Community Supported Agriculture: Your Season Pass to Our Farm
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a business model that redefines the relationships we have with our food and the farmers who produce it.
In a CSA, farmers offer "shares" or "membership" in the upcoming growing season to patrons of the farm. In return for the initial purchase of their share, patrons receive weekly deliveries of freshly harvested, local and organic food. This arrangement creates several positive results both for farmer and patrons.
For farmers the benefits include being able to market their products early in the year before they are spending 16 hours a day in the field. They can accurately access the demand for specific products before seed goes into the ground. And farmers receive much needed cash flow at the beginning of the growing season. In addition farmers have the opportunity to develop real direct relationships with those who enjoy their food.
For the patrons the benefits include gaining direct access to ultra-fresh food with all the flavor and nutritional benefits. They get exposed to new vegetables and ways of cooking. They get to have a genuine relationship with the farmer who passionately grows their food. Patrons also get to come out to the farm and see where the magic happens. In addition parents have a unique opportunity to educate their children about healthy eating and how food is grown.
Its a simple idea with profound results.
There is an important concept of shared risk within a CSA program. This shared risk is the result of patrons upfront purchase and the responsibility of the farmer to provide an abundant delivery of goods. If the growing season is struck with bad weather, an act of God, or some other catastrophic situation patrons are not typically reimbursed. Farming is a difficult endeavor, often plagued by failures of one kind or another, and without the support of the community many farms would not exist today.
Simply put, we are in this together.
Farming is a long term endeavor that requires the trust and faith that even if hard times come, that good times are around the corner.
Think of it like a season pass to your favorite ski hill, or season tickets to your favorite team. Some years the snow is great, some years it is not. Some years your team wins every game, other years they can't seem to win to save their lives. But we still love our local ski hill and team because they are ours.
We want to be your farmers. Together we can build a robust, healthy food system.
In order to help answer questions about what exactly to expect in each share here is a basic guide.
The idea is to provide seasonally appropriate culinary vegetables directly to you.
Share 1 (June 13): radishes, kale, arugula, peas, lettuce mix, micro greens
Share 2 (June 20): lettuce, turnips, beets, mustard greens and herbs
Share 3 (June 27): lettuce, radishes, cucumbers, summer squash, kale, snow/snap peas and herbs
Shares 4 to 17 (July 4 to October 3) lettuce and subject to availability, carrots, turnips, beets, kale, swiss chard, cucumbers, tomatoes, summer squash, snow/snap peas, beans, broccoli, garlic, onions, basil, eggplants, potatoes, peppers, gourds, prunes, apples, maybe melons and herbs
Share 18-20 (October 10 to end of season) lettuce, carrots, turnips, radish, cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic, arugula, potatoes, peppers, winter squash and pumpkins
The 2019 Community Supported Agriculture program runs from June through October.