WHY JOIN OUR CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture - a wonderful program for folks and foodies who believe in real, local food “with a farmer’s face on it.” Knowing your farmer makes eating a whole new experience!
BUT: CSA is not the only way to support your farmer!
What’s the difference between joining a CSA and shopping at a farmer’s market? Which choice is right for me? Why would someone join a CSA instead?
It’s best to go into a CSA with your eyes wide open & see if your expectations match the experience that a CSA will give you. To help you decide if CSA is right for you, and before you sign up for this seasonal commitment to a specific farmer, you should ask yourself a few questions...
1. IS THE RELATIONSHIP TO THE ACTUAL FARMER IMPORTANT TO YOU? (DO YOU WANT TO SUPPORT A FARMER?)
CSA members want to be able to shake the hand that feeds them: to connect the farmer’s face with the food they prepare for their families. There’s no faceless food in CSA!
Joining a CSA means that you are committed to staying with a specific farmer through an entire season, come thick and thin. Inherent in this arrangement is the understanding that there is risk in farming. Mother Nature is the real boss, and she may send scorching sun or pouring rain or bug plagues, and a certain crop may not appear in your share that season. On the flip side, there may be a bumper crop of tomatoes or cucumbers, and you’ll be swimming in the summer bounty... CSA members embrace this reality.
And this relationship goes both ways. When you join a CSA, your farmer will work to cultivate a connection with you. We try to add value to your life, by teaching you about the story of growing the food and how to prepare it!
2. DO YOU VALUE HAVING QUALITY VEGETABLE INGREDIENTS THAT ACTUALLY TASTE GOOD?
Sad, tasteless grocery store tomatoes in winter. Tiny kale bunches that turn to slime in your fridge within a couple of days.
If you’re a good potential CSA member, you know these frustrations well. Taste matters!
One of the most important qualities of our CSA “masters” (folks who stick with the CSA) is that they love food. Real food. Food that tastes the way it should, because it’s grown with care in healthy soil & picked right before delivery.
3. ARE YOU WILLING TO TRY NEW FOODS? (REALLY?)
CSAs will push you to try new foods & explore variety and seasonality in the kitchen. You will discover some veggies that you love. You’ll also discover some veggies you might have to learn to love.
Part of the CSA experience means getting exposed to a bunch of veggies you may have never seen before. We put them in your box but we will also teach you how to eat them. We know that left to your own devices you’d never put kohlrabi in your CSA box. (Or would you? If so, you would definitely click with CSA!) It’s all a part of the bigger goal in CSA of cultivating food diversity and teaching our communities (and our kids) how to eat seasonally again.
4. DO YOU NEED CONTROL IN YOUR MENU PLANNING?
CSA members have to learn to be flexible with their weekly menu. CSA members will be willing to swap out ingredients and make things work in the kitchen makes the experience much smoother.
CSA works best for customers who see their kitchen as a creative space, and our veggies as the paint for their canvas. We help you with that too! Check out some of our past CSA weeks in the blog to view recipes we've posted in the past.
5. ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A “DEAL”? ARE YOU COMPARING CSA PRICES TO THE GROCERY STORE?
People who fully embrace the CSA model don’t look for their membership to be a “deal” or a bargain. It is absolutely understandable to ask, “how much does it cost?” and then weigh the pros and cons.
Supporting a CSA financially however is not just about doing a cost analysis of each vegetable you receive in your box and comparing it to what you’d pay at Publix or Whole Foods.
Our vegetables have added value because our vegetables are telling a story. Not just a story about how it was raised or harvested... Not just the story of your farmer and how you are helping them live out their calling to the land.
Every vegetable is also telling your unfolding story.
Our vegetables become a means to an end: they showcase your journey with food. They are the starring attraction in your quest to master the kitchen and prepare a delicious meal to rival any restaurant fare—a meal you can be proud of. This is not something any grocery store can give you.
Remember, CSA is just one model out there for getting fresh farm-direct food to your table.
For those who value the story, the journey, and the farmer relationship, it can be a great opportunity to change the way you eat forever. But there’s no shame in passing on CSA and instead visiting the weekly farmers market. And in fact it may be a better fit for your style or needs. We do both, so we just want you to find the right fit!
*per the lovely farmers at Even Pull Farm
If you think you’re ready, here are your next steps:
- Head over to our CSA Page.
- Choose which share is good for you! Add two if you need more (every week drop off).
- Fill out your application and mail in your payment OR pay online.
- You’ll get a confirmation email from us!