What is C.S.A.?
C.S.A. stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and it is a way for farmers and consumers to connect on a much more personal level. The way it works is that you commit to me at the beginning of the season, and in return you get a weekly delivery of fresh, local produce grown with a natural philosophy, personal access to me throughout the season for any questions and concerns you may have, and it is my hope that in return I will be able to provide for you a better understanding of the seasonality of produce and expose you to some tasty foods you may not be too familiar with. Think of it as a subscription to some of the freshest, tastiest foods you’ve ever had. My goal is to build a strong, healthy community around one of the most basic fundamentals of life, the food that we eat!
We’re in This Together
One of the key concepts of the C.S.A. model is the idea of shared risk and shared reward, which is what really makes the C.S.A. the most personal of farm business relationships. By committing to me at the beginning of the season, you are sharing in the inevitable risks that are ever-present in a farming operation, but also reaping the rewards of a bountiful harvest. I pledge to make you, my customer, the priority in my operation, and promise to bring you the best of my crop on a weekly basis, but bear in mind that the unforeseen challenges in a farming operation may affect these weekly boxes. The risks are typically weather related, i.e. drought, excess rain, early or late frosts, but can also be unrelated to weather, such as with disease or pest pressure. The beauty of the shared risk and reward is in it’s ability to cultivate the sense of community that is lacking in our current food system.
How It Works
The Spring season will be 12 weeks running from Friday, April 12th through Saturday, July 6th, and there will be two pick-up options for the 2019 season, the first will be on Fridays from 3pm til 6pm at the farm or 8am or 9am until noon at the Piedmont Farmer’s Market on Winecoff School Rd. (winter hours usually change from 9am opening to 8am opening in late April.) You will choose either one or the other to be your standard pick-up throughout the season, though I will be able to make a switch with at least 24 hours notice. I want to work with you to ensure you get your produce every week, but it will be your responsibility to let me know if you aren’t going to be able to make your pick-up for any reason and we can make an alternative arrangement to get you your produce!
I’ve tried a few different modes of CSA in the past, some very successful and some not so much. Going into the 2019 season, we’re going to keep it simple, though I have ideas that I’d like to evolve the CSA program into in the seasons to come. For the 2019 CSA, the boxes will be Farmer’s Choice, meaning that I will be selecting the best of what is currently being harvested to put into your box. There are a few products that I am planning to have on a weekly basis, like lettuce, radishes, turnips, beets, spring onions, carrots, baby kale and arugula, and then there will be seasonal produce, such as shiitake mushrooms, broccoli, cabbage, kale, collards, chard, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, etc. There will also be microgreens throughout the season. In addition to the produce, I will be available for cooking tips (my Mama taught me how to cook real good) and recipes, as well as anything you’d care to know about my growing practices and techniques. Transparency is my number one priority. I hope you’re ready for some delicious veg!
As many of you know, we raised laying hens on wooded pasture, and feed them a local, non-GMO feed. These girls lay the most delicious, golden-yolked eggs that I’ve ever eaten, and I’d like to pass on this bounty to you! You now have the option of getting a dozen eggs included with your CSA share at the discounted price of $4.50/dozen.
12 Weeks – April 12 – July 6
$300.00 + $20.00 Box Deposit
Egg-Share – $54.00/Dozen
Details about the Fall and Winter CSA coming soon…