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Changes to egg pricing, referral bonuses, and some things done.

We are adding in a referral bonus. If you sign up a friend, you can get a week off the price of your share. For example if you have a half-share you will get $25 off and only have to pay for 15 out of 16 weeks for signing up a friend. If you plan to refer more than two friends please let us know.

We are also updating our egg prices to $3.50 for regular size, $4.50 for extra-large and those who are signed up for a CSA share get $0.50 off making it $3 for regular and $4 for extra-large.

 Got our cabbages, kales, brocolis and so forth planted a few days ago.
Also started on the project of replacing an old livestock barn. Maybe we'll have a barn raising day later?

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