What is a CSA? It stands for Community Supported Agriculture. This concept along with “slow food” was started to put the people and their food in close proximity….not 2000-6000 miles from each other. The way it works is that the shareholders (you) and the farmer (us) act in partnership to grow locally grown healthy food for our families. Then we go to work! You will receive a basket of produce every week beginning December 3, when our harvesting begins. You accept the natural risks of raising crops, and we try our best to eliminate the risks. You support the farmers, they support you.
The season shares are open for your part now. We expect to have approximately 12-13 weeks of fresh, naturally grown produce, picked and in your refrigerator within a few short hours.
What is the difference between naturally grown and organic? Even though organic has high standards, they’re not high enough. They still leave room for a large percentage (10-20%) of inorganic means to raise crops. Our garden is as natural as it gets! We hand squeezed pesky bugs and applied fish emulsion for the fertilizer. We are always searching for ways to improve the soil so the plants are healthier – healthy plants attract fewer bugs!
Explain what a share is: A share is enough produce to feed a family of 3 for one week. As the vegetables come into maturity, they will be in your basket that will be available for pick-up at the farm market. We will have a table behind our tent. More specific information wildly be emailed along with your receipt. Your pick-up time begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. If you are unable to come, please send someone you want to enjoy your basket for the week. Baskets cannot be held overnight, so those left at the end of the market (1:00 p.m.) will be donated to the local food pantry.
Where is the ranch located? The ranch is where you will pick up your share. It is East of St. Cloud on Hwy. 192, about 3 miles out of town, across from the Serpentarium. Our ranch has a horse boarding business and the garden is on the property. It is surrounded by a white vinyl fence…you’ll see this sign out front, you can’t miss it!
What if I don’t like some of the produce? Working shares have an opportunity to provide input into the vegetables that we grow. We’ve had purple beans which turn green when they’re steamed, and tasted some funky looking squashes. We’ve shared recipes for kale and cucumbers and have learned the unique tastes of a variety of produce that we wouldn’t have ever tried. You broaden your tastes….and if you still don’t like it, then next season you vote for less of that vegetable!
How many shares are available? For this short season we have space for 10 shares. Those with interest in applying for a working share slot in next season’s garden may use the contact form below the PayPal information. The first share pick-up is on December 3, so complete your CSA Membership Form and make your payment as soon as possible to assure your share in this season’s harvest! Through PayPal, you can be assured that your payments are secure. In addition, PayPal lets you use your favorite banks and cards and still earn card rewards. They accept American Express, Discovery, MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal accounts. The CSA Membership Form includes an option to print the form and mail your payment.