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Why I’m a Member of Miller Farms CSA (and why you should be, too)

Community Supported Agriculture. That’s what the acronym CSA stands for – and it’s one worth remembering, especially if you live within driving distance of Miller Farms or one of the farmer’s markets they attend.

As a registered dietitian and farmer’s daughter, I was on the lookout for a good option for local produce when I moved to Colorado a few years ago. Luckily for me I stumbled across Miller Farms’ CSA. After just one season of experiencing the goodness, I was sold forever.

Why do I love the Miller Farms CSA so much? Oh, let me count the ways…

 

Fresh Food Just Tastes Better

Produce doesn’t get any fresher than when it comes from Miller Farms. Everything sold at the market is picked within days – and often within hours – of it showing up at the stand.

On the other hand, produce from the grocery store has been picked before it’s fully mature so it can withstand the long travel times from field to store to my kitchen.

As a dietitian, I’m constantly encouraging my clients to eat more veggies. The problem? Many of my clients think vegetables don’t taste good – and the reason is because they’ve never tasted fresh produce.

If your only experience with zucchini are the sad little squash in the produce section of a grocery, I’m not surprised you’re underwhelmed. Do me a favor and go try one of Joe’s zucchini. You’ll never believe how sweet a squash could taste!

 

The CSA Makes my Food Budget go Green

I live to eat healthy, quality food. I shop sales and I’m very budget conscious. A CSA is an investment – both an investment in your local farmer, but also an investment in yourself. In your health.

It might seem expensive for the up-front cost of a CSA share (although Miller Farms understands the importance of budget and offers financing options) – but once you’ve invested, this CSA will return double on your dollar.

The first summer I signed up for the CSA, I cut my food bill in more than half and found myself challenged to eat all the vegetables. Not only did purchasing the CSA save me money in the long run, it also kept me accountable to eating healthy, quality food. What could be better?

Bonus: if you have SNAP benefits, you can spend them on your CSA!

 

It’s Convenient

Unlike many CSAs which require you to go to the farm and pick up a basket of pre-selected vegetables – which you may or may not need or want for the week – Miller Farms lets you bring your basket to one of their many farmer’s markets and select veggies yourself.

This means I don’t have to drive 30 miles to their farm in Platteville (I save that drive for the Fall Festival). Nope, instead the local farmer’s market Miller Farms attends is within biking distance of my house.

Every Sunday I take 20 minutes out of my day to pick up my veggies. Miller Farms also raises and sells meat, so when I pair this with other goodies I find at the farmer’s market I often skip the grocery store altogether.

It’s amazing to find everything we need to eat for the week all at the farmer’s market!

 

Support the Local Economy

Buying local and supporting small business doesn’t just help the small business; buying local also benefits the community. Studies show that “shopping small” returns about 45 cents on the dollar compared to 14 cents on the dollar when shopping at big-box retail.

From creating jobs to putting money in the pockets of people who will spend it locally, supporting local and small businesses is a huge benefit to the community.

https://www.amiba.net/resources/multiplier-effect/

 

Support a Family Farm

I’m going to be honest: I’m a little biased towards supporting family farms.

You see, I grew up on a farm and know firsthand the blood, sweat, and tears which go into producing a crop.

It’s hard work – physically, mentally, and emotionally – to be a farmer. You pray for rain when it’s dry and pray for sunshine when it’s flooding.

Investing in a CSA is a way to provide cash flow to a farmer at the time when he’s doing most of his investment: buying seed, paying employees to plant and weed, and purchasing nutrients to give to his crop.

If you want to be directly involved with modern agriculture, there’s no better way for you to participate than to sign up for a CSA.

As a special thank-you, sign up for the CSA during the month of March (2020) and receive a free month of my seasonal meal guides, which include a grocery list and recipe packet.

Whole Share: $800 / Half Share: $500 / NEW Quarter Share: $300

Ann Kent is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who owns a private practice based out of Fort Collins. She collaborates with Miller Farms to write meal guides based on locally available seasonal produce. Learn more about her meal guides and nutrition coaching services on her blog and website, Peas & Hoppiness

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Springtime is for CSA’s!

Spring is officially here! Not that that means much for Colorado, but it’s here! We are busy planting, fixing, planting some more. The ground might thaw out one of these days and we might be able to almost get potatoes in the ground. Other vegetables will soon follow. Boulder and Longmont farmers markets have begun!

We will have a few things to sell at the market. Come out and Support local! Hopefully the sun will be out! They’re asking what sustains you. The answer to that is our customers. We would not be here without your support every spring, summer, and fall. We love what we do, and our customers allow us to continue to provide affordable food along the Front Range.

CSA shares are filling up! Be sure to sign up for yours today and secure your spot! We have quarter, half, and full shares available! Email us at info@millerfarms.net with any questions you may have! $300 for a quarter share, $500 on a half share and $800 for a full share! 20 weeks worth of vegetables!

We have new beef and pork available for delivery on Monday and Friday with minimum $40 order. All raised by us and fed a healthy diet. No hormones or antibiotics ever!

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Hello All and Happy 2019!

The new season will be here before we know it! We will be starting in the Greenhouse in the next couple of weeks. To returning CSA members and those who wish to be a part of our CSA family this year, we will have a new signup sheet coming soon. We are in the process of planning which markets we will be attending this year. Please be patient! If you do not know about our CSA, you are in for a real treat as others can tell you!

