What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (also called CSA) is an alliance between farmers and those who enjoy
good wholesome food. It is an opportunity to be a part of what you eat and how it’s grown. Families and
individuals who join receive a share of produce every week during the growing season. With a preseason
payment to cover the farmer’s expenses, members purchase a “share” of the season’s harvest as well as the
risks and rewards. This may also include help with harvesting produce and distribution of the food.
Q. How is a season set up?
A. Typically the season begins in June and goes through October. Twenty (20) weeks is common for this
part of the Midwest. Everyone will receive a box of the current week’s harvest. This will give you the
freshest food and have you eating within the season. Due to Mother Nature you may share the bounty or the
risks of the season.
A Standard share will cost $400 for the whole season, or about $20.00 per week. We are also offering
Family shares for $600 per season. Everything will be grown organically even without certification at this
time. (See list of seasonal produce)
Q. What is my share of the food?
A. Spring may give you 4-6 produce items each week and possibly 8-12 items during the summer months. A
standard share should be ample for a family of 4 or two adults who cook at home regularly and eat a lot of
veggies. In the beginning if there is an interest from members who like canning their food, bulk quantities and
prices over and above their regular share could be discussed if surpluses appear to be steady or provisions
made at planting time. Please let us know if this is something you are interested in doing.
Q. What if I can’t make it to pick up my box of food?
A. Everyone has things that come up, and we are happy to help you with this situation. You can call us
before your pick-up day and ask us not to pack you a box, or have a friend do it for you. Remember, you are
paying for someone else to grow your food and this is a financial and labor commitment; so outside of
emergency situations, please don’t sign on to change your mind on a weekly basis. Costs can only be kept
low for all if a simple routine is maintained.
Q. What if a box is too much food?
A. You can split a box with a friend and alternate picking up the box. Please let us know if you will be doing
this. In this case we will need all contact information for all parties.
Q. Can I request additional vegetables in my box some weeks?
A. No, we will pack all boxes the same. But…. each week obvious bumper crops will be available for a good
price at the farm.
Q. Are there any discounts available?
A. We will offer a limited number of work trades. If you think there is a skill that would help the farm (ex:
growing, harvesting, plant maintenance, writing a newsletter, etc…), let us know and we will work out
something. It is our hope that everyone can contribute volunteer time at some point to help us with the farm,
but for a part-time labor exchange, shares can be reduced.
Q. Will other things besides produce be offered?
A. Yes, it is our hope to include things like free-range chickens, and eggs, honey, cut flowers, ground grains,
organic meat, cheese, and any other organic products we can obtain from local sources. A variety of berries
may also be included in the future once we get up and running. If reliable contacts can be made, these would
be available each week, but not included in the regular share price.
Note: A newsletter and recipes would be included so we can help you enjoy your seasonal produce.
These are just some of the normal questions out there, but no two CSAs are run exactly the same way. But,
the basic premise is there when it comes to why people want to belong:
· Interest in eating fresh organic food and preserving the environment
· Having a choice and voice in what is grown
· Exposing your family and friends to better eating habits
· Interest in developing community
· Desire to educate myself and/or my family about sustainable agriculture and food production
· Letting farmers know you want organic food and will support them
Many large conventional farmers are finding out that they can change the way they grow. Small farmers all
across this country are showing them that every day.
EXAMPLES OF SEASONAL PRODUCE
Green peas (sugar snap or snow), baby beets w/greens. green onions, carrots, a wide variety of lettuces and
greens, chives, radishes
Tomatoes, peppers (hot and mild), melons, cucumbers, onions, beans, herbs, several varieties of squash,
Lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, winter squash, potatoes, garlic, dill
This list is just an example of what grows during each season, but your choices will be taken into