CSA details

CSA Details and Crop List

WHAT IS A CSA SHARE?CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In short it is a subscription to our farm. Just like most subscription services, we provide a discount off of the ‘cover’ price, making it a great value for some of the freshest and most responsibly grown produce. CSA shares are our bread and butter, without them, our farming style would not be possible. We grow over 100 varieties of at least 50 different crops, and it is precisely this diversity that is integral to sustainability. Unfortunately today’s economies of scale encourage most farms to specialize in only a few crops which lead to monoculture and the collapse of many healthy ecosystems.
Since we do not specialize in a few crops, we do not own expensive specialized equipment and we are not able to enter the world of traditional whole-sale markets that span state and even national lines. Nor would we want to. We are a small family farm where we do all of the work, helped sometimes by CSA members and volunteers. A lot of our labor is done by hand, and with small sized equipment that is suitable for our scale. CSA farms are putting the family back on the farm and are closer to what agriculture was in the beginning half of the 20th century. Jimmy’s grandfather and his contemporaries were all technically “organic” farmers.
We are a local farm. The farthest we deliver any of our produce is 36 ½ miles away. We try to source as many of our inputs locally as possible which keeps our money (and yours) in the community. CSA is all about community. You will have the opportunity to become part of our farm through our weekly updates, volunteer opportunities, and farm visits/ potlucks. You will know about our challenges and successes and there will be no more mystery in where your food comes from.

IS A CSA RIGHT FOR ME?This is the golden question. If your palate is democratic and you like to cook, then we would say yes. The CSA share is a great value and you really can’t beat the freshness unless you have your own garden. If you can think of more than five veggies right off the top of your head that you will not eat, or you like to personally pick and choose your menu items carefully, then you should think about it. Everyone gets the same box contents; there can be no customization. Some of our past customers purchased a share through us so they would eat more produce, or so their children would eat more. Kids’ taste buds haven’t been ruined yet, so the best chance you have to get them to eat more produce is to serve it fresh and without the addition of any chemicals!

WHAT GOES INTO THE SHARES?We choose our crop varieties based on how tasty and vigorous they are, and grow them seasonally. We harvest carefully to maintain quality and deliver promptly to guarantee freshness. It is in our best interest to put together an interesting and diverse box so you’ll want to stay with us season after season. More popular items and staples will be in your boxes most often with specialty crops spread through-out the season to add interesting flavors and flair. The spring shares will start with salad items like lettuce, kale, peas, radishes, carrots, sweet turnips other odd favorites like kohlrabi. We are excited to practice and improve our season extension techniques to bring on the bounty as soon as possible. With summer come the fruiting veggies: ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet and spicy peppers, zucchini, summer squash and eggplant, the juiciest and most amazing melons, and crisp beans. The fall rounds out with storage crops like potatoes, sweet and storage onions, shallots, the most sweet and velvety spinach, tender carrots, and squash of all shapes and sizes. For a complete list of our varieties, see below.

SHARE THE BOUNTY, SHARE THE RISK:Vegetables grow out of doors and are exposed to wind, rain, heat, cold, animals and bugs, hail, tornadoes, excessive rain, drought, escaping livestock from neighbors, meteor showers…. It can be risky business. Therefore we do everything possible to guarantee a successful harvest. Our living depends on it. We irrigate in times of drought, grow in raised beds to help with drainage, are investigating the possibility of covering certain crops with anti-insect netting, use shade cloth in the summer for cool season crops, use electric fence to help with deer… but no matter what we do, there is always lost crops due to the unforeseen. And with an ever changing climate, the unpredictable Mid-Western weather is becoming more erratic.
We have a target value that we aim for in each box, roughly our whole-sale prices, with the Full Share having the best value. In a good year, as we had in 2015, we hit those marks in strides, but in a difficult year, like the one crow river flooding brought us in 2014, the value may be closer to retail. Since we grow such a wide variety of veggies, we also cover a wide spectrum of growing niches, helping to ensure an interesting and varied box of veggies for you weekly even under the less than ideal growing conditions nature sometimes throws at us.

MAJOR CROP OVERVIEW:This list is an overview of most of the crops that we hope to include in the 2017 Shares. It shows the months that we anticipate being able to include them in your boxes. This is not a list of when we will include the different crops, just when they are in season. The list is subject to change due to weather and pest pressure, and other unforeseen circumstances.

Crop

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEPT

OCT

NOV

DEC

Arugula

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Beans (snap)

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Beans (dried

 

 

 

 

 

x

x

Beets

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Broccoli

x

 

 

x

x

x

 

Brussels Sprouts

 

 

 

 

x

x

x

Cabbage

 

x

x

x

x

X

x

Carrots

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Cauliflower

 

 

 

x

x

x

 

Celery

 

 

x

x

x

 

 

Celery Root

 

 

 

 

x

x

x

Collard Greens

 

 

 

 

x

x

 

Cucumbers

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Daikon Radish

 

 

 

 

x

x

x

Eggplant

 

 

x

x

 

 

 

Garlic Scapes

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garlic Bulbs

 

 

x

x

x

x

x

Greens, Asian

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Hakurei Turnip

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Herbs

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

Kale

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

Kohlrabi

x

 

 

x

x

x

x

Leeks

 

 

 

x

x

x

x

Lettuce, heads

x

x

 

x

x

x

 

Lettuce Mix

 

 

x

x

x

x

x

Muskmelon

 

 

x

x

 

 

 

Onions

 

x

x

x

x

x

x

Onion, Shallots

 

 

x

x

x

x

x

Onion, Scallions

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

Parsnip

 

 

 

 

x

x

x

Peas (snap)

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peppers

 

x

x

x

x

 

 

Potatoes

 

 

 

x

x

x

x

Radish

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

Romanesco

 

 

 

x

x

x

 

Spinach

x

 

 

x

x

x

x

Summer Squash

 

x

x

x

x

 

 

Swiss Chard

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

Tomatoes

 

 

x

x

x

 

 

Turnips

 

 

 

x

x

x

x

Watermelon

 

 

x

x

 

 

 

Watermelon Radish

 

 

 

 

x

x

x

Zucchini

x

x

x

x