Introducing GroundWork Farms’ Farmers!
–Shady Locust Produce–
Benuel and Sarah Lapp of Rebersburg are long-time produce growers who also manage a certified organic dairy farm. Their vegetables are raised without the use of any chemicals and are marketed primarily through GroundWork’s CSA.
–Spring Bank Acres–
Mary and Raymond Fisher raise a variety of vegetables on their farm located between Millheim and Rebersburg. They have sold produce at farmers’ markets for a number of years, and have been providing GroundWork’s winter produce shares since 2012. 2018 will be their first year supplying summer produce shares and we are very pleased they were willing to join us!
–Crystal Hollow Farm–
Menno Stoltzfus and family moved to Woodward several years ago, giving up their certified organic dairy herd and plunging into the produce business. The Stoltzfuses are committed to using organic methods, and focus on providing nutrient balance in their soils. They enjoy growing open-pollinated and heirloom varieties of produce, raise bees to help with pollination, and incorporate cover crops to build the soil.
–Samuel and Anna Mary Fisher–
Samuel Fisher is the son of Raymond and Mary at Spring Bank Acres, and was involved with GroundWork Farms long before marrying and moving to his own farm near Rebersburg. Samuel and Anna Mary’s flock of laying hens are raised on pasture and are free to roam about and eat whatever grasses, broadleaf plants, or insects catch their fancy. These eggs are incomparable in color (bright orange yolks!), flavor, and sponginess (should you bake with them) because of the variety present in the chickens’ diet. And as with all pastured animal products, those beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) are surely high in these delicious eggs.
–Spring Bank Acres–
Mary Fisher started supplying GroundWork’s herb shares in 2010 and greatly enjoyed the experience of cutting and bunching fresh herbs each week. Herb share customers will receive a variety of fresh herbs delivered to a convenient location each week from June to October. Gallon bags full of bunches of fresh herbs will at times be augmented by a bulb of garlic, hot peppers, or edible flowers. In the fall, herb share customers may receive jars of dried herbs or home made pesto for the freezer. If you’ve never cooked with fresh herbs, you’ll never go back after sampling the basil, cilantro, thyme, rosemary, dill, parsley, and other flavorful herbs grown using organic methods at Spring Bank Acres!
–Spring Bank Acres–
In addition to producing egg and herb shares, Raymond and Mary Fisher are also dairy farmers. Their mission is to produce quality dairy products in harmony with nature for their community. Spring Bank’s farm and herd of approximately 32 Jersey-cross cows are:
~ Grass-fed ~ Grain-free
~ Chemical-free ~ Antibiotic-free
~ GMO-free ~ Not treated with rBST
The Fishers offer a number of raw milk products, including bottled raw milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, butter, and sour cream. Their dairy CSA is unique in that each week you can put in an order for which specific products you’d like to receive. Visit our dairy page for details and a product list. The benefits provided by raw milk dairy products are too numerous to list here, but suffice it to say that the pasteurization process destroys innumerable beneficial enzymes, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and bacteria. A strict system of sanitation combined with stainless steel containers and holding tanks make pasteurization an unnecessary and even detrimental process. Here in PA we are lucky to have licensing for raw milk dairy farms where rigorous inspections ensure that quality and safety remain high. For more information about the benefits of raw milk, check out realmilk.com
Malinda King works out of the commercial kitchen in her home in Smullton to make baked goods, canned goods, jams, relishes, and more. Her delicious vegan breads use high quality natural ingredients. Varieties include White, Whole Wheat, Sunflower Seed, and Cinnamon Raisin bread. Bread share subscribers can expect a different variety each week.
*Meats, Fruits, Berries and More!*
In addition to weekly CSA share deliveries, GroundWork’s CSA members will have the opportunity to order other products from local farmers, including strawberries, blueberries, pastured chickens, beef, pork, and lamb, canned goods, baked goods, flour, mushrooms, locally grown and pressed cooking oils, apple cider vinegar, home-made soaps and more! We keep our ear to the ground for new items and are pleased to deliver them with your share boxes or sometimes on other days of the week. CSA members can find out about these extra products in our biweekly newsletter and through email announcements.