June 1

So many changes –

There are many changes this year, you can read down through to see what’s new, and what will be different, and hopefully better, than we had advertised.

Most of these changes are because we started a farm stand so we could continue to sell product and pay the bills and pay the employees in these weird times.  This changes a number of things about the how the CSA will work.

Sign In Sheet –
There will be the usual sheet with everyone’s names written, and we’d like you to highlight your name when you pick up so we know how many more people to expect as the week goes on.

For the New People –
For the most part, you get to choose what’s in your bag.  There will be a sign telling you how many choices you get, depending on your share size  It may say something like “Everyone gets potatoes” and then a number of picks.  The number of choices you get to make will vary based on whether or not there is an “everyone gets” item that week.  Then, you choose what you want.  Some things, like our pesto or sauerkraut, count as 3 of your picks.  Some things like mesclun are in bags with a good amount of product in them, and they count as 2 picks.  You will see signs on each item telling you how many items it counts as, and there will be a sign listing what the choices are each week.

Number of Picks –
In response to that stupid virus, we have been bagging nearly all the vegetables so that you can just pick up a bag of potatoes or a bag of arugula and not have to weigh things out, and therefore not directly touch the vegetables.  We also tried to make the math easy, so we made the bags a little bit smaller than our usual “pick” size.  This means that you will get more “picks” than the sign up forms advertised so that the value comes out even.  Some things will be in larger packages and will count as 2 picks.  You’ll see all of this at the first pickup.  If you want more than your share size, you can purchase more at any time.

Additional Hours –
We have expanded the hours dramatically from what they used to be, and you can come do your CSA pickup during any of the times we are open:

             Tuesday through Friday       8 to 10 for seniors; 10 to 6 for everyone
             Saturday                               8 to 4 for everyone

We will continue to harvest and wash more vegetables every day throughout the week, so no matter when you get here there should be a full selection to choose from.  

Portland Pick Up –
This will be the same, Wednesday from 3 to 6:30 in the 4th floor of the Drummond Woodsum parking garage on Marginal Way.

Additional Vegetables – 
Because we now have a farm stand, we have started carrying a number of additional vegetables that are staples but that we don’t have from our farm right now, including things like onions and sweet potatoes.  You will be able to purchase these extra items when you pick up your share, but the share is just Laughing Stock Farm vegetables, the same as it’s always been.  The products we buy in are all either local or organic or both.

Just for CSA Members –
In Freeport there will be a table with vegetables as they first come in or that are in short supply, and they will be for CSA members only.  CSA members will get the pick-your-own flowers for free; others can purchase them; and CSA members will get pick-your-own herbs for free. You also are getting a discount on the vegetables.  We will bring a portion of the short-supply items to Portland, but there we don’t have to worry about other people dropping by to shop like we do at the farm stand.

When you come to the farm –
Please be sure to PULL ALL THE WAY INTO A PARKING SPACE.  Everyone needs the room in the middle to be able to back out of their space and leave.  If you haven’t pulled all the way in, you greatly increase your risk of someone hitting your car.

Other Additional Products – 
In order to provide our Farm Stand customers with as many products as possible for a one stop shopping experience, we have added many other products, and intend to be adding more as time goes on.  You can purchase any of these products whenever you’d like.  They are not part of the CSA Share.  Initially, we will not bring them to Portland, but we hope to add these things to the Portland pick up in the near future.

   Bread – from Standard Baking – Country Boule (sourdough white bread),
                                                       Maine 5-Grain (sourdough multi-grain), and
                                                       Normandy (white sandwich bread)

   Pork – Breakfast Sausage, Sweet Italian Sausage, Chorizo, Bacon, Pork Chops
   Chicken – Whole Roasters, Leg and Thigh Quarters, Boneless Skinless Breast, Chicken Sausage
   Beef – Sirloin Tip Steak, Fajita Strips, Rib Eye, T-bone, Stew, and Hamburger

   Apples from Ricker Hill Orchards and frozen Blueberries from Blue Barrens Farm

   Cheese – a variety of cheeses from Silvery Moon Creamery, 
                   Cheddar and Monterey Jack from Pineland Farms,  and
                   Chevre and Feta from Sunset Acres in Brooksville

    Dry Beans and Popcorn from Fairwinds Farm

    Eggs from our chickens and from Mainely Poultry in Warren.  We’ve got PLENTY of EGGS!

    Milk, Cream, Half and Half, Butter, and Ice Cream from Smiling Hill Farm

The prices are pretty darn good, and you can get more or your shopping done on your trip to the farm.

If you can’t get to the CSA Pick Up –
You can always send a friend or you can take up to a half share additional per week in order to make up for any missed pick ups.  And remember, there are five days every week that you can come do your pick up.

Pork Shares  YES!!
We were able to get four piglets.  If you would like a pork share, please email first because these are likely to sell out, too.

$300 for 30 to 35 lbs. of pork, including bacon, pork chops, country style ribs, Italian sausage, breakfast sausage, and a ham.  Pay half to reserve your share, the second half is due when you pick up the pork.  

See you soon (from at least a 6 foot distance), Lisa & Ralph