About the Share
Winter CSA 2016-2017 is Now Full
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November 2016- April 2017.
Twice monthly pickups of Vegetables, Meat, Eggs, Dairy, Bread, Pasta and Grains.
CSA= Community Supported Agriculture!
CSA is a business model based in mutual respect between food producers and consumers, both making choices in response to one another’s needs and desires. We are a group of producers working to bring you something you need: nutritious food all winter. CSA members are a group of customers working to bring us something we need: a secure income for the work that we do. By joining the Sparrowbush Farm Winter CSA you are voting for sustainable agriculture in Columbia County and sustainable livelihoods in farming for this group of growers and producers.
Our Winter CSA program:
The Winter CSA is modeled on our ideal of a local winter diet; staples that are sound through the winter and exciting artisanal greens and value-added goods. Every year we survey CSA members and design next winter's share based on your feedback. Due to the nature of winter growing, you should expect the largest diversity of vegetables in November and December and the least in March and April. The dairy and bakery portions of the share will remain more consistent throughout.
All shares are picked up at the farm in our barn. We don't pack boxes - members collect their share from tables buffet-style. CSA pickups often become a social meeting place during the short winter days, and gives farmers and members a chance to get to know one another.
The CSA runs from November 2nd through April 5th. Pickups are alternating Wednesdays from 4-7pm at the farm - there are 12 pickups in total. We offer a limited number of work-trade shares and sliding scale shares available. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on those options.
WHATS IN A SHARE//WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
VEGETABLES: 6-10 items, fresh greens every pickup
Grown by Sparrowbush Farm using organic practices. Stored and seasonal for winter and spring. Each pickup will include 8-15 pounds. For the winter farmshare we grow:
ROOTS: beet, carrot, potato, sweet potato, winter radish, turnip, rutabaga, celeriac, kohlrabi, parsnip.
FRESH GREENS: arugula, spinach, salad mix, kale, swiss chard, collard greens, lettuce, pea shoots, radicchio, endive, cabbage, collard greens. Stored or grown in our unheated hoophouses.
SEASONAL ITEMS: winter squash, pumpkins, radishes, brussels sprouts, celery.
HERBS AND ALLIA: onion, shallot, garlic, leek, scallion, fresh and dried herbs & dried hot peppers
EGGS: 2 doz per pickup
Chickens raised at Sparrowbush Farm, fed certified organic local grain and raised on pasture.
DAIRY : 1/2 Gallon Milk, cheese
From Chaseholm Farm and Creamery. Chaseholm Farm’s dairy herd is 100% grassfed,
PORK from Chaseholm Farm, raised on organic grain and dairy products from the farm
LAMB from Gansvoort Farm, 100% grassfed.
BEEF from Chaseholm Farm, 100% grassfed.
SOUP HENS from Sparrowbush Farm for winter stocks and stews.
Meats are free choice based on a point system - you get a certain amount of meat points to use at your discretion throughout the winter. We won’t have all cuts available at every pickup, but do our best to offer a variety of choices each pickup.
BREAD/PASTA: 2 loaves per pickup
Produced by Camphill Bakery using fresh milled flour from local grains. Naturally leavened breads baked in a wood-fired oven. Breads, pastas, and seasonal baked goods.
GRAINS & FLOUR:
Polenta, Cornmeal, Popcorn and Dry Beans from Sparrowbush Farm.
WHERE: Pickup is at the farm!
WHEN: Pick up your share twice monthly on Wednesdays between 4 and 7 pm. The share runs from November 2nd, 2016 through April 5th, 2017.
At the first pickup you’ll get a calendar with the pickup dates highlighted to help remember, we also send out email reminders the day before each pickup.
If you cannot make every pickup date you can send a friend in your place. You could also split your share with a friend and alternate dates or even months.
The winter farmshare costs $1,400 for 12 pickups over 6 months.
Why, you ask, is the share price higher this year?
The pricing of the winter share reflects a continually evolving process on the farm of valuing our work in a way that reflects true costs of production and allows us to keep farming happily and healthfully. Raising the share price this year ensures that the winter CSA continues to be profitable and sustainable for our farm.
Discounted shares, payment with SNAP/EBT and some work trade is available. Please email us at email@example.com for more information.
2016 PAYMENT PLAN OPTIONS:
You must select and stick to one of the following payment plans. Note that $1200 of total share price is paid to Sparrowbush Farm, and $200 is paid to Chaseholm Farm.
1. ONE AND DONE PLAN:
Pay full $1200 to Sparrowbush Farm through our online system, $200 to Chaseholm Farm due on the first pickup of November.
2. Quarterly Plan:
$200 to Sparrowbush Farm deposit holds your share, $200 to Chaseholm Farm due on the first pickup of November, $500 due to Sparrowbush Farm at the first pickup in January and at first pickup in March.
3. Monthly Plan:
$200 to Sparrowbush Farm deposit holds your share, $200 to Chaseholm farm due at the first pickup of November, $200 due to Sparrowbush Farm each following month - December, January, February, March, April.
FAQ: Can I get a CUSTOM SHARE?
Unfortunately we cannot offer customized shares (i.e. signing up for a vegetable and meat share, but no dairy or bread share). If dietary restrictions are a concern, we recommend that you find a friend or neighbor who wants to take the portions of your share that you won't eat!
FAQ: How many people Does one csa share feed?
Of course this depends on how you use your share - do you try to eat almost exclusively from the share, or do you use it as a supplement to regular grocery trips? Taking that into account, our members report that the share feeds between 2 and 5 people.
FAQ: Can I share my share with a friend?
Yes, definitely! As long as you make all arrangements for how you will split up your full share, you are welcome to share it with someone else. We do not offer half shares.