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Three Sisters Farm // February Newsletter
Everything is still icy and frozen outside and we are glad to have at least one full month to get the coming season planned and set business goals for the next 3 years.  We are working diligently to be able to submit our paperwork for organic certification by the February 15th earlybird deadline.
 
Growing really high quality food for you is at the heart of what we do.  We poured over the seed catalogues doing our best to select varieties that we think you will love.
 
We plan to grow many similar varieties to last season, but we are trialing some new exciting varieties too.  We are implementing a new intensive garden system with permanent raised beds and a sprinkler system in Campbellsport that should have a positive impact on our ability to consistently produce high quality greens.  This new system is my primary focus and I am going to focus on growing really nice butterhead/bibb lettuces with the goal of having them available every week of the CSA.  I also hope to have a more regular supply of spinach, arugula, celery and radishes. 
Jeff will be growing all of the less perishable crops like onions, carrots and potatoes on the land we rent from Sauve Terre Farm in West Bend.  Jeff applied an epic amount of compost last fall to these fields which should translate to really high quality foods for you to eat.  He is excited to grow more potatoes including a few new varieties to supplement the delicious pink-skinned-gold-fleshed potatoes we all love.  He will also include a few new varieties of summer squash, peppers and make another attempt to grow a variety of melons.
 
By the end of the month we will be planting snap peas in the Hoophouse and seeding our onions in the greenhouse!  We are also excited that we have created an assistant farm manager position and have a really skilled individual considering the position.  We will sell a total of 135 CSA shares this year, a slight increase from last year.  The increase will offset the cost of the new position. 
--Kelly
OTHER UPDATES
EGG SHARES
New this year, we are partnering with
Three Brothers Farm to offer eggs from their free range organic laying flock with our CSA shares.  Three Brothers Farm is run by our good friends Michael and Courtney.  They are extremely dedicated to the health and vitality of their chickens and farm as a whole.  We are lucky that they will partner with our CSA since their eggs are in high demand by many restaurants in MKE.  We will let you know the price of an egg share as soon as we solidify the details with them. 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
We are partnering with FairShare in Madison this year to participate in their Partner Shares Program.  Our members have already contributed $225 to this fund.  Thank You!, We pass this money along to Fairshare and through them qualifying individuals can receive 50% up to $300 of assistance for their CSA share. See how it works
.  You can now contribute during the sign up process, but if you missed that opportunity and would like to contribute please send us an email.

NEW BAYVIEW PICK UP LOCATION

We are now taking sign ups for an exciting new pick up location for Three Sisters shares in Bayview. Thanks to the Sparrow Collective, a brick and mortar boutique and gift shop featuring the work of over 100 independent designers from around the United States, for hosting share boxes.
SAVE THE DATE--Local Farmer Open House
Join us March 10th from 11-3pm at the Urban Ecology Center Riverside location for the Local Farmer Open House.
NEW THIS YEAR! ACCEPTING SNAP & PAYPAL
We are excited to announce that we will be able to accept SNAP payments for CSA shares for the 2018 season.  Please contact us directly for this option.  We now also have paypal available for members who want to use credit to pay, however a 2.5% online transaction fee will be added to your share balance.
 
new variety trials in 2018
photos courtesy High Mowing Seeds

 
cocozelle zucchini
pink boar tomato
oneida gold potato
valentine's day radish
goddess pepper
tyria long cucumber
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