What is a CSA? It stands for community supported agriculture and is a business model meant to bring the farmer directly to the consumer during the growing season. Generally, a customer would buy a "share" of the year's produce and pay either partially or in full upfront. We are choosing a slightly different method. So here's how it works on our farm:
We offer half bushel baskets full of whatever is currently in season, plus a dozen farm fresh eggs, delivered to customers' doors once a week. People have a choice of what they get, so someone can either say, "Just fill the basket with a variety of everything," or they can pick and choose what they want based on what is coming in. We do not take contracts or pre paid shares.
There's nothing wrong with the original method, but we understand life happens, for you and for us, and we just aren't ready to follow the traditional formula quite yet. How do you get involved? Simply contact and ask! If there are shares available, we will be happy to serve you!
Just as the season changes monthly, so does what is growing in the garden. Each 2 month period offers new and exciting produce coming in and sometimes old favorites on their way out. Some things last all season, while others do better on either side of the dog days. It's not possible to guarantee what will be in a basket for any given week, farming is a risky business after all, but here are some (not an exhaustive list!) of the vegetables we like to include
End of May-June**:
Rhubarb, Asparagus, lettuces, snap peas (edible pod), green beans (end of June), bok choy, cabbages (napa and regular) broccoli, radishes, some herbs (parsley, thyme, marjoram), possibly a few strawberries at the end of June.
July & August:
Lettuces, cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes (probably August but sometimes mid July!), more herbs, summer squash, zucchini (no club sizes unless asked for for freezing/baking), fresh cut flowers (if desired and doesn't count towards basket fill), peppers ( hot and sweet), carrots, shallots, onions, celery
September & October:
These two months can get tricky since first frost is always so unpredictable in ND. September should have everything that is listed for August, in addition to tomatillos and watermelon. Towards the end of September into early October, I hope to be getting my second crop of the May/June list; sometimes they are even nicer in the fall! Also, pumpkins, fall squashes, gourds, and the SWEETEST corn on the cob!
**Produce isn't always available in these two months.