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Posted 2/21/2017 5:41pm by Austin Family Farm.

Good afternoon,

Though we are still in the dead of winter, CSA sign-up is just around the corner.   It is hard to believe we are already talking about the 2017 harvest season.  We want to thank you for being a part of our CSA program in the past. We are hoping that this year will see the abundant harvest we experienced last year. We heard a ton of great comments about the extra boxes of peaches and apples we were able to provide because of the bumper crop.

What is a CSA: CSA is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture. Membership entitles you to receive a share of the production of the farm for the harvest season. Each week, starting sometime by mid-July running through mid-October, members receive a box of fresh produce from Austin Family Farm. The standard size box will contain approximately 8-10 lbs of fresh pure produce and the family size boxes will generally contain 16-20 lbs. Most weeks, you will find 4-5 different vegetable and fruit varieties in each box.

CSA pickup locations: Please log on to our website, www.AustinFamilyFarm.com to sign up, choose your pickup location, choose payment method and see the approximate time to pick up your box each week. The delivery times will vary a tiny bit as the season wears on. Depending on your location the truck will have navigated several of Colorado's most challenging roads earlier in the day, therefore late-day deliveries may arrive a bit later each week. Please be courteous to your host and arrive at a reasonable time to pick up your box. We appreciate your patience and flexibility.

Vacations: If you plan to be on vacation or would like to put a hold on your account for a week or two please log back on to your account at the Austin Family Farm website. Let us know if you want to get a double box the following week or we can donate the box to families in need.

Come visit the farm: When someone becomes a CSA member with Austin Family Farm we invite you to come to the farm to meet the people who grow your food.   Bring the kids, or grandkids. Let them pick a peach or apple or dig a potato to gain a better understanding of where their food comes from and how it is grown. Talk with my dad and ask any questions you have about soil health or growing practices. Pick berries alongside my mom and ask her any questions you might have about farmers markets or berry canes. Learn more about pure food, gentle growing methods, or how soil health affects each bite of food we eat. Meet all the family members and join in with whatever is going on.   Bring tents or campers and spend the night if you can.

Guarantee: All products grown and sold by Austin Family Farms are guaranteed to meet your satisfaction. If you receive a product that is substandard in any way please let us know. We will replace it, substitute a different product or make it right to the best of our ability. We may ask you to refrigerate or store the substandard product so that we can see what is wrong to make sure and prevent the problem in the future.

The Farm: Paonia, Colorado sits at 5400 ft elevation in the beautiful North Fork Valley. Most growers worldwide consider that elevation to be right on the ragged edge of being able to produce fruit commercially. While fruit produced at high elevation possesses the very best flavor, the cold and wide temperature swings that produce the wonderful flavor can damage the delicate blossom and render the tree fruitless for that season.   Last season we experienced the best production we have had in years.   One of the advantages we have at Austin Family Farm is that by growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, when one crop fails we are able to substitute another.

Purchase from our stores: Many of our CSA customers pick up their box at the local natural food store. When you find something in the box that you really enjoy, please ask the store clerk to order more of that item the following week. For those of you who choose to pick up at a location that does not stock our products we would be happy to put your email address on our weekly wholesale price list. You can purchase produce, by the case, anytime you want and your order will be delivered along with your CSA box. Please let us know if you would like to receive the weekly price list.

Reuse Reduce Recycle: We do our best to use resources responsibly. Not only do we raise crops in the cleanest, most efficient and sustainable methods possible but we regularly reuse boxes that are still in good shape. To help us in that endeavor, please bring your box back to your pick-up location and we will reuse it as many times as practical.

Spread The Word: If you have neighbors, friends, family members, or anyone else who might want to be a part of our CSA program, please direct them to our website. We accept pro-rated sign-ups even after the season has started. Please spread the word to help us distribute our pure produce to as many people as possible.

Bonus Offer: We are offering a signing bonus again this year. If you sign up and pay in full by April 15th you will receive a free flat of fruit during the season. Welcome to our CSA program. Welcome to the farm.   Welcome to pure food and farming methods that date back centuries. There is more information about our program in the website under program details. Thank you for supporting our small family farm!  

