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 40 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 are opening up 25 more shares for a Denali area CSA to be delivered every Saturday in July and August!
Click the link below for more information about how the CSA works, cost options and this year's registration form. Cash or check is preferred - click the Paypal button to pay online with a credit card. Please be sure to turn in the form either way!
2017 Denali CSA Registration Form - only 25 available - payment must be received by June 15!
2017 Talkeetna CSA Registration - full for 2017!
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 held weekly at Flying Squirrel, at the Willow Farmer's Market, and hopefully in Anchorage beginning in June of 2014. 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, Twister Creek Restaurant and Wildflower Cafe.
2017 Farm Stand and Farmers Market Schedule
(Late June through early September) -
Willow Farmer's Market, Fridays, 2-7pm
Talkeetna Farm Stand at Northern Susitna Institute, 1-5pm
Denali Farm Stand at Denali Education Center, 2-5pm
Our retail greenhouse offers flowers, perennials, vegetable starts, and hanging baskets. We usually open for about 3 weeks beginning in the middle of May. A discount is offered for local businesses who 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 seven three three one zero nine zero before coming 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 as generational transitions are imminent!