our scoop

little Grasse is a garden project that feeds Canton area residents. Our CSA (community supported agriculture), encourages a meaningful connection with the foods you consume daily. This naturally grown food will be distributed weekly via an interactive share in quantities that will significantly impact our shareholders diets. Conveniently located a mile from downtown, we require member involvement in the garden during the growing season. Our base share is vegetables and we also offer an additional share of animal protein. We welcome all people genuinely interested in gaining more knowledge of food issues and gardening skills.

4.08.2015

Let the participation begin!

Maybe this fiercely persistent winter has got you feeling cooped up. Fear not! April has arrived and the garden opportunities are beginning to multiply. Saturday mornings are great times to plug in at littleGrasse. Or Thursdays 1-4pm. Coming soon to your favorite CSA: pea & onion planting, leaf unbagging and more! Get in touch if you want to participate, if the above mentioned times do not work.

India seeding trays of broccoli in the greenhouse
Also, mark you calendar for the first Garden Morning & potluck, Saturday May 9th.

3.24.2015

Fermentation workshop this Saturday

The Local Living Venture is a local organization that works to inspire and enable people to adopt more healthy, local and sustainable ways of living.  They have a year-round schedule of workshops as well as  a large festival every 18 months. We have agreed to participate in their workshop series and share our love for creating fermented veggie goodies.


We will be teaching participants how to make both kimchi and sauerkraut. The tips and skills shared in this workshop will also get folks ready to make all kinds of other live pickled veggies. Pre-registration through the LLV is required. Many shareholders have participated in our annual on-farm kraut making. This workshop is ideal for those who are curious, but haven't had the chance to learn these skills before.




3.11.2015

Member input!

Greetings dear shareholders,
As many of you know, I am working towards my M.ed. at St. Lawrence on a part-time basis. I take a couple evening classes each semester. The wonderful thing about the program is it's geared towards the specific settings each student will be using the information. As I am most passionate about Ag Ed., many of my papers and hands-on projects have related to this in some way. 

This semester I am enrolled in Educational Technologies. We are learning an array of teaching tools and are responsible for creating portfolios of work. Our next assignment is to create a 3-5 minute informational/instructional clip and I've got my eye on the CSA!

Here's the topic:
I will create an informational clip for potential shareholders to our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, littleGrasse Foodworks. The viewer will have the opportunity to hear about the philosophy that drives the farm, snippets of current member experiences as well as photos and footage from the fields and share barn. The goal is to encapsulate the spirit of the farm and experience of being a shareholder. This will allow each viewer to decide if the CSA is a good match for them.

I would like to schedule 3-5 conversations with current willing shareholders. I would be filming this discussion and drawing out a quote or segment from each discussion. I expect the conversation would take 10-20 minutes. If there is a specific aspect you would like to share about your experience, it would be a pleasure to speak with you. If you are willing to talk, but not sure what to talk about, I will have questions prepared that are optional. I am interested in members of all ages (children too!). Ideally I would gather the footage in the next two weeks, so I'll have time to edit.

Let me know if you are willing to participate! We plan to post it on the farm's site as a resource for potential new members.

Thank you,
Flip

3.06.2015

Carrot Jam

  
We have an abundance of carrots left in the root cellar. Since it is more than we will use fresh, my wheels were turning about ways to put them up. We already made a bunch of pickles in the fall. I looked into possible jam recipes and came up with several variations. Although veggie based-jams are more popular in other places, like England and Japan, I figured I'd give it a shot. I tried out a recipe that is designed to pair well with baked goods like scones as well as dollops on roasted meat or even in a vinaigrette. The ingredient list was tantalizing and included orange, ginger, coriander and more.

 I'm waiting yet for further flavor melding before trying it out. 
I'm hopeful it will be a new addition to our farm preservation repertoire.

2.28.2015

Feed your Local Spirit

Join today and be part of something bigger than us all. 
Don't hesitate to call or email with questions. Signup on right sidebar of blog. We look forward to sharing bright warm days with you soon.

2.24.2015

National CSA signup Day!



littleGrasse Foodworks CELEBRATES NATIONAL CSA SIGN-UP DAY FEBRUARY 28


 littleGrasse is pleased to join other farms from around the country for National CSA Sign-Up Day this Saturday February 28. The day encourages food consumers to buy a share of their local farm’s harvest for the 2015 season.
 
CSA has become an important model to support local agriculture since it was introduced to the United States in the 1980s and since grown to over 6,000 farms across the country. To join a CSA, members commit to a share of the harvest in the Winter in order to enjoy local produce each week throughout the growing season.

“CSAs are the most authentic connection between a farmer and eater available. CSA members get the freshest, high quality, seasonal local produce, but they also get a direct connection to their farmer. This model is economically important to farmers, especially small and beginning farmers, because they can grow with confidence knowing that they have a market for their produce ahead of time.”, says Simon Huntley from Small Farm Central, a technology company that works with CSA farms across the country.

February 28th was chosen as National CSA Sign-up Day because this day is the most popular day to sign up for CSA shares according to the 2014 CSA Farming Report. Buying a CSA share in late winter is important because farmers are making the capital investments for this year’s harvest now and the CSA model means they do not need to finance these costs with costly credit.

Join littleGrasse in making the 2015 growing season one to remember! 
See the right sidebar on the blog for share details and online signup form.

2.05.2015

Time to Sign!


This can be done online through the SHARE SIGNUP form on the right side of the blog. Also featured is the link describing share options.

The majority of our expenses happen RIGHT NOW, so let's get the season rolling together. 

Spread the word to friends and neighbors who might be interested as well.