Jeannine Anderson and Michael Manos have operated Madrona Grove, a seasonal open air fruitstand that highlights Washington grown fruits and veggies for 12 years on the Steamboat Island Peninsula. It’s been like the “Secret Garden” of fruitstands, where you'd find only the finest quality, organic and conventional fruits and vegetables sourced directly from small, family farms in Eastern Washington and in Thurston and Mason counties. Starting this year, 2014, we'll be retiring the Madrona Grove name and transitioning the business into Building Earth Farm, which is where we've been for the last 5 years. We'll continue to work with Jen and Jason to provide the high quality fruit and vegetables you've grown used to, but we'll only be doing it through the CSA, Summer Fruit Subscription and Winter Food Subscription.
We are far more interested in fruit and our gardens than we are in computers, but we've decided to participate in modern technology enough to provide what we hope will be a helpful way to connect with us to keep up with the season as it goes by. Our website is a work in progress, so check back often to see what's changed, and feel free to offer your ideas about how it can be improved.
We're working on a harvest calendar which will provide a rough idea of when the season will start, and when each type of fruit will be available, to help plan your Summer Fruit eating. We'll post it on the website once it's done, and we'll be sending it out to our mailing list as well.
You can sign up for our mailing list, join our CSA, order a Summer Fruit or Winter Food Subscription, or sign up for Bulk Fruit Ordering by using the contact form.
We look forward to seeing you this Summer.
Jeannine and Michael
Seasonal Fruit & Veggie CSA and Bulk Fruit
Our season of operation changes a bit from year to year, because we let Mother Nature tell us when it's time to start, using the ripening of strawberries as the signal. Then the fruit just flows in a stream of fresh, deliciousness that typically is done by the end of September; with the exceptions of apples and pears, of course. There have been those years, however, when we are still reaching for napkins to catch the peach juice dripping off our faces into the first weeks of October. We just never know how the season will play out, but that is part of the fun.
We offer a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for $550.00 from June through September. This 15 week program is offered on a first come, first served basis, with a couple of payment options. Your weekly box is filled with veggies and eggs grown at Building Earth Farm and fruit picked at the height of their season from our farming friends in Eastern Washington.
Summer Fruit Subscription - $300.00 for 7 weeks
You’ll get the best of the season twice a month, starting with Strawberries and finishing up with Pears and Apples. In between, you’ll get Cherries, Peaches, Nectarines, Blueberries, Plums and Melons, all direct sourced from the network of small family farms that Michael and Jeannine have been working with for the last 12 years. Most of the fruit is organic, though we do also source from a couple of conventional farms that have high quality and integrity standards.
Bulk Fruit Ordering
Be sure you don't miss out on your favorite fruits by signing up for Bulk Fruit Ordering. We'll track the season for you and select the finest quality fruit to fill your order of 10 lbs or more. Prices may change from year to year, so we just ask for $20.00 deposit for each fruit you sign up to receive in bulk. Once the fruit arrives, we'll work out any difference in price when you pick up at BEF.
Winter Food Subscription
In the Winter, when the availability of local farm produce diminishes to storage apples and pears and winter squash and root crops, we pack a monthly box with all of that, plus local artisan cheeses and breads, NW grown nuts and dried fruits. We always keep our taste buds out for quality products to expand the diversity. Staple winter vegetables include potatoes, garlic, onions, carrots, turnips, beets, parsnips, and winter squash. We also include fresh citrus and tropical fruits, as well as vegetables sourced from a local wholesaler in this Winter Food Subscription for $650.00 which runs monthly November through March.
If you are interested in participating in any of these programs, please use the contact form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you with the details.