Frequently asked questions
When will raspberries be available?
The basic season is late June through early November; peak production will be around August
What are the purchase options?
Farm Stand: probably two days per week, check web site for schedule
Online farmers market: www.miamicounty.locallygrown.net ; place orders Wednesday- Sunday, pickups are Tuesdays each week, 5-7 p.m. Payment is processed at pickup.
Chez Nous Farm web site, www.cheznousfarm.com ; pickup days to be announced in early June
Will there be a you-pick option?
I have considered this; but for the time being, must keep close control on the harvesting operation, both in terms of liability and simple logistics. Once the operation becomes better established, a you-pick option may become viable.
Do you deliver?
Not at this time. As the business grows, it may become feasible.
What about farm tours?
Developing multiple farm enterprises is a long process, and several are well underway. If spring and summer plans go according to schedule, educational tours will become available in the fall of 2019.
What does Chez Nous mean?
It’s French for Our Home
Certified Organic is a legal term and a strict program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In general, it means foods grown and animals raised without synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics or hormones, pesticides, and genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients. There is a National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) comprised of representatives of many sectors of the economy, and they decide what ingredients and processes are considered organic and which are not. The program has been in place since the 1990s.
Getting a farm or farm enterprise certified organic is a very long and expensive process requiring meticulous record keeping and regular inspections. There is also such a thing as food and animals grown using organic methods; the methods used and degree to which a given producer adheres to them varies. But generally, producing food using organic methods involves having a well-planned and implemented long term program to maintain soil fertility and mineralization, while avoiding pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, GMOs, etc. The general approach is to work with nature rather than against it, by understanding and leveraging basic ecological processes.