L&A Family Farms

What Is Community Supported Agriculture?

A CSA is basically a system of pre-selling regular purchases of farm products with a predetermined value, with selection determined by the seasonal availability.  A CSA system connects the local community with a local farm. 

 

VEGETABLE CSA

Our season will last 15 weeks, starting early June and ending in September.  The CSA members will receive a variety of vegetables as they become available.  We are planting over 50 different varieties of vegetables.  For all vegetable packages, amounts will generally follow a bell-shaped curve, with less produce available in early spring and fall, and the greatest volume available mid-season.   Produce availability depends on the particular crop.  For example, sweet corn requires a sixty to ninety day growth period and would not mature before July. 

This year we are offering the four packages we have had in the past. We will have a full share (family of four or big veggie eaters) in which we will distribute between 6 to 15 pounds of produce per week.  We will also have a half share (family of one or two) in which we will distribute between 3 to 8 pounds of produce each week.  The half share may not contain the same items as the full share.  We want to give customers an adequate amount of what is growing that week, rather than a small quantity of everything.

For an example of some of our 2016 weeks click here.

Our customized vegetable package is a half share. Some people have stated they do not like or have never even heard of some of the vegetables we offer in our normal shares. The customized package gives you the option to choose what you want in your share.  If you find you only want a few items, it may be better for you to buy just the items you want from us at the farmers markets or by joining our buying club. 

Each member will receive two baskets in which produce will be placed. At the drop site or home delivery locations, members will receive one basket of produce and leave the previous week’s empty basket.  This way, we can rotate the baskets back and forth throughout the season.  Members picking up produce at the farm would just bring their empty baskets with them. By becoming a CSA member, you will receive a newsletter containing storage and food preparation tips, healthy habits, recipes, farm happenings, and “Food for Thought,” a short challenge from God’s Word.  CSA members will also get other benefits: their orders filled first, and the chance to buy items wholesale for freezing or canning.

CHICKEN CSA

 The chicken share consists of approximately 4-pound whole or cut up birds.    With the chicken shares, you choose 1 or 2 birds per month.  You can take them all at once or spread them throughout the entire period.  The chicken package coincides with the June – September vegetable CSA.  Please note the price per unit is cheaper than we offer elsewhere. 

EGG CSA

We are again offering a pasture raised egg share. The egg package coincides with the June – September vegetable CSA.  You can choose either 1 or 2 dozen per week or bi-weekly. 

GROUND BEEF CSA

The ground beef share consists of 1 package of ground beef or ground beef patties per week.   The beef package coincides with the June – September vegetable CSA.

 

 

 THE COST

     The 15-week vegetable subscription for a full share will cost $395.00 if paid in full at signing.  The 15-week subscription for a half share is $250.00 if paid in full at signing. The customized half share will cost $275.00 at signing. The chicken share will cost $12.75 per 4 lb. whole chicken and $13.25 per 4 lb. whole cut-up chicken. The egg share will cost $4.00 per dozen any quantity.  The ground beef package is $170 for one package(approx. 2lbs) a week. The ground beef patties package is $185 for one package (approx. 2lbs) a week. 

 

 

PICKUP/ DELIVERIES

     We are exploring all of the possibilities of getting our CSA products to our customers, depending on what the majority want. Pick up days and delivery days may have to be altered.  We prefer on-farm pickups, but we understand everyone’s busy schedules might prevent this from happening on a week-to-week basis.  There will be additional fees for deliveries.  Final decisions on pickup and delivery days will be made closer to start of season once we know how many and where our customers are located.  You will be notified ahead of time and a favorable time will be agreed upon.  For those who choose the chicken, beef and egg shares, they will need to have a cooler to place items in if picked up at the farm, or if we deliver you must have a freezer or refrigerator to place these items in.  

 

      ON-FARM PICKUP

          On-farm pickup, which is at our store location, will occur one to three days a week.  Your orders will be already packaged and ready to go.  This arrangement is the least expensive way to receive our products.  Customers will enjoy a $75.00 savings by driving out to the farm.

 

     DROP SITE/ HOME/ OFFICE

 We are always looking for new individuals or businesses to host a drop site where we can deliver our products to a group of individuals at a centralized location. 

Home/office deliveries may also be possible, if customers are willing to pay for this service.  For our 15 week vegetable packages, members who live within 25 miles will be charged a $75.00 delivery fee. There is no additional delivery charge for the chicken, beef and egg shares if they are in conjunction with one of the vegetable shares or are picked up at one of our farmer’s market locations.  Our vegetable share is not available for pickup at our farmer’s market locations at this time.  We will deliver 1-3 days per week to different areas based on customer response.  The order will also be packaged and ready for pickup from the drop-site.    For members who live beyond 25 miles, delivery fees will be determined on a per case basis.

 

 

HOW TO JOIN

     Before joining, potential customers must ask themselves some questions:  Am I willing to take the risk?  The risk of joining a CSA is the same as with all farming—the weather and crop pests.  Every year is different.  Too little or too much rain could mean that some crops would fail.  Raccoons could damage corn, and deer like veggies too.  These are risks out of our control; however, by planting a variety of crops and staggering planting dates, overall risks for members will be minimized. Will I be able to pick up a weekly share at a scheduled time?  Am I willing to try new vegetables from the garden occasionally?  Am I willing to pay more for fresh, quality farm products, as opposed to cheaper food produced from large corporate factory farms that may be shipped long distances?

 

     If you are interested in joining our CSA, please complete the "member sign-up" process under the CSA membership tab or click the photo below.

 

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