We get a lot of questions about the farm and CSA. So, we thought we’d tackle them all in one post. If your question is not answered in this post, leave us a comment on this post and we’ll answer it!
- What exactly is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It’s a fancy way of saying a way to buy your food directly from a small-scale local farm. Think of it as a buying club for your farm fresh local wares. Here’s how it works: you sign-up at the beginning of the season. Paying upfront allows the farmer to have capital to work with throughout the season rather than having to wait until the season is over to have funds. Then throughout the growing and harvesting season, you as a member, get a share of the harvest! Every week you get to pick-up farm fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, milk, etc.
This is a beautiful set-up for several reasons. Your grocery money goes directly to those growing your food–cutting out the middle man, big corporations, etc. It’s sort of the ultimate “putting-your-money-where-your-mouth-is.”
2. How much does it cost to join?
We have two levels. Full share is $200. Half share is $100.
3. How much produce does that give me?
Each week for 9 weeks you will get $25 (full share) or $12.50 (half share) worth of fruits, vegetables and herbs. What exactly you receive will vary according to what is freshest and being harvested at that time. So you are guaranteed fresh and local!
4. Do you have anything besides produce?
We have raw milk, butter, yogurt, cheese, kombucha and sometimes pastured meat. If you would like part of your CSA share to include some of these items, we may be able to accommodate. Just let us know what you’re looking for!
5. How do I get the stuff?
We have two pick-up options: Monday and Friday. But, if you need a special arrangement or to pick up another day, let us know and we’ll try to be as flexible as we can. Hey, we’re all busy families. We know the drill. Am I right?
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6. Can I visit your farm?
Yes. Yes, you can.
Email or call to arrange a farm tour. We also have a variety of events from concerts to workshops to kid farm days. So come on out and join the fun. You do NOT need to be a CSA member to enjoy the events. Check out the events page for more information.
7. I am not ready to join the CSA, but I want to buy produce? Can I do that?
Sure thing! Beginning sometime in June we’ll have a full-time farmstand.
8. Are you certified organic?
The term organic is now regulated by the USDA and through state and local regulatory agencies. We have not, at this time, sought certification. Our farm, however, maintains a higher standard than government minimums. We call it transparency. You are welcome to question us about our growing practices at any time, visit the farm anytime, see the operation anytime, etc. We will not spray chemical pesticides, chemical herbicides or use chemical fertilizer. Remember, we have to live here and drink water from this well! The health of our soil is paramount to us! Our model and goal is sustainability. Our fertilizer and soil amendments come from happy animals and compostable materials. Our seeds are saved year-by-year to the best of our ability. When we purchase seeds they are always 100% non-GMO. Our animal operation is rotational pastured-based. We strive to reduce waste by recycling, upcycling, and reusing all we can. Our goal is small footprint farming.
I guess what it comes down to is this: Do you trust a government label or a farmer who says, “Come visit and check out exactly what we do!” We think the latter is best. Don’t you?
9. Are those ALL your kids?
10. Don’t you have your hands full?
Yes, and our hearts, too.