***You may sign up after CSA has begun and shares will be prorated***
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 ultra-fresh, local, USDA certified organic produce, 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 commercial transactions. 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 in this country.
Through a weekly e-mail newsletter, I will keep you up-to-date as to the goings-ons around the farm, as well as recipes and tips for what to do with the produce. Should my lettuce crop be damaged by a hailstorm, for example, and therefore there is a shortage, then we are all sharing in that failure. Should I be bursting at the seams with certain produce, you will share in this plentitude! In this way, we are fostering not only a sense of connection between you and myself, and you and each other, but also between you and the environment in which you reside, which will inevitably stimulate the health of the environment, for you will be more inclined to make choices that help to ensure that health. The health of the world depends on the health of its communities, and the health of communities depends on the health of the environment. Community is connectivity, so let’s get connected!
How It Works
There are multiple levels in which you may participate in this opportunity. I am breaking the season up into Spring and Fall shares. You may choose to participate in either Spring or Fall individually, or you can choose to participate the Whole Year.
There are two shares being offered, a Full-Share, meaning you’ll get your box every week, and a Half-Share, where you’ll get your box every other week. Every Sunday, you will receive an e-mail listing the produce we have available. From this list, you’ll be able to choose the varieties you want your box to be comprised of, and we will build your boxes based off your selection. The share sizes will be limited to $20 worth of produce per box, though special accommodations can be made if requested ahead of time. There will also be an option for Farmer’s Choice, where you’ll get an assortment of what’s currently in season.
It will be up to YOU to e-mail in your order at least 24 hours prior to your pick-up.
You can find out what varieties of produce I’m growing on my website, www.streetfarefarm.com, and you can find more information about me and my farm at www.facebook.com/streetfarefarm and on Instagram @streetfarefarm. Check out the following chart of what’s in season to determine what you may find in your box!
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.
We are also pleased to announce that we are teaming up with Big Tree Farm, a small family farm raising heritage breed hogs free-ranging on 16 acres of woodland and supplemented with non-GMO grains grown right here in Cabarrus County. No antibiotics, hormones, MSG, nitrates or gluten. Find them on Facebook @bigtreefarm to see photos of their farm or go to bigtreefarm.net. Ever think about ordering a whole or half hog but don’t have the freezer room? Add the Non-GMO pork add-on to your CSA box and get it spread out over the the course of a season!
***This is for general information purposes ONLY, I’m not growing everything listed***