Monthly Archives: March 2011

Letter 3/29

Hey folks. Market season is upon us. NGG won’t be at a Saturday Farmer’s Markets this year. Rather than getting up at 4 AM every Saturday to watch our produce melt in the heat, we’ve partnered with NOFO to create a permanent indoor market for sustainable food producers in the area. We’ll be open 7 days a week, selling our own produce, as well as produce sourced from select local, sustainable growers. Check out the blog for details. We’ll need your help to maintain this outlet for farmers –  a critical step towards a sustainable food system in Raleigh.

Additionally, we have a few spots left for the Mushroom Workshop this Saturday.
Farm Basket numbers are still low. I’m somewhat relieved after talking to a bunch of local farmers who’ve experienced similar responses to their CSA programs. We still have spaces, and we’ve labored to create maximum convenience, customization, and affordability. Consider signing up! And, if not, let us know what we can do to make our program more attractive to you.


In the absence of time for writing, political involvement, and general community action, I’ve taken great comfort in the nature of my work. Protest manifests itself in many forms and, despite the unfortunate implications of its truth, I think self-sufficiency is perhaps the most fundamental form of resistance. – Matthew

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Not Your Mamma’s Farm Stand

We are very pleased to announce that we will be opening a produce market within NOFO at the Pig at Five-points!

We are always searching for new ways to bring the freshest, sustainably and locally grown produce into the urban Raleigh communities that support us. This is our vision of an urban farm stand, with the latest harvest right at your fingertips. The Market at NOFO will be the only place in Raleigh that you can buy produce grown in Raleigh!  You can’t get more local than this.

Beginning Friday April first, you will be able to purchase produce grown by New Grass Gardens as well as a select few additional local organic farmers 7 days a week. The market will be open Monday- Saturday 10am -6pm and Sunday 10am-3pm.  We will also be offering a selection of our favorite seeds as well as potted plants for your own kitchen garden.

Workshops at NOFO hosted by NGG are in the works, as well as Saturday meet and greets with the NGG farmers.

Don’t forget about our Farm Basket program, through which you could save 10% on all your purchases from the Market at NOFO. Click here for more details.

And remember to sign up soon for the Shiitake growing workshop this coming Saturday April 2nd! More info here.

Thanks for eating your greens and supporting local agriculture in Raleigh

 


The Garden this Morning…

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Farm Basket Re-do

Attempt 2:

Well we haven’t gotten an ideal response to the initial Farm Basket announcement. Please do inquire if you’re interested but confused. CSA’s are a mutually beneficial arrangement whereby members are guaranteed the best produce throughout the season, and farmers receive income upfront, in this busy and expensive time of year, to purchase tools, seeds, and other operating expenses before markets start. NGG is the only Raleigh CSA growing food right here in the city. We need your support!

While the specifics of this Farm Basket maximize convenience and flexibility, I think I managed to write a rather confusing email and flier. So here’s another shot. There are two main options: A standard pre-packed box or a “fill-your-own” box.

Option #1: Traditional  “CSA style” Farm Basket

This option allows us to hand select the freshest produce to fill a box for you each week, which will be ready for delivery or pick up at the market at NOFO. We fill the boxes with a wide variety of veggies and herbs, depending on what is in season.

Small Share: $15/week, $240 total. Will feed roughly 1-2 people
Full Share: $25/week, $400 total.  Will feed roughly 3-4 people

Duration: April 8 –  July 29
Location: NOFO – 2014 Fairview Rd. at Five Points
Payment: Send a check to NOFO made payable to Matthew Cronheim (Co-founder of New Grass Gardens). Please include contact information and write “CSA style” in the memo of the check
Deadline: April 6

 

Hesitations: If you would like to join the Farm Basket but have financial constraints (or any other concerns), feel free to inquire about work-trades and/or payment schedules. NGG is extremely open to accommodating such limitations.

Option #2: The Farm Basket Plan @ NOFO


April 8- July 29, 2011

Membership assures fresh, locally and sustainably grown produce at 10% off for members to pick up each Friday between 10am and 6pm

Cost: $224 for 16 week membership (Only $14/ week!)

 

An account will be established in the member’s name. Farm Basket members will present their selections at the register for check out.  Purchases will be withdrawn from the member’s account balance at 10% off normal market prices.  Members may add funds to the account at any time.

Monetary refunds will not be issued at any time and any balance remaining on the account at 6pm on July 29 will be forfeited.

 

Duration: April 8 –  July 29
Location: NOFO – 2014 Fairview Rd. at Five Points
Payment: Send a check to NOFO made payable to Matthew Cronheim (Co-founder of New Grass Gardens). Please include contact information and write “FB membership” in the memo of the check
Deadline: April 6

Thanks for supporting local agriculture in Raleigh!




DIY Workshop: Grow Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms!

Come and join us as we inoculate this season’s Shiitake logs and bring one home for yourself!

What: We will take you step by step through the process, go over basic mycology and mushroom identification, and send you home ready to grow your own Shiitake mushrooms.

When: April 2nd, 12:30- 4:30pm

Where: Our main garden plot at 2241 Lake Wheeler Rd. in Raleigh

How much:  only $30; includes all instructional materials, your inoculated log, a mushroom inspired snack and a voucher for one FREE pound of NGG Shiitakes

Shiitakes are one of the most prized mushrooms by both chefs and nutritionists alike.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity, as we will not be able to offer it again until next Spring!

And don’t forget to place your Farm Basket order for this season! See previous post for details.


Farm Basket 2.0: Join Now!

Hey folks, after wrestling with fancy computer programs for a week, the Farm Basket flyer is finished.

You can view it here: FB Flyer, and you can view the order form here: FB Order Form.

Sorry if you’ve emailed with questions about the Farm Basket in the last week. I haven’t forgotten, but I wanted to get out the final information as I assume most questions will be answered. Above you will find links to the flyer and order form, please see both documents for details. Act fast, spaces are limited. I’m going to give this core email list a few days before blasting broader listserves. Make sure not to miss the following information:
Market Style vs. Traditional Style: I anticipate lots of questions about this distinction. Hopefully this clears things up:
Option #1: Market Style
You choose your own veggies to fill a box each week and the cashier at NOFO will apply the debit to your account. Some week’s boxes will contain a given item. For example, if we have an overabundance of spinach, we will “choose” a bag of spinach for you.  This option allows you to be able to choose what produce you would like each week, as well as the pace at which you spend your credit. The Catch: You don’t lose out on your share if, say, you go to the beach for a weekend. And if you’re having a party and need to buy way more than the average $25 per week, you can do that. But any remaining credit at the end of the program will not be refunded.  

Option #2:  Traditional Farm Basket
This option allows us to hand select the freshest produce to fill a box for you each week, which will be ready for delivery or pick up at the market at NOFO. We fill the boxes with a wide variety of veggies and herbs, depending on what is in season.

Duration: First week in April – week of July July 18
Location: NOFO – 2014 Fairview Rd. at Five Points
Payment: Checks to Matthew Cronheim, sent to 2310 Sheffield Rd. Raleigh NC 27610. Please include a filled out order form with payment
Deadline: April 1
Hesitations: If you would like to join the Farm Basket but have financial constraints (or any other concerns), feel free to inquire about work-trades and/or payment schedules. NGG is extremely open to accommodating such limitations.
If you have checked the flyer and order form (links at beginning of post), please feel free to respond with additional questions.

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