2019 CSA Fall Program
So What is a CSA?
Think of it like buying a share of our farm! CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. We are small local food producer and that means that we rely on our local community. We believe in taking back control of our most vital resource, FOOD! By supporting local food you are removing the need for massive amounts of fossil fuels that are used to transport and grow food from all around the world which also puts the freshest food possible on our local tables. We live in the South where amazing food is all around us and farming runs deep in our blood and so lets embrace the heritage and culture of our local food.
With all of the economical turmoil we need stronger local economies and more secure sources of our most important resource. This is the idea behind CSA programs. So instead of investing your money in big corporations across the world why not buy a share of our farm. We are a Certified Naturally Grown, GMO free, synthetic chemical free and sustainable farming operation, oh yeah and the food is epic! Talk about immediate dividends! No stock market share could produce returns as good as we do! So why not support us and by doing so other local farmers.
Here is the Plan!
Each week we will fill individual boxes/tote bags with produce that is available from the farm that week and deliver to one of the pickup locations. The produce will be whatever is being harvested that week on the farm, but we will provide several different veggies to make a good variety box (usually around 6 to 8 different vegetables/products). Our veggie selection has come from the local demand and so we bring you what you ask for!
At the beginning of the week we send out an email called a Fresh Sheet, showing what will be in the boxes for that weeks pickup, giving you time to meal plan for the week. You will also receive an email prior to the start of the program outlining the potential list of crops that we are growing for the program and what weeks they will be available. This is not a guarantee that these exact products will be in the boxes on those exact weeks but its more of a general guideline for us to shoot for. There will always be a fair share for the amount you paid, the products just may vary from the "plan". We are also working on creating a cookbook of sorts for the products we grow. Many of these recipes are from people who have bought and used our produce and we will make these available to everyone.
When Does this Start?
The Fall CSA program for the 2019 season will begin the week of September 16th and go through the the week of November 4th 2019 for a total of 8 weeks. We will also do an additional week at the end of the program for folks that missed a pickup. Depending on your pickup site the delivery days will be different. We are working on pick up sites now that may allow folks to pick up anytime that day. More details to follow.
How Do the Pick Up Sites Work?
This fall we will have one pick up site. We will establish a specific date and time for your pick up and we will meet up for you to receive your share. Once established these days/times will be the same each week of the program. Typically we are on site for around 1 to 2 hours so that folks have time to get there. Since you have paid up front all you have to do is show up and grab your tote bag and exchange your previous weeks tote bag. (Tote bags are provided by us)
Spring River Innovation Hub - The Cherokee Village pickup site will be located at the Innovation Hub next to the post office in the Cherokee Village town square. This site will service those in Cherokee Village, Ash Flat, Hardy, Highland and surrounding area. Time/Day pending.
The weekly pickup dates/times are still being worked out, so bare with us, typically we are looking at after work hours. We are also working the idea of being a drop site so that we can drop off the shares early in the morning and you would have the entire day to pick up your produce. PLEASE sign up for our email list on the homepage so that you will receive all the program updates and weekly fresh sheet.
What if I Can't Eat What's in the Box?
If there is something on this list that you cannot eat (allergies etc..) or simply could not imagine consuming then you can email us back and we will try to substitute that item. I would encourage folks that if you are unfamiliar with the products, give them a try. We will try to include a few recipe suggestions for the products in the boxes. Most of the time we will receive feedback from clients to let us know that the produce they didn't think they would ever eat has become some of their favorite new foods!
Need More Than Whats in the Box?
If you want more produce than what is in the box then you can contact us and order more of the produce that was listed on the weekly Fresh Sheet. As long as you order before Thursday at 9am we can make sure your produce is ready for pickup that Friday along with your box. The amount owed will be billed at pickup. This additional order will be first come first serve in the event that we sell out of a particular product.
What Happens if I Miss the Drop Off?
If you miss the drop off time or know you cant make it ahead of time, let us know and we will make other arrangements to get your box to you. Its never to late to contact us to let us know you can't make it and believe me we understand when things don't work out to plan, that's actually the unofficial definition of the word "Farming". If you did not contact us to let us know that you will not be picking up your ordered box then it will be sold to someone else or even better yet donated to a family in need.
Additionally we are adding a week on the end of the program for folks that missed a week or even a few weeks for various reasons. Sort of like a make up week. We will only be able to do one make up week regardless of how many weeks you missed in the program but should help ease the pain of missing out on the produce you purchased.
How Do You Pay?
This season we are selling a LIMITED number of shares. You may complete your order right here on our website by clicking the CSA Share item on the home page or visiting our shop. You may also contact us directly by emailing or by calling 501-434-0434 to sign up. We take cash, check (find our address on the contact us page), and debit/credit at the Spring River Farmers Market during the market season via card reader. Please contact us before sending any payments via mail so we can make sure that we are watching for it.
Payment Plans are available by contacting us directly. Most commonly we offer a two installment payment plan of $80 with the second payment due on or before September 13th.
During each program there will be 8 total weeks of produce deliveries. This means for a grand total of $160 you can receive, fresh, organically grown produce delivered to your community that is worth well over $160 in value!
Sign Me Up!
If you are interested in the Share program, just shoot us an email at stating you want to participate, give us a call at 501-434-0434, or use the contact box below to let us know your interested.