Sign up for the 2013 Season is OPEN!
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for people 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 (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (or bag) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. If we are short on produce, sometimes we buy locally grown and milled grits and corn meal, honey, blueberries, etc. from other farm to give to our customers.
An important aspect of a CSA is that the members share in the risk of farming as well as the bounty. If a hail storm or late freeze damages the strawberry crop or a drought and high heat ruins the tomato crop, there will not be as many of those crops that year. However, if there is a bumper crop of strawberries, CSA members make space in their freezer!
In our nine years of farming we have always given members the amount they paid for and often times 2 to 15 % more. When you join our CSA you are making an investment in local, organic agriculture and our goal is to give you a great return on your investment by providing healthy food and a healthier environment.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief..
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
- Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
- 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
At each delivery site we have a “swap box” so that members may swap out vegetables.
Additionally, members may purchase eggs from our farm, meat from Riverview farm in Calhoun, GA and Oak Grove Farm in Franklin, GA, cheese from Sweet Grass Dairy in Thomasville, GA and Udderly Cool Dairy near Carrollton, GA, and a CSA cookbook (Simply in Season).
Our Produce is valued at a fair-market price for Certified Organic vegetables, however, often times, members receive a much better deal than they would find in the grocery store for a lower quality food item.