As you may already know, we follow the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, which is a partnership between a farm and a community of supporters. You purchase a “share” of fall produce, and we provide you with fresh, naturally grown vegetables. So what exactly does that look like?
Each week you’ll come to our farm and pick up your vegetables, an event we call “distribution.” You’ll go to the red barn, and you’ll see an array of produce laid out. On the chalkboard, you’ll find a posting of produce that we have available, and how much of each vegetable each share type (full, half, or quarter) will be receiving. Find your name on the posted checklist to confirm your share type, then put a check next to your name to show that you’ve picked up your produce. Dan or I will be there to answer any questions you may have. If you’d like, we can give you a tour of the hoop house and the farm. For our share members in the Rennselaer area, Dan will deliver your produce each week (of course, you are always welcome to come visit!).
On our website we list what vegetables we’re planning on providing over the course of the seven-week CSA. We can predict but not guarantee what will be available each week. We do our part by making and keeping planting schedules, providing the plants with water and nutrients, and protecting them from insects and disease. But, obviously, we cannot control the weather or other external factors. We choose to view this reality as an adventure, and we invite you to do the same. If you come to distribution with excited anticipation (ooh, what will I get to cook with this week?) rather than specific expectations (they had carrots last week—where are they this week?), we think you’ll find the whole experience much more enjoyable.
In the past, photographer Anne Kingma and I worked together to create this farm blog with recipes and ideas for your produce, and I encourage you to continue using this as a recipe resource. This year, I won’t be blogging, but I will be posting in our Farm Member Facebook Group, and I hope you will too. We want to make incorporating your produce into your daily eating as easy and fun as possible, and know you have many ideas for how to make that happen!