Sunday, February 22, 2015

2015 Mushroom CSA

Join our 2015 CSA share and receive a half  pound of fresh mushrooms each week from June - September. Mushrooms are a delicious and nutritious food (& medicine) that are grown on natural materials from sustainably managed forests and fields.

Some facts about mushrooms:

- They are known to reduce cholesterol, promote immune system health, and fight cancer cell growth

- The protein structure of mushrooms is very similar to animal proteins, making them a great source for vegetarians and vegans, who often lack this type of protein in their diets

- Mushrooms are one of the best sources of Vitamin D in the human diet. Drying mushrooms in the sun for 5+ hrs can increase their vitamin D content by 300%! Drying your own mushrooms is easy. (we'll tell you how)

This year we are expanding production to increase oyster production and additionally some of our other production is coming into maturity. As such, we will have two share options:

a half pound of fresh, log grown shiitake each week.

a half pound based in shiitake, but mixed with other mushrooms (stropharia, lions mane, oyster) when available.

Both shares are the same cost: $112 for the season ($8/week)
Double shares for one household (1 lb/week) are $200 (10% discount)

Also for 2015: add-on a share of one half dozen duck eggs each week for an additional $49.00

Shareholders also include a weekly recipe and update from the farm, discounts on workshops & other products we sell.

The share runs from the second week in June through the second week in September, for a total of 14 weeks.

Pick-up locations
Thursdays on the patio at the Westy Bar in Ithaca (alongside Plowbreak Farm CSA pick-up) from 5 - 7pm
Fridays at Sweetland Farm CSA pick-up in Trumansburg from 1 - 8pm

Businesses or neighborhoods who can get employees to sign up for a total of 4 lbs (8 - 1/2lb shares) get free delivery to their location!

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About the Farm

Wellspring Forest Farm is run by Elizabeth & Steve Gabriel, who have designed their ten-acre landscape as a living ecosystem, drawing  on permaculture and agroforestry principles for inspiration. We grow a wide range of mushrooms, including shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia. We also produce maple syrup and raise pastured lamb and duck eggs. Learn more about us here.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

2015 Events at the Farm.

One of the most important aspect of our farm mission is education. Learning is a two-way street; we seek out neighbors, teachers, and mentors who've been generous with their time and experience over the years. It's been key to getting us to where we are.

And, we love sharing what we've learned - as well as the farm - with people who want to learn more about sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, and permaculture. So consider joining us for one or more of the events we've got brewing:

Water as a Resource in the Landscape - May 2

Active Soil Building for Home and Farm - June 27

Silviculture & Agroforestry Short Course
 - July 24 - 28

Kid's Camp with EarthArts - week of August 17 (details soon!)

You can read more about these and how to register by visiting our events page.

Steve is also offering several workshops and events through his recently published book, Farming the Woods, and mushroom cultivation workshops through the Cornell Small Farms Program.