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Flowers now community-supported commodity
Annes Flower Farm has blossomed into Farmhouse Organics.
Owners Anne and Peter Weber have joined the Community Supported Agriculture movement, which allows individuals to buy shares in a farm in return for regular allotments of food.
In this case, people will not actually own any land. They will receive weekly boxes of fresh produce and other products from the beginning of June through September.
This is our first year. Customers have been asking for it, Anne Weber said. We waited until we could really have the variety we want.
The CSA program provides farmers with direct outlets for their products, ensures fair compensation, strengthens the local economy by keeping money within it and makes nutritious and wholesome food accessible to people. And CSAs allow people to have a personal connection with their food and the land from which it comes.
The Webers have everything, including 20 kinds of summer squash, snap peas, beans, corn, beets, carrots, lettuce, salad mix, cherry tomatoes, raspberries and strawberries.
Were picking every day, so its really fresh, Weber said. Requests have been great. People are so excited.
So far, islanders and a couple of chefs have claimed shares.
Weber and her husband, Peter, plan to keep their CSA program small, capping the number of participants at 50.
Anne Weber is a third-generation farmer. Her Croatian grandparents settled on 3 acres in Eagledale in 1931 and sold eggs, vegetables and flowers from their land. Her mother was born at that home, which now is owned by one of Annes friends.
The Webers farm began as Annes Flower Farm in 1991 on Bainbridge Island. Because they needed more farmland, the couple moved over the bridge 4 miles to Poulsbo in 1999. They achieved organic certification two years later.
The name change to Farmhouse Organics reflects their continued growth. Becoming a CSA is an endorsement of their sustainable farming plan. The Webers continue to plant and handpick everything they grow.
This is a real community thing, Weber said. Its honestly just very rewarding.
Each week, shareholders will receive a box of fresh vegetables, fruit and other farm products. Half shares are $350; full shares are $525. Flower bouquets, honey and culinary herbs may be added. Monday e-mails fresh sheets will detail whats available and allow participants to customize their order.
Participants can pick up boxes at the farm or at the farmers markets on Wednesdays between 4 and 7 p.m.
My parents have said if all else fails, they will let people come to their house in Eagledale to get their produce, Weber said.
For more information, talk to Anne and Peter Weber at the farmers market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday, or contact them at (360) 394-7754 or firstname.lastname@example.org.