Supported Agriculture connects the consumer to the farmer, each
committing to a seasonal contract. We, as your farmers, grow a variety
of vegetables, herbs and fruits sustainably without the use of synthetic
pesticides , herbicides or fertilizers . You, as a member, purchase
a share of the season's harvest in advance. For 20 weeks, from mid-May until the end of September, we will provide you with a box of freshly harvested produce from our farm with a value of at least $25. The contents will vary as the seasons change
and different produce ripens.
What to Expect from your CSA
You can expect each weekly box to contain 10-12 different items with a retail value of at least $25. We try to include an herb each week, lettuce mix or head lettuce when possible, and some berries if they are available. Once potatoes are ripe, we will include some sort of potatoes each week – various varieties of regular potatoes, and sweet potatoes in the fall. In the beginning of the season, the boxes will be lighter and contain many leafy greens, some for cooking, some for eating raw and a pint or two of strawberries. As the weeks progress, the boxes will become more varied with root crops, like radishes, carrots, beets, and turnips, joining the greens, various summer squashes, and blueberries replacing the strawberries. Towards the end of the season, the even heavier root crops, like sweet potatoes, white potatoes, and winter squashes will be in the boxes, and blackberries will be the fruit of choice. Do not expect all of your weekly produce to come from your CSA box. The produce in the boxes is only what is available seasonally and grown by our farm each week. You will probably need to supplement with staples and fruit from the grocery store, or with produce from other farmers at the market who have different items available at other times than our farm. It is a fun way to have at least some seasonal produce in your life, to try vegetables that you may not normally buy, and to have a connection to a local farm in your community. We will include a weekly email with the contents of the box, descriptions of any unusual produce, and recipes to help you cook the produce in the box.
Once you have signed up for a CSA share and chosen your pick-up time and place, we will make you a box to pick up there every week. If you cannot pick up your share, we encourage you to have a friend of family member eat the produce, or ask us to donate it to our favorite food gleaning charity, the Society of St. Andrews. However, because we offer boxes both Wednesdays and Saturdays, we can work with you to pick up your box another day occasionally if we have advance warning. Let us know by Monday for the Wednesday shares and Thursday for the Saturday shares if you would like to switch days that week. Please do not expect us to make you an extra box on Saturday if you forget on Wednesday and fail to let us know. We will have already made your box and donated it to St. Andrews by that point. If you do forget or miss a pick up, we will bring your box back to the farm and store it in our walk-in cooler for another day until you can get it. Please let us know by e-mail if you missed the pick up and want us to save your box for you. We also expect you to return the empty boxes each week so that we can recycle them and fill them again with more of our produce.
When a share is purchased, the member accepts a risk of crop failure.
Our crop insurance is growing a large variety, so that it is unlikely
for more than a few crops to suffer during the season.
2013 CSA season is 20 weeks. Your share price for the season will
cost $500. Your share investment is the seed money for our farming year, paying for soil amendments, seeds, and labor to get the ball
rolling in the spring. For an additional $125 a bouquet of
fresh flowers will be included.
If we have a slow spring, we may start one week later and extend the boxes one week longer in the fall. We ask that the majority of the shares be picked up on Wednesdays, but will reserve a limited number of shares for Saturday pick-up.
The boxes will be available for pick up at the farm on Wednesdays from 12:30 Until...After the first few weeks, we will only staff this pick-up for a few hours and let you serve yourselves from a designated spot in the walk-in cooler. Our self-serve farm stand will always be open for supplemental produce.
If you prefer to pick-up in Asheville, the boxes will be available at Montford Farmer's Market located behind the Chamber of Commerce on Montford Ave from 2-6pm.
The Saturday boxes will be available at Asheville City Market on Charlotte Street from 8-1, and at the North Asheville Market at UNCA from 8-12. These shares will be available on a first come, first served basis, with the majority of the shares available on Wednesday evenings.
To reserve your 2013 harvest share, a $100 deposit due upon signing up.
Payments may be paid in full or in $100 installments by check or
cash. Payment may also be made through paypal in monthly increments.
There is 3% service charge incurred by using paypal, so check or
cash is preferable. The shares will be reserved on a first come,
first served basis.
PROJECTED BOUNTY FOR 2013
- Beans, Beets
- Broccoli, Cabbage
- Carrots, Cucumbers
- Edamame, Eggplant
- Greens, Kale
- Leeks, Lettuce
- Okra, Peas
- Peppers, Potatoes
- Radishes, Salad Mix
- Spinach, Summer Squash
- Swiss Chard, Tomatoes
- Winter Squash, Zucchini
Extended Season CSA
At the end of the regular CSA season, we have begun
doing a Extended Season CSA.. This will be available
to regular CSA customers first. Please
contact us for more information.