Sincerely,

Tim Austin

Austin Family Farm

(719) 338-4146

 

 

Hosts: We want to make sure that everyone knows the host responsibilities.

1.  Please make a place available that is easily accessible for the CSA members.  If it is outside please pick a shady spot if possible so the produce doesn't get too warm or wet.

2.  Make sure everyone is able to pick up their boxes.  Member’s name and phone number is on the label on each box.  If someone does not pick up their box by the specified time please call them and remind them to pick up their box.

3.  If you are unable to contact the member please refrigerate the box, if possible, and put it out the next day.  If the box is not picked up by the end of the following day, please feel free to use the produce or give it to someone who might appreciate fresh pure fruit and vegetables.

4.  If a member fails to pick up the box a couple weeks in a row please contact us and let us know.  We will be happy to follow up and find out if a problem has arisen.

5.  Provide feedback to us concerning member comments, questions, concerns or suggestions.  We value member input highly, it helps us insure the best quality, convenience, timeliness and variety possible.

6.  Tentatively we are planning on keeping a similar schedule as last year, but you know the delivery times can vary depending on traffic, weather, and other unforeseen possibilities.  The first delivery will probably occur on the first or second week of July depending on when Mother Nature decides to provide us with sufficient variety and volume of produce to fill the boxes.  

If you want to become a host we are always looking for more locations close to Tim’s delivery route to give people more options to pick up that are more convenient for them. Our CSA program can also be used as a fund-raiser for schools or church groups. Please contact us for details.

Posted 2/2/2017 4:55pm by Tim Austin.


Ground Hog Day greetings to everyone,

The 2017 CSA season is on our minds and in our plans.  In a couple weeks we will open registration on the website.  

We appreciate the support you have given us by being a part of the Austin Family Farms family.  We are hoping and praying for a season like last year, but Mother Nature determines far more than we might like to admit.

We would love to get your help in getting the word out to neighbors, family members, school families, church members, friends and anyone else who wants or needs pure, fresh, natural grown produce. If you would like some postcard brochures to hand out please let me know and I can mail you some. Please let them know about us and direct them to our website, www.AustinFamilyFarm.com.

Please watch for the email.  Sign up early to receive your bonus box of fruit.

 

Thank you for supporting your local farmers!

 

Sincerely,

Tim Austin

Austin Family Farm

14741 Canyon Rd.

Paonia, Colorado   81428

719-338-4146

www.AustinFamilyFarm.com

Posted 12/8/2016 7:04pm by Tim Austin.

Good evening,

We hope this email finds you loving the winter cold.  It really does change the activities on the farm.  We have gone from full schedule of outside work to indoor activities as much as possible.

The reason for this email is to let you know that we are bringing you an additional box of apples as a "Thank you"  to our CSA members.   Glenn wanted to offer everyone a bonus box of apples, this year was one of the best crops we have had in 2 decades.  He would like to thank you for being a part of the Austin Family Farm. 

You can pick up your box of apples at your regular pick up location on your regularly scheduled day, Wednesday or Thursday.  Since this is an unexpected delivery we realize that some of you may be out of town or unable to pick up your boxes so the hosts have been instructed to give away or use any boxes that are not picked up by the following day.  For those who pick up their boxes placed outside, please pick them up by the end of the day the boxes are delivered if at all possible, if the apples freeze solid they will not last very long. 

We want you to know how much we appreciate you and your support for our family farm.  Without you we can't do what we love to do; grow the cleanest, purest, tastiest fruit on the planet.  Thank you so much!!!!

We are already planning and getting ready for next season and we look forward to serving you in the future.

Thank you for supporting your local farmers!

 

Sincerely,

Tim Austin

Austin Family Farm

14741 Canyon Rd.

Paonia, Colorado   81428

719-338-4146

www.AustinFamilyFarm.com

Posted 6/22/2016 3:20pm by Tim Austin.

