CSA - Community Supported Agriculture
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way to get local, fresh and seasonal produce. As the name suggests, this is more than just a vegetable subscription service. The idea behind the original CSA model is that a community of individuals or families support the farm by purchasing a share of what is grown that year. Because the share is purchased upfront, there are risks involved such as crop failures, but usually in any given year there are also rewards such as a bumper crop. Our goals for our CSA are to provide a way for the consumers to purchase directly from the farm and to educate our community about the methods we practice. This year, to better connect with our members, we are hosting several volunteer/potluck days so that families can come to the farm and experience the garden first hand.
Pavel's Garden has a small CSA that runs from late May through mid-November. A typical share includes 6-8 items per week. All of the produce is grown in the garden and harvested the day before pickup. A spring share could include items such as lettuce mix, swiss chard, kale, cabbage, radishes, salad turnips, baby beets, carrots, new potatoes, green garlic, spring onions, etc. A mid-summer share will of course include tomatoes and more tomatoes as well as other summer vegetables such as green beans, cucumbers, sweet peppers, eggplant, squash, zucchini, potatoes, carrots, beets and chard. In the fall our vegetables range from sweet potatoes, butternut squash, cooking pumpkins, kale, chard, lettuce, turnips, beets, napa cabbage, watermelon radishes, broccoli, cabbage and more. We have a limited number of shares and they fill up quickly. At this time we are only offering full shares, not half or partial shares. Most of our CSA members pick up at the farm on Tuesdays between 4PM and 6PM. Priorities go to repeat subscribers first.
Commonly Asked Questions
When are the pickups?
We have two pickup days. Our main 'On Farm Pickup' is every Monday between 4 and 6 PM. Our smaller 'Market Pickup' is every Saturday at the Douglass Loop Farmer's Market. We have very limited space on Saturdays and this pickup usually fills up first. Members commit to either the Monday or Saturday pickup.
What are the exact dates of the CSA 2018?
The Monday 'On Farm Pickup' runs from May 21st through November 19th.
The Saturday 'Market Pickup' runs from May 19th through November 17th.
How does it work?
Our CSA pickup is 'Farmer's Market Style'. This means that each week there are portioned-out veggies in baskets on a table. The member puts one of each item (eg: bags of salad mix, bunches of carrots, and single items like a pumpkin) into their own bag. There is always a chalkboard with a list of the items and someone manning the pickup in case there are questions on how to prepare the veggies. In addition, each week we send out an email with what you will be getting in your box, recipes and storage tips.
How many people does it feed?
In our experience, one share will feed a family of two to four depending on the amount of vegetables that family eats.
What is in a share?
Each week there are 6-8 items per share. An item could be a bunch (radishes, carrots, turnips, beets, kale, chard, etc.) or a bag (potatoes, lettuce mix, spinach, etc.) or an item could be something like 6 yellow squash or 1 pumpkin. Items and amounts will vary based on the season (early spring shares consist of more greens and might not be as hefty as a mid-summer share which could have tomatoes, potatoes, squash, peppers, greens, etc.
How much does it cost?
Our CSA Share is $600.00 which averages out to $22.00 per week.
Can I get a half share?
At this time we are not offering half shares however, we have had customers split shares in the past and this seems to work out well.
How do I pay?
We accept cash or checks.
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A mid spring share
A summer share