Throughout our planning process this winter we've made some changes that will make High Altitude Harvest even stronger and more effective. For those of you who have been members before, most of the upcoming year's CSA experience will be similar to last year. But of course we all know that the only constant is change, and these are the ways that our CSA is adapting and growing this season.
Pick Up Sites
We're happy to announce the addition of two new farms to the High Altitude Harvest posse of growers - Jon McCormick of Sasquatch Farms and Sarah Jonhstone (farm name TBD).
Both are beginning farmers who are returning to family land in Plumas County that they've been visiting since they were kiddos. Jon will be growing fresh eggs and produce for us in Quincy, and Sarah will be farming a variety of veggie crops on the north side of Sierra Valley.
You can look forward to learning more about them in upcoming blog posts and newsletters!
We finally have an egg share to offer! For years we've been looking for a grower to provide us with farm fresh, humanely raised eggs. Our dreams have been realized now that Jon of Sasquatch Farms is on the scene. Jon is starting out this year offering just 10 half-dozen egg shares, but he hopes to scale up in the future. These chickens spend their time outdoors, eat organic feed, and are allowed to run free of the coop whenever possible. Jon is working on getting a pasture rotation system set up for the summer.
A few of our regular crops got the boot this year. We axed some because of feedback from our annual survey and a others because we don't yet have growers with a good set up for producing them.
We're not growing:
But we're growing more:
Strega Nona's Pasta
Produce Share Prices
When a grower needs to raise their price to our CSA - either due to increased production costs or because the general market price has gone up for that item - they submit a price change request to us. We typically find these requests to be very reasonable and we agree to pay them for the following season. When we get enough of these price increase requests, it becomes necessary for us to raise our share prices to our members.
We feel good about this price increase because it is in line with our core belief that the work that farmers do is SO important, and that they should be valued and fairly compensated for that work. We hope you agree!