June 6, 2019 | Volume 10 | Pre-season
2019 CSA Begins June 13
Dear Members of Turtle Creek Gardens CSA,

Greetings! This message contains a handy HOW-TO Guide for TCG's 2019 CSA season--thank you in advance for taking the time to read thoroughly. A complete Delivery Schedule is given at the foot of this message. Add the dates to your own calendar, for handy reference.

If you have questions that are not answered below, please contact the appropriate person, as detailed in the "Communications" article.

There are usually a few wrinkles at the start of the season, so thanks in advance for your good humor and patience as we work to get them straightened out.

Thanks to all of you for joining us here at Turtle Creek Gardens CSA—either again or for the first time. We look forward to sharing with you all that this season has in store.  

Warm Regards,
Christi Ehler
TCG Newsletter Editor
Guide to CSA Communications
WEEKLY NEWSLETTER AND PICK-UP REMINDER:
  • You will receive this by email every TUESDAY evening (this marks a change from previous years), regardless of whether it’s your pickup week—the subject line of the pickup reminder email tells you which week it is. The Week 1/A issue will be sent June 11.

  • The newsletter contains a list of produce you will receive in your box, announcements, farm updates, recipes, and tips for using your veggies. Member submissions are welcome! Reflections, photos, favorite recipes, or a one-liner about how you used your turnips--it doesn't have to be fancy.

  • Accidentally deleted a newsletter you wanted to save? You can access it by link through our website.
GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS:
  • By way of introduction: As your Newsletter Editor, I manage TCG's email lists--including share type and delivery site information. I compose, edit, and curate content for the CSA Newsletter and other announcements; coordinate CSA-related announcements for TCG's Facebook page, and keep TCG's website up-to-date. I've been happy to serve this role, which has expanded somewhat over the years, since I took it up during the 2011 CSA season. (Minus a sabbatical during 2017 while I spent the summer hiking a segment of the AT.) I also help out with occasional administrative tasks and even sauerkraut-making.

  • If you hit "Reply" to an email from newsletter@turtlecreekgardenscsa.com, it will come to me--which is fine, so long as it's me you're trying to reach. (Revisit my roles, above) Send me feedback or questions on the newsletter or other communications, and submissions for the newsletter. See below for who to contact for other issues.
ADD TO YOUR CONTACTS LIST:
  • Janet Gamble, Farm Manager: farmmanager@turtlecreekgardenscsa.com Contact Janet with questions about Farm Store offerings (see "Extras", below); payments; if you want to stop your box due to vacation; if you have general questions or feedback about the farm and CSA.

  • Your Pick-up site host: This information was given in your confirmation letter. Contact your host directly when you are unable to pick up your box on time.


VACATIONS & HOLIDAYS:
  • If you know well in advance that you cannot pick up a certain week please contact Janet or delegate a friend to pick up your box (Make sure to have them cross your name off the checklist)

  • SPECIAL NOTE about JULY 4th: July 4th falls on a Thursday this year, therefore Week 4/B deliveries will take place Wednesday, July 3rd.
Guide to CSA Pick-up
PICK-UP TIME:
We expect all members to pick up their produce during the times listed (4-6 pm, except Whitewater 5-7pm). In the event you can’t make that time, it is your responsibility to contact your host and make alternative arrangements with them directly. Hosts may use or donate any unclaimed produce as they see fit.  

CHECK LISTS:
Each pickup site will have a check list of names. When you take your produce, please cross your name off the list so the host knows who has picked up. Most of our hosts will be on site to assist subscribers at the time of pickup, especially the first week or two.

BOX/SHARE TYPES:
Please make sure you’re taking the right box for your share type. Every Other Week boxes are labeled with EOW above the Turtle Creek Gardens label. 

WE REUSE THE BOXES:
Each box has a label with an illustration of how to break it down. Please flatten and return all boxes to your host site. If you get in the habit of bringing a basket or cooler to carry home your produce (leaving the box behind at the host site) you won’t end up with a collection of boxes in your garage and we will maintain a steady supply of boxes throughout the season. (Thank you!)
Guide to Extras
ORDERING EXTRAS:
(The Farm Store) We use the online service FarmMatch to host a virtual Farm Store, which opens each week Fri-Sun. throughout the CSA season. Offerings include extra produce for preserving, seasonal fruit, animal products from TCG and our partner farms, honey, TCG's sauerkraut, and more.

  • We send a “store is open” email notice each Thursday night and a reminder each Sunday morning. When possible, we include a preview of what will be in your CSA box the coming week, to help you plan.

  • The items you order will be delivered with your regular CSA share at your next pickup. If you are an EOW subscriber, you may order extras on your "off" week as long as you pick them up on the same "off" week.

  • Cold items: Cheeses, meat, and other perishables will be delivered in coolers. Please bring your own containers for transfer and leave the TCG coolers at the site.

  • If you are new to FarmMatch, the site will prompt you to set up an account. There is a small administrative fee added to your order by the FarmMatch service.

All questions about Farm Store products and orders should be directed to Janet.
Delivery Schdule for 2019 Summer CSA

1/A June 13
2/B June 20
3/A June 27
4/B July 3 *
5/A July 11
6/B July 18
7/A July 25
8/B August 1
9/A August 8
10/B August 15
11/A August 22
12/B August 29
13/A September 5
14/B September 12
15/A September 19
16/B September 26
17/A October 3
18/B October 10
*Wednesday, due to July 4th holiday
Turtle Creek Gardens, LLC | 262-441-0520 |
Janet Gamble, Farm Manager: farmmanager@turtlecreekgardenscsa.com
Christi Ehler, Newsletter Editor: newsletter@turtlecreekgardenscsa.com