What is a CSA?
CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture”. Developed in the 1960’s in Japan, CSA programs are designed to build a relationship between the farmer and 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 members agree to share in the fluctuation and variations inherent in farming, and understand that their produce will be grown with sound, 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 resources and energy. This also means that food is harvested before it has ripened in order to make the journey. This long journey sacrifices the nutritional value and flavor of the 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 availability). 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 everything is grown naturally, meeting or exceeding that of USDA Organic protocols. We never use chemicals, synthetic pesticides or herbicides on any of our crops.
We will send out newsletters throughout the harvest 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 members 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.
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Arizona Sweet Oranges, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Ripbor Kale, Green Romaine Lettuce, Red Cabbage, Mint, Rainbow Carrots, Fennel, Ruby Blush Grapefruit.
Broccoli, Lisbon Lemons, Arugula, Mixed Beets, Dill, Blood Oranges, Daikon Radishes, Romanesco, Butterhead Lettuce, Collard Greens.
Green Onions, Orlando Tangelos, Baby Spinach, Collard Greens, Salad Turnips, Broccoli, Navel Oranges, Red Leaf Lettuce, Cilantro.
Oro Blanco Grapefruit, Ripbor Kale, Rutabagas, White Cauliflower, Red Little Gem Romaine, Dill, Cara Cara Oranges, Spring Lettuce Mix, Pasture Raised Eggs.
Rainbow Carrots, Arizona Sweet Oranges, Baby Arugula, Red Romaine, Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, Green Onions, Collard Greens, Purple Top Turnips, Broccoli.