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Created on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 01:22
Written by Carolyn Goodwin
Below is a list of local CSA’s and their contact information. You can also look at the Sound Food Farm Map to see exact location and find additional information.
Butler Green Farms
Brian MacWhorter is the master farmer who, with his wife Amy Kuhl, owns Butler Green Farms. For the past 26 years he has been farming on Bainbridge, he now works six different farms on the Island. Butler Green’s CSA program has over 150 members. In addition to fresh vegetables and eggs, MacWhorter will be offering pastured pork, chicken and lamb to his CSA subscribers this year.
Butler Green CSA members are invited to shop at the CSA store each week, with the amount of their purchases deducted from their remaining balance. The Butler Green farm store is in an historic farm at 10152 Valley Road in Rolling Bay, across the road and west of Bay Hay and Feed. MacWhorter is already harvesting salad greens and a few other early crops, and at the end of February the CSA store will open every Tuesday to members only.
A full CSA share, which is usually enough to keep a family of four in veggies through the summer, costs $500 at Butler Green. You can "re-up" at any time to add more money to your account. Half shares are available for two-person families, at $250. The easiest way to sign up for his CSA is via the sign-up form on the Butler Green website.
Butler Green Farms
Brian MacWhorter/Amy Kuhl
22855 Sundown Ridge Lane, Poulsbo, WA 98370
Farmhouse Organics began as Anne’s Flower Farm in 1991. Anne and Peter Weber started farming on an old strawberry field in Eagledale, Bainbridge Island. In 1999 they moved to Poulsbo so that they could expand their offerings. Theirs is one of the only WSDA Certified Organic farms in the area. Visit their website for more information on their popular CSA program. Each week Anne sends out a list of available crops so that subscribers can customize their delivery. A full share is $630, half shares are $415. Subscribers can pick up their shares at the Poulsbo farm, or have them delivered to Pegasus on Bainbridge. For an additional fee of $5 per week they'll deliver right to your door. The Farmhouse CSA fills up fast every year, so don't delay in contacting them if you're interested.
You can “visit” the Weber farm through their wonderful new "Farmhouse Organics" Facebook page. There you’ll find updates on what’s new at the farm, along with photos of the farm throughout the growing season. You'll also find the signup form for their CSA.
Ann and Peter Weber
3785 Lincoln Road, Poulsbo, WA 98370
Holly Lane Garden
This is Bainbridge’s newest CSA, being offered by long-time Island farmer Patty Dusbabek. Subscribers can choose not only from her selection of organically grown veggies and herbs, but also from all of the wonderful things she makes with them. Herbed breads and pastries will be among the CSA offerings, as will a variety of jams and jellies.
Another of Dusbabek’s specialties is eggs, including duck, chicken and goose eggs. “One of my goose eggs last week weighed half a pound!” she exclaimed.
Holly Lane members will be able to pick up their weekly share either at Patty’s booth at the Bainbridge Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, or at her farm on Saturday afternoons. She even allows customers to pick their own vegetables out of the field – you can’t get much fresher than that. As one who has visited her farm, I would consider the trip to the farm to be as big of a treat as the products themselves! She is offering full shares for $25 a week, or half shares for $15, which can be paid monthly or in advance for the entire season.
Holly Lane Farm
9432 Holly Farm Lane
The first CSA program in Kitsap County, and possibly on this side of Puget Sound, was started by Rebecca Slattery of Persephone Farms back in 1991. Slattery’s fields are in Indianola, but she delivers CSA baskets to her subscribers on Bainbridge Island every week from June through October. The Johnson Farm (site of the annual Harvest Fair) is her pickup site; each week she greets her CSA members with carefully selected baskets of seasonal produce, along with recipes and advice on everything from cooking to farming. This year she’ll debut a new website and other online tools for her CSA community.
“I like to encourage people to experiment with seasonal foods,” Slattery explains. She offers a very extensive and eclectic assortment of organic produce – all the standards plus hard-to-find treats like broccoli raab, lovage, sorrel, cardoons, and unusual varieties of peppers and tomatoes. “My subscribers love the surprise element of their CSA baskets; they often tell me it’s like Christmas every week,” she laughs. She heightens the sense of community in her CSA program by hosting gatherings at her farm, including annual garlic parties, a cider pressing in the fall, and garden tours.
Slattery’s CSA program is so popular that it sells out every year. Full shares in Persephone’s CSA program are $650, partial shares are $500. Full shares also receive a weekly flower bouquet (Rebecca’s flower arrangements are magical), partial shares get one every other week. She’s also offering “add-on” shares of eggs, raw milk and cheese, honey, berries and fruit, and wine from Bainbridge Island Vineyards, which allows her CSA members to get weekly deliveries of those products along with the fresh vegetables. One especially popular add-on is a bread share, featuring bread baked by Judith Weinstock “that’s delivered still warm from the oven.”
PO Box 158, Indianola, WA 98342
Website: Persephone FarmAbundantly Green Farm
Marilyn Holt inherited the family farm in 2001, including the house built by her grandmother in 1900. Rather than sell the land for development, she decided to keep her family’s sixty acres of land as a working farm. She and her husband, Cliff, left their jobs in Seattle and began to expand the farming operation. They chose to become a certified organic farm in 2005 even though it significantly cuts into their profit. They believe in the holistic value of organically grown food and know their customers prefer pesticide-free produce.
As it has for many years, their CSA program provides in-season produce for 20 weeks. Shares are still available and there is an early-bird special-- single person shares are available for $265, 2 to 3- person shares are $475, and 6 to 8 -person shares are $699. Members receive fresh-picked veggies and herbs, and, when available, fruit.
Abundantly Green Farm
Marilyn Holt and Cliff Wind
1146 NE Madison Road
Poulsbo, Washington 98370
(360) 692-2504 or (206) 781-7196