The time is almost here.  We are anticipating for your first CSA box to be dropped off on July 6th and July 7th.  Thank you for being so patient.  We are waiting for enough quantity of produce and so you can get better quality and more variety in your boxes.

We want to bring you the freshest, purest produce possible.

Thank you for supporting your local farmers.

Posted 3/8/2016 4:26pm by Tim Austin.

Happy Spring!  Well, almost. 

We want to start our year with a huge "thank you" to all our CSA customers from the past.  Because of you, we are able to do what we love to do, grow the purest, best tasting, highest quality local fruit and vegetables in the country.  That is our goal again this year. 

Mother Nature played a cool trick on us this winter.  Paonia enjoys a fairly dry and arid climate. Looking to the southwest we can see the tip of the expansive desert that runs down into Mexico and to the Pacific Ocean.  Because of weather patterns moving over the desert toward us, we generally enjoy a milder climate than most areas at similar elevation in Colorado.  Translated, what that means is that normally during the winter we get a dozen snow incidents here in this valley and within a couple days it is all melted.  This winter we started getting snow the week before Christmas and that snow didn't melt until the first of March.  For nearly 2 1/2 months that snow hung around.  The slow melt over the last couple weeks provided the dry thirsty land with a refreshing drink of cold water.  The renewed land will soon bring forth an abundant harvest.

For some reason the upcoming harvest season can bring a sense of excitement but also a bit of dread.  Farmers know that a long endurance race is before us, starting with pruning trees and planting seeds in March and ending when we put the last box of winter squash and potatoes in the root cellar in November.  But the kicker is that we know we will put in lots of 16 hour days in between.  But for some reason there is far less dread and much more excitement and anticipation in the air.  We are truly geared up and ready like a sprinter in the starting blocks, we can't wait to hear the starting gun that Mother Nature will sound. 

We have looked into our crystal ball to try and figure out when our first CSA box will be delivered.  But the image is cloudy, mostly unclear.  But our bet is the first box will show up sometime around the first or second week of July.  We will start harvesting a limited number of items in June to supply to our natural food store customers and restaurant customers.  But the preseason harvest just doesn't give us the variety, quantity or quality of produce we want to put in the boxes.  So generally by early July we are harvesting sufficient quantities to start filling the CSA boxes.   We are committing to 16 weeks which will place the last box on the calendar near the end of October. 

The CSA program is priced the same as last year and we anticipate similar delivery times each week, baring traffic, weather or other problems.   Anyone who signs up and pays in full by April 15 will receive a free bonus flat of peaches in season.

Please join us in this brand new season.  We appreciate you and your participation with our farm.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

Tim Austin

Austin Family Farms

719-338-4146

 

 

Posted 4/14/2015 10:33am by Tim Austin.

Just a reminder that April 15 is the deadline for our CSA customers to receive their bonus flat of peaches if they are signed up and paid in full.

Everything is in full swing at the farm.  We are busy planting new trees, grafting trees, and planting vegetables.  Tim has been keeping himself busy picking up rocks out in the field so it can be ready to start irrigating. 

Getting ready for the season take a lot of hard work but we can't wait to be in full swing of harvest season.

Thank you for being a part of Austin Family Farm.

Posted 6/16/2014 2:22pm by Tim Austin.

Warm weather has worked its magic.   The cherries will be ripe very soon.   We plan to start picking sometime this coming weekend.  That assumes we don't get a cold snap in the next few days.

We anticipate that the first CSA delivery will be Wednesday, June 25 and 26.  Please read below for instructions on picking up your box.

CSA Box: Each week you will receive a box of fresh produce from Austin Family Farm.  The standard size box will contain approximately 8-10 lbs of fresh picked produce and the family size will contain 16-20 lbs.  Generally, you will find 4-5 different vegetable and fruit varieties in the box.  In farming, the first and last weeks of harvest season typically offer limited variety of ripe produce so we often supplement the lack of variety with samples of our honey, Big Bs juices, eggs or other local products.  We think you will enjoy what we have to offer.

