We are back with a few changes for the summer growing season!
1) I will not be listing individual boxes in advance as I will not know until I am bagging/boxing them on Tuesday night what is in 'your' box. We will be working with several "new" local organic growers this season. They already have crops in the ground for us and other customers/venues but we won't know how much of 'what' they have to fill boxes with... so, we are going to go back to our 'roots' utilizing the CSA (consumer supported agriculture) methodology. ... which is... I will post on our website what is picking and you will have a wonderful surprise in your box every week. You may get one combination of items while your friend gets another combination due to the variety and availability coming from various organic growers. I have found in the last year and a half that those that are on a standing order rarely even open their emails and say it is like Christmas in a box every week. We will still be getting some things from the hub that works with smaller organic farms first and fills in the blanks with larger farms. So, we will continue to offer Bananas, Avocados and Citrus, etc.
2) We are going to simplify bagging. Instead of 13+ different possible boxes with $5 or $10 clean ups added or $10 Salads (fruit or veggie) added on - which equates to creating about 20-30 different types of boxes each week - we will be building basically 2 kinds of boxes in three modes: Full Share $50 box or Half share $25 box in mixed, fruit or veggie mode. I will continue to offer a juicing box - the price of which will be $35. One of the reasons for eliminating the $20 box is that prices, like everything else, have simply gone up. It has become progressively more difficult to create a $20 box that I feel good about. So, Basically the $25 half share box is pretty much the same as what the $20 box was this time last year and a $50 full share box is similar to what a $40 + box looked like this time last year.At this time I am not planning on having an 'extras' list. My hope is that in making the change to the summer growing season that we won't have much in the way of 'extra'. As most items will not be purchased by the case.... they will be purchased by the piece for each families box.
We have added a lot of new organic growers to our mix this year and we have doubled + our garden as well. Actually, last year we didn't have much coming from ours because I was so busy taking orders, creating boxes (on paper and for real) and putting things up online that I didn't have any time to go outside. With these changes I am cutting my office time, as well as box building time, down so that we can move forward offering more of our own farms organic produce along the way.
3) I have put up a new face book page to handle only the produce...
you will find it here: Ozark Organics. I am working on a new website and hope for it to be operational by the weekend. You may continue to see the old "order page" for a listing of additional dry goods such as organic and or gluten free flours, oats and dried nuts & fruits etc. Keep in mind that the boxes listed there are no longer valid. If you would like to pay via google checkout just let me know what you would like and I will send you an invoice. :)
4) Please take this moment to let us know what you would like your weekly or bi-weekly order to be:
Half Share $25
Full Share $50
$35 Juicing Box
We, as well as the other growers, need to know how much to dedicate to the group on a weekly basis. Without this count we may not be able to get everything the group needs as crops are planned well in advance and decisions are made as to where the farms are going with the crops as well. For instance... as a mushroom farm we sell to stores, restaurants and individuals via the co-op and Farmers Markets. Bob has figured out in advance how much he will dedicate to each modem so he knows in advance how much to plant/schedule. It may be that some of the growers will need to shift their sales goals a little to 'fit us in' or I will need to find additional growers. By setting up your standing order you will help keep things running smoothly.
Thanks so much!