here as far as eggs go.  But we are planning and preparing for more eggs this spring and summer with the addition of more chickens to our flock. And, we are adding bee hives to the back of the farm, near the garden and are excited about the possibility of delicious honey!

            We will also be partnering with Tim and Diane Vetters of Clover Hilltop Farm to supplement some of the baskets, mainly the early season produce.  The Vetter’s are pillars of the Wilmore Farmers Market and experienced growers.  We are praying and hoping to be traveling end of March or early April to bring our son, Joshua, home from China.  With Bryce’s help and partnering with the Vetter’s, we feel confident in what we will have to offer this year.

            Have you heard of a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture is a relationship with the farmer where the consumer is offered an opportunity to obtain local foods directly from the farm by committing an initial investment. Both the farmer and the customer are equally committed to the others’ well-being. As the farmer, we grow delicious and healthy produce in the spring and summer so that you, the customer, can benefit from food grown locally without pesticides, chemicals and harmful additives.  This year we hope to have baskets ready in May. As our customer, you invest in our family by buying the produce ahead of time. This allows us to pay for seeds, equipment, infrastructure, and labor. (Please visit www.Localharvest.org/csa for more great information.) The return is that you have exclusive access to unmatched quality and taste of a variety of items like fresh eggs, meats and vegetables.

Advantages for farmers:
·         Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before our 16 hour days in the field begin
·         Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow
·         Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers:
·         Improve your personal health by eating ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
·         Support your local farmer and develop a great relationship!
·         Reduce the distance between you and your food – cutting down on carbon emissions, etc.
·         Keep local money in the local economy
·         Exposure to new vegetables, recipes and new ways of cooking
·         Visit the farm at least once a season!
·         Find that kids typically favor food from "their" farm – even veggies they've never been known to eat

     The CSA is a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined CSAs, and in some areas of the country there is more demand than there are CSA farms to fill it. The government does not track CSAs, so there is no official count of how many CSAs there are in the U.S.. LocalHarvest. org has the most comprehensive directory of CSA farms, with over 4,000 listed in their grassroots database.

We would like to invite YOU to join the second Palisades Point Farm CSA.  This second year, we will offer the PPF CSA to a limited number of shares. Last year we fed 10 families in our first year. And we will open 2014 with a goal of feeding 15 families. We are offering this CSA on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Join us on this adventure - know where your food is grown! Feed your family natural, organically grown, local food!


“Our basket of produce each week was delicious! It was so fun to try new recipes and we liked the ones included in the baskets. The “Day on the Farm” was a big hit with our whole family. Our girls got to pet goats, chickens and, we took a hayride to see the cows. We even got to help dig potatoes in the field. It was a really wonderful experience to feed our family well!”  ~ The Porters

“We are moving this summer and we’re sad we won't be able to participate in the 2nd CSA. We would have loved to be a part of it again if we could though! Please include us on the newsletter anyhow so that we can help spread the word. :)”   ~ The Pomeroys






Basket might include: 1/2 dozen eggs, fresh herbs, broccoli, kale, lettuce, spinach, peas, green beans, watermelons, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash (summer and acorn), zucchini, green peppers, potatoes, onions, radishes, cut flowers

Half Share
·         For a small family of 2-3 people
·         Produce picked the day of or one day before pick-up
·         Delivery to Wilmore Farmers Market on Saturday
·         $375
($25 per week for 15 weeks of
produce + 1/2 dozen eggs/week)
·         Available May - August

 ~  Vegetables ~ Choose from 2 baskets :
Full Share
·         For a family of 5-6 people
·         Produce picked the day of or one day before pick-up
·         Delivery to Wilmore Farmers Market on Saturday
·         $650
($43 per week for 15 weeks of produce + 1 dozen eggs/week)
·         Available May - August
 














*Discount*
1. Pay in full by Friday, March 7 = receive 5% discount. ($355 Half Share/$585 Full Share)

* All orders must be in by April 1 if you wish to be a part of the CSA.

*Each family will have 2 baskets which Palisades Point Farm will pay for up front. You will return your empty basket to us in exchange for your other basket of produce each week. If we do not retrieve both baskets at the end of the season, there will be a $20 fee.

* This year we are adding a weekly “From the Farm” newsletter with recipes, tips and more

            Please understand that we, the farmers, are dependent on the whims of nature.  A hail storm might damage plants or severe wind might knock down corn plants.  There is always a risk in farming, but we believe it’s one worth taking!


~ Meat ~

Pastured pork available @ the end of July    $5/lb
Whole pastured broiler (bird is 3-4lbs)     3.99/lb    (Please place order with CSA)
Our fresh broilers, averaging 3 to 4 pounds, are tender, juicy, and delicious. Raised from chicks, they are housed in mobile shelters with access to fresh water and pasture each day. They receive grain as well as sun, grass and bugs…the way God intended! We are not certified organic, but you can be certain that our poultry is raised using the same sustainable practices. We are then able to pass along the cost saving to our customers. 

Based on interest, there will be 3 to 4 dates in the spring and summer when broilers will be available.

Questions?
Please contact Charley Neal at 859.339.2812
charley.neal1@gmail.com or jackie.neal1@gmail.com

Please make checks payable to:
Charley or Jackie Neal
Send to:                   
272 Brenda Way                  
Lancaster, KY 40444