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 veggies and/or flowers. The model 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. Joining the CSA is a big commitment on your part – before you take the plunge, read the FAQ’s below and also take our quick quiz – IS CSA RIGHT FOR ME?
CSA options and cost:
2017/2018 winter vegetable share – 8 pick-up weeks, Nov 7- Feb 13 every other week. $240 ($30/week) SORRY, WINTER SHARES ARE SOLD OUT
2018 summer vegetable share – 26 pick-up weeks. May 1 – October 23 every week. Two sizes available. Large share – $650 ($25/week) Small share – $400 ($15/week)
2018 summer flower share – 16 weeks. June 5 – Sept 18. $200.
NEW! 2018 spring flower shares – 6 weeks. March 6 – April 10. $100
You can get more information on share sizes, 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 and what different sizes do you offer?
Weekly shares reflect the growing season and the type of produce varies as the season progresses. The cost of your share each week reflects a 20-25% discount from what we charge at the farmers market. Spring shares contain lots of lettuce, spinach and other greens as well as asparagus, herbs, scallions 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. Winter share will feature winter squash, sweet potatoes, spinach and other greens as well as carrots, beets, potatoes and onions. We try to grow as much variety as we can throughout the entire season so you don’t get too bored of any one item and always have enough to keep you eating well.
We have two different sizes of vegetable shares. A large share includes 8-10 different vegetable varieties per week, a small shares has 5-6 different items. We also offer winter shares which are delivered every other week. While you don’t get to pick and choose what exact produce or quantities you will receive, you are provided with a great variety of produce of the best quality. We also offer flower shares for an additional cost. Eggs and other specialty items may be offered for sale at the pick up site as well.
How many people does a share feed?
Due to numerous requests. this year we are offering a few different share sizes. It is quite difficult to say how many people a certain share can feed as everyone has different eating habits. Depending on your diet (vegetarian, etc), what your kids are willing to eat, and how often you cook at home, the number can vary greatly. A small share will be about half (or a little more) than what our traditional share has been in the past. This will contain 5-6 items per week and will cost you $15 per week, enough in our estimation for 1-2 people. A large share will be comparable to the traditional share size that we have offered in the past. It will contain 8-10 items per week and will cost you $25 per week, enough for a family of between 2-4 people, in our estimation. The winter share will only be offered in one size. With a delivery every other week, the shares will be slightly larger than the traditional size to try to get your through the two week period with some storable items (like onions and potatoes) coming larger quantities.
Why Join a CSA?
Personal Health – our food is healthy because it is grown without chemicals and is seasonal and fresh, usually harvested and delivered within 48 hours. 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. When you eat, you vote with you food dollars for how you want your food to be grown and how you want natural resources allocated.
Food Security – supporting a local farm ensures that farmland and farming knowledge stays in the community, which is great 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 and the consumer.
Community Building – Knowing your farmer and know where your food comes from is a huge piece of creating a stronger community. Learning how to cook and eat seasonally gives us a sense of place
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 selective 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. We are trying to find a middle-of-the-road approach that makes most people happy, yet everyone has different tastes. Which is to say that 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 how to use and storage the produce.