What’s included in my CSA?
Emphasizing seasonal eating, the CSA includes access to over thirty different varieties of sustainably produced vegetables, fruit, and herbs at different times during the harvest. Depending on the time of year, a selection of five to seven different items will be included in your share. I harvest every day of the week during the growing season to ensure that your share is fresh and will tore for at least a week or two.
What will I not be able to get from my CSA?
Although Kate’s Garden produces most common vegetables seen throughout the year like tomatoes, onions, peppers, lettuce, and cucumbers, we can’t grow everything. To save space, we don’t plant potatoes or corn. And because of the climate, our production of melons is not always a reliable summer source.
Can I feed my family with my CSA?
Each CSA share is enough for about two serious vegetable eaters or 4 lighter vegetable eaters. With weekly additions to the fridge, most couples and small families find it more than enough to cover their produce needs in the summer.
Can I order extra veggies for canning in the fall?
Pre-orders of vegetables will be available if you are planning on canning. Advance notice is necessary so we can plan your needs into our production.
How can I find out what’s going on at Kate’s Garden and with my CSA?
A weekly blog post is always on the website for updates on my garden, workshops on classes, and your weekly harvest paired with some great recipes!
If you’re not using chemicals on your garden, how do you prevents weeds?
Of course, weeds are always a challenge! We spend much time hand weeding, but also use heavy mulches like grass clippings, leaves, newspapers and anything else we can get our hands on to cover the paths and other exposed areas. This also helps retain the moisture in our soil.
What are the risks associated with a CSA?
There are always risks and rewards with sustainable farming. To minimize risk, I always plant successive plantings of the most important crops so there is a nice selection of veggies & herbs. A bountiful season will great weather and an early frost end date will produce a surplus of food and provide larger shares for CSA members. A more challenging growing season should provide the minimum share described in the application. We all share in the ups and downs of the farming experience. That is the beauty of living in season and knowing where your food comes from!
What is a half-share of a CSA?
A half-share is pretty self-explanatory – it is half of the normal summer harvest CSA. Instead of picking up a share weekly, half-share members get a share every other week.
The CSA sounds too big for my needs. Can I split it with a friend?
Yes! We encourage you to split a share with a friend or another family. One of our values at Kate’s Garden is minimizing waste, and by only purchasing what you can consume, you are allowing that extra produce to go elsewhere instead of rotting in your fridge. If you can’t find someone to share a CSA with, you can also preserve the extra produce for use later in the season or the year. If that’s new to you, we can provide lots of strategies and tips for food preservation and walk you through the process.
I’m going on vacation this summer. What will happen to my share?
If you are planning on going away on vacation, or will be unable to pick up your share, plan on having someone pick up for you or donate it to a local charity. We realize that emergencies come up, so if you notify us ahead of time, we will try to accommodate you, otherwise missed shares will be donated.
This CSA seems a bit more expensive than the produce I buy at Albertsons or Luckys. Where is my money going?
Factored into the cost of a CSA share are costs that are not included in the industrial agricultural model. Clean air and clean water, working with nature rather than against it, and economic sustainability for small farms and rural communities are all important ways we re-invest into Kate’s Garden. By joining with a local farmer with a desire to produce responsible food for your family you are helping to move us in the direction of a sustainable food system.