Have you ever asked yourself these questions?
- Where is my food coming from?
- Am I supporting my local NC farmers when I buy from the grocery store or online?
- I can’t get to the Farmer’s Market every week to buy my produce (I want to but you know about the best laid plans) so what other option do I have?
If so, then a CSA might be just what you’ve been looking for.
You may ask – what is a CSA?
Community-supported agriculture (CSA; sometimes known as community-shared agriculture) is an alternative, locally based model of agriculture and food distribution.
For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.
Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.
Advantages for farmers:
• Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
• Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
• Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
Advantages for consumers:
• Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
• Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
• Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
• Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
It’s a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined CSAs, and in some areas of the country there is more demand than there are CSA farms to fill it.
Our aim is to help people develop a better understanding of where their food comes from, reconnect with the land on which their food is grown, and learn more about sustainable farming.
Boxes will be available once a week from June 8th-Oct. 12th for a total of 18 weeks.
It’s like the Farmer’s Market coming to you weekly for as little as $25 per week!
Possible monthly items:
June: Beets, Cabbage, Cucumbers, New Onions, Summer Squash, Arugula, Kale, Salad Mix, Blackberries, Tomatoes, Snap Peas, and Snow Peas
July/August: Corn, Beans, Carrots, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Egg Plant, Onions, Summer Squash (zuchinni, yellow squash, patty pan, and spaghetti just to name a few), Bok Choy, Kale, Okra, Tomatoes and Cantaloupe
Sept./Oct.: Beets, Cabbage, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squash, Arugula, Kale, Salad Mix and Okra
So what does a serving size consist of?
- Beans – 2 lbs.
- Beets – 5-7
- Cabbage – 1 head
- Lettuce – 1/2 lb
- Swiss Chard – 1/2 lb
- Sweet Corn – 6 ears
Each week a digital and print newsletter will be provided to subscription customers describing the produce in the box and ways to cook the produce and/or recipes.
March 1st an email will be sent to all subscribing customers asking for allergy information.
See our product tab to sign up now! We look forward to providing you with fresh, local produce this summer. Customers will be able to sign up until March 1st or until all slots are purchased.