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Pumpkin Harvest at We Grow LLC

Eric, Gus and Dene with a wagon full of pumpkins picked following our 2017 CSA Member Pumpkin pick event. The harvest was plentiful this fall!

CSA season is underway!

Farm share deliveries have begun. We are thrilled to be providing so many families in our area with local, sustainably grown produce. The early weeks are filled with greens and plenty of salad fixings, but as the season rolls on we see the offerings slowly progress to heartier items like tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, then squash and corn, then root veggies and cold weather brassicas. Eating in season is ever-changing and exciting.

It has been an unpredictable spring here at We Grow. The third week of April, we received a major dumping of snow breaking records and the temps were still too cold to start any major planting in the high tunnels. Then, by May 7 the temps were in the 80s. We’ve already had two long hot dry spells and it isn’t even officially summer yet.

As we enter our fourth season with plans to expand our offerings, we plan to capitalize on what went well for us last year. Brassicas like broccoli, kale, cabbage and brussel sprouts did very well. Potatoes and squash were both significantly more productive as well and we finally harvested an abundant crop of sweet corn. Moving into the larger field was a challenge as we were breaking new ground and suffered in the cold, wet spring. Beans and onions really struggled, but this year should see improvements in production as we continue to build our soil and take more steps to keep the deer out of our growing areas. We will also wait for better weather to sow those warm crops. Trying to get in early doesn’t always pay-off.

2018 CSA farm memberships: Please go to our CSA member sign-up page for our membership form and details.

What is We Grow

We Grow LLC is a produce farm in northern Taylor County providing pastured heritage breed pork and free-range broiler chickens along with a wide-array of in season vegetables grown without the use of synthetic inputs in a community supported agricultural (CSA) system. We choose to use only organic certified, non-GMO seeds. We sell weekly garden shares, direct off the farm during the growing season and at the Medford Farmer’s Markets on Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. We are currently undergoing USDA organic certification.

Spinach at We Grow LLC

Spinach in the high tunnel in April 2015.

We are offering large, small and end-of-season shares to the public as well as our pre-purchase vouchers for the 2018 growing season which gives you farm member priority and first chance at the produce we grow. Produce that remains after our members crates have been filled goes to the farmers’ markets in Medford.

In a CSA system, consumers pre-purchase shares of produce that will be distributed throughout the growing season. There are a variety of share options based on your needs. The pre-purchase not only allows the grower to determine how much to plant, but also provides the capital needed early in the season to get the crops in the ground.

The first step in planning the coming season is to know how many farm shares we are growing for. That is why we ask you to sign-up in advance so we can plan. In reality, we plan much farther in advance than a few months. We plant our garlic in October and our cover crops for the new field spaces in July. Not to mention, we have to pick rock and prep fields all spring to get it ready for those cover crop.s No wonder it is difficult to put a price on each tomato or broccoli head. That said, we set our goal for a number of farm members each season and allow folks to sign-up until we reach that goal. Please don’t be afraid to get your name on our list for next year.

Download the WE GROW LLC brochure here >>

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Farmers have nothing without good soil. The nutrition in our food is equal to the nutrients in our soil. We must look beyond nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus because plants – and our bodies – need so much more. Get more per bite!

Why We Grow

We Grow food following USDA organic rules for many reasons. First and foremost, we plan to be USDA certified organic. Second, we are extremely passionate about good tasting, healthy food. We also believe that food grown without pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals should be available locally and within the financial means of those who live in the area. Not to mention, using only organic certified seeds ensures we are reducing our impact on the environment through the purchases we make.

Food grown in high intensity agriculture operations thousands of miles away is not a sustainable food distribution system.

The farm to table connection benefits the consumer by providing the freshest food with the minimum carbon foot print created in transport. At We Grow, our sustainable growing techniques ensure that each year we will be able to maintain the same level of production without the input of chemicals or genetically modified seed.

And when you buy from a family operation, your money stays in our area.

We Grow Memberships

You are considered a member of our farm when you join our CSA at any share level. Aside from getting the freshest vegetables possible from a  local family-farm, benefits of your We Grow membership include:

Week 20 Share 2017

Week 20 CSA farm member share in the 2017 season included pie pumpkin, lacinato kale, brussel sprouts, baby oakleaf lettuce, beets with greens, tomatillos, brussel sprouts, winter squash (choice of variety), basil/cilantro/parsley, and rutabaga.

• First you-pickers. Members will be notified and scheduled ahead of the general public for all you-pick opportunities. This will include green beans, peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, and more. When you sign-up, you can select text notifications, email messages or a phone message in regards to you-pick opportunities you wish to take part in.

• Add-ons. Members can let us know if you would like to add-on to your share based on availability of produce not included in your share. We will deliver to the farmer’s market or to your pick-up location.

• Part of the farm. Members will receive weekly newsletters in their shares with recipes and information about what’s in their box as well as what’s happening on the farm.  Get to know your farmer!

• Farm events. Our goal is to host events, but we need feedback from our members to plan what you want. Is there something else We Grow can offer our community in terms of an event? We currently host an annual farm-to-table dinner, pumpkin pick event for all members, work mobs with potluck meals on the farm and some field walk events. Plans are underway for the coming season events and we look forward to hearing your suggestions as we grow to suit our customers demands. Get the dates and learn more about on farm events >>