Next season we're starting our first ever CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) program so we can better connect with our customers - growing and selling directly to you through weekly food boxes.
To say that we're excited about it would be an understatement.
For those of you who want to know more about CSAs, the following is a quick summary. If you'd like more information or if you have any questions, email Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kate and Jon
What exactly is a CSA and how can I join?
A Community-Supported Agriculture program (CSA) is a method of local food distribution that allows farmers to connect directly with customers. Individuals or families buy "a share" of the farmer's harvest. In exchange, members receive weekly food boxes with fresh vegetables and herbs. By buying a share, you and your familiy receive fresh, local seasonal produce at an affordable price and the farmer receives a guaranteed income for the farm.
Before the beginning of the season (February-March), members purchase a share of our harvest for the season. Throughout the season (about 18 weeks) members receive weekly food boxes filled with delicious seasonal vegetables straight from the farm. The season usually starts in late June and runs through mid-October. Food boxes will be available for pick up at a central location each week.
What is included in a weekly food box?
As the season progresses, each week will be a bit different. There will most likely be some staples in your box each week, like lettuce mix and kale, but otherwise, it will be filled with what's in season. For example, boxes from your "large share" will have contain a weekly supply of vegetables, worth about $30/week, which is about enough to feed a family of four or two very healthy herbivores.
Will you have small and large shares?
In 2015, we'll be able to offer 40 memberships total. We'll offer 20 "regular" shares and 20 "large" shares. Regular shares will have about 70% the quantity and variety of a large share. A regular share feeds a couple or a healthy veggie lover; a large share feeds a family of four or two healthy veggie lovers. One great idea is to split a large share with neighbours or friends.
Is a CSA for me?
CSAs are not for everyone. The happiest CSA members are typically people who like to try new things, who cook at home 4 or more nights a week, and who have the time to pick up their weekly share. If you spend a lot of time away during the summer or you are not an adventerous eater, it may be hard to get the full worth out of your share. Remember, a CSA is not the only way to support your local farmer and enjoy local food. We'll see you at the farmers' market too!
For more information, please visit our CSA page or email us at email@example.com.