Murray Meadows Farm 2017 CSA

We still have spots available! 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.

Your payment of $500 guarantees your spot. Packages will be made available for pick ups at Murray’s Garden Centre, Food for Thought on Gower St. or in C.B.S. on the 2600 block of Topsail Road (specific location will be given upon sign-up).

Food for Thought is another great place to get locally produced foods like meat, cheese, eggs and more to compliment your local veggies!

Please fill out the form below or at this link (https://goo.gl/forms/W1OFZReAKFswPdc63) or you can send an email with your name, phone number and pick up location, or call us to do the same. Payment can be sent via Interac Transfer to farmer@murraymeadows.ca or dropped off at Murray’s Garden Centre after April 3rd.

Our hope is the first package will be out in June. If you have any questions, feel free to email, farmer@murraymeadows.ca or call Brian at 689-0775.

Thank you so much for your support!

Arugula
Basil
Beans
Beets
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Chard
Chives
Cucumber
Dandelion greens
Dill
Fennel
Kale
Lettuce
Onion
Pac Choi
Parsley
Peas
Peppers
Radish
Rapini
Rutabaga
Spinach
Tatsoi
Tomato
Turnip
Zucchini

The 2014 Season Begins!

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!!!

 

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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!

Just checking in!

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 farmer@murraymeadows.ca asking to be added to the farm list!

No produce available this week!

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 farmer@murraymeadows.ca and we will set it aside for you to pick up at Murray’s Garden Centre or the St. John’s Farmer’s Market.

Getting caught up

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: farmer@murraymeadows.ca

Finally an update, Facebook is just too convienient!

Its been a busy month for sure but being held back a bit. I’ve started planting lettuce and seeded beets radishes and arugula outside, but the weather is staying pretty cool. I’m hoping to start transplanting tomatoes into the coldframes soon too. Come on Newfoundland! Warm back up!

It hasn’t just been the weather holding me up though, organic fertilizer is being held up on the mainland, but I hear it is now waiting for the ferry. My tiller also broke while trying to break up some packed ground. Fortunately is was just some bolts and a bit of a bend that has been fixed. The special bolts are in the mail.

Soooo, with any luck, I’ll be back on track and trying to keep up with the demand. There are hundreds of tomatoes getting bigger and stronger and waiting patiently to be put in the ground. As well, hundreds of lettuce plants growing under lights will be enjoying the outdoors soon. Speaking of lettuce, if I do say so myself, the mixed salad greens we are growing are stunning and delicious.

Some great restaurants in town are using our produce and raving about it. Rocket Bakery has been really supportive of our venture since we first met one of the owners, Kelly Mansell back when we were here in 2011 for a visit. They can’t keep up with the demand for their kale salad. Hungry Heart Cafe was really pleased with their arugula, and Fixed Coffee and Bakery, a great busy little cafe is striving to source as much as possible from local sources. It is great to be a part of that. Check them out if you haven’t already and ask for something with a bit o’ Murray Meadows in it!

If you are interested in getting some produce before I have enough to offer at general sale on a regular basis, send an email to farmer@murraymeadows.ca and I’ll let you know when and what is available!

Tomatoes! Lots of Tomatoes!

Tomatoes! Lots of Tomatoes!