2017 Fall Farmshare


What is Farmshare?
Our Farmshare is the foundation of how we sell vegetables from our farm. It is a subscription agreement in which a family buys a share of what our farm produces during the heart of our growing season. Twice a year we open this up to families wishing to join our farm community and enjoy really delicious organic food.

Why a Farmshare?
For us, it truly is about community. While we are grateful to be part of a large local food movement through the Little Rock markets we also want to share our vegetables and flowers with our rural neighbors. The commitment our Farmshare customers make by forming this membership allows us to do this.
For you, we hope it is because you too want to be part of our community. We hope that it is because you want to know where your food is coming from, who is growing it and how it is being grown. We know that it is because you want the freshest, healthiest, tastiest vegetables available to you.

What is our Agreement?
By becoming a member you agree to take the time to stop by our farm or the Little Rock pick-up point at the designated times for six weeks to receive a basket of organic vegetables we have grown and harvested at the peak of maturity to be enjoyed by your family. In return, we agree to work our tails off growing you a variety of organic, fresh vegetables that have been selected based simply on
how fantastic they taste.

What scrumptious vegetables are being grown at Rattle’s Garden?
Fall is always a little bit of a gamble for us.  The growing season is so long in Arkansas that it is possible to grow almost our entire garden over again for the fall, we simply harvest the vegetables in reverse order of the spring.  The first baskets will start with purple hull peas, green beans, possible cherry tomatoes, eggplant and peppers, definitely squash.  We’ve had such luck with squash over the years that at this point I feel like I need to add a disclaimer…everyone gets a lot of squash! As the season gets cooler we transition to cooler crops like lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, turnips and carrots.  This year we have planted fall potatoes for the first time.  We are also going to attempt fall cauliflower for the first time.  While not all of these vegetables will be available at the same time, most of them will be available over the 6-week subscription period. Inevitably, every year we have a crop failure or three. Despite weather and war with bugs or deer, we always manage to grow a lot of food and we want to share our harvest with you. We hope to fill baskets with at least 5-6 different types of vegetables each week. We want every $25 basket to be equal to or greater than the market value of the individual items in it.

When will this subscription begin?
As with all farming, we are dependent on Mother Nature. We hope to start the fall Farmshare the second week in September and run for 6 consecutive weeks. If our August weather is mild, we may start a week early. If the weather is too hot to get seedlings started, we may start a week or two later. We will send out weekly newsletters via email beginning in September to let you know how the farm is progressing for the fall and when you should expect to pick-up your first basket.

What are the pick-up days/times?
This year there will be one option to pick up in Little Rock.  It will be at the home of Julie Majors on Tuesday mornings from 9-11 am. The address is 1600 Tarrytown, Little Rock, 72227.
The farm pick-up will happen on Thursdays between 9-11 or 4-6 pm from the farm, located between Vilonia and El Paso on Hwy 64.

What if your family needs to miss a pick-up?
During the summer we offer one skip week during the season in the event your family goes on vacation.  However, in the fall the season is much shorter, it's only 6 weeks.  So we do not offer a skip week for the fall.  If you need to miss a week, you are welcome to send someone to pick up your share in your place or your share will be donated to a needy family in the area.

Do you get to pick what you want in your basket?
Not exactly…we’ll divide each week’s produce up evenly between the baskets to make sure everyone gets variety and the full value of their basket. As members you will also be given the first opportunity to purchase large amounts of successful crops outside of the Farmshare season at wholesale prices for you to freeze or preserve by canning. If freezing or canning is new to you, we can help!

What about all of those chickens in our front yard??
Because our chickens slow down their egg laying in the fall, we don't actually offer an Eggshare for the fall season like we do in the summer.  However, we still usually have plenty of eggs available for purchase each week.  They are $5/dozen and you simply need to send me a text a day or two before and I'll set eggs aside for you.

Communication…
One key to success is always communication! We will post farm updates on our blog (www.rattlesgarden.com), on our Facebook page (Rattle’s Garden) and in a short weekly newsletter sent to your email address letting you know what you can expect in your next basket. And we also want to hear from you…keep us posted on which veggies you love and let us know if something isn’t working for you. We can be reached by phone at 501-941-0331.  We will start sending weekly newsletters to you the first week in September so keep an eye out for updates.

How do I become a Member?
So, you are ready for the yumminess. Good!

Simply mail us the following Membership Agreement along with your full payment of $150 (farm pick-up) or $175 (Little Rock pick-up).
Thanks for your support! We look forward to working with you this fall!

If after September 1, please call (501-941-0331) or email (rattlesgarden@yahoo.com) to check on availability before mailing payment.

2 comments:

  1. This is so exciting! It's time to get our 2017 Farmshare reserved. Last year was our first experience with Rattles Gardens. My sister and I eagerly anticipated our weekly drive to the farm where our bags were filled with fresh, colorful, mouth-watering inspiration while our hearts were filled with the charm of this little farm and the menagerie of animals and children. We loved the hundreds of butterflies hovering over rows and rows of flowers. We loved chatting about the successes and challenges of gardening as we have a little home garden of our own and can really appreciate all the hard work that goes into growing delicious, organic produce. May seems far away, but it will be upon us so quickly. Thanks, Tara and Crew for serving us and the community with your passion!

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