Although January is in its waning days and the Lower Valley is gripped in sub-zero temperatures, now is the time to start thinking about fresh, organically grown food over the summer from the Heavenly Hills Harvest farm.
"Everyone is ready for spring," said Heavenly Hills Harvest owner Merritt Mitchell Wajeeh. "We're already getting geared up for the season. This will be our fifth year of providing organically grown vegetables to Yakima Valley."
The farm is currently accepting $100 down payments for memberships in its community supported agricultural program that will run this summer. Participants need to sign up by Friday, Feb. 1, to guarantee a spot and help the farm plan for the planting season.
A full membership provides 22 to 24 weeks of produce, consisting of enough servings for three to five people for a week. Half shares are also available and produce is provided every other week.
Payment can be made through the website at heavenlyhillsharvest.com using Paypal. A full share costs $640 for the entire summer and a half share is $420. People who want to get their hands dirty can also offset the costs of membership by working on the farm.
Shares need to be picked up at the farm or at the drop sites in Prosser (at the Saturday farmers market) or in Yakima (at the Unitarian Universalist Church). Mitchell Wajeeh said if enough people in Sunnyside sign up, a drop site will be planned in the city.
In addition to providing fresh produce, Heavenly Hills Harvest also holds regular events to educate the public about farming.
The first event of 2013 will be a raised bed workshop Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. Interested parties can register online.
Mitchell Wajeeh said a full docket of events will be posted on the website soon.