How it Works
Prior to the onset of the season, our members invest in a “share” of the harvest. Once the harvest begins, CSA members receive a weekly bag of fresh vegetables and an email newsletter (or printed copy for those without email) detailing the contents of the bag and information about the vegetables, including storage tips and recipe ideas, as well as news from the farm, invitations to the farm for workdays and potlucks and other social events. There are four shares available this year: spring, summer, fall, and winter. You can sign up for a full year or for specific seasons. We have pick up locations in Chapel Hill and Pittsboro.
WHY JOIN A CSA?
Participating in a CSA allows members to invest, support, and benefit from a personal relationship with the farmers and the farm. Joining a CSA supports the local economy and builds community. Members become connected to their food source through seasonal eating and receive the first and best of everything the farm has to offer. This works well for people who like to shop at the farmers market, but may not be able to get there early enough to have everything available. It also works for people who would like to support the farmers markets, but they forget to go, or find they aren’t convenient for them.
WHO DOES OUR CSA SERVE?
Sometimes the organic local food movement can be seen as elitist, and we’re firmly against this idea. We think everyone should have access to good, local, sustainably-grown produce. Our CSA has members from all walks of life and income levels–families with kids, retirees, individuals, students, professionals, laborers. Some of our members can afford to pay for the whole year upfront and some of our members need to split the payment into 3 or more payments. Because the farm has large expenses during January and February (seeds, seedling production materials, on-going labor, repairs, capital improvements etc) when the farm isn’t producing much for sale, the influx of cash during this time is important to help us meet our expenses.
Some of our members need special arrangements to be able to afford the CSA at all, and we’re happy to work with them to come up with another plan. If you would like to be in the CSA, and can not meet the posted payment schedule, please contact us about our subsidized shares which are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Our new pricing structure, extending the CSA from 24 weeks to 30 weeks and slightly increasing the amount of food in each weekly share, will allow us to subsidize more lower income members and meet our goal of (finally!) paying ourselves a living wage. After all, it’s not truly a “sustainable farm” if the farmers themselves aren’t sustained.