We are now accepting new CSA members for the 2013 season! We have enjoyed providing farm shares for members and are excited to do it again for a fourth year!
Please complete the Membership Form PDF and return to us via e-mail or mail: Sweet Beet Farm Membership Form
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a unique system in which you – the eater – have a direct relationship with the farmer. Being a member of your farm is the next best thing to having your own garden.
How does it work?
It works like this: You can buy either a full share or a half-share in our farm. A full share will feed a family of four per week, depending on their eating habits. A half-share, in turn, will provide for about two people, or a little more. These estimates, of course, may vary with ones own interest in vegetables! We, in turn, provide you with a box of fresh, organically grown produce each week for 18 weeks. We expect our season to begin mid-June and end in October.
Are you organic?
Officially, no. Practically, yes.
Last year we officially began the transition to organic certification. This process takes three years, so, hopefully, in 2014 we can technically call our produce ‘organic’. Until then, we will continue to farm as we always have: using 100% organic and sustainable practices. We don’t want to consume chemicals, and we don’t wish that on your family, either! We use exclusively organic methods on our farm. Why? Because that’s the way food wants to be grown. Our produce is real food grown by real people, real close to your home. Though we are not certified as organic, we farm as though we are.
What do I get each week?
A lot! Each week, you will receive a box of healthy, fresh food from the farm. The selection of vegetables will vary over the season, but it will not disappoint. We are planting many varieties of favorites (beans, peas, beets, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes) and some less-familiar ones (kohlrabi, celeriac, mustard greens, Swiss chard). We’ll include a newsletter in each box that gives you farm updates and some recipes, too!
Using our 2011 members’ feedback, we are planning to grow more lettuce, canning tomatoes, broccoli, and hot peppers this year. We are also planning some new crops.
Unless you cook and eat many of your meals at home, you will be overwhelmed by produce!
What you might expect in your weekly box:
Early summer: Peas, lettuce, sweet turnips, radishes, Swiss chard, beets, broccoli, etc.
Mid-summer :potatoes, green beans, zucchini, tomatoes, cukes, kohlrabi, garlic, etc. Fall: Rutabaga, turnips, winter squash, pumpkin, onion, kale, lettuce, etc.
We also plan on offering apples this fall. We have other farm products available for purchase, including lamb and fresh eggs.
CSA members also share some of the risk of farming. We are not grocers, we are growers. By entering into this CSA partnership, you are investing in our farm and we agree to work hard to our high potential as growers in producing your food. But, this is farming, and all kinds of unforeseen things can happen. As one neighbor put it, “Mother Nature always bats last.” If something bad happens, you will receive less produce in your share.