Flower shares begin in mid-late July. If you have joined us for a BiWeekly Calf share, check your email to see whether you will be starting in the first week (Odd weeks) or the second week (Even weeks).
We want to give you a little more information so you can know what to expect each week.
Your pick up time is on Thursdays from 3:00pm- 6:30pm in the First Church, West Hartford parking lot.
There is limited free parking available in the church lot. Additional parking is available on surrounding streets as well as in the Isham Parking Garage. Please note that there is no vehicle entrance from Isham, but you may certainly walk over from that direction.
In the event of severe weather, we will hold our pick-up in the foyer of the church. You may enter the church through the rotunda area, next to our regular outdoor location.
At the pickup area, you will be greeted at by a member of the Oxen Hill Farm Team wearing a shirt with our logo. Please give us the name of the person who purchased the share, so that we may check you off on our list.
On the first week of pick-up you will receive an Oxen Hill Farm tote bag that you can use to collect your share each week. Each share, Ox-Sized or Calf-Sized, receives one tote bag. If you forget your Oxen Hill bag, you may bring any other kind of container or you can use one of our plastic bags.
Your veggies will be presented in a farmers’ market style display, grouped by variety, and you will choose a certain number of each item/type according to the share size you have purchased. For example, the first week Ox share might include two heads of lettuce, two bunches of Swiss chard, a bunch of kale and some green garlic or scapes. The Calf share might include one head of lettuce, one bunch of Swiss chard, one bunch of kale and garlic or scapes. We will often have a variety of types of lettuce, for example, and you will have the choice of which kind you select for the week.
As more crops come to maturity, we will have a group of items in the “choice” section, where you will be able to customize your share to your tastes by choosing which items (the number of choices depending upon your share size) from a selection. We will also have a “Swap Station” where you can exchange items from your share with other members if you would like.
We grow all of our own USDA Organic crops outside in the fresh air and sunshine and the bounty of the share will increase dramatically as the season progresses. If you are sharing a share with another person or family, it is up to you to decide how your share is divided. We suggest you either come together or alternate pick-up weeks, as we cannot “hold on” to or keep track of partially claimed shares. Please also note that an Ox share cannot be picked up as two Calf shares.
If you are unable to claim your share personally, we encourage you to send a friend or neighbor in your place. Unclaimed produce is regularly donated to local soup kitchens. If you know a week or more in advance that you cannot make your regular pick-up, please use this page to request a switch of your pick-up day and/or location. We want you to get your produce, and we hope this will enhance the experience for our members while allowing us to maintain harvesting efficiency and minimize wasted food.
Herbs, grape and cherry tomatoes and a few other items, will be available in a pick-your-own area at the Suffield Farm (1434 Hill Stree
t) as they mature throughout the season. You are welcome to pick your own items during regular pick-up hours (Tuesday and Thursday 2-6:30 pm, and Saturday mornings, 9:30 am-12:30 pm.) Please disregard the herb location in this map, we have since built some raised beds for herbs near the shed and tomatoes, and haven’t yet updated the aerial photo.
Cooking demonstrations and children’s art activities will take place periodically at the farm over the course of the season. A schedule for some of those activities is already posted on our website calendar. These activities are included with your membership at no additional charge.
Like all fresh produce, you will need to wash it thoroughly at home before eating it. Our veteran members suggest getting a good salad spinner and prepping all veggies as soon as you get them home to ensure their maximum quality and usefulness to you during the week.
Each week, you will also receive some tips on produce storage, farm newsand events and recipe ideas. This newsletter will be emailed to you early in the week and you will get an email the night before your scheduled pick up as a reminder.
As always, please visit us on the web (www.oxenhillfarm.com, or Facebook; Facebook.com, Instagram (#oxenhillfarm) and feel free to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us (Sheri at 860-214-5104) with any questions or concerns.
We are so excited that you have chosen to join us for the harvest this year!
The Oxen Hill Farm Family