What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Early in the year, you are able to purchase a share of the harvest - think of it as a membership or a weekly subscription for fresh, local veggies. Then once the season is underway, each week you will receive a reusable bag with your tasty, in season produce directly from our fields. We aim to offset your family's produce budget by, at minimum, the cost of your CSA share. In essence you are purchasing a share of the farm and cultivating a direct link with your food and your farmer. You receive the benefits of fresh, locally grown food and can form a deep connection with what is on your plate.
What is required to be a member?
It's simple! All you need to do is send us your application (Click here). Returning members are eligible for early enrollment a few weeks before open enrollment begins. Once you are enrolled for the season, your only responsibility is to arrange for the pick up of your share at one of our pick up locations. Each location will have a specific time frame that you'll be able to pick up your share, which you will be made aware of prior to the beginning of the CSA season. We also kindly ask that each week you return your reusable CSA bags to your pick up location so that we may continue to use them and keep more waste out of our landfills!
What can I expect in my share?
Your weekly share will evolve to reflect the changing seasons and weather. The Spring season will provide you with lots of greens, as they are the first thing to tolerate the cooler temperatures, as well as things like radishes, turnips and peas. Summer is when we start to see some of our favorites! Tomatoes, peppers and eggplants will appear in your shares, as well as beans, summer squash and leafy greens. When the summer heat begins to fade and the Fall season is upon us, we start to see more root vegetables and the return of our cold hearty greens. However, many of our summer veggies will still be showing up in your shares well into the Fall season. You can expect an average of 6 – 8 items in a half share and 12 - 15 items in a full share. Full share veggies may consist of double amounts of half share veggies and/or additional produce unique to the full shares.
Your weekly share reflects the changing seasons and at times may be impacted by the weather. Here is what's most representative of a share by season. Many items will be present through multiple seasons:
- Spring: Peas, radish, turnips, lettuces, asian greens, carrots, spinach, kale, swiss chard.
- Summer: Tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, eggplants, beans, potatoes, carrots.
- Fall: Winter squash, root vegetables, leafy greens,
How many people will my share feed?
Our full share is typically enough to feed a family with 2 adults and 2 children, while our half share is typically enough to feed 2 adults. Of course these are estimates and may vary dependent upon the eating habits of your family.
Can I visit the farm? Can I volunteer?
Yes and yes! One of the benefits of joining a CSA is having the ability to see exactly where your food comes from and being able to speak with the farmers directly. We encourage our members and their families to come visit us, and always appreciate a helping hand if you feel so inclined. There's nothing more healing and good for the soul than spending a day with your hands in the dirt. If you'd like to visit or volunteer, we just ask that you call or email ahead of time to arrange it. We also host an Open House get together here once during the season for our CSA members to enjoy good, local food made with our produce, music, and an educational tour.
Why should I join a CSA?
Being a member of a CSA ensures that you receive the freshest produce possible short of picking from your own backyard garden. Unlike most produce found in the supermarket, which may have traveled hundreds or even thousands of miles and sat in storage for weeks before it reaches your plate, our produce can be picked within hours of distribution. Freshly harvested vegetables have a significantly longer shelf life than their grocery store counterparts, and we think you'll be impressed with how much more flavorful each bite is.
Nutrition and freshness go hand in hand. From the moment a vegetable is picked valuable vitamins and minerals begin to degrade. The smaller the window between harvest to plate the higher the nutritional content. We also take care to time our harvests and handling to maximize nutrition based on the best practices for each variety we grow. Additionally, the soil in which vegetables are grown plays a significant role in nutritional value. We pay very close attention to the health and balance of our soil which translates directly into nutrient dense, flavorful veggies!
With the dangers threatening our food supply making the news regularly, many people are looking to become better informed about where their food comes from. We can tell you every step of the journey that our produce takes - from the seed to your dinner table. We encourage you to ask questions, and are happy to answer any and all that you may have about the food we grow for you. We pride ourselves in being ecologically and environmentally conscience, and we carefully source everything, from seed stock to soil amendments, from companies who mirror our ethics. You can rest assured knowing that our agricultural choices are based on your well-being and the health of our planet. Know your farmer, know your food!
Expand your vegetable IQ:
Joining a CSA is a great way to discover interesting varieties of produce with luscious smells, tastes, shapes and textures that you may never come across in the average grocery store.
Did you know that there are over 7,500 different varieties of tomatoes? It's unlikely though, that you'll ever find more than a tiny fraction of those varieties anywhere else but at local farms. This is because in industrial agriculture, produce varieties are generally chosen not with nutrition and flavor in mind, but for their storage, shipping and marketing capabilities. Typically, the more common varieties of tomatoes were bred to have very tough skin, resist bruising, and have a long shelf life - enabling growers to ship them over vast distances and store them for weeks. Great for large industrial farms, but not so great for the environment, flavor and nutrition (remember the longer produce takes from harvest to plate, the less nutrients it has!). Most varieties of tomatoes are actually quite fragile - easily bruised, and don't store or ship well. Because our farm is local and our vegetables are as fresh as they come, we're able to grow delicious heirloom tomatoes - we don't need to worry about how long they can sit in storage for. We only want to provide you with the most delicious, nutritious produce possible.
Heirloom tomatoes are just one example of the unique varieties of produce that we grow here on the farm. We include many interesting types of veggies in our CSA shares for you to enjoy and to expand your palette, along with the familiar ones that we all love. Though most of us generally don't think about it, eating is really one of the most intimate things that we do. Expanding your Vegetable IQ by experimenting with new vegetables encourages creativity and is an excellent way to rekindle your relationship with the food you eat.