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The Basics of a CSA
CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture represents a unique relationship between a farm and the local community that supports it. CSA members make a commitment to support the farm by purchasing a share, and in return the farm provides them with fresh produce, as it is available, throughout the season.
When the farm has a good season members benefit from a varied and bountiful selection of produce, and when the season is poor the farm is insulated from loss by the pledged support of its members. Much of the risks involved in farming stem from the fact that a farm and the food it produces are very vulnerable to extreme weather and the damage that comes along with it. With sporadic and destructive weather becoming more and more common, it is even more important than in years past for farms to be protected against these risks. The capital a CSA program provides also helps a farm pay for many of its big up-front costs at the beginning of the season such as buying seeds, equipment, tools, labor, and more.
Our CSA functions on an account debit model rather than a traditional model like the one outlined above. Instead of having a one-time sign up period at the beginning of the season, we have open enrollment so that any supporter can join at any point during the year. We also do not parcel out weekly shares for our members, rather each member is free to come during our market hours and shop for produce in an amount and variety suited to their liking. The cost of the produce is calculated and debited from their account. As an incentive for their upfront pledge of full (500$), or half (250$) share, the member receives a 10% bonus on their investment (thus a 500$ full share yields 550$ in credit towards produce). Membership accounts and their associated balances never expire and can be refreshed at any time with the purchase of a new share.
Your CSA account can be used to purchase any of the produce we sell including fruit, vegetables, herbs, potted plants, flowers, and other decoratives. Prepared foods, honey, eggs, milk, and some other products that we bring in from outside vendors to augment the selection in our store are not able to be purchased with CSA account funds.