Taking Memberships for 2013 Summer/Fall

Farmer Steve

Farmer Steve
Proud Parent of Beautiful Onions


What is a C.S.A.?

Quite simply, it Stands for Community Supported Agriculture and can be the answer to todays industrialization of America's food supply by bringing the community closer to the source of their food supply.

How does it work?

If a person is interested in becoming a member of our C.S.A they would purchase a full or half share per season prior to the season's start. Pre-payment allows a small independent organic grower, like Steve Smith, the finances to invest in the equipment and materials he needs for the upcoming season. For as low as $15.00 per week your share of produce is distributed (each week) over a 24 week growing season (June through November) for your eating pleasure. Distribution may be achieved via delivery or picked up at a designated distribution site on a designated day at a designated time. Hollow Pumpkin C.S.A. will notify it's members as to which method of distribution will be used for that season as the season grows near. We request minimally 24 to 48 hours notice if you will not be available on the distribution day so that we may make other arrangements with you, within reason. If we do not hear from you and your share does not get picked up on the day of distribution within the time slot specified, your share will be donated to a shelter or another community organization.

*Payment plans are available. Call or email and ask us for information about our "Early Turnip Discount."

Why Join a C.S.A.?

1. It Affords you the most healthy and nutritional produce


2. It supports your local farm and economy.

3. It supports the environment.

4. It allows you a relationship with your local farmer.

5. It allows you to have a voice about the produce and food

you eat.

Things to Consider:

1. Do you enjoy cooking with a variety of seasonal vegetables?

2. Are you willing to share the risks along with the benifits. The farmer may occasionally encounter challenges, such as weather related issues, pests and blights? Eating local and seasonal is different than buying whatever you want whenever you want at a grocery store. It will take some getting use to. However, eating local and seasonal is healthier and absolutely more in sync with the environment.

3. Are you adventurous? Do you like trying new and different vegetables and fruits?

Our Distribution Area:

Steve's farm is located in Anna Illinois, 30 miles South of Carbondale Illinois. Hollow Pumpkin C.S.A's distribution area covers Anna/Jonesboro, areas north of Anna such as Cobden and Makanda up to Carbondale, east to Carterville and Marion, west to Murphysboro. We also will distribute to the Lick Creek area and, of course, south, east and west of Anna within a 20 mile (or so) radius. (We are flexible based on the amount of interest we receive in a particular area and distribution issues can be negotiated within reason.)

Who is Hollow Pumpkin C.S.A.?

Steve Smith is the owner and Head Farmer. Steve has various friends who graciously donate their time when they can and we encourage our C.S.A. members to get a little dirty and come out to the farm and volunteer to work in the fields from time to time.

About Steve Smith

Steve Smith came to Anna Illinois from New York and established the farm in 1977, over 30 years ago, with a strong desire to go back to the land and organically grow vegetables. He succeeded, and became the first viable organic farm in Southern Illinois. Steve is truly a pioneer in organic farming in the region. He is dedicated to providing the Southern Illinois community with fresh, local, ecologically sound produce and he is always excited about sharing his knowledge with everyone, especially the next generation.

To contact Hollow Pumpkin C.S.A. you may email: steve.hollowpumpkin@gmail.com or call (618) 614-2233

Sunday, July 24, 2011

News from the Farm and Beyond

Where to start? Well, we trapped our second raccoon "Rocky II" the sequel. We are continuing to be vigilant about setting the traps in the second corn field. We suspect that the Rocky series will be just as prolific as the movies.

The tomatillos have arrived as well as our red potatoes. For week #8 of the 2011 C.S.A. we will have both tomatillos and red potatoes to offer as well as - cucumbers, garlic, bell peppers, some tomatoes, basil, dill and hot peppers and summer squash will be there as well.
We hope everyone is staying cool in this extended heat wave. The vegetables are a bit cranky and so we have continued our "Grab Bag" for the C.S.A. week #8 distribution. We all may have to rethink what to plant for the next season if the climate is indeed changing around these parts.

Big thanks to all of our volunteer help: Lisa Barnes, Talia Cruz, Betsy Herman and Jessica. Also big thanks to Glen Etzkorn for helping with the harvest.

My sister, who lives in Colorado, caught a blurb on NPR the other day about King Neptune the world war II Navy pig who came from, of all places, Mt. Pleasant in Union county which is very near to Anna and his resting place is in Cobden. Here is a link to an article about the 700 lb World War II pig and his contributions. http://weku.fm/post/paying-attention-forgotten-navy-pigs-plaque

The final photo is of some of the produce our members received last week on the 7th week of the C.S.A. distribution. There was arugula, some parsley, a mixture of white yellow and red onions, cherry tomatoes and slicers, basil, some cucumbers. We hope everyone enjoyed and we will be back for week #8 at the Co-op in Carbondale IL between 4pm and 6pm July 27th.

Celebrate ripe, local, organically grown produce and happy eating one and all!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rocky Raccoon Has Been Caught

Hello from Hollow Pumpkin Farm. For the past two weeks or so we have been having major raccoon issues. The first field of corn was completely dined on by this little rascal. Today we finally caught the little bugger and took him a good distance away from the farm and released him. We certainly think he is cute but we hope he stays away this time.

The farm is bubbling with many new folks who have shown and interest in learning to farm organically. Steve loves to teach and he receives some needed help in return so it is a win win situation. We welcome Talia and Jessica to the farm and hope they learn all they want to and continue to farm or garden organically in the future.

Life on the farm is all about work these days. Steve takes advantage of all the daylight as the days get shorter. The good news is that the yields on many of our crops has increased and things are trying to get into their natural rhythm. We will see what this next heat wave will bring in the way of crop challenges.

Our 7th distribution is tomorrow and the list of produce is: Green peppers, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, arugula and basil. Red potatoes are coming soon and we hope we will be able to provide some sweet corn from our second field at some point soon as well.

That's all for now. We hope everyone is enjoying the veggies and experimenting with some of the veggies they may not be as familiar with. Happy eating.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

What's New for Week #5

It is easy to become impatient while farming, but as the saying goes: "Good things come to those who wait." The cucumbers have arrived and they are some of the best we have grown in a while. Our Yukon Gold potatoes and our broccoli are also pretty tasty. Steve has been putting in long hours and has some good help in Cliff Connolly and it is paying off.

The C.S.A. members received: Yukon Gold Potatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, broccoli, tomatoes and a choice of green cabbage, carrots, Kohl Rabi, basil or beets.

The tomatoes are popping too. We had our first full harvest of tomatoes yesterday and it only gets better from this point on. The heirlooms take a little longer but, we will wait....they are worth it.
we are contemplating having Steve camp out by the sweet corn to ward off the darn pesky raccoons! The coons are truly becoming public enemy number 2 (deer are number 1, rabbits number 3.) We finally realized that the raccoons got to our corn last year even before the ears were noticeable. We thought that our corn tasseled and never produced ears.....now we need to come up with a plan to save this years crop.....Any ideas are welcomed.