Covid19 has hit like a storm and has changed all of our lives dramatically overnight. There is so much uncertainty in what is going to happen over the next few months. This definitely extends to everything about the way I run my farm.
The reality is that right now I provide most of my produce gets to folks through the Oregon City Farmer’s Market and Milwaukie Farmer’s Market. Of course nothing is certain, but there is a good chance that these markets might get shut down until the virus becomes less of a threat.
I know that markets or no markets, eating fresh nutrient dense food is an important thing for all of us to be doing during these times to support our health and vitality, and I am devoting to continuing to provide this to my community.
Some immediate actions I am taking include upping my food safety standards on all food provided. That means bins and knives will be sanitized before each use, harvesters will take extra precautions in cleaning their hands regularly throughout the harvest, sick workers will stay home, and if the markets continue, items that multiple people touch will be regularly sanitized between transactions.
If you have already signed up for market share, once the online ordering system is in place you will be able to use your market share to pre-order whatever produce you prefer for pick up at the market or home delivery. You can also use your market share to get farmer’s choice boxes with a mix of seasonal veggies.
I know that the safest way to get produce to people’s home’s is either through home delivery or an extended pick up period at the farm, so another immediate action I am taking is setting up an online ordering system through my website that will allow for folks to order whatever produce they like. This should be up and running in the next couple weeks.
I am offering a spring deliver to your door CSA from April 29-June 10 that will easily get high quality produce into your homes before the summer deliver to your door CSA starts on June 17.
You can sign up for both the spring and summer deliver to your door CSA right now on the website. www.sunlovefarm.com
I am growing plant starts that will be available come April, and if you are feeling like now is an appropriate time to deeply dive into gardening, high quality starts that are adapted to our climate will be available for sale online for pick up at farm or delivery.
I am also devoted to making sure that this food is accessible to anyone who wants it. SNAP recipients can use their funds to pay for a CSA or Market Share, and the Double Up Food Bucks program reduces the cost of the share for SNAP recipients by up to $200 for larger shares.
We can also set up payment plans for the shares. I want this to be accessible to anyone who wants it, so if you are on the fence as to if this is affordable to you, please get in touch. I want to find a way to provide fresh food to anyone who needs it.
Thank you all for all of your support. I have been honored to grow food for my community, and am devoted to continue to do so in what one could argue is a more important time than ever.
Stay healthy and be well!