What IS A CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture
Over the last 20 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 (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. There is a great deal of information available about the concept of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) information is available www.localhavest.com
There is an important concept woven into the CSA model that takes the arrangement beyond the usual commercial transaction. That is the notion of shared risk. When originally conceived, the CSA was set up differently than it is now. A group of people pooled their money, bought a farm, hired a farmer, and each took a share of whatever the farm produced for the year. If the farm had a tomato bumper crop, everyone put some up for winter. If a plague of locusts ate all the greens, people ate cheese sandwiches. Very few such CSAs exist today, and for most farmers, the CSA is just one of the ways their produce is marketed. They may also go to the farmers market, do some wholesale, sell to restaurants, etc. Still, the idea that "we're in this together" remains. On some farms it is stronger than others, and CSA members may be asked to sign a policy form indicating that they agree to accept without complaint whatever the farm can produce.
The “Country Taste Farm” model is to provide healthier food alternative direct to the consumer while assuring a market for the highly perishable produce. This relationship between Country Taste Farm and the consumer helps to build a Fresher and healthier local food system, the consumer and the farmer, share in the risk associated with natural farming as well the benefits of a bountiful season.
The benefits of buying produce directly from a local family farm are many: Your CSA membership funds stay in the local economy, the farmer uses labor intensive methods and reduced synthetic chemicals, you know where your food is grown, how your food is grown, and you know who handles your food. “KNOW YOUR FARMER KNOW YOUR FOOD” We invite you to visit the Farm, we send out several invitations dates each year to our members and other customers, or you can make an appointment for a special visit.
With the Country Taste Farm CSA we offer some flexibility with your share, during peak tomatoes and cucumber season we allow you to exchange your weekly mixed share for tomatoes or cucumbers for canning/pickling (please schedule with us in advance).
Full Peck 1/2 Bushel 1 1/9 Bushel
CUCUMBERS (SLICERS & PICKILING)
GREEN & YELLOW BEANS
HERBS (FRESH & DRIED)
PEPPERS (HOT & SWEET)
TOMATOES (10 VARITIES)
WINTER SQUASH (3Varities)
We try new types and varieties of vegetable each year and when they grow well they are added to your member share