What is a CSA?
“CSA” stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.” Members, or ‘shareholders’, purchase a share of our CSA from our farm at the beginning of the year and receive a weekly selection of produce during the growing season.
Our CSA, which is in its fifth year, is a partnership between you and our farm. We want you to know where your food comes from, and how it’s grown. We want to feel a connection to the earth and our community through our food, and we all share in the highs and lows of the deeply rewarding (and unpredictable) world of sustainable farming.
If you haven’t participated in a CSA before, please take a moment to read this article put together by Local Harvest: http://www.localharvest.org/csa/
For 2017, our CSA will remain at about 20 families.
Full Share: $400
20 weeks of participation (more, if weather allows), from June through late October, consisting of two to three grocery bags full of produce. It’s usually enough for three or four people.
Half Share: $200
20 weeks of participation (depending on weather), from June through October, containing half the quantity of a ‘whole’ share. Each pickup will be one to two grocery bags full of produce, which is usually enough for one or two people.
What can you expect from Sally’s Fields’ CSA?
Pickups are on Sundays from June through mid- to late October either in Chatham at the Smith home at 35 Chukar Drive (3:30 to 4:00 pm) or on the west end of Springfield at 997 Clocktower Drive (from 4:30 to 5:30 pm). For 2017, there will be one Sunday in August (the 6th) that will be a mid-season break, while the Smith family is out of town.
A weekly e-mail newsletter will be sent to all members as a pickup reminder, and letting you know about the items you’ll receive that week. It will include links to recipes and ideas for how to use some of the more unusual varieties. There is also a facebook group just for CSA members, on which we share recipes and tips for using some of the more unusual vegetables.
You will receive the bounty of the season, when it’s in season. In the spring, you will have an abundance of green leafy vegetables. In midsummer, you will have a steady supply of tomatoes. In the fall, you’ll have plenty of roots and leafy greens again. Because local also means seasonal, you shouldn’t expect tomatoes in early June or spinach in mid-August. You will, very likely, need to learn a few new recipes to accommodate seasonal abundance!
What will Sally’s Fields expect from you?
Communicate with us! Tell me what you like and what you don’t like. Is there something you want that I can plant? Something you abhor that I should avoid? Just let me know (before February, if you can). If you can’t make it to a pick up one week, please let me know! We donate 10% of all our ‘first fruits’ to food security organizations, and we’ll just ship your share off to the needy if you’re out of town one week.
If you want to participate in Sally’s Fields CSA for 2017, please make your reservation by the end of February. Final payment is due by February 28, 2017.