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Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconJuly 21, 2014 at 8:26 pm

It is hard to believe that this is the last full week of July. So much yet to do.

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Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconJuly 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

The roots were piled high at the Elmwood Bidwell Farmers market on Saturday. At the end of the day they were all gone. The Double Up Food Bucks program is bringing many new customers to the market. If you spend twenty dollars with your SNAP benefit card you get a bonus 20 for fresh vegetables and fruit.

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Susan Lasch That's great!

July 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Kristie Manhardt Lawler Those beets look gorgeous!

July 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Julie Evans Wow!

July 14, 2014 at 3:09 pm

D.j. DuBois I love this!

July 14, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Garrett Taylor I love those Japanese Turnips. Sounds awesome!

July 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Christina Bolich Brown Fresh healthy food for hungry families!! I love it!!

July 14, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Biscotti for Everybotti Your beets are soooooo delicious! I'm glad I got some before the table was bare.

July 14, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Sharon Hammond Looks beautiful!!!

July 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Debra Gates Vallett I absolutely Love those beets!

July 15, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Stephanie Jermakian Nichter Feed the people! Wonderful! Hope to see those at CSA next wk!

July 15, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Bruce Wieszala
Facebook IconJuly 13, 2014 at 2:20 am

Native Offerings radish dipped in T-Meadow Farm leaf lard with sea salt.

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Åndrew Rökitka I'm always amazed at this sort of creativity.

July 13, 2014 at 6:53 am

Jessica Walters Omg that looks divine!!

July 13, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Seana Reardon Root
July 10, 2014 at 11:50 am

I know you post the vegetable share but it would be great to know what the weekly fruit share is, too!

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconJuly 4, 2014 at 11:53 am

It is almost time for bug patrol.

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Deb Meier OMG! How adorable!

July 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconJuly 3, 2014 at 9:11 am

The rainbow chard is loving this weather.

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Sonia Efron It is beautiful!

July 3, 2014 at 9:23 am

Christina Bolich Brown Scrumdillyumptious!! p.s. Belated Canada Day wishes, Stew!

July 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Sharon Hammond Awesome!!!

July 3, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Gretchen Lembach And we love the rainbow chard!

July 3, 2014 at 9:50 pm

ritchiesStew & Deb Ritchie

At Native Offerings Farm, we farm with our three children and are deeply committed to ecological farming. We work very hard to produce vital food for you and your family. When you buy a share you are buying more than vegetables; you are supporting our family and strengthening our local community. By supporting us you not only get incredibly fresh and great tasting vegetables full of nutrients and vitality, but a food source you can trust.

Some of you have been with us since we started in 1997 — we were the first CSA in Erie County — others have been with us a year or more. You may be learning about us for the first time. We are Stewart (although most people call me Stew) and Deb Ritchie. We are a cooperative operating under the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, reconnecting the community with its food source, the local farmer. Providing an alternative to agribusiness, consumers (shareholders, etc.) know exactly where and how their food is grown.

We do not exist solely to sell vegetables. One of the greatest rewards of operating your own business is creativity. You can apply your ideas and your values to your business. Beyond the community that arises out of a CSA, we try to encourage and support other ecologically friendly businesses. From other ecological and low-spray farms we purchase fruit, seeds, hay, honey, grain, potting mix, and feeder calves. The advantage of this is that shareholders have access to other high quality local products and other local farms are supported. We can not produce everything we sell. We do not have the time, the knowledge, or the financial resources to do so. By cooperating with others we can specialize and focus on what we love to do, which is what we have a passion for and we do best. The end result of cooperation is a stronger farming community. We need each other. It is difficult to farm without the farm support system. This includes having parts, feed, equipment, and other agriculture suppliers close by. It includes being able to share, custom hire, and borrow equipment. There is also the priceless value of good advice and friendship.

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