What is a CSA? We have shares available for the 2014 season
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relatively new idea in farming, one that has been gaining momentum since its introduction to the United States from Europe in the mid-1980’s. The CSA concept originated in the 1960’s in Switzerland and Japan, where consumers who were interested in ‘safe food’ that was grown locally, and available at below retail prices and farmer who were seeking stable markets for their crops joined together in economic partnerships.
In basic terms, CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risk and benefits of food production. Typically, members or “share-holders” of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation. In return, they receive shares in the farms bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests.
By direct sales to the community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers offer better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and all members have a shared commitment to building a more local equitable agricultural system, one that allows growers to focus on land stewardship and still maintain productive and profitable small farms. Strawberry Creek Farm uses biodynamic farming methods to grow their produce.
How Our CSA Works
With a pre-season payment, you can purchase a “share” of our harvest. We offer a full family share (plenty for four people). You will then receive a bag each week of high quality, fresh, locally-grown, naturally grown and biodynamic seasonal produce.
we pick the crops ,the day of or the day before, and deliver them to the designated sites. All shares will be bagged. and what ten vegetables you would like the most in your share. We then take this information and decide what to grow. While we will try our best to fill your bag according to your preferences, you can expect a wide variety of produce through out the season. In May a share might look like this:.One bag of lettuce or salad mix, one bag of kale or spinach, one bunch of carrots, one butternut squash a big bunch of Spring onions. In August you would get tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, sweet corn, potatoes, and salad mix. Every month the variety of vegetables changes, some items appear in the Spring and Fall only such as spinach. We also have free range local eggs at an additional price.
Pick Up and Delivery. We deliver for 24 weeks starting the first week of May, weather pending. Your main responsibility as a member is to pick up your box within three hours of the drop off time. If you are unable to pick up your produce, ask another CSA member or friend to help you. If you are unable to find someone who can assist you,call site representative and let them know you will be late and tell them what time you will be in to pick it up. If you do not communicate this directly with the site rep, they reserve the right to assume your produce after a 24 hour period of time. You may cancel your weekly share up to 24 hours before delivery via phone, and email.
Signing Up. We accept new members on a first come, first served basis, and use the date we receive the registration form and deposit. We advise joining as soon as possible as we are accepting 40 members who will receive this years harvest. Although you may sign-up at any time throughout the season, priority is given to returning members and folks who send in their pre-season payment by March 1st . Pre-payment is encouraged as it provides the working capital needed to purchase seeds, compost, equipment and pay salaries for work that begins before the first vegetable harvest.
List of Vegetables We Plan to Grow.
watermelons ,Snow peas, Sugar Snap Seas ,Leeks ,Turnips ,Red Beets ,Chinese/ Napa cabbage, Red Cabbage, Bok Choy ,Egg plant ,Pumpkins ,Cantaloupe ,Cauliflower ,Swiss Chard ,(Tomatoes, Early Girl, German Johnson, Cherokee Purple, Roma, Sun Gold )(Peppers, Sweet Banana, Large Sweet Green, Yummy, Hot Etc. ) Salad Mix (Lettuce, Romaine, Red Summer, Oak Leaf red/ green, Butterhead, Etc. ) Red mustard, Green Curley Mustard, Gourmet Salad Mix, (Cucumbers, Marketmore, Northern Pickling )Kale, Vates Blue curl, Red Russian, Cabbage (Squash, Yellow Crook Neck, Acorn, Butternut, Zucchini, Zephyr ) Sweet Onions Red, Yellow, White )Strawberries ,Spinach ,Melons ,Collards, Carrots, Kohlrabi, Arugula, Green Beans, Bulb/ Leaf Fennel, Muzuna, Tatsoi, (Herbs, Basil, dill, Tyme,Etc. ) And More.