CSA is a community supported Agriculture. When you buy a share, you help us prepare for the year. Seeds, fertilizer, dirt. All the things we need to get the year going. In return, you receive 20 weeks? worth of vegetables. Plus, 2 passes to come to the farm in the fall and pick your own vegetables! Payments can be made from sign up until June 15 when the CSA officially begins! It must be paid in full before you will be allowed to pick up. Prices remain the same this year. $450 for a half share and $750 for a full share.

Sign up for the 2019 CSA Season here

We will mail out CSA letters to those paid in full sometime in May. That letter is your ticket each week. Bring it with you and one of our wonderful people will mark off that week. Simple as that!

When picking up, we will provide the basket and you bring it with you each week and PICK OUT YOUR OWN VEGGIES! We do not pre-package anything! Walk through, pick out what you want and that is it! If you are a canner or a freezer or have extra company, you can double up at any time. First week to the last. While some things go all year, some crops are seasonal. You will go home with a weeks? worth of food and be supporting local agriculture all season!

The fall festival is our biggest event of the year. We invite you to come out and spend a day with your family. Pick your own vegetables and play in the dirt, watch the chickens and ducks! As always we invite you to come to the farm anytime. Our play area is always open! Feel free to contact us with any questions!

Thank you!

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Thank You!

Hello All!

We just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for a wonderful season! We are already planning for next year! We will have the newCSA sign up page ready after the first of the year, if you are a part of our CSA family, thank you, if you are not and would like more information please visit our website or contact us for more information. Thank you to all who have supported us this year, we could not have don?t it without you! We do have pork, and a limited amount of beef that we will have all winter. You can call or Email Jen for more details at 970.313.7182 or Jmiller1822@gmail.com. We just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your continued support.

We hope you have a Happy Holiday Season and we will see you next Season!

From our Family to yours we wish you a Happy Holidays.

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENTS ARE ACCEPTED AT THE FARM?

We accept all forms of payments including cash, checks, SNAP benefits, and all major credit cards to include American Express and Discover cards.

 

HOW DO YOU GROW YOUR PRODUCE?

We grow our produce using no pesticides. We use compost and nitrogen for fertilizer. We grow many of our crops using plastic mulch, drip irrigation, and pivot sprinklers to conserve water.

 

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT COMING TO HARVEST?

Please keep in mind that this is a real working farm. When you?re coming here for the Fall Harvest Festival, please dress accordingly. A good pair of shoes is a must. A hat is always nice and a decent pair of gloves helps as well.

 

DO YOU HAVE FOOD AND DRINKS?

During our Fall Festival, we have several different types of food for sale. Water and cold drinks are available as well, but you are always welcome to bring your own food and drinks. We have plenty of picnic tables for you to eat at and relax.

 

WHAT DOES MY ADMISSION FEE INCLUDE?

Your admission fee includes one trip per person to our fields to pick up to 5 bags of fresh produce per person. We supply the bags. All other activities like the corn maze and huge playground complex are included in the cost of your admission! Most farms charge an admission price and then charge an additional fee to do each activity. Your one time admission here at Miller Farms includes the produce you pick and ALL other activities!!

 

WHAT PRODUCE WILL I GET TO PICK WHEN I COME TO HARVEST?

Each time you come to harvest you can expect to be harvesting different types of produce. We rotate what we pick each day so that not any one crop will be depleted right away. Crops also vary from season to season and year to year. You can be certain that you?re going to get a great deal for your admission price!

 

WHEN ARE PUMPKINS READY?

Once the pumpkins are ripe for picking, each person is allowed to pick ONE pumpkin from the fields if they so desire. The pumpkins up front by the house and sales shed are for sale and are not included in the cost of your admission. Ask one of our staff about our GREAT wagon sale!

 

CAN I TAKE PHOTOS?

We have hundreds of wonderful and cool photo opportunities. PLEASE BRING YOUR CAMERAS! Also, we love getting photos from our customers via email, so feel free to send us yours! We will try and get these posted to our web site!

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER??

?We are typically open during any weather, but please use your own judgment when coming to harvest in poor weather. We do have a very sandy soil here that dries out quickly.

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What We Grow

We grow many varieties of vegetables and are constantly adding new kinds. A combination of sandy soil, sunny days and cool nights gives them the most amazing taste. Try our award winning onions, or our famous Peaches and Cream corn, or the best tasting potatoes in the world. We carry Red, White,and Yukon Gold.

And, don’t forget Millers’ famous watermelons?? you?ll wish these were in season all year long!

With our?CSA Membership?options, you?ll be eating healthy all season!

 

Here is a list of some of the crops that are grown and picked fresh daily:

 

Peppers

We grow Dynamites, Hungarian Wax, Budapest, Cubanelle, Big Jim,

Anaheim, Green Bells, yellow bells, orange bells, ivory bells, purple bells, Red bells, Banana, Joe parker, Barker, Mexican, poblano, Ancho, Serrano, jalapenos, and habanero

 

Watermelon

Our varieties include Yellow seedless, Orange seedless, Red seedless, Red seeded, crimson sweet, orange seeded, yellow seeded,

 

Tomato

Artic, Cherry, Roma, Beefsteak, Heirloom, grape, Early girls, Fantastic, Legend

 

Squash

Zucchini, yellow zucchini, crookneck, yellow patty pan, white patty pan, calavacita, round zucchini in grey yellow dark and light green, Acorn, butternut, spaghetti, Hubbard, delicata, and pumpkins,all varieties,

 

Cantaloupe

Athena, musk melon,

 

Kale

Green, Black, purple

 

Potatoes

Red, Yukon, Russet

 

Onions

?Yellow, Red, White