Community Supported Agriculture is a direct relationship between farmers and consumers. People join up front by purchasing shares in the farm. In return they get a weekly delivery of fresh vegetables through the growing season.
The arrangement allows both to have a closer relationship with each other. Consumers have a chance to know who grows their food and the freshest produce possible. Farmers get to know who eats their food and help with up front capital.
CSA involves sharing the risk as well as sharing the bounty. It’s an amazing thing, this “yearning of life for itself”, but there are no guarantees or refunds. We take our craft seriously and with great thoughtfulness, but we can never predict what the season will bring.
2009 was a great example of that. It was a very cool spring and summer. Hot weather crops struggled to ripen by August but we had beautiful spinach all season long. Then thanks to a very warm September, the hot weather crops finished strong with tomatoes and peppers delivered into the second week of October. By growing a large diversity of plants we’re able to be very stable over the long haul but in any given season some will struggle and some will thrive for a myriad of reasons.