Monday, March 3, 2014

CSA PLAN

We're taking sign-ups for the 2015 CSA now.  A CSA is the next best thing to growing your own food, so if you'd like to eat the kind of food you'd grow for yourself but you aren't in a position to do so, consider joining our CSA!  One notable change for 2015 is a pick-up option with Lewisville and Winston-Salem locations.  Alternatively, weekly CSA pick-ups can be made at the farm after 1pm on Tuesdays.  Another big change is the additional option of an expanded "full farm CSA" plan, including options for whole wheat flour freshly ground from our own wheat, cornmeal/grits/hominy corn from our heirloom corn, dry beans/peas, eggs, honey, "preserving shares," separate shares of fruit, and more.  See below for an overview of the two plans, and contact us for more information or to plan a visit.  Come visit the farm any time of year!

THE VEGETABLE CSA PLAN
   2015 will be our 11th year offering CSA shares.  The vegetable CSA plan consists of 22 weekly shares each with a value of $21 spread out over an approximately 25 week main season (leaving approximately 3 bye weeks.)  The cost of the vegetable CSA including drop-off to either the Lewisville or Winston-Salem drop-off point is $500.  We're also offering half season shares at $260 for 11 weekly shares (covering the first 12 weeks of the season with one bye week and renewable for the second half) for first-time members to try out the CSA without making a full-season commitment.  A standard share contains a full assortment of fresh vegetables (tomatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, peas, beans, lettuce, okra...), shiktake mushrooms, and other garden and specialty field crops (like peanuts, popcorn...), all from open-pollinated seed and grown without chemical pesticides or fertilizers. In addition to the regular produce items, you can also request things that we wouldn't automatically include as part of your share (plants, honey, flowers, soap, candles...anything from our farm that we offer in our weekly e-mail that will fit in the $21 share.) For things like shares of beef, we'll give you priority as CSA members. 

WHAT IF YOU'RE OUT OF TOWN OR CAN'T COME TO THE PICK-UP ONE WEEK? WHAT ABOUT EXTRA WEEKS?
   Our CSA season should run at least 25 weeks, so you should have at least 3 bye weeks.  If you don't want to get a share one week, just let us know by the order deadline on the day before pick-up.  If you reach your 22nd box before the end of the season and would like to continue, you'll have the option of paying $21 for each of the remaining weeks to continue to receive CSA shares.

HOW TO PROCEED IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING
   If you have any questions or want to make plans to come visit call (704-546-5074) or e-mail us.  If you think you're ready to sign up, we'll send you a sign-up form.  To hold your spot, we ask for a $100 deposit.  Before you receive your first share we also require a visit to the farm (which for the vegetable CSA can be your first pick-up.)  This gives you a chance to better understand what our farm is all about, what your partnership with us is about, and what it means for what you'll be receiving in your CSA shares.  It also helps us better explain the logistics of our system to first time CSA members.

THE FULL FARM CSA
   The other option we're offering new this year is the full farm CSA plan.  The most basic component of the full farm CSA plan is the vegetable share.  In other words, the full farm CSA plan is the vegetable CSA plan plus other things in addition.  We've broken those additions down into ten or twelve categories of farm items, each with a minimum amount that we consider a "share" of that item or group of items.  In order to simplify the number of customers we deal with and in order to achieve a deeper level of cooperation with those customers we're setting the minimum price of the full farm CSA plan at $1100 for the year.  To reach $1100 you would need to select most of the shares but we've left a little bit of room at the margins for customization.  The concept of the full farm CSA is that we grow and provide as many food groups as possible, including things that wouldn't be practical or economical to sell to the general public, and our CSA members make a comprehensive commitment to our farm in return, making significant changes to their food habits for the sake of eating from our way of farming.  The idea is that we grow first for them, and their food choices begin with us.  That frees us from catering to less informed customers and allows us to farm in the way we believe best, and it enables those that share our beliefs to obtain and to eat food grown in ways that largely wouldn't be available otherwise.  Basically it means you eat more like you would eat if you were growing all your own food, and that's how we farm.  If you're interested in a more comprehensive CSA plan that includes things like the grains that we're able to grow (as flour, cornmeal...), bulk quantities of produce items to preserve for the off-season, dry beans/peas, etc. contact us for more details.

3 comments:

Carol said...

Is there some way or time that is mutually comfortable to talk about: 1., a visit, 2., the availability of honey now for gift baskets, and 3., joining the CSA & you for 2011?

Eric & Melissa Brown said...

We welcome and encourage anyone interested in buying from us to visit. We're actually planning a farm tour for anyone that wants to come for tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm, along with a sweet potato variety tasting to follow, but give us a call and make plans to visit another time if tomorrow doesn't work for you. We essentially sold out of honey two or three months ago, so we don't have honey to sell at this time. We'll be glad to talk about our CSA and try to help you figure out if you want to join. Thanks!

Anna Posey said...

Thanks for your delicious and conscientious farming. I thought you might like to know I mentioned your incredible cornmeal on my blog yesterday. Keep up the good work, and congratulations on your new farmhand. http://honeybeagotheart.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/cornbread-or-keep-your-skillet-good-and-greasy/