What is CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is our way to give you a weekly veggie adventure within a community of fellow veggie lovers.

What does that really mean though?

Watch this video and let farm members Jeremy and Stacey Van Kley tell you about their experience with our CSA.

Interested in CSA?

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More about Our Fall CSA

A CSA is partnership between a farm and a community of members who choose to share the risks and enjoy the rewards of the farm.

Here’s how it works. You purchase a “share” of fall crops, and we provide you with fresh, naturally grown produce.  Because you’re sharing the risks and rewards, you get to experience the ups and downs of the season just like we do.  For instance, one fall we might have a bumper crop of spinach but a poor showing of radishes, so you get lots of spinach and not so many radishes.  The next season, carrots may steal the show while baby salad greens do so-so, so you get lots of carrots and an average amount of salad greens.  Rewards of being a farm member also include access to pick-your-own items and enjoying the beauty of the farm.

You’re also part of a community made up of your neighbors and fellow townspeople, all who come from different life situations.  We want our produce to be accessible to all, so we use a sliding scale for payment, which you can find out more about in our storefront.  (Click here for why we’re using a sliding scale.) If the cost of the share is still a barrier, contact us about the option of working off part of your share here at the farm.

Our Fall CSA runs for 7 weeks, from the first or second week of October through the week before Thanksgiving in November.  You’ll receive a weekly portion of produce (listed below).  Each week will be different, depending on which produce is ready to harvest.

Fall Produce

ItemDescription
ArugulaWe love this spicy green raw in a salad or tossed last minute with roasted veggies. Yum!
BeetsAfter these tender and sweet beets you will never go back to canned beets, ever.
Brussels SproutsToss these delicious little orbs with olive oil, sea salt and garlic, roast in the oven, and enjoy!
Candy CarrotsWe call these Napoli carrots "candy carrots" because these are the sweetest carrots you'll ever eat. Carrots won't show up until week 3 or 4 of distribution because they only turn sweet after a frost.
Fresh Herbs
We offer portions of oregano, parsley, and thyme.
Green OnionsGreen onions are the perfect complement to your salad or stir fry.
Head LettuceCrisp lettuce leaves are perfect for lettuce wraps or a crunchy salad.
KaleBaby kale leaves can be used in a salad, while fuller leaves can be made into kal chips or used in green smoothies.
LeeksSimilar to an onion, the leek adds subtle flavor to soups, casseroles, or salads.
Salad GreensWe believe a salad shouldn't have to be cut with a knife, so we pick small, tender greens for an enjoyable, easy-to-eat salad.
Salad RadishGreat raw on a salad or sandwich, or roast to bring out the sweetness!
SpinachFrost breaks down the starchs in the spinach into simple sugars, making the leaves taste sweet. Spinach is usually ready size-wise by week 2 of distribution, but it won't develop its incredible sweetness until after a frost. We have yet to meet someone who doesn't love this spinach, and we've often found our young children snacking on it in the hoophouse.
Sugar Snap PeasIs there a better snacking veggie than the sugar snap pea? These will be available as PYO only.
Surprise Items!Over 30 items can be grown in the hoophouse. Each season we trial additional vegetables, so you may find some surprises in your share.
Watermelon RadishThese radishes may look nondescript, but cut them open for a gorgeous pink addition to any dish!

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How to Become a Fall CSA Member

When you place your order, you choose from the options below.  To sign up now, visit our storefront.

 

Share TypeApproximate PortionsFarmer's Share Price
Full ShareFeeds 4-5 omnivores per week. $355
Half ShareFeeds 2-3 omnivores per week.$195
Quarter ShareFeeds 1-2 omnivores per week.$110

LocationDay/Time
Perkins' Good Earth Farm in DeMotte, INChoose between Monday 3-6 pm or Thursday 9-10:30 am.
SWCD Office in RennselaerMonday 1-2 pm

FAQS

What if I go on vacation and have to miss distribution? Can I switch my pick-up date?

Yes. In order to do this, we ask that you give us 7 days notice. If you have to miss the whole week, we don’t your hold your produce until the following week. In those cases, we ask that you would designate a friend or family member to pick up your produce for you and benefit from or store your share.

When does the CSA begin?

Distribution usually starts the first week of October, although we have started the last week of September some years. We’ll give you plenty of notice before distribution begins!

Do I get to pick out what I want each week during distribution?

Yes and no. We have specific produce that is available each week. As you walk through the distribution line, you’ll see cards indicating how much of each produce item your type of share receives. You may choose not to take something, or to put something you don’t want into the Exchange Box and take something different from there.

Is everything I receive grown organically?

Absolutely! Check out our certification documents through Certified Naturally Grown.

I was running late and missed distribution. Can I pick up my produce later?

While we don’t encourage making this a practice, if you send us a text or message letting us know you’re running late, we’ll pack up your share and put it in the fridge in the red barn where you can pick it up within the next 24 hours.

Can I send someone else to pick up my produce if I can’t be there?

For sure! Just let us know who you’re sending so we can be sure to help them through the distribution line.

What else can I do on distribution days besides get my veggies?

If you have time, we love for you to experience the farm it in its fullness! We have a half mile walking trail through the woods and prairie, pick-your-own options, and a play area for kids.