About Our CSA
What Is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a direct exchange between the farmer that grows your fresh food and a shareholder that buys a share in the fresh food the farmer grows. It’s that simple.
There is nothing fancy or complicated about the farm’s CSA program – it is a straight forward system that directly connects local people to a seasonal share in the produce the farm grows. Think of it as your personal farm without having to pull the weeds.
A share is a 1/2 bushel farmer basket filled with several different items the farm has ready to harvest at pickup time The CSA program runs on a bi-weekly calendar unless other wise notified starting in April. In the spring, this could include romaine lettuce, spring onions, asparagus, strawberries, kale, mesclun mixes, kohlrabi, broccoli, breens and peas, to name a few. Summer months could contain a basket of Swiss chard, carrots, potatoes, squash, melons, corn, and of course our heirloom tomatoes, again just to name a few.
Fall Share baskets could contain a mix of okra, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, New Zealand spinach, yard-long beans, winter squash and cool season vegetables like turnip greens, mustard greens and pumpkins. As the season changes, so do the shareholder baskets.
We have two CSA seasons: Spring/Summer and Fall. Every farm that has a CSA program operates theirs slightly different. For us, keeping the CSA calendar short and broken into 2 seasons does a couple of things:
- It keeps the cost of the program down so it’s not so expensive upfront to buy a share for the season.
- It offers some flexibility in the season if crops are late coming in or we have a hard weather season and need that extra few weeks to ensure our shareholders get what they paid for and more.
- It also breaks up the program in case a shareholder decides they don’t want to continue or needs a break from program for whatever reason.
We always kick off each season by asking our shareholders to visit the farm for lunch and tour. This is a great way to get to know your fellow shareholders and your farm crew. We tour the farm, have a fantastic lunch and give you some tips and ideas for making the most of your CSA investment.
Eating in Season
Eating in season is what makes a CSA share truly wonderful. It almost forces us to try different fruits and vegetables we may not have experienced before. It also creates a real sense of what good clean eating is about. We don’t grow our crops to have a shelf life nor do we grow our crops to travel well. We grow our crops here on this farm to eat well, to taste great and to add to the betterment of our health.