What is a CSA?
CAS stands for “Community Supported Agriculture”. Devleoped in the 1960′s in Japan, CSA programs are designed to build a relationship between the farmer and the community. Members (that’s you) buy shares in the farms output before the season starts, and then reap the benefits of the harvest each week as the season progresses. CSA memvers agree to share in the fluctuation and sustainable farming practices. Members are, in essence, shareholders in the farm, thus becoming invested in its successes and failures. This joint venture allows the farmer to receive capital before the season starts when they need it most and allows them to be in the field during the growing season instead of worrying about selling their produce.
There are other benefits to supporting local farms and CSA programs. As consumers, we have become accustomed to buying fruits and vegetables shipped from all over the world, regardless of the season. This is a waste of resourves and energy. This also means that food is harvested before it has ripened in order to make the journey. This long jorney sacrifices flavor and the nutritional value of produce. By choosing locally grown food, you ensure that you are eating the freshest, most nutritional and best tasting food possible and being environmentally responsible at the same time.
What You Can Look Forward to:
Each member will enjoy a weekly share of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers (depending on availabilty). Our carefully selected varieties and natural growing practices bring out the very best in flavor and nutrition. Produce is harvested when it is ripe, just before you receive it. Members can enjoy peace of mind knowing that everyting is grown naturally, meeting or exceeding that of USDA Organic protocols. We never use chemeicals, synthetic pesticides or herbicides on any of our crops. We will send out newsletters throughout the harves season, filled with updates, recipes, and stories from the farm. Members can also look forward to exclusive CSA farm tours and opportunities to volunteer and learn about how their food is grown. We also offer CSA exclusive u-pick events and discounts on non-CSA items. We want our memvers to have a true understanding of our farm and how their food is grown. We are growing for you!
A sample of a CSA weekly share might include: 1 lb. of spring lettuce mix, a bunch of carrots, a bunch of beets, a bag of spinach, a bunch of kale, a bunch of green onions, a bunch of basil 1/2 lb. of Medjool dates, 2 lbs of citrus.