Sunday, November 1, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

Famous Heirloom tomatoes!!!

Membership Info

Terripin farms CSA
O'Fallon MO

Welcome to terripin farms CSA!

First let me start off by explaining what a CSA.

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for community supported agriculture. A CSA is a unique opportunity to connect with local farmers to obtain fresh, local produce. Here's how the CSA partnership works:> Members, or shareholders, of the CSA pay for the growing season in advance to cover farming expenses such as seeds, labor, supplies, etc.> we devote our time and energy to growing an entire season of fresh produce for the CSA members.> Members receive a weekly basket of fresh, local produce from June through the second week of October.

Also a newsletter with tips on how to cook prepare and freeze or can excess. The news letter will also contain the happenings of the farm from week to week. You are also Welcome to visit the farm at any time we will have a end of the year pumpkin party and pot luck dinner for our CSA members Please bring the kids! We welcome you to come see the farm anytime.

How does the CSA work?

Members purchase shares in advance and then receive a basket of fresh, local, and in season produce each week throughout the season.

What can I expect in my basket?

Each week you can expect a wide variety of in-season, delicious produce. One share will contain enough vegetables to feed a family of Four per week A half share is suitable for two adults.

Where will we pick up our produce?
At the O'Fallon MO farmers and artist market. Sat morings from 8:00 to 10:00

How much does it cost?

A full share is $575. This provides enough produce for two adults and 2 small children unless you eat a lot of vegetables over the 22 week season. A 1/2 share option costs $375.

How many shares are available?
We are again limiting the number of available member shares to 25. Membership enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

How can I become a member?
For more information contact Jessica Dyer at (217) 440-4678 or It is customary for members of a CSA to pay for their share of produce in advance. This enables the growers to buy seed and equipment before the season begins, thus reducing the burden of up-front costs for the grower.

Now let me give you a little information about our family and farm:
Let me start off with some pictures from the O’Fallon’s farmers market

Our Farm
We started our farm 4 years ago after Jessica’s grandparents left her mother their farm. My grandparents had a truck farm over 40 years ago. They grew mostly sweet corn. Brad came from a conventional farming background. His father farmed row crops and raised livestock for his whole life. I have no farm background, although my grandmother taught me a lot in her 2 acre garden. I have been helping her since I can remember.

It was a rough start with no equipment, a heavy seed bed that we are still fighting, and little to no farm experience. The first year was a loss. The second year we purchased a small tractor, a plow, a disk, a tiller, and a planter. We also asked for help from Brad’s father. He knew so many things that we didn’t. The third year was a success. We had too much produce and we needed to figure out a way to market our product. The fourth year we felt comfortable with starting a small CSA. We took 35 customers and we loved it. We like the relationship with the consumer. You become friends over the 20 week season. Now we are going into our 5th year and we are excited to expand the C.S.A to the O’Fallon area.

Our Practices
We grow 10 acres of vegetables with 4 acres in cover crops at all times, also we have a 96 foot long hoop house for early tomatoes.
We are not a certified organic farm at this point. We can’t afford the fee to become certified. We are a sustainable farm. We use black plastic to suppress weeds and lots and lots of hoeing. We use manure and cover crops for our fertilizer program. We DO NOT GROW any Genetically modified vegetables [G.M.O] or use BT corn.

Our Family
There are four of us in our family. Brad, Jessica, Meadow <2>, and Willow<1>. We live north of Hannibal Mo. in Loraine IL. Our farm is on the east side of rural Quincy IL. Brad’s father lives in Monroe City MO.
Brad’s father also helps us and is a partner of the farm.

Take good care,

Jessica Dyer

1524 n 3000th Ave.
Loraine IL
Phone (217)938-4148