Our CSA season generally runs from about the end of May or beginning of June through October (sometimes into November) and we plan a full share to include produce for 4-6 people. We shoot for 25 baskets for the season. Vegetables, fruit, and honey will be produced on our farm without chemical herbicides and pesticides. Produce will be picked fresh and baskets will need to be picked up on Saturdays or Tuesdays (depending on your pick up day) beginning the end of May or 1st of June. (We’ll let you know as the season gets going, really depends on weather.) Because we run the garden solely for the CSA, we plant the produce to meet demands on pick up days so changing the day will be very difficult, the beans don’t produce more on Tuesdays because you need to switch :). If you can’t pick up a basket, please notify us 24 hours in advance so we do not prepare one for you. If you do not pick up a basket that has been prepared, it is donated to a local family or food bank. We do not have a cooler to store baskets so they must be picked up during the pick up times. You can always send a friend or family member to get your basket!
Please note that this is essentially a garden share program, and as with all gardening and farming there are no guarantees. You share the risk as well as the bounty. 2014 we had a hail storm and other problems which resulted in a loss of some of the produce. 2015, one of our farm school families kept a tally and figured over $900 worth of produce over the season if purchased at the grocery store. If you are not comfortable with this concept, please do not sign up. Please note that our CSA baskets will be small at the beginning of the season before much produce is on and will be larger as we get into the season. Some baskets will have a low dollar value based on the produce, others will have a very high dollar value depending on what is being produced at a particular time. Unless there is a severe situation you should get well over your input in produce value over the course of the season. There will be no refunds on baskets once the season starts, so please contact us if you have questions or concerns!
Produce planned for 2017:
Artichokes, green beans, edemame, lettuce, spinach, watermelon, cantaloupe, potatoes, peas, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, pumpkins, winter squash, summer squash, garlic scapes, onions, herbs, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, garlic, tomatoes, peppers, honey, and more! One of the September baskets will include a gift certificate for the pumpkin patch so you can choose your own pumpkins!
We grow a large variety of these items so there is generally lots of standard plus a few new items to try each week! We try to send out a weekly email to help you know how to use them and let you know what is coming!
A CSA share can be lots of fun, but it may not be right for you! If you are not used to eating seasonally, it may be a bit of an adjustment. When tomatoes are on, there are lots of tomatoes, when they aren’t mature then there aren’t any. There can be lots of an item, then none because the weather conditions aren’t right. Not knowing ahead of time what you are getting can also be hard for some people, we often don’t know what is mature until we go out that morning to harvest! That being said, we do our best to grow a variety of items, some new items every year, and lots of your general items. Many of our customers eat solely off the basket and enjoy the seasonality, however if you are used to picking up a variety of produce every week from the store then you may still need to supplement with items from the store in order to maintain that variety. For example, melons are on for about 4 weeks, we try to stagger the varieties but when the weather gets hot suddenly they may all mature at the same time which means there are weeks that 4-6 melons available with your basket. On the other hand, greens will most likely stop producing so we may go several weeks without them but tomatoes and peppers will probably be on. If you have questions, please ask!