Cricket Song Farm

Cricket Song Farm

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What's a CSA

My Great-Grandfather's on both sides of my mother's family peddled vegetables.  Back then you would save money to buy seed thus the expression of "seed money" and then plant, hoping the crops would grow to harvest without pestilence, floods, frost, or other natural disasters.  After tending the plants for months and months the wagons would be loaded and hauled to town with the hopes that someone would buy your produce enabling you have the means to survive the rest of the year.  Every year the process was the same, invest time and money and hope to be able to sell. When I was young my family planted and harvested corn, potatoes, and winter squash to sell.

The concept of a CSA or Community Supported Agriculture supports the farmer up front.  You invest in the farmer and his/her harvest even before the planting process begins.  This  allows the farmer to gage the amount of crops to plant and guarantees that all the time, effort, and produce will not go to waste, because the harvest is divided among the members.  As a member in a CSA you share the risks and rewards of the farm.  If there is a bumber crop of radishes or spinach, that is passed along to the members, and if the chipmunks dig out all the blue pumpkin seed just after they germinate, there won't be any blue pumpkins in your share. in the fall.

CSA's come in different forms, each as individual as the grower or farmer.  The basis of a CSA is to support  local growers who deliver to a pre-determined location and disperse what is ready to harvest that week.  Most  CSA's grow all their own fruits and vegetables, some CSA's procure the fruit and vegetables from smaller growers, acting as a vegetable broker or co-op.  However the initial concept was for people to support a local farm and farmer.  My sister and I work together in our CSA.  Shelly lives in Leeds and has a warmer climate.  She plants, and has vegetables ready early in the spring.  Her fruit share spans the whole season.  I farm in a colder climate and provide the bulk of the vegetables during the peak summer months and through the fall.

A CSA connects you with the farmer or grower, you know how your produce was grown and the methods used.  Most CSA use organic methods, but many choose not to be "certified organic".
On our farm we only farm using organic methods, but we are not certified.

If you are interested in our CSA please contact me 

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