Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New farm and CSA- Tomten Farm

A message from new farmers Brian and Autumn Campbell of Tomten Farm:
Tomten Farm is new to the Richmond area, taking over what was Fertile Crescent farm out in Green Bay VA. I wanted to introduce ourselves (Brian and Autumn) and the farm to you all.  We are both new to the area, last year we farmed up north in Madison County and before that way up north.
Tomten Farm has 2.5 acres dedicated to annual vegetable production, offering a wide array of organically grown produce and herbs for local markets, restaurants, and our CSA shares. Our goal is to offer high quality, excellent tasting produce for people who love to cook. While focused on produce, we will also be raising poultry for meat on our pastures throughout the farm. Chickens (Red Ranger, Red Broiler, or Freedom Ranger) will be available June through November. Ducks (Muscovy) and turkeys (Broad Brested Bronze) will be available in the Fall. 
Although we are new, we are trying to get the word out about our Community Supported Agriculture shares, as we are growing over 50 different crops, from the expected to the unusual,  using natural and sustainable methods. Brian and I share over 10 years of experience involved in farming and food and we are hoping to find members who love to experiment in the kitchen with fabulous tasting and exciting produce. We will be starting our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares the 2nd week of May with two pickup options in Richmond: Byrd House market on Tuesdays and South of the James market on Saturdays.  If you'd like to sign up or have any questions about Tomten Farm and CSA, contact Brian and Autumn via email (info@tomtenfarmva.com)  or call 434.392.1896. 
Tomten Farm CSA
Spring/Summer share: $355 for 17 weeks The share runs for 18 weeks from the 2nd week of May to the 1st week of September. Each member can take a week off anytime throughout the season.
Fall share: $185 for 10 weeks This runs from September 16th through the week of Thanksgiving.
During 2012 we will offer both Spring/Summer (17 weeks) and Fall (10 weeks) CSA shares with pickups available in Richmond, Farmville and at the farm. We invite you to become a CSA member for our first season of Community Supported Agriculture. We welcome your involvement on the farm at whatever level suits you. For $355 (less than $21 per week) our Spring/Summer share aim’s to provide enough vegetables for two adults or a family with small children. Each week's share will be carefully selected to harmonize together for wonderful seasonal feasts. Below are three examples of the weekly share.
Spring Share: ½ lb bag Baby Lettuce Mix, 1 bunch Radishes, 1 bunch Carrots, 1 medium sized Napa Cabbage, 2-3 Daikon Radishes, 8-10 Scallions, 1 large bunch Mustard Greens, 1 bunch Cilantro.
Summer Share: 2-3 lbs Heirloom Tomatoes, 3 Italian sweet peppers, 2 lbs New Potatoes, 1 Qt Baby summer squashes, 1 Butterhead Lettuce, 1 Red leaf Lettuce head, 3 Cippolini Onions, 1 large bunch Basil.
Late Summer Share: 1 Qt Okra, 1 lb Green Beans, 2 lbs Italian Sauce Tomatoes, 1 lb Italian Eggplant, 1 bunch Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, 1 Bunch Swiss Chard, 1 small Watermelon.
Extra Benefits
Add-On: Members will be emailed add-on offerings, including poultry when available, the weekend prior to the share pickup. All products will be offered at a 10% discount.
Member Workdays: During the summer we will have two optional workday events where CSA members can come help out in the fields, meet each other, and support the operation. Members are welcome to visit at other times, just call us to schedule ahead.
Farm Dinners: Cooked by us on our farm, the dinners will offer 4-5 course meals in an idyllic setting using all delicious food from the farm. The first dinner this summer will be offered to share members exclusively.

1 comment:

  1. That's so exciting! Great to "meet" the folks at Tomten Farm!