Pickups: When you signed up for your CSA membership at the Austin Family Farm website you would have seen the approximate time to pick up your box.  The first couple of weeks will help you pinpoint the time more accurately.  Depending on your location the truck will have navigated several of Colorado's most challenging roads earlier in the day.  So the pickup times can be tough to predict until we have traveled the roads loaded.  Once you figure out what time the truck arrives it will be at a similar time most of the season.  Although you might want to arrive a bit later in the heavy part of the season in September and early October.

There were a couple pickup locations that didn't get enough members signed up to make that location viable so a few of you will hear  from us soon once we determine what is best to do to accommodate those members.

Vacations: If you plan to be on vacation or would like to put a hold on your account for a week or two please log back on to your account at the Austin Family Farm website and let us know if you want to get a double box the following week, donate the box to families in need or simply have a friend pick up the box for you.

Season Changes: As the season wears on, sometimes the pickup times can adjust back a little bit here and there because the loads are bigger, the truck slower, or previous deliveries take longer.   We appreciate your patience and flexibility.

Guarantee: All products grown and sold by Austin Family Farms are guaranteed to meet your satisfaction.  If you receive a product that is substandard in any way please let us know.  We will replace it, refund your money, substitute something better or make it right to the best of our ability.  We may ask you to refrigerate or store the substandard product so that we can see what is wrong to make sure and avoid the problem in the future.

Damage by Mother Nature: Paonia, Colorado sits at 5400 ft elevation in the beautiful North Fork Valley.  Most growers worldwide consider that elevation to be right on the ragged edge of being able to produce fruit commercially.  While fruit produced at high elevation generally possesses the very best flavor, the cold and wide temperature swings that produce the wonderful flavor can damage the delicate blossom and ruin an entire crop.  This year we have a smaller than normal cherry crop and a scant apricot crop.  CSA members will still have cherries and maybe a few apricots but not like we've had in the past.   Not to worry though, because the peach crop is looking very good.   One of the advantages we have at Austin Family Farm is that by growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, when one crop fails we are able to substitute another without our CSA members even knowing anything was amiss.

Purchase from our stores: Many of our CSA customers pick up their box at the local natural food store.  When you find something in the box that you really enjoy, please ask the store clerk to order more of that item for you the following week.

Come visit the farm: When someone becomes a CSA member with Austin Family Farm we want you to come to the farm sometime in the summer or fall.   Bring the kids, or grandkids.  Let them pick a peach or apple or dig a potato to gain a better understanding of where their food comes from and how it is grown.  Talk with my dad and ask any questions you have about soil health or growing practices.  Pick berries alongside my mom and ask her any questions you might have about farmers markets, root systems or irrigation water.  Learn more about pure food, gentle growing methods, or how sunshine affects each product.   Meet all the family members and join in with whatever is going on.   Bring tents or campers and spend the night if you can.

Welcome to our CSA program.  Welcome to the farm.   Welcome to pure food and farming methods that date back centuries.

Thank you for supporting our small family farm!

 

Sincerely,

Tim Austin

Austin Family Farm

14741 Canyon Rd.

Paonia, Colorado   81428

719-338-4146

www.AustinFamilyFarm.com

Posted 5/29/2014 9:11am by Tim Austin.

Hi to all our loyal CSA Customers,

We hope you are enjoying fabulously nice weather as we have.

Last week it came to our attention that many, if not most, of our emails that we have been sending out from our website were hung up.  Therefore, we have no idea which emails went out and which ones failed.   To solve the problem we have switched to Gmail and have been assured that the problem won't recur.  So you may receive emails from us via AOL or Gmail.

The farm is abuzz with activity as the land wakes from its winter slumber.  Planting of vegetable seeds is in full swing.  Pruning the trees and berry canes has been completed. Clay keeps the water flowing without a hitch.  Now it is up to Mother Nature.  We expect to make our first deliveries early July. We will send out an informational email a week prior to the first delivery.

