"Come enjoy time in a beautiful natural agricultural setting at Breezy Willow Farm. ... It gives a peaceful, easy feeling; it’s a healthy place to commune with family and friends."
Community-Supported Agriculture at Breezy Willow Farm
"We are a place that you can come enjoy community while supporting the Breezy Willow Farm Community- Supported Agriculture (CSA) program," says RJ (Rose) Caulder who started her CSA program in her kitchen with just 12 shares in 2004. Since then, the family farm's CSA program has grown to include over 700 shares with some members traveling from nearly 50 miles away to obtain their shares.
"We set ourselves apart from other CSAs by offering Value-Added products," adds Jason Caulder.
The Caulders offer their Breezy Willow Farm community two seasonal Value-Added CSA programs, the Early-Bird share program that runs March-May and their Summer/Fall share program that runs June-November, with pick-up days at the farm and at several convenient locations throughout Howard County.
When they arrive, "our CSA members check in to see what a bountiful share they will receive," says Jason Caulder. "Our members are able to select and receive between 10 and 11 seasonal, locally grown and/or produced items weekly. In addition to an assortment of 8 fruits and veggies, our members receive Value-Added products - farm-fresh eggs and premium breads from Great Harvest or The Breadery - each week. You don't purchase them as extra items. Herbs will be also be included when available at no extra charge."
So how does the community sign up for one or both of Breezy Willow Farm's seasonal CSA programs? To learn more about Breezy Willow Farm's seasonal CSA programs and to sign up, visit Breezy Willow Farm's website - www.BreezyWillowFarm.com - where you may also find an abundance of recipes and tips on how to store and prepare the farm-fresh products provided each week through the CSA program.
Bringing the Community Together
What else does Breezy Willow Farm offer its community? Breezy Willow Farm welcomes you to take a drive in the country, to come together at the farm as a community. The farm is a great, natural setting for families to visit where friendly alpacas and friendly staff are waiting to greet you. Children will see where their food is actually grown and ask questions. There are also other opportunities for the community to become involved, such as the chance to participate through the farm's work-for-shares program.
"When the community supports our local farm they are helping to keep agriculture alive in their own community of Howard County," says RJ. "In addition, when members sign up, they are feeding other families in need. We donate shares to needy families each week." All extra vegetables each week are picked by volunteers in the community and are donated to the Howard County Food Bank. Nothing on Breezy Willow Farm is ever wasted.
The community is invited to visit farm store every Saturday, 10am to 2pm to pick up seasonally fresh, local produce and goods such as local cheeses, honey and breads. The farm store also has gift items such as Breezy Willow Farm's hand-made soaps and scarves or socks made from the soft fiber provided by the Alpacas.
A Peaceful, Natural Setting
Breezy Willow Farm: from the Land and the Hand was produced keeping in mind the serenity found on Breezy Willow Farm. Colamiles provided a special rendition of "Half Acre" (Cover: Hem) making it local to the State of Maryland. The lyrics to this special recording are beautiful, soul-soothing and were slightly modified to hearken us back to some of those memories that we love about living here in Maryland, which is especially true for the Caulders at their family-run farm, Breezy Willow Farm, where there is a peaceful, natural setting they call home. The video was produced by Alice Settle-Raskin of Alice's AgriMaryland for and in cooperation with Breezy Willow Farm.
About Breezy Willow Farm: Learn more about Breezy Willow Farm and its CSA programs through visiting the farm’s website, www.BreezyWillowFarm.com or spend some quality time in the countryside this Saturday (or any Saturday) by finding your way to Breezy Willow Farm in West Friendship, Howard County, Maryland.