We would like to thank we everyone who has enrolled in our CSA program or inquired about it. At this time we have filled all of our spots for our 2020 CSA subscriptions. Please make sure to check us out for the 2021 season.
Our online store has been updated!! Head on over and check out our selection of cherry tomato plants, heirloom tomato plants, pepper plants, spinach, asparagus, radishes, chives, turnips, swiss chards, and The Veggie Patch merchandise. All online orders need to be placed by noon on Friday to ensure pick up on Saturday at the Columbia Farmers Market from 8am to 11:45am. If you don’t want to order online remember the market is open and following safe practices and you can come visit us on site on Saturday from 8am to noon.
If you’ve been debating whether or not to try out a CSA (community supported agriculture) box there’s no better time to try it than the present.
With everyone currently at stay at home orders, limited products at grocery stores, and wanting to minimize contact by practicing social distancing, a CSA box is a great option.
Box subscriptions will begin May 1. All you have to do is go to our website: https://theveggiepatchmo.wordpress.com/community-supported-agriculture-csa/ then fill out the contract and mail along with your payment.
All boxes are pre-packaged with 8-12 different products and can be picked up on Saturday’s at the Columbia Farmers Market from 8-11am, exception is from 8-8:30am shopping is currently limited to the elderly or those at high risk for COVID-19.
It’s an easy one stop shop to get a guaranteed box of products which will last you an entire week. It’s a great way to buy local, eat local, support local, and know exactly where your food is coming from.
We have developed a Square website for the opportunity to pre-order products for pick up at the Columbia Farmers Market from 9am to 11am on Saturdays. Make sure to check out our website at: https://my-site-102412-102117.square.site/#aEKmge to place pre-orders by noon on Fridays.
What is a CSA? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a guaranteed box of fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis. You may not think that February/March is the time to sign up for a CSA, but it is actually the perfect time. By signing up now it allows the producer to determine how much of various products to raise and then to also determine if there a specialty products to produce for their CSA subscribers.
If you want to learn more about The Veggie Patch’s CSA subscription, make sure to check out our CSA Contract on https://theveggiepatchmo.wordpress.com/community-supported-agriculture-csa/
Customers have asked and we have listened. We will be selling Veggie Patch shirts. They are short sleeve shirts and are $15 each. They will come in either maroon or dark heather grey.
Nick Corder, a documentary journalist, was able to create an amazing video highlighting The Veggie Patch. We hope you enjoy!
Here is the link to our facebook page with the video: https://www.facebook.com/theveggiepatchmo/videos/840968246242266/
One of the most versatile products is winter squash and there are so many varieties and possibilities. For the sweet recipe or the savory recipe, winter squash can be used for a multitude of items.
Check out this great post about various types of winter squash and how to make winter squash puree.
For our customers who usually visit us during the weekday markets. Here is an update in regards to weekday markets.
Due to construction taking place at the Ag Park, the Columbia Farmers Market have decided to not hold the Wednesday market this year. At least one weekday market will be reintroduced at the Ag Park next year.
Thursday Market, at the Forum Christian Church will happen this year. Unfortunately, Forum Christian Church also has construction going on this year, and their pavilion is inaccessible currently. As soon as the construction is done, the market will be able to go back into it. When there is a minimum of 3 vendors available for weekday markets, we will begin selling at Forum Christian Church in the parking lot. We will make sure to notify everyone when the weekday market begins.
The Veggie Patch was started in 1995 by Deanna Thies as a high school FFA project when she was 14 years old. Three years later her younger sister Jana joined in the business. As the years progressed, the business was transitioned to their dad Jim after his retirement from teaching high school agriculture. Deanna and Jana learned the value of agriculture, hard work, and producing high quality food at a young age. Now Jana’s son Owen is the 3rd generation of The Veggie Patch. At less than two years of age, he loves being outside, helping “Papa” pick produce, and is learning the foundations and values of agriculture at a young age. If we are able to educate the younger generation the success looks bright for the future of agriculture and feeding our future generations!!