Saturday, February 14, 2009

What is a CSA?

Our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is based on the Subscription Farm Model. This means the farmer provides fresh produce on a prepaid basis to a group of customers for a given season. By participating in a CSA, you are not only getting the freshest chemical free produce available, you are supporting your local farmer and making a connection with the land that your food is grown on.
Currently we have one general growing season, Summer. It generally begins in mid-May and goes through October, with around 20 or so weekly deliveries/pickups. Each week members of the CSA will receive a bag or box of fresh produce--whatever happens to be ready in the garden that week. Boxes may contain less in early spring as the growing season begins, but we will make up the difference in value later in the season when the garden is in full swing.
We are currently planning on having on farm pickup only, but if we receive enough interest in certain areas, we may plan on a day we can drop off produce to make it easier on our customers. A newsletter will be included in each bag or box to help keep members informed about what produce varieties are included for the week, recipes for the produce, and what's happening at the farm.
A membership for this year (2009) will be $400. This includes enough fresh from the garden produce to feed 2-4 people and fresh cut flowers on occasion every week until the end of the season. If you feel this is too much produce for you, consider sharing with a friend. If it is not enough for a larger family, consider buying two shares or buy extras at our farmstand. This year we will require that the full amount be paid upfront at the beginning of the season.
We are currently accepting new members. Because this is our first year, we are accepting a limited amount of memberships with the hopes of expanding in the coming years. If we fill up and still have interested customers, we will start a waiting list in chronological order of when we received the initial inquiry. Please contact us if you would like to join by emailing us at picketfencefarm(at)gmail(dot)com.

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