"CSA" Stands for Community Supported Agriculture
But what does that mean?
Community-Supported Agriculture is a direct partnership between farmers and their community. Members buy a share of the harvest up front, before the growing season begins, and then receive a weekly bounty of vegetables and/or flowers between June and November.
THIS MODEL IS IMPORTANT TO US BECAUSE:
Providing our community direct access to FRESH, LOCAL, AMAZING TASTING food and BEAUTIFUL, LONG-LASTING flowers is part of why we farm!
The CSA model immediately creates a supportive relationship between us, the farmers, and our members that is unique to how food and flowers can be purchased. We have a direct connection to the people that are benefiting from our food and flowers, and who are supporting our business. In a climate where we are less informed about where our food and flowers come from, this type of relationship is vital. In a short time, trust and commitment between farmer and member can grow immeasurably.
The funds received ahead of the season allow the farm to operate in the months that no income is generated through sales and enables the farm to buy seeds and equipment. Being a small organic farm is challenging, so the CSA model allows the business of growing food and flowers much more sustainable. The farm supports the families and, in turn, the families support the farm.
Our CSA provides our members the choice to pick up their share on the farm, where they get to experience the farm, farmers and the beautiful surrounding landscape first hand. Our on site pick up includes a U-Pick of herbs, beans, peas, cherry tomatoes, and more!
It is affordable! Each week our shares are abundant! We offer our produce below farmer’s market and organic grocery store prices. Feed a family of four for just $29.50 /week! Additionally, we offer the option for people to pay in installments if paying for the total share up-front is prohibitive.
- Families get to try new produce and recipes! They take home new foods in addition to the common staples each week. This year, during each CSA pick-up you get a new recipe card to add to your Rock Steady Farm recipe ring!