What is a CSA?
It stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it’s a system that helps foster a direct relationship between the grower and the consumer. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a local farmer before the harvest begins. Weekly or bi-weekly, from June until September, your farmer will deliver that share of produce to the selected drop-off location or to your home.
Shares usually include 6-12 types of vegetables, enough for a family of 2-4 people. Most CSAs also offer half shares for smaller households or busy people who frequently eat out. We also offer a Flex Plan where you can choose the weeks you want, when you want it.
The idea behind the CSA model is that the risks inherent to agriculture are shared between the family farmer and the members. When members sign up, they sign a contract inviting them to be tolerant in case of hail, drought, or any other natural disaster. If the season is good, the members will receive more than planned. If the season is bad, they will receive less.
WHAT ITEMS CAN I EXPECT TO SEE IN A CSA SHARE?
We grow a variety of veggies that change throughout the weeks, depending on what’s in season. Generally there will be a smaller amount in the beginning and as the season warms up, you will see more varieties. We provide anywhere from 6-12 items per box. Some items you can expect early on are salad mix, mustard greens, broccoli, garlic scapes, kales, peas, chard, radish, cabbage, etc. As the season peaks, you can expect cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, green onion, carrots, summer squash, beets, herbs, etc. When the season comes near and end, you can expect winter squash, pumpkin, kale, cabbage, potatoes, storage onions, celery, garlic etc. to name a few!
IS CSA RIGHT FOR YOU?
Many people are joining CSA models because they desire local, farm-fresh, high quality and nutritious produce however the CSA model is not for everyone! A few things to consider before signing on:
ARE CSA MEMBERS ALLOWED TO VISIT/HELP ON THE FARM?
- Do you have time to cook? Do you enjoy cooking and preparing meals from scratch?
- Are you willing to experiment with new ingredients and recipes?
- Are you comfortable receiving items you wouldn’t normally buy?
- Are you willing to eat with the seasons? Bear in mind that the beginning of the season starts slow with lots of greens. As the days get hotter, your box will fill with more items like tomatoes, cukes, carrots and beets. As fall arrives, the season slows down again with winter squash, garlic, roots and onions etc.
Yes and Yes! We welcome our members to visit the farm as often as you like! We want you to get to know your farmer, see where your food comes from, how it’s grown and learn about sustainable farming practices if you are interested. We can always use an extra pair of hands to help weed, or harvest. Just call ahead to arrange a date if you are interested in visiting or getting dirty!