MCSA Info

This is the Sixth year that we are running our MCSA

M arket
C ommunity
S upported
A griculture

Registration is open now!

This MCSA has been a huge help to starting our year off right; not being as constrained to the limited funds so often associated with small farms in the Spring, allows us to grow and produce as much as possible, and have plenty of produce to start the first markets, and even before!

Writing this as our fields are buried under the most snow we have had since starting our farm; it definitely takes faith that the weather will warm up over the next few weeks, leading into a beautiful Spring. One thing we can be assured of, is plenty of water for our crops this year.
Every year, the weather is a big factor in how things grow, and how the markets go. Overall it was a really good year. We had good yields on all of our fruit tree crops and we increased sales to restaurants & stores, and made a lot more value-added products, like Salsa and Salsa Verde, that were a big hit! Our HabanHeirloom Salsa won first place at North End Organic Nursery’s Salsa Festival!

 

We held our first “Dinner in the Garden” on June 11th, produced by Al McCord and his crew, from Wood River Sustainability Center in Hailey. It was a Four-course Dinner, featuring Prime Rib from Double Springs Ranch (Craig and Dori were there!) Cinder Wines (Joe and Melanie were there too!) and
Desserts by Laura. About Sixty people attended. We gave a short walking tour of our farm, and talked about many different happenings. It was a fun night! We are planning another Dinner in early June, again this year, and are talking about holding a Fall “Harvest” Dinner, in September possibly.
MCSA members qualify for discounted tickets!
We have a lot of improvements planned for this year; revamping the layout of our greenhouses, for better ability to grow greens through the winter, and hopefully getting another set up that we’ve been working toward for a few years now.

Help Grow our Farm!
Secure/Ensure your local
food supply.
We’ve tweaked the typical CSA
model to serve you, our customers,
in (3) ways:
1. Purchase What You Want

You choose what your family needs for that week.2. When You Want

If you’re out of town, take a week or two off. We’ll have great produce & products for you the next time you’re back.
If you haven’t used your whole amount by the end of the Market season, it carries over to the next year. You can also shop
with us through the Winter. We setup each week at Nourish Me in Ketchum, and make weekly deliveries to Boise.

3. At The Markets

We sell at the Ketchum, Hailey, Boise, & McCall Markets each week. As well as a few others. We’ll keep your account on file and mark down your purchases each time you shop with us at the Markets.
You can also call or email a pre-order to us (24 hours minimum notice) and we will have it ready and waiting for you at the start of the market, for quick pickup.

A bit about our Farm

Starting in 1995 our small family farm has grown into a healthy highly productive piece of land. We raised Pumpkins the first
year, and learned a lot. Then we started planting Berries, and Fruit Trees. We started selling at Farmer’s Markets, first in Emmett, then in McCall. Pretty soon, we found out about the Markets in the Wood River and in Boise and we started selling there. The more we grew, the more we saw potential for growth, and the demand for real, fresh, high quality food!
In 2011 we started thinking long term, and came up with this idea for the MCSA, through your support, and with the help of some good friends, we made many improvements and investments that would keep our farm going for the next 15-20 years.
These included larger walk-in coolers, updated and additional irrigation systems, a barn remodel and commercial
kitchen; to keep produce fresh and give you a larger selection of fruits and vegetables, as well as value added products, earlier and later in the season.
In 2013, we invested in a refrigerated van, that more than doubled our hauling capacity. (We had gotten to the
point where we were driving two Suburbans over to Tuesday’s market in Ketchum, on a regular basis, in order to meet demand.)
In 2015 we lost a lot of Peach, Cherry and Plum trees, due to a severely cold Winter. We’ve planted over 200 fruit trees, the last several years, of all different varieties; some that bear early, and some late; to extend the fresh fruit season.As the business has grown, it costs a bit more each Spring, to accomplish all we’re trying to do. With your help, through this MCSA, we can offset some of the money that we make later in the season, using it to help with the start-up costs, helping us to do more early, and make more available to you, earlier in the season, and all year!

During the first two and a half months of our season (Feb. 1st – April 15th) we purchase Seeds, Plants/Trees, Soil, Organic Fertilizers; pay Market Fees, Insurance, Fuel, Farm Help, etc. All this during our slowest time of year, income-wise. (The first Farmer’s market of the year, The Capital City Public Market, starts mid-April in Boise.)

This year we are hoping to raise close to $15,000 through this MCSA. Our goal is to sign up 20 customers at $500 ea. and 20 customers at $250 ea. With sign ups starting now, and going through April 15th, at least.

Your account will be set up for the amount you buy in for, plus ten percent (so if you buy in for $250, we’ll setup your account starting at $275… $500 = $550) Once the markets start, you will be able to use your account to get delicious produce and products from us each week at the markets! We really appreciate all the great support these past years and are looking forward to sharing the fruits, berries, flowers and vegetables of our labor with you all, for many years to come.

And, while talking with a local friend about our MCSA, he asked if we would be willing to add 15% , if he were to invest $1000… We absolutely are willing to do that. I know that there are only a few people that are in a position to do that at this time of year, so I don’t know if that is something you want to do, but I thought I’d mention it. Let us know.
As always, the more early investments our farm receives in the Spring, the more we can plan on growing throughout the year!

You can contact us through email matt@waterwheelgardens.com or our Farm Phone (208)365-1156

Thank you,
Waterwheel Gardens – Kurtis, Roxine, Matt, Jon, Noah, Ethan, Reamy, Putter, Jared, and Friends

MCSA Brochure 2017

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