So - What's a CSA?
A CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture, is the term that small-scale and organic farmers have come to use for a season-long subscription to a weekly share of what a farm produces. In exchange for a one-time prepayment, every week the farm provides you with a bag of perfectly ripe, hand-selected, organically grown fruits and vegetables. Your upfront payment helps us budget our expenses for the season, and in exchange, we work to provide you more value for your money over the course of the season.
With a CSA membership, you are more than just another customer, exchanging dollars for anonymous food. You become a vital part of the farm's operation. You can get to know the farmers and, if you like, visit the farm. Every week we will send a newsletter with information about what is in the week's share, news and info from the farm, and recipes and ideas for using the food in your basket. You will experience varieties of vegetables not available in your supermarket grocery store - some that you may not recognize. Many varieties are heirloom types that have developed over the years and are grown for taste - not for how well they travel in a truck to the store. Most of all, you will experience the exceptional flavor and health benefits of a the freshest possible food, grown with intention and care by a team of dedicated farmers on a solar-powered, certified organic, local farm.
Why Would I Join a CSA?
There are as many reasons to join a CSA as there are CSA subscribers, but some of the common themes we hear are:
- You want to support and be a part of a local farm that is growing food without chemicals and working to develop a more sustainable and equitable food system
- You are in an eating rut and are looking for an easy introduction to a wider variety of food
- You want to experience seasonal eating, discovering in each basket a connection to the land, the weather, and the seasons that can be immensely satisfying
- You want to develop a relationship with a farm and its farmers - to know where your food comes from and the opportunity to visit the farm to learn
What's in a CSA basket?
The vegetables that are in your basket will change with the seasons. What you will get in June will be different form what you will get in October. Each week we will aim to include 6-12 different kinds of fruits and vegetables (depending on your share size). We use a basic "formula" for planning our season - each week we will try and include the following:
- leafy green (lettuce, kale, collards, spinach)
- root vegetable (radish, turnip, carrots, rutabaga, potato)
- fruiting vegetable (zucchini, cucumber, tomato, squash, pepper)
- allium (leeks, onion, garlic, scallion)
- head vegetable (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi)
- herb or edible flower (basil, nasturtiums, thyme, sage, cilantro)
- extras: flowers or berries when available
What about vacations?
Due to our harvest schedule and limited farm labor, adjustments to deliveries are difficult to accommodate. If you do have to skip a week, we suggest sending a friend to pick-up the share in your place - what better gift than a bag full of delicious farm-fresh vegetables? If this is not possible, we can take your share to a local food bank after market day with our extra produce.