Community Supported Agriculture
The Whipstone Farm CSA is a subscription program where members pay up front for the season and in return receive a weekly distribution of fresh, locally grown produce. The subscription program helps to support our farm operations financially at the time when we need it most; members share the risks and rewards of the harvest with us and are an integral part of the success of our farm. When you join the CSA you become a part of our farm family.
The cost of the CSA for 2017 is $650 for veggie shares (27 weeks) and $200 for flower shares (16 weeks). You can get more information on dates, pick-up locations, and payment options once you hit the “sign up” button below. Many of your questions about how the CSA works are probably answered below, but feel free to contact us if you have more.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for community supported agriculture, a popular model for buying food and supporting farms throughout the world. Many different models exist.
What do I get in my CSA share?
A vegetable share includes 7-10 different vegetable varieties per week While you don’t get to pick and choose what exact produce or quantities you will receive, you are provided with substantial quantity and variety and you receive the “cream of the crop” including special items that never make it to the farmers market. We also offer flower shares for an additional cost. Eggs and other specialty items offered for sale at the pick up site.
How will the shares change throughout the season?
Weekly shares reflect the growing season and the variety of produce varies as the season progresses. Spring shares contain lots of lettuce, spinach and other greens as well as asparagus, herbs, green onions and early root crops like carrots, beets, turnips, and radishes. Late summer shares include many of the fruiting crops like tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, beans, squash, and melons. We try to keep some salad and cooking greens growing all season, but its trickier in the hotter months. The first and last weeks of the season hold the greatest risk due to cold weather and weekly deliveries may be lighter. However, you will be well compensated during the height of the growing season with great bounty and variety.
How many people does a share feed?
Our goal is to give as much produce as we feel an average family or enthusiastic individual will eat. We estimate it to be enough for 2-4 people, but of course, everyone eats differently and this is just our estimate. Anyone is welcome to split a share as needed, but the responsibility of finding a partner and dividing up the produce will be yours.
Why Join a CSA?
Personal Health – our food is healthy because it is seasonal and fresh, usually harvested and delivered the same day. Some members say that they receive more produce than they might buy otherwise, but this forces them to eat healthier and they truly appreciate it.
Economics – You get a substantial savings over the price you would pay for the same items at the farmers market. By supporting a local business you also keep your money circulating in your community.
Food Security – supporting local farms ensures that farms stay in the community, which is nice for the landscape but even more importantly ensures that local food will be available into the future.
Environmental Health – buying local uses less fossil fuel for transportation and farming without pesticides keeps harsh chemicals out of the environment and its better for the farm workers.
Community Building – Knowing your farmer and know where your food comes from is a huge piece of creating a stronger community.
What if I go on vacation or otherwise can’t pick-up my share?
Ask a friend, co-worker or neighbor to pick-up and enjoy your weekly allotment, maybe you will convert them into members for the following season. If no one picks up your share, it will be donated to a local charity or fed to the chickens.
What if there is something I don’t like or I want more than what is given in the share?
We will have an exchange basket for people to swap out unwanted items with items other members have left behind. This is super helpful for the few things you really can’t stand or you have just had too much of. But if you are very picky about what vegetables you will eat, then the CSA probably isn’t for you. Extra vegetables can be purchased in addition to your share, if availability allows. We are always open to suggestions of how to adjust the shares to meet your needs. But, at the same time, we are trying to find a middle-of-the-road approach that makes most people happy and everyone has different tastes. Participation in a CSA does require flexibility and creativity on your part.
What will I do with these newly discovered vegetables?
We provide recipes on our website to help you learn to use your newly discovered vegetables. We will also send out weekly emails in advance of pick-up, informing you of what you will be receiving that week and helpful tips for storage or other information.