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Updates from Sprouting Acres due to Covid 19

Posted 3/22/2020 11:46am by Andy Watson.

Hello and Happy Spring! We all know this has been anything but a normal spring because of the current heath crisis in the state and world. We hope you are taking all the necessary precautions to keep yourself healthy. We will get through this together. Also, don't forget to keep visiting your favorite cafes and restaurants that are open and doing carry out or delivery. They need to have business to keep open during this crisis. Supporting local right now is more important than ever.

We wanted to fill you in on how things are looking for this season. We've had a few people ask if our CSA is in jeopardy because of the health crisis. We are one of a few industries that are not being forced to shut down. People need to eat and we are the means of getting the food to the people. We feel CSA is a great alternative to the grocery store and even markets as this outbreak continues. It reduces time around other people even though we are all craving that right now.

We will be taking extra precautions with shares this year but we feel our pickup locations are a prime spot for dispensing food for a few reasons. They are spread out in distance as well as time shares are available for pickup. We don't have a central location where everyone meets up. We will have more protocols for actual pickup locations in the near future and will more than likely have a sign at each site with protocols on them. We have already been using new single use plastic bags inside the boxes for all shares so that will continue. As much as it pains us to use more plastic, we may be bagging a few more things this year. We will be quarantining our waxed boxes for at least two weeks to ensure nothing is being transferred from week to week and our plastic totes will be washed and sanitized each week in our commercial licensed kitchen sinks. This will ensure we are keeping all families safe week after week. 

We are trying to figure out what we will be doing in April when outdoor markets are supposed to start. Our markets are a pretty big part of our farm. We have market share customers that see us every week as well as regulars we've had for over 10 years. These people are going to miss their veggies if we are not able to vend at the markets and we will miss going. So, we are working on getting an website set up for ordering our produce online. We are thinking since we already have pickup locations for our CSA, we can have pickup locations for other produce as well. We will update you when we have everything up online and especially when we have produce to sell. The Dane County Farmers' Market has set up a system of picking up vendors produce for the winter market but we don't have word yet on how that will work for the larger market up on the square. We are watching the state updates on rules but hope things change for the better when the weather gets warmer. For now, we hope you are all staying safe, washing hands, and spending some quality family time with those you love. Get out of the house for some fresh air too.

Check you email for updates in the near future and have a great week and weekend.

Andy and the Sprouting Acres Crew

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