If you’re interested in the concept of CSA but need to know more you’re in the right place!
If you know all about CSA but would like to know more about what we do and how we structure our CSA you’re also in the right place!
The Local Harvest website has a good description of CSA:
For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.
Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief:
Advantages for farmers:
Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow
Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
Advantages for consumers:
Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
Find that kids typically favor food from "their" farm - even veggies they've never been known to eat
Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
It's a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined CSAs, and in some areas of the country there is more demand than there are CSA farms to fill it. The government does not track CSAs, so there is no official count of how many CSAs there are in the U.S.. LocalHarvest has the most comprehensive directory of CSA farms, with over 4,000 listed in our grassroots database.
At the core CSA is exactly what it sounds like; a community coming together to support agriculture. I don’t believe any two farmers have the same interpretation of what exactly this means so rather than attempt to speak for everyone I’ll just share what CSA means to Cold Springs Farm!
The A part of CSA is the agriculture part, a bag of goodies you receive every week during the season! You’ll see lots of familiar vegetables & fruit and you’ll probably discover a few new foods & flavors you’ve never used before. Strange new foods might become new favorites...but it’s up to you as Cold Springs Farm’s CSA is not a pre-packed box...the farm CSA shares are completely customizable through the farm store...this link is to the farm’s public store to give you an idea what is available this week. The private CSA member store may vary somewhat as members only are offered the rare and extinct varieties...
C (the community part of CSA) is a community! Get to know people at distribution and get to know your farmer(s). Compared to the chaos of a Farmers’ Market, CSA is a relaxing social event; I love taking time to talk food, talk about the season, share tips for using the new vegetables!
The S part of CSA makes it possible for our community to support the farm when we need it most. January, February, and March are expensive months to run a small farm; seeds are being ordered, greenhouses are being readied, supplies for the season are coming in. Having payments for CSA shares coming in early in the year allows us to start the season in better financial shape! CSA memberships are non-refundable as the funds are spent to raise the upcoming crops.
2018 marks the farm’s 11th year of CSA And is the oldest continuously operating CSA in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The CSA has evolved over the years and now is market style...think of it as an ultra cool private farmers market!
There are 6 current drop locations...the original 4th Street drop in Fort Worth on Saturday’s; Arborlawn Methodist, Aledo, Fort Worth and Redenta‘s Gardens Arlington location on Monday’s; Grapevine and Flower Mound, on Thursday’s. The farm drops are always updated in the farm Facebook page under “events”.
There are 2 sizes available...the 1/2 share (5 items) is perfect for singles, couples, small families, or people that eat out often. The full share (10 items) is good for families and people that cook at home. There are 4 sessions per year, and each session lasts 8 weeks. A half share is $180 and a full share is $360. CSA memberships are non-refundable.
I’m always open to having another CSA drop if enough people are interested so contact me via email, firstname.lastname@example.org for info!
Cold Springs Farm raises pastured heritage pork and chicken which is available for purchase and we’re adding lamb this spring. We also partner with J Lazy S to provide grass fed beef to our members.
ALL produce and meat from the farm is sustainably grown, green and clean! We often partner with other farms to bring in citrus and other crops.
Ready to support the farm by joining the CSA? Use this link
Cold Springs Farm provides recipes via our Pinterest page, which are broken down by season.
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