Here at The Weed Patch we are SO excited to be able to be a drop site for Tonnemaker Farm's CSA program for 2012!
Before we get into everything, you can check out Tonnemaker Farm's website, as well as the CSA program details. Their blog features tons of great information as well as some very tasty looking recipes...
So who is Tonnemaker Farms, and what is a CSA? Tonnemaker Farms is a certified organic family farm located in Royal City, Washington.
From their website:
"The Tonnemaker brothers, Kole and Kurt, currently farm 126 acres on the north slope of the Frenchman Hills in Royal City, WA, and grow over 400 cultivars of organic fruits and vegetables.
Mission & Philosophy:
Our mission is to provide fresh, great tasting fruit and produce in a sustainable way at affordable prices.
We want to develop a direct relationship with those who eat our food. Customers have the opportunity to know the farm and the farmer.
We feel the responsibility to use the resources we have in such a way that the land can continue to produce healthy food for generations to come. In a sense we do not own the land but instead have borrowed it from our grandchildren.
Our family strongly believes that organic food should not be priced beyond the reach of the average consumer."
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Essentially, a CSA is a way to both a) support a local farm, and b) get your produce slightly less expensively even than a farmers market. When you join a CSA, you buy into a program where fresh produce is delivered to you directly; some programs will deliver to your door, some have a community drop site. You can check out the full Wikipedia CSA article here, if you're so inclined for a more in-depth answer.
Tonnemaker Farms has participated in the Bothell Farmer's Market (facebook page) here at Country Village (where our shop is) for the last several years. We have tasted the fruits of their labor (get it???) and we are proud to participate in their CSA program. We have no hesitation to recommend them to any of our wonderful customers. In part, that's because we have known some of their key people for years and years; we trust them, and we know their passion for sustainable, organic produce. Win-win!
If you're a local and you're interested in more information, we encourage you to visit the Tonnemaker Farm's website (facebook) and check out the CSA fliers. We would also highly encourage you to come visit the Bothell Farmer's Market and say hello to them in person! If you can't make the Bothell market, check their website for other markets they are involved in!<