COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA)
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for June 2020
CSA is a relationship between local farmers and customers that creates and supports a model for distributing local food.
The CSA member pays a set fee at the beginning of the season. Once products come into season, the CSA member receives a selection of veggies (and/or other farm products) on a regular basis. There is a shared risk between the CSA member and farmer – in bumper crop years, members can expect to receive extra produce and in more challenging years, some products may be in limited quantities due to factors outside of the farmers’ control.
This model greatly supports small scale farmers because it provides cash flow early on in the season when the farmer is making purchases and it creates a steady and predictable demand for the farmer. The member benefits by gaining access to quality local food and often a discount on products. Both parties benefit by together creating a model that supports a local food system, which benefits the local economy, environment, and overall wellbeing for all those involved.
Our CSA Program
16 Week Program
June 17th 2020 – September 30th 2020
Weekly or Bi-weekly Baskets
On Farm Pickup-
Wednesdays 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Saturdays 9am – noon
Beachburg Delivery: Wednesdays
**Prices are for the whole season 16 Weekly or 8 Bi-weekly baskets**
Regular: Contains 6-8 items
$450 Weekly / $225 Bi-Weekly
Large: Contains 8-10 items
$590 Large Weekly / $295 Large Bi-Weekly
Choosing Your Share Size:
REGULAR Bi-Weekly – 6-8 items per basket – $225
Suitable for single member households; those who may not cook all the time; those who have a home garden and wish to supplement; those who wish to trial CSA.
REGULAR Weekly – 6-8 items per basket – $450
Suitable for couples; couples with small children; those who may not cook all the time but want veggies every week.
LARGE Bi-Weekly – 8-10 items per basket – $295
Suitable for couples with children; those who want more than a regular size but only want to pick up every other week; those who want to split a CSA share.
LARGE Weekly – 8-10 items per basket – $590
Suitable for couples who cook nearly every day; families with children; those who want extra to preserve/freeze.
Roughly what can you expect to appear in the baskets, and how often?
Kohlrabi, Microgreens, Pumpkin, Shishito Peppers, Bok Choy, Spinach, Melons, Peas, Elderberries, Leeks, Parsnip, Garlic Scapes, Hakurei Turnips, Scallions, Celery
Radishes, Cilantro, Romaine Lettuce, Potatoes, Kale, Beets, Cabbages including Napa and Savoy, Arugula, Herbs
Zucchini, Cucumbers, Pattypan Squash, Sweet Peppers, Winter Squashes including Butternut, Festival, Spaghetti, Acorn and Delicata
Onions, Lettuces including Head and Spring Mix, Carrots, Beans, Tomatoes
What if I have vacation time and will miss a pickup? We encourage members to have someone pick up their share (a house sitter? a friend in need?) but if you have no options, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to make accommodations.
How does the pickup work? Come to the farm on Wednesdays between 4:30pm and 6:30pm. Typically, members can expect a list on the wall of what is in the week’s basket and the veggies are laid out on shelves to be selected. However, with the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are offering a drive-thru pick up format. We ask members to remain in or near their vehicles.
Can I come early? No, but this is because we aim to have the veggies ready to go for 4:30pm and having early pick ups unfortunately interrupts our process.
What if I come late? If you can’t make the pick up time by 6:30pm, no problem, your basket will be waiting on the shelf in the Milkhouse labelled with your name. Just be sure that you make it on the Wednesday.
What if I suddenly can’t make the pickup? Please please please, try to send someone on your behalf but if you have no options, send an e-mail to Brenna (email@example.com) and your veggies can be set aside for you. We understand that life happens!
What if I forget all together? If you forget your basket altogether, don’t worry, it won’t be wasted. We donate all forgotten CSA baskets to the Grind (in Pembroke) on Thursday mornings. The produce gets used to prepare meals for the clients of the coffee house/shelter.
What do I bring to the pickup? Normally members bring their own bin/basket/produce bags to collect veggies, in a dedicated effort to reduce waste. However, due to COVID-19, we are pre-packing all veggies in a large paper bag.
Do you offer opportunities to help on the farm? We normally have a community work day at the farm in October for garlic planting and we hope to offer this again in 2020. However, out of precaution with regards to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are restricting all access to the garden/wash station until further notice.
Do you offer flexible payments? Typically we request a 50% deposit at the time of ordering and the remainder due May 1st. However, we do happily offer flexible options in smaller increments. We just ask that payment dates are agreed upon beforehand so that expectations are clear.
Ready to Sign Up?
If you are looking forward to fresh, amazing tasting veggies, farm visits and new recipes, then our CSA program is for you!