CSA is a mutual relationship between a local farm and the community that consumes its produce. The members pay a fee to cover the cost of producing the food and in turn receive a weekly share of the harvest during the growing season.
This arrangement guarantees the farmer financial support and allows many small to medium scale organic farms to remain in business. It benefits the members by knowing the person who is growing their food and by receiving their food straight from the farm.
Another characteristic of CSA is the agreement to pay in advance for a predetermined amount of produce. In most cases, this commitment implies a willingness to share with the farmer both the harvest from the land and at least some of the inherent risks of production.
Participation in a CSA leads to a deeper understanding of the effort it takes to produce quality food and our dependence upon God to sustain us.
The Early Start CSA is a four-week share for those who are eager for early spring vegetables. The season begins April 12th and ends May 3rd.
The Spring/Summer CSA brings you a wide assortment of all your favorite summer vegetables. It begins the second week of May and continues till August. The standard share lasts a total of 16 weeks. With the Early Start option, you will recieve 20 weeks of produce from mid-April through August.
The Fall CSA continues where the Spring/Summer ends. It starts the last week of August and runs through December. You will still find a few of summer's treats such as tomatoes and green beans. But now it is combined all of fall's bounty. Enjoy broccoli, sweet potatoes, apples, and sweet crunchy carrots. The Fall shares last for a total of 18 weeks.
As a member of Crawford Organics Summer CSA you will receive a weekly box with an assortment of in-season fresh vegetables. Each box will contain 7-10 items (See Early Start, Spring/Summer, or Fall for a list of items). The quantities are designed for 2-4 people, depending on menu preferences. The box may not supply all your vegetable needs, depending on your normal vegetable consumption.
You will pick up your vegetables once a week (every other week for a half share) either at the farm or at one of our dropsites.
The produce we send is certified organic. We grow nearly everything we send, but occationally we will purchase items from other local farms. These other farms are also certified organic using quality growing methods. We will inform you of these items before sending them.
The eggs and yogurt come from other local organic farms. These farmers do a good job of taking care of their animals and producing a quality product. We are working to raise our own flock of pastured chickens. These will begin laying in mid-summer. We hope to begin using our own eggs for the CSA at that time.
At this point, we aren't able to allow customization of the CSA boxes. We choose the items each week based on what is in season. We try to keep a nice variety, but not send too many unusual items. If we do send something unusual, we will give recipes for it in our weekly newsletter.
We are working to design a system that will allow both customized CSA boxes, and special orders. This system isn't ready yet. We hope to have it ready in time for summer, but to be cautious, we will only offer a Farmers-Choice CSA till we get the new system ready. If we finish it in time, each member will be able to decide which type they want for themselves--a Farmer's Choice or Member's Choice. Some people like surprises and have told us "opening every box is just like Christmas." They also like not having to worry about what they want to eat. Others prefer to choose what items they will receive each time. If you are more like one or the other, we hope to be able to cater to your personality.
We also offer eggs from pastured hens. The hens have daily access to roam the fresh organic grass around their portable house. These hens are not organic, but are fed a 100% GMO free diet. The fresh grass, exercise, and sunshine makes for happy hens. The egg yolks are a rich golden color and taste good.
A share of eggs consists of one dozen every week.
This yogurt is made from certified organic milk. It is from 100% grass-fed Dutch Belted Cows. This rare breed produces a high quality milk on a grass only diet. While they produce less milk than traditional breeds, it is higher in butterfat and protien. It also contains type A2 beta casein protien. This makes it potentially easier to digest than tradional A1 milk.
A share consists of one quart of plain yogurt per week.
A bi-weekly share is a full box delivered every other week. Nearly all of the produce we send will easily last for two weeks if properly stored. We try to send a wide variety of items to both our Weekly share and our Bi-Weekly share members. However, due to the nature of the bi-weekly share, there may be some items you won't receive. If possible, we advise you find a friend to split a full share with. This will allow both of you to have access to everything we send.
If you plan to be away certain weeks, and you can let us know when you sign up; there will be a deduction for the time you will be gone (See Early Start Vacation, Spring/Summer Vacation, or Fall Vacation for more details). If after you sign up, you realize you will be away some week; there will be no refunds, but you may either have a neighbor pick up your box for you, or you may cancel your box and receive a credit. That credit can be used on another delivery date. Credits must be used by the end of the season unless other arrangements are made.
To make a change to your delivery schedule, you must give us one week advance notice by either e-mail or phone.
We harvest an exact amount of produce for each week’s boxes. Therefore if you fail to pick your box up within the designated time without informing us in advance; we will donate it to a worthy recipient.
We pack our CSA shares in reusable boxes. Please return your box to the dropsite each week so we can pick it up and reuse it.
Please see our Prices page for the current CSA prices.
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If you have any questions, please contact us.