What is a CSA?
In basic terms, CSA consists of a 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 risks and benefits of food production. Members or shareholders of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer’s salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm throughout the growing season as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land. (USDA definition)
We operate and run a 22 week per year CSA, from May through October. A share of 6 to 8 fresh picked vegetables, seasonal fruit, assorted herbs, and a dozen eggs are provided each week. Also, during the season we will make available other small farm products from our River Hills Farmers Alliance for you to purchase and be delivered with your share each week. We will have Free Range, Antibiotic free, humane raised Chickens, Antibiotic Free, Pork, Beef Packages, Goat Milk Cheese Varieties, Amish Jams, Jellies, Pickled items, and raw honey. We will also have Organic Grain Products, Wheat berries and flour. We have a line of Goat Milk Soap available that is wonderful. We hope to have other products to offer when they become available. All these products come from small local farmers. We offer these products to you to help our local small farmers work towards their sustainablilty.
We try to provide a wide variety of seasonal fruit included with your share, such as Strawberries, Cherries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Grapes, Peaches, Apples, Pears, and Plums. (What we are able to provide is based on the weather.) All these products plus your vegetables, herbs, seasonal fruits and a dozen eggs are delivered to your home or business in an ice pack/cooler. This helps keep your vegetables fresh and preserve their nutritional quality. Also, with your weekly share you will receive either by paper or email our weekly newsletter. It contains what is happening on the farm, vegetable storage tips, Herbal uses, Recipes and other farm information.
This year we will be offering a twice a month winter CSA delivery. For the months of November and December for 4 deliveries. It will have such items as Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Winter Squashes, Beets, Turnips, Carrots, Radishes, Daikons, Cabbage, Seasonal Greens, Eggs, and our Alliance Farmers items. (This is separate from your 22 week season share)
We will this year have our on farm function sometime in October. We want to show off how we grow your vegetables, visit with some of your other farmers and spend an enjoyable day in the country.
Our program price is $55.00 per week for 22 weeks and that includes delivery to your home. For a total of $1,260.00 ($50.00 one time membership fee is included) Our half share is delivered every other week for 11 deliveries at $55.00 per week for a total (with membership fee) $605.00. Your half share will contain as much as the full share, you just get it every other week.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the farm, at 573-384-5859 or email at email@example.com