A CSA is a food distribution model where you receive a portion of the farm’s harvest each week during the summer. The weekly allotment of produce is called a share. CSA programs benefit consumers and producers. Consumers receive fresh produce grown by a local farmer. The farmer or farm organization receives stable income and a set of partners who share in the risk and rewards of farming. The CSA consumer receives more food in a bountiful season and less food when there are challenging growing conditions.
A share typically includes a selection of organically grown vegetables including beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, Swiss chard, eggplant, cauliflower, cucumbers, kale, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, spinach, squash (summer & winter), tomatoes, and more. In addition, your share will often include fresh herbs.
We plant successive plantings of the most important crops so there is always a nice selection of veggies & herbs. Depending on the week and what is producing well at the time, sometimes the baskets are full to overflowing and sometimes they are not so full. That is the beauty of living in season! There may be additional crops which we will offer as extras.
Factored into the cost of a CSA share are the things which have no value in the industrial agricultural model; things like air and water quality, sustainable farming practices, working with nature rather than against it, and sustainability for farm families and rural communities. 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.
If you would like to be a part of the 2013 CSA at Kate’s Garden, fill out our Registration Form.