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Posted 1/3/2018 10:11am by John Middleton.

Dear %%user-name%%,

OK, well somehow here we are already in 2018 and getting ready for our part of the world to tilt back towards the sun and get that local produce back on your tables. As always returning members get a discount on their share and as this time of year always sees lots of cash leaving the farm without much coming back in we hope to entice you with some early bird savings to help reverse or at least slow down the flow. 

We will continue in 2018 to serve Spring Green exclusively with our CSA. While the loss of income hurt by leaving the Madison market it made life on the farm much better and we think made our CSA more valuable. We love serving our community and look forward to continuing that work which is made possible by your support.

Click here to begin your renewal process. Or just copy and paste the link below into your browser:

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Don't forget to check to see if you are eligible for a rebate through your health insurance provider by being a CSA member. There are also financial aid options available if you need any help covering the cost of a share. For more information please check out the following links from the FairShare CSA Coaltiton

https://www.csacoalition.org/affordability/health-insurance-rebates/

https://www.csacoalition.org/affordability/partner-shares/


We look forward to being your farmers,

John and Lidia
 
Fazenda Boa Terra LLC
Spring Green, WI
608-729-0560
 
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Posted 6/9/2015 8:14am by John Middleton.

Hi All,

Apologies, an automated pickup reminder was supposed to go out to you all yesterday but it seems to have suffered a technical glitch. So I thought we ought to send one out manually especially as this is the first pickup of the season. If you are still unsure about your pickup times, we've posted them below:

Madison: Starting Today for all Family Share (20week) and Every Other Week (10 week) CSA Member:

Great Harvest Bread Co. (University Ave)12:30PM-5PM

EVP  Coffee University Row 1PM-5PM

EVP Coffee Sequoya (S. Midvale) 1:30PM-6PM

EVP Coffee East (Mineral Point Road) 1:45PM-5PM

EVP Coffee West (E Wash) 2:30PM-6PM.

All boxes will be labeled with your name, this is particularly important because some members have purchased an egg share add on which will be inside their box. It would be very disappointing for those members if they don't get their eggs so please look for the box with you name on it. We also try and reuse the boxes as many time as possible as they come at a significant cost to us, so please return you box each week so that we can use them again.

We hope to have a great share put together for you this week and we are really excited to see our CSA kicking off for another season as we hope you are too!

 

Many Thanks,
 
John and Lidia
 
Fazenda Boa Terra LLC
Spring Green, WI
608-729-0560
 
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Posted 12/20/2013 5:42am by John Middleton.

Hi Everyone,

We are getting settled into our new home here is Wisconsin and heading headlong into our new venture. WHile we have learned a lot over the past few years and improved many things, starting over still kinda stinks. Mostly I mean starting from scratch again with our marketing which admittedly is not our strong suit to begin with. But at least this time we know that we have a track record to look back on. We would really appreciate it if you could send us a testimonial with your thoughts about our CSA /Farmers Market and produce. It doesn't have to be and thing long, just a sentence or two and if you prefer it to be anonymous just say so and we won't use you name. We feel that if we had a few testimonials from our former members it would really help us get a boost as we make a big marketing push down here. You can always post something on our FACEBOOK page as well. Thanks in advance, we will miss you :(

Thanks,
 
John and Lidia
 
Fazenda Boa Terra LLC
Northfield, MN
507-366-9000
 
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Posted 8/1/2013 1:28pm by John Middleton.

We hope the late Newsletter doesn't become the norm but it has been a busy few weeks and we were out of town this weekend (after the Farmers market of course). But here is this weeks edition of The Busy Bee Enjoy your share!

Thanks,
 
John and Lidia
 
Fazenda Boa Terra LLC
Northfield, MN
507-366-9000
 
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Posted 7/23/2013 1:48pm by John Middleton.

Hi All,

Here is a copy of your Newsletter for Week #6. We hope you enjoy your share this week.

Thanks,

 
John and Lidia
 
Fazenda Boa Terra LLC
Northfield, MN
507-366-9000
 
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Posted 7/18/2013 1:24pm by John Middleton.

Hi Everyone, 


I am sorry for getting this weeks edition out so late. It hasbeen a little nuts and I got a bit behind pushing the Newsletter back a few days. Click here for some great pix of the farm and a cool refridgerator pickle recipe for your pickling cukes!

Thanks,
 
John and Lidia
 
Fazenda Boa Terra LLC
Northfield, MN
507-366-9000
 
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Posted 7/9/2013 12:54pm by John Middleton.

Hi Everyone,


We hope you all had a great holiday weekend. We didn't get any time off but we did get a lot of work done and we had a couple beers on Thursday which is kinda like a long weekend for your FBT farmers :) This weeks Newsletter is up online for you here. You definietyl want to check out this weeks recipe especially since most of the ingedients will be in your share this week! Have a great week.

Thanks, 

John and Lidia
 
Fazenda Boa Terra LLC
Northfield, MN
507-366-9000
 
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Posted 6/25/2013 8:46am by John Middleton.

Hi Everyone,

Don't forget to pickup your share this week!

Here is a copy of this weeks Newsletter for week #2. And specifically for our Bloomington Members here is a link to last weeks Newsletter from week #1 that we forgot to email out to you. Sorry about that!

