What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture is a way that people have supported their local farms and stocked their kitchens with fresh produce for decades. Community members sign up to receive a weekly share of farm produce and this money helps the farm cover early season costs like seed, tools, and pots. Lots of small farms have CSA programs, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Our program is a traditional weekly share of vegetables for 24 weeks and you can choose to add on freshly baked bread as well! Now we are offering options from other farms we trust: chicken, eggs, herbs, and cultures.
When does it start?
The first pick-up is May 9 for vegetable, bread, and herb shares. The chicken and egg shares start one week later, on May 16.
Where and When do I pick up?
We have 2 pick up locations this year. You can either pick up at our farm in Forest or in Lynchburg near Randolph College, both on Wednesday. The on-farm pick up is more flexible, Wednesday from 2-7 pm, and the Lynchburg pick-up is Wednesday from 4-6 pm.
Is it every week?
Yes, except for a break on August 8 and August 15, plus a week of your choosing (the share runs 25 weeks and you only pay for 24). Please notify us a minimum of 2 days before pick-up on the week that you want off, and we will not prepare your share. If you do not take a week off during the season, your share will simply end one week early. There is no break for the egg and chicken shares, which start one week after the veggie season and end one week before.
What if I can’t pick up my share one week?
There is one built in vacation week (described above) in which you can notify us that you will not be picking up. After that, you can arrange for a friend to pick up the share, or arrange to pick up vegetables at the Farmers Market on Saturday, as long as you notify us ahead of time
What is in the share?
We have many options for add-ons this year, but the base CSA is our vegetable share. Most vegetable shares will include one of each of the following:
- 1 herb bunch
- 1 cooking green (chard, kale, cabbage, collard greens)
- 1 salad green (lettuce, spring mix, arugula)
- 1 storage crop (onion, garlic, winter squash)
- 1 root vegetable (carrots, beets, radishes, turnips)
- Variety of seasonal vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, beans, eggplant, etc)
Do I get to choose what I get?
There is often a choice between certain vegetables, but it is on a first-come-first-serve basis. We will send an email to notify you of the share contents in advance. There will only be one type of bread offered in a week.
What if I decide to end my CSA membership early?
No worries. If you have to end your membership early for any reason, we will refund you for the future shares you won’t be receiving.
Do you offer a work-trade option?
We do. People who are willing to work 3.5 hours every week to help with washing and packing may be considered for a Vegetable and Bread share. Must be available either Wednesday or Friday mornings every week. Please indicate on the sign-up form if you are interested in this option. We will be accepting people for work-trade for one-month periods, to be continued for more months at our discretion.
Can I host a pick-up site?
Yes! If you want to host a pickup site at your home or another location, please email us and we can talk further.
Mutual Benefits and Shared Risk: In addition to a heavy bag of our produce every week, members gain cooking inspiration, updates on our garden, and a sense of community by participating in our CSA program. Members are also entitled to a 10% discount from our farmers market stand for the entire 2017 growing season (but please remind us… we often forget until its too late!). We will have at least one organized farm tour exclusively for CSA members, and members are welcome to schedule their own visit to the farm during the season. The mutual benefit comes as we form a network of supply and demand for local agriculture and together share the risks that small-scale farming can entail. In a season of severe drought or storms the farm may not supply a full share every week, but as long as things go as planned, we will supply you above and beyond what you pay for!
Please note that the CSA is not for everyone. Some people join the CSA with good intentions, only to find out that they are too busy to cook the vegetables they receive every week, or they are uncomfortable with the changes and unpredictability of what comes in the bag. The earliest we are able to notify members of what will be in the bag that day is the morning of pick-up, when we send an email reminder. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions if you are thinking about signing up but aren’t sure if it will suit your lifestyle and personality. The CSA program does require you to commit to eating locally, which sometimes means you lose conveniences that the grocery store offers. On the other hand, many of our customers enjoy the surprise factor and not having to make decisions about what to buy. If you sign up and later find out the CSA does not fit your needs, we will give you a full refund for shares not yet delivered.