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Our final week! {Week 20 CSA}


And just like that, another whoosh of peak season has passed. Fall has reliably brought her crisp mornings to the farm and we know her freezing nights aren't far behind.


This is the longest we've gone without a first frost and you can tell how surprised we are by our quickly diminishing staff. We'd never imagined needing all the extra hands to keep our outdoor production going this long and gave everyone a firm end date of September 31st. Silly us, of course, for limiting what 2020 is capable of! And so, we'll tend to our crops as best we can, as they continue to grow vibrant in the waning sunshine. An extended peak season is really no time to complain, as losing bright harvests to frost is a heartbreaking journey every time. Needless to say, the season still has us moving and pausing is hard to justify, but when it happens, we feel consumed by gratitude for the many people we've been able to nourish this year—and the many people who put their faith in our hard work.


And you, amazing CSA members, are the leaders of that charge. You are the ones so committed to local, sustainable, and nutrient-dense produce that you paid for your harvest before it even sprouted. You shouldered the risk of crop failures along with us and you shared in our delicious successes. And we are beyond grateful. So grateful, in fact, that we are dedicating this last little space for words entirely to singing your praises!


These days, there exists a unique variety of CSA-esque options. Some are prepared single or multi-meals, others are more raw like ours—but include produce from hundreds of miles away. Very few are representative of a single farm. The truth is, not only is it hard to grow dozens if varieties of veggies to keep a CSA bountiful all season, it’s also challenging to find people who are willing to buy into a single-farm commitment like this. There are some clear advantages to sticking to a single farm CSA, such as getting to know your farmer well and having a strong understanding of how all of your produce is grown, but it also comes with higher risk. Our little 1.5 acre farm does sit at 5200 feet, after all, so a serious failure of multiple crops is never that far-fetched.


Most of you joined our CSA before the pandemic came crashing home in March. Our list for this year was nearly full when we suddenly had waves and waves of new names contacting us to be placed on our waitlist. It was an important moment for local food producers, as many of the abstract concerns about our region's food system became a stark reality. Our greater community began to catch on to something you long ago realized: that supporting local farmers is good for everyone. That helping to build our local food system towards greater sovereignty is important. And, perhaps, that organic and regenerative agriculture is the only real way forward.


We appreciate your foresight and are grateful you chose us. Our CSA members have proved to be an adventurous, warm, and impressive crowd. You are the people we would instantly find good conversation with, moving into worthwhile topics that expand curiosity and compassion. The kind of people who rally for food production that is not only extractive, but regenerative. The clear-minded folks out there who understand that a happy life rests on healthy food.


This is all to say, we think you are incredible. We are blown away and encouraged by how many actually care about where their food is coming from, how it’s grown, and who is growing it. To us, it says fine things about where Reno is at (and where it’s heading) in the movement to a more sustainable future.


Thank you for being a part of something beautiful.


Until next time, summer.

Inside Your Box This Week


Purple Radish

Yellow Onions

Curly Kale

Potatoes

Collards Carrots

Celery

Garlic

Recipes Worth Trying...

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For supporting our small organic farm.

For helping pave a way forward for regenerative agriculture.

For investing in young farmers.

For buying local.

We're honored to nourish you!







PREMA FARM

Located 20 minutes North of 

Downtown Reno,

1350 Long Valley Road

Phone: 775-513-1518

Email:  info@premafarm.com

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