Thanks,

 
John and Lidia
 
Fazenda Boa Terra LLC
Northfield, MN
507-366-9000
 
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Posted 6/2/2013 6:50pm by John Middleton.

Hi Everyone,

We want to update everyone on the start of the CSA season. I am sure it is no surprise to any of you what a challenging spring it has been. In 10 years of farming we have never seen one quite like this. Our schedule was already 2-3 weeks behind when we got about 6 inches of snow in early May, and by the time we broke ground on May 8th we were about 4 weeks behind schedule and it hasn't gotten much easier since then. Even in a 'typical' late spring we would have had a solid 4 weeks to get field work done. This year we have only had about 12 days and at least 5 of them were days that we would normally never even consider being in the field. It has been incredibly wet and it generally dries out about 1 and a half days and then is too wet for 5 more. When we got in on the 8th we actually had about 5 decent days, and in those 5 days we had to do our best to do about 6 weeks of work (working ahead as well). We have actually done remarkably well at getting plants and seeds in the ground with almost 3 acres already planted. It has taken some tremendous effort and we are very close to being back on schedule with our field work. The biggest issue at this point isn't the rain so much as the cool temperatures. Without any heat the soil is still cold and the plants are growing very slowly if at all, many plants seem dormant. If you have tried to plant a garden this year I am sure you understand what we mean. It is really quite amazing how good the farm looks considering all the adversity we have faced. We have had some friends and fellow CSA farmers over that were actually jealous of how 'far ahead' we are. This issue is affecting every CSA, wholesale and market farmer in the entire upper Midwest. Even many commodity growers have given up on trying to get a crop in the ground. Only about 60% of the corn crop got planted in Minnesota and not much more will be planted this season and dairy farmers are paying over $400/ton for hay (more than 300% higher than normal) from out-state because they don't have any pasture for the cows and most alfalfa stands suffered high mortality this winter. It's an across the board problem facing all farmers. 

We think that CSA farmers feel the pressure more than most. Every CSA farmer around knows that first box would be nearly impossible to get the first share together in time without sunshine it is almost impossible to to get a crop in just 4 weeks. We long for a fresh garden salad as much, maybe even more than you but we are just going to have to wait a little longer for it.


It was a hard call to make but delaying the start of the season is the only option we have. We will have to postpone the start for 2 weeks. Instead of the 1st week of June we will have to wait for the 3rd week. The first pickups will be scheduled as follows:


Lakeville/Farmington - June 18th

Minneapolis/West Saint Paul - June 20th

Bloomington - June 22nd


If there are any changes to that schedule we will be sure to let you know. We are however very optimistic about the rest of the season and should have no problem having the whole 20 week season as planned despite this challenging start. If you haven't already done so, you can keep current by following our FACEBOOK page.


We would like to make it up to you and invite you to the farm on June 15th (2 Saturdays from now) for a little pre-season picnic. We would love the chance to see our returning members again and to meet our new ones. We are really proud of the farm and we want to give you a chance to come see it for yourselves and pick our brains a little bit if you want. We will send out another email very soon with more details about the picnic.

It has kept us up at night mulling this call and we are truly sorry to have to make it but this is the story of farming, the best plan and good management doesn't amount to a hill of beans when the sun don't shine. Together we will just roll with it and this season will turn out just great.


Keep an eye out for any emails from us as they will likely contain important information about your CSA share.


Thanks for you understanding and support,

John and Lidia 

Fazenda Boa Terra LLC
Northfield, MN
507-366-9000
 
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Posted 2/7/2013 8:11pm by John Middleton.

Dear %%user-name%%,

It's that time again! Time to sign up for the 2013 season from Fazenda Boa Terra. As many of you are aware we have been going through a lot of changes since our land lease fell through. We have to sincerely thank all of you that offered support through a difficult time. A common sentiment was that it would be for the best and things would be better for us. You couldn't have been more right! While we have a few kinks to work out we are settling into the Northfield area and we couldn't be happier about it. There is a great community of young and veteran farmers alike in the neighborhood all of whom have been very welcoming. We have even struck up a few partnerships that we think can make membership at our CSA a lot more fun.


First, we are going to partner with Humble Pie Farm to bring you a broader selection of fresh herbs and cut flowers at your regular pickup site. Please visit their website to learn more about the farmers and sign up.


Another exciting partnership we just made is with Budding Farmers at SEEDS Farm. it is so new that we aren't up on their website yet as we just singed the deal. This is a great new program for the kids. You can find a lot more specifics information at Monica's website but it is a great way to teach your kids about the food they get in your share each week. They will receive a really cute binder and receive a new packet each week for 10 weeks. the packet will feature a vegetable in your share which will include information about the vegetable, kid friendly recipes, crafts. We got a sneak peak at the materials and I have to say, it is really stinkin' cute!


The most important thing we have to say is that we really want to be your farmers this year! We are still in our early-bird period with a discount for $40 off the share price which you will see at checkout. The LSP CSA Directory just went live and shares are selling fast. So don't miss out and join us for our best year yet!

Click here to begin your renewal process. Or just copy and paste the link below into your browser:

http://fazendaboaterra.com/members/types

We look forward to having you back this season.

Much Thanks,

John and Lidia

Fazenda Boa Terra LLC
Northfield, MN
507-366-9000
www.fazendaboaterra.com
farmers@fazendaboaterra.com

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