After five years of offering a CSA from our vegetable farm, we have decided not to offer one this year. Instead, we are excited to attend two markets a week at the new St. John’s Farmers’ Market, Wednesday afternoon/evenings and Saturdays. We are also planning on offering our produce all week at The Grounds Cafe in Murray’s Garden Centre. We hope all these options will make up for the lack of a weekly package. Other farms that we believe are offering organic CSAs are Seed to Spoon, The Organic Farm, and Roots on the Rock.
We are full up for the season! If you would like to be added to the wait list or be willing to buy someone else’s share if they can longer receive it, email email@example.com Our fifth year, bigger and better! Murray Meadows Farm is growing in size and we want to share the bounty with you! Our farm provides fresh produce for restaurants and families throughout Portugal Cove-St. Philips, St. John’s and now C.B.S.! Every week, our CSA can provide you with a wide variety of vegetables, from arugula to zucchini, as they become available throughout our growing season – June to November. A list of all we grow is below.
What is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is sometimes known as “subscription farming”. A CSA is a group of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the food produced is ‘shared’ among the community, with the grower and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Your subscription helps support local small farmers and keeps food dollars in local communities. And, when members obtain food from local farmers, environmental costs associated with the transport, processing and distribution of food, and the consumption of fossil fuels, are significantly reduced. Community Supported Agriculture: good for farmers, good for consumers, and good for the environment.
Our CSA members’ support helps cover the start-up costs of our farm operation. In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. When you order from us, you are eating the same food we do.
The price for a Murray Meadows basket of farm fresh produce, suitable for a
family of two to four, depending on how much you love eating fresh vegetables, for 17-18 weeks will be $500. That works out to around $30/week. Compared to grocery store prices on similar products, we are on par or a bit lower…but one thing for sure, is the freshness and flavour of our naturally grown vegetables can’t be beat. We grow everything using fertilizers and inputs that are approved for use on organic farms. That means no pesticides, herbicides or GMOs and all our fertilizers are 100% natural.
Food for Thought is another great place to get locally produced foods like meat, cheese, eggs and more to compliment your local veggies!
Our hope is the first package will be out in June. If you have any questions, feel free to email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call Brian at 689-0775.
Thank you so much for your support!
Chefs and restaurateurs interested in Murray Meadows Farm produce can reach Brian at 689-0775 or email@example.com to discuss your needs. We usually deliver into St. John’s twice a week.
What a winter. Boy are we glad its over! Well, we think its over, isn’t it? Hard to tell today.
In the middle of our Christmas vacation in BC, we got word and pictures of our collapsed greenhouses. It was devastating news. Immediately upon our return, we began removing the destroyed pieces and replacing them with new parts, purchased and assembled with wonderful help from Fixed Coffee and Baking and their customers, Murray’s Horticultural Services and the Murray family.
One year to the day that we first put plastic on them, we put new plastic on the newly assembled frames. It was a calm sunny and warm day. It felt good to be back where we left off. Then, a few days later, the first forecasts came in for that huge March storm. On the night of the storm, we removed snow from the sides and sadly, cut the new plastic off one house before it collapsed in the gusts. We realized just how vulnerable our structures are. We now have them strapped together and to the ground which is reducing their shaking in the strong winds. We plan to remove the plastic in the late fall and hopefully reuse it in the spring. We will also remove it in the event of a hurricane or post-tropical storm.
So far so good and now there are plants it the ground! One house is full of kale, another of lettuce, Napa cabbage, and seeded with radishes, arugula and baby kale. The next one will be planted up next week, and a small recycled fourth house is up that will also be planted up in the next couple of weeks, or as soon as the weather warms a little!!!
Other projects this Spring included a new and improved wind-fence across the field to protect both crops and greenhouses…its unsightly rope guy lines should be covered in Scarlet Runner Beans this summer. And, a fifth recycled greenhouse is also slowly being assembled, hopefully done by mid May, in order to grow trellised tomatoes and cucumbers.
We learned a lot last year, our first year growing vegetables at this scale, and it feels great putting those lessons in place this year to improve our efficiency and increase our output. No more kale shortages!
There is just never enough time to keep this page updated! So much on the go all the time. Here is a shot of our market table from last week. Its looking great and the vegetables keep coming!This week, we just might have green bell peppers!
Don’t forget to sign up for our weekly email so you can order your vegetables for pick up at Murray’s Garden Centre or the St. John’s Farmer’s Market! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking to be added to the farm list!
I will not be at the Farmers’ Market this week 😦
Blame the weather! The lull in production I’ve been fearing has arrived. We’ve harvest most of the protected produce, now what is coming is the produce planted outside…the weather hasn’t been too conducive to fast growing so we have to wait. This week looks good though and I’m hoping we will be back on the go next week.
Have a great week and please send lots of good vibes to the little lettuces and kales!
If you would like to get on the email list and be given first dibs on our produce (kale), send an email to email@example.com and we will set it aside for you to pick up at Murray’s Garden Centre or the St. John’s Farmer’s Market.
Its been a busy week here at Murray Meadows. We hired some help yesterday and got a lot done! Things were stressfully behind due to a broken tiller, delayed fertilizer and wet weather. Beds are fertilized, tilled, and many of them seeded with radishes, beets, beans, corn, chard, spinach and arugula. Other beds got the lettuce and kale transplants, lots of kale with more to go in!
More tomatoes have been transplanted into the hoophouses, as well as bell peppers. Zucchini have also been transplanted outside but the cool temperatures and the windy days have taken their toll. We’re going to reseed some today to replace the dead ones.
We were at the first St. John’s Farmer’s Market of the year with our pals from Seed to Spoon; we sold out in three hours! It was great fun too. We’ll be back this Saturday; come say hi!
As these first few harvests have come, we have been able to reflect and see what has worked, and what hasn’t. For example, people love kale, grow more kale next year! But not to worry, lots of kale being planted now and later, and we hope to harvest kale to Christmas!
I will be emailing everyone on the email list this evening with availability for this weekend and will set aside anything you would like to be picked up at Murray’s Garden Centre or the St. John’s Farmer’s Market. If you would like to be on the list, email: firstname.lastname@example.org