Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – October 24, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

Welcome to our fall vegetables CSA season! We’re excited to have six more weeks of sharing our produce, eggs, and/or frozen broiler chickens with you. Deliveries start this week!

Here are a few important things to remember about your share(s):


Please return your boxes! They’re very sturdy (and very expensive), made to be re-used, and we want to keep them out of the landfill. Thank you, we appreciate your help with this!

Swap Box

At most of our pick-up sites, our site hosts allow us to put out a “swap box” with our CSA boxes and coolers. If you find something in your share which you can’t use or don’t want, please leave it in the swap box for someone else to enjoy. And if you ever see something in the swap box which you would like, please take it!

Picking Up Your Share(s)

Shares are available for pick-up between 3-6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, depending on the site:


Des Moines University
Kemin Industries, Des Moines
Meredith Corporation, Des Moines
Railroad Bill's Dining Car, Des Moines


Des Moines Betsy Peterson Designs, Perry
Brick Street Books & Café, Adel
Campbell’s Nutrition, Urbandale
Sammons Financial Group, West Des Moines
Wheatsfield Coop, Ames

Thank you for picking up your share between 3-6 pm.! This prevents food spoilage and extra work for our host pick-up sites. Please note: After 6 p.m., your share will no longer be available, unless you have made previous arrangements with the pick-up site.

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Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – Oct. 17, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

Well, we can hardly believe it, but our summer vegetables CSA season once again is coming to an end – this is the final week!  We hope you’ve had a wonderful CSA experience with us:  that you’ve eaten very well;  that we’ve introduced you to some new vegetable favorites;  and that you’ve tasted Iowa summer in every scallion and tomato.  Thank you very much again for investing and partnering with us in our CSA program.  We’re grateful for your commitment to our dual missions of chemical-free, sustainable farming and providing employment opportunities to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.  We truly couldn’t do it without you!

A few updates and reminders about other shares types –

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Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – Oct. 9, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

We feel as though we’re always writing to you about the weather, this year – but the weather’s been so…robust! and so present! Even as we write this! Have you had enough rain? Are you growing gills and fins, yet? We feel as though we are!

In happier “wether” news, we have two beautiful new goats! One is a buck, and one is a wether – a castrated male goat. We want to expand our herd, and we’ll be breeding our goats next week. We already had one buck, and we’ll pair him with our mature ewes. We purchased the new buck to expand the herd’s genetics – we’ll breed him with our doelings (young female goats). Next year, you can expect to hear that we’ve sold a buck or two and acquired new ones, to keep our genetic pool growing!

Wether on the left, buck on the right

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