Diversified Markets Field Day
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Paul and Chris Burkhouse have found a unique niche operating a winter CSA. The Burkhouses plant for later harvest of fresh vegetables, and also include frozen and vacuum-packed vegetables, breads, soups, and other value-added products in their winter CSA boxes. They have rebuilt the basement of their barn to include three walk-in storage spaces, each with features to keep temperatures just right for specific vegetables.
Paul and Chris gave our group some great tips on buying a farm, building a certified kitchen, weed control and equipment. Here are a few of their recommendations:
- Know what you’re buying before you buy it. Take into consideration the investment you might have in existing buildings on a potential farm and if you’re moving to a different state, research what it costs to do business in that state.
- Know your cost of production so you can make good decisions about what crops to grow.
- Do your homework before you build a certified kitchen and clearly understand what it will take to make it worth your time financially.
More honest advice/insights from Paul in this recap in the Country Today
For more information on Foxtail’s Winter CSA program, go to their website: www.foxtailcsa.com