In the off season we had a whirlwind year.  The Paonia High School football team won the state championship in the fall and William earned all-state honors for running back.  The same boys won the state wrestling tournament, although Will was ranked #1 in state he suffered a concussion in the regional tournament and was unable to compete at state. He competed in the state track meet in Denver a couple weeks ago winning a 4th and 8th place medals in hurdles and 4x400 relay.  Eric and William graduated from high school just last week.  William will be getting married in August and heading to attend the Colorado School of Mines in the Fall. Eric plans to take vocational classes to supplement his plan to continue his dream of being a farmer. Earlier this month Dierdre and I completed the purchase of a small farm a couple miles from the main farm.  The first task is to get it cleaned up, brush removed, old fences torn out, rocks picked up off the fields and get an old pond buried and leveled. It has been a very busy off-season!

This email is to update you on your account.  The final payment is due June 15 so that we can get all the administrative tasks completed before our season really kicks into high gear.

We want to thank you again for supporting our small family farm.   Without you we couldn't do what we love to do.

Thank you for supporting your local farmers!

 

Sincerely,

Tim Austin

Austin Family Farm

14741 Canyon Rd.

Paonia, Colorado   81428

719-339-4146

www.AustinFamilyFarm.com

Posted 4/4/2014 9:09am by Tim Austin.

 

Reminder!


Austin Family Farms CSA 2014 Signup Bonus is about to expire.   Become a CSA member by April 15, pay in full, and receive a bonus box of peaches or apples.

In the past Austin Family Farms has allowed CSA members and other customers to order from our wholesale price list.  While analyzing years of data we recently figured out that we have been losing money on per-pound orders.   While our customers will still be able to order off our wholesale price list, we are moving to a true wholesale business model where our customers will only be able to order by the case.  This may or may not change your CSA membership decision, but we wanted our wonderful customers to be aware of the change.

We look forward to having you back this season.

Your friends at,
Austin Family Farm

Thank you for supporting your local farmers!

 

Posted 3/11/2014 10:11am by Tim Austin.



Another winter is nearly behind us!  Warmer weather is starting to hint that spring is coming.  The mountains are still white with our irrigation water.  And souls who have been hunkered down from the cold are starting to stir and return to the outdoors.

Eric is on the tractor every day blading the road, harrowing the fields, cleaning irrigation ditches and making ready for growing season.  Papa Glenn is pruning trees, pulling out old trees, resetting irrigation piping and finishing winter construction projects.   Mema and Tina are ordering seeds, pruning berry canes, and cleaning.  Clay is repairing equipment, welding broken machinery and servicing every engine in sight. 

As the farm readies to come out of hibernation, our minds return once again to you.  Without you our farm would not survive.  It is our loyal friends, family, and health conscious customers who allow us to do what we love to do.

It is time to sign up for the CSA 2014 Harvest Season from Austin Family Farm. Once again we are offering our EARLY BIRD BONUS. Pay-in-full by April 15, 2014 and you will receive a bonus box of apples or peaches (your choice) in-season. Please indicate your choice with your sign-up.

Click here to begin your renewal process. Or just copy and paste the link below into your browser:

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We look forward to having you back this season.

Your friends at,
Austin Family Farm

Thank you for supporting your local farmers!

 

Sincerely,

Tim Austin

Austin Family Farm

14741 Canyon Rd.

Paonia, Colorado   81428

719-338-4146

www.AustinFamilyFarm.com

2017 CSA Sign upFebruary 21st, 2017

Good afternoon, Though we are still in the dead of winter, CSA sign-up is just around the corner.   It is hard to believe we are already talking about the 2017 harvest season.  We want

Sign up for 2017 CSA season coming soonFebruary 2nd, 2017

Ground Hog Day greetings to everyone, The 2017 CSA season is on our minds and in our plans.  In a couple weeks we will open registration on the website.   We appreciate the support you

Christmas gift for youDecember 8th, 2016

Good evening, We hope this email finds you loving the winter cold.  It really does change the activities on the farm.  We have gone from full schedule of outside work to indoor activities as

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