What the heck is a CSA anyway?!?
Basically, Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, means you the consumer get farm-fresh products all season long by paying upfront for the estimated cost of those products. Each week, you'll get a big bag of seasonal produce, herbs, flowers, and other farm products as they become available for a one-time share buy-in at the beginning of the season. Our CSA runs from June 14th through September 23rd - 16 weeks worth of farm-fresh products for you and your family to enjoy during the growing season! It helps us, the farmers, with start-up costs and ensures we can continue producing without the worry of selling our products at stores, markets, etc... essentially, you become a partner in our farm!
CSA's started back in the 1960's as a direct response to growing concerns about the safety of food and the effects of modern agriculture on societies around the world. Pesticides, packaging, transportation, price fluctuations, food shortages, and many other problems sparked a movement of people from around the world to come up with solutions to these problems by partnering with local farms and food producers to provide products locally, sustainably, and without all the inputs that large agriculture required. By the early 1980's, CSAs found their way to the United States and now thousands of farms across the country offer up similar programs that put their products directly into the hands of neighbors and community members at lower prices by getting paid for the products before the season even starts! Sort of like a stock market for farm-fresh food, CSAs provide farmers with start-up capital and customers with the guarantee of local, fresh products directly from farmers they know and see.
Some farms (such as ours) even offer discounts on other products, free farm tours, the ability to save money on the share cost by doing work-trade on the farm and learning how to farm yourself, as well as a host of other possibilities.
Our farm's CSA
is a great way for you to ensure you get access to our produce all summer (and fall) long at an affordable price by buying a "share" of the CSA now to help us with our season start-up costs. Applications can be downloaded from our website here
. The deadline to enroll is May 20th. 50% deposit is due by then, and the remainder is due by June 14th, the start of the CSA distribution.
How much is in a "share"?
A typical full share contains enough produce to feed a family of two to four people for roughly one week, depending on your eating habits. Between 5 to 15 pounds of seasonal produce, herbs, and flowers is included. Typically there are between 5 to 15 varieties of items in each share distribution and range in diversity based on what's in season at the time. At the start, many leafy greens, small roots (carrots, beets, radishes), and spring herbs are widely available and as the season progresses, a more diverse array of products are included such as tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, squash, beans, and much more!
When do I get my share?
From June 14th to September 23rd (16 shares over the 16 weeks) you share is available every week on either Friday or Sunday between 4pm and 7pm at our farm (or we can delivery to you at $0.55 per mile to/from your location).
How do I get my share?
You can either pick it up at our farm or have it delivered for an additional nominal fee. When you apply you decide if you want to pick it up on Friday or Sunday (between 4pm and 7pm, though we're very flexible so just ask us about alternate times).
How much does a share cost?
We offer "Full" shares and "Half" shares. Full shares are $600 for the 16 weeks, and half shares (which are roughly half the size of a full share) are $350 for the 16 weeks.
What else do I get?
You also receive a 25% discount on our organically raised chicken and duck eggs, a 10% discount on our organically raised poutlry (we do it all ourselves!), a free farm tour to learn about our farm and farming practices, AND, you also receive a free membership to our online bulk buying club, called Wholeshare
, which opens up your purchasing options to even MORE local and regional farm-fresh products, pantry items, dried goods, meats, fish, dairy, and so much more! Rest assured you'll be getting, and have access to, the highest quality, freshest selection of farm-fresh products around! Eating healthier couldn't be easier - just log into the Wholeshare website
and shop from the comfort of your home! When the order comes in, we divide up the purchases at our farm and when you pick-up (or have delivered) your share, you also receive your Wholeshare order. It's that easy, and there are literally hundreds
of uber-healthy items to choose from! It's SO MUCH BETTER
than shopping at a grocery store - no lines, no hassles, healthier choices, and you SAVE
when you buy products cooperatively with other members of the club!
If you have any other questions about our CSA program, please don't hesitate to contact us. Thanks!
Thanks for tuning in! We hope to see you soon!
ROOT 'N ROOST FARM