Farm Products and Services
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Members pay in advance for a share of the farm's bounty. Talkeetna Grown started with 18 founding members in 2010 and has grown to close to 50 with more shares available each year. The harvest season begins in mid June and continues through mid September with pick up options on two different days of the week at Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe 3 miles from Talkeetna's village. In 2017 we began delivering shares to the Denali area.
Stay tuned for 2018 CSA information.
WHERE TO FIND TALKEETNA GROWN VEGETABLES
From mid June through early September, you can find a wide variety of Talkeetna Grown produce at our local farm stands. Each year's schedules and locations are different. In the past we have held farm stands at Flying Squirrel, at the Willow Farmer's Market, in the Denali area and in Anchorage. After September, Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe sells our late crops over the counter; ask for fresh kale, red and green cabbage, potatoes and winter squashes throughout the winter until they're gone! We have sold produce to several Talkeetna restaurants including Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe, Denali Brewpub and Wildflower Cafe.
2018 Farm Stand and Farmers Market Schedule
(Late June through early September) -
Our retail greenhouse offers flowers, perennials, vegetable starts, and hanging baskets. We usually open for about 3 weeks beginning in the middle of May. Local businesses are encouraged to pre-order hanging baskets and other flowers.
Our nursery includes black and red currants, raspberries and rhubarb. Depending on each year's weather, rhubarb is available in late June, berries in mid August. Although we encourage pick-your-own customers, please always call the farm at (907) seven three three one zero nine zero before driving out to find out conditions and availability. Better to save the long bumpy drive for a day when you know there's something to pick!
HAY IS FOR HORSES
Most of the cleared 100 acres at Birch Creek Ranch yields timothy and other grasses which are grown to harvest as hay in July-August and sold mostly to local owners of horses, sheep, yaks, goats, chickens, rabbits and even a few cows as well as for bedding for dog teams. Talkeetna's weather can be very unkind to a hay farmer who waits for just the right conditions to achieve desired dry, green hay. Hay customers are encouraged to coordinate picking up bales right out of the field to avoid extra hauling and storage. In a good year, some bales may be purchased by calling the farm to prearrange a pick up time throughout the fall and winter. Stay tuned for more about hay during the generational transition!