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Monroe, NY 10950
Community Supported Agriculture
What is Community Suported Agriculture?
Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, represents a unique relationship between a farm and the local community of people who eat the food it produces. To explain it simply - CSA members choose to support a local farm by purchasing a CSA Share, and the farm then provides them with fresh local produce throughout the CSA Season.
When the farm has a successful season members benifit from a great selection of fresh produce, and if disaster strikes the farm is protected from financial ruin by the support of its members. A CSA share also gives members an intimate attachment to their food; they know where it comes from, how it was produced and by whom, and that they are making an investment in their local economy.
What's more, when implemented correctly CSA is a model of sustainable agriculture that works to cure many of the ills of modern agriculture; dependence on enormous scale to remain profitable - risks stemming from the unpredictability of a changing climate - dependence on government subsidies and taxpayer-funded crop insurances - tolerance towards environmentally, ecologically or morally unsound farming practices - unaccaountability to customers many links down an opaque supply chain. Community Supported Agriculture helps both the consumer of food and the farmer free themselves of all these harmful things and many more.
Much of the risks involved in farming stem from the fact that a farm is vulnerable to the increasingly extreme weather nature chooses to throw at us each season, and now more than ever it is important for farms to be protected from these extremes. The capital which a CSA program provides helps the farm avoid assuming large amounts of debt going into each season, which is unfortunately very common for the modern farm. CSA farms can pay for many of the big up-front costs at the beginning of the season such as buying seeds, paying labor to plant and start crops, run machinery, etc. with the funds from the CSA program.
As a CSA Member you can choose directly what agricultural practices you want to support through choosing which farm you get your food from. By selling directly to the people who will eat their food, with no middlemen involved, both farmers and customers get a fair price. Instead of being just a name on a label, the farm is an actual place - where people can see and take part in the production of their own food, where people can gather and eat, where a community can grow together. The farmers are actual people, whom you can meet and learn from, and who will in turn listen to what you have to say about the food that will feed you and your family.
How does this type of CSA work?
Our Market CSA works a little bit differently from what you might think of as a "traditional" CSA - many CSA's only have sign-up at the beginning of the season and give members pre-selected shares each week, not allowing them to choose what produce they want, or how much of it.
With our Market CSA you can sign-up any time during the year, and upon signup you are given a CSA Account with the value of your share plus an extra 10%. Market CSA Members can then spend their CSA credit on any of the produce we have available at our home farmstand or any of the Farmers' Markets we attend. You're free to spend it on any produce we offer, with no limits to how much or now little of a particular vegetable or fruit you can take at once. You can use your credit all at once or over a period of weeks, months or even years, as a Market CSA Share never expires.
What does it include?
Your CSA share can be used to purchase any produce; fruit, vegetables, herbs, plants, and flowers that we have available at our farmstand or markets can all be bought with CSA credit. It includes produce that we bring in from other local farms, and farms in other regions during the cold months. What is not inculuded in a share is prepared foods such as baked goods, cheeses, honey, eggs and milk.
Gather your friends & family and we'll bring you fresh Vegetables every week.
Groups as small as 20 people Season length from 10-30 weeks Start any time before September
How does this type of CSA work?
Our delivery CSA programs vary widly in their implementation, and we're happy to work with you to make a program that fits your group's needs.
Some CSA's want to manage themselves, and the farm will simply provide vegetables, some groups want the farm to manage everything from signup to drop-off, and some groups share management responsibilities with the farm.
We're open to most managment styles, and can work with you to come up with something that works for your group.
We will work with you to come up with a schedule that fits your needs
• flexible start dates •
• vacation break weeks •
• winter & storage-crop shares •
Produce is dropped off in pre-sorted shares packed into a cardboard box, paper bag or another type of vessel chosen by you. This type of distribution will cost a little bit more per share/per week due to the farm having to buy all the bags/boxes for the season, and the extra time taken to bag each member's individual share.
Your program can include options for members who won't be able to use or can't afford a full share.
Schedule for the 2020 Season
The 2020 Ramsey CSA full-season runs from Wednesday May 6th through Wednesday November 25th, for a total of Twenty-six weeks. Or, choose your own delivery weeks with a minimum of 10 weeks.
Schedule for the 2020 Season
The 2020 Hillsdale CSA full-season runs from Wednesday June 3rd through Wednesday November 25th, for a total of Twenty-six weeks. Or, choose your own delivery weeks with a minimum of 10 weeks.
We hope you try each and every one!