What is a CSA?
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and it is a great way to help the farmers out with yearly costs such as seeds, tools, and other things the farm may be in need of before the season begins. Part of being in a CSA is that you are sort of an investor in the farm, and with that investment you are taking a risk. Unplanned events will occur, making some periods of time and some crops lean, and others bounteous. For example, the gardens could flood, a tornado could hit, or a predator could get into our chicken set up and kill all of our laying hens. But, with your investment, you also get first priority in the selection of items we produce and you get them at a cheaper rate than non-CSA members.
In a CSA, you prepay and come to pick up your share of the food produced each week. This means that the food produced varies with the season – tomatoes usually begin in July and go until mid-October. Lettuce is a cool weather crop so it is usually available in the spring, fall, and part of the winter. Belonging to a CSA forces you to eat food that is in season, which also includes meat here at Finn Meadows. It is also a great way to really get to know your farmer and the weekly happenings of a farm.
How do I know if a CSA is right for me?
A CSA might be right for you if…
– you like to cook using fresh vegetables and meats. Vegetarians and vegans are also welcome in the CSA
– you don’t mind coming to the farm at least once a week
– you don’t mind eating whatever is available at the farm each week
– you like to cook from scratch
– your family is not picky with what vegetables they eat
– you are ok shopping without a grocery list of very specific items each week
– you care where and how your food is produced
For first time members, a CSA can be intimidating. It’s not an easy transition from grocery store to farm shop. We find that there is a sort of training period that people go through. We might not have items that you want, as our vegetables rotate based on the weather. The meat comes in seasonally too – our large animals need the summer months of plentiful grass to grow, and we harvest them in the fall. We are seeking members who want to go through this transition to weekly farm eating – and sometimes that means we only have a few items. We hope that our members plan to stock up on meat and produce when it’s available and plan to be here every week, rain or shine, summer or school year.
There are two times in each year to sign up for our CSA. In late winter, we usually open the CSA to the general public. Since our winter CSA is smaller than summer, we will open it up to the general public in October if there are slots available.
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