Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – Nov. 6, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

And now – here comes winter! Not quite, of course, but did you hear that the temperatures are going to be in the teens at night later this week? Never a dull moment in Iowa weather, is there?

As a result of the coming cold, we’re harvesting everything that we still have out in our fields. Temperatures that cold will kill the plants, even if they’re sheltered by cover cloth, so we need to save the vegetables before that happens. Beets, spinach, radishes, kale, and Brussels sprouts are all coming in!


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Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – Oct. 30, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

Happy end of October and start of November! As we’ve just transitioned from our summer vegetables to fall vegetables CSA shares, this seems like a good moment to explain our newsletter schedule – with apologies for having caused some confusion, perhaps!

We send out weekly CSA e-newsletters starting with the beginning of our summer shares season – first week of June – through the end of November. This covers our summer vegetables, fall vegetables, and “summer” eggs seasons. Everyone who is receiving any type of share receives the newsletter during the time frame of that share type. So if you’re a “summer” eggs member, we’re still sending you the newsletter now! Which raises a few timely questions for eggs shares and frozen broiler chickens shares members: How can the newsletter serve you better? Would you like more egg recipes? Chicken recipes? Which should come first? (Sorry!) More chicken photos and information? This year we’ve tried to include recipes that combined eggs and the produce in our vegetables shares. Has this been useful? Please send us your thoughts and suggestions!

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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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