What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In short, it is a relationship between farmers and members. Rather than simply purchasing food, members receive a share of our farm’s harvest. We all share in the risks and beneﬁts of production. You pay upfront. This helps us buy seeds, fertilizers, new tools for the farms and generally helps us keep the lights on in the winter. We repay your kindness with a bountiful harvest later on.
What type of food is in a CSA bag?
The CSA share contains a wide variety of fresh, seasonal food. Each week the CSA share contains a different assortment of seasonal vegetables, and there are often additions that only CSA members will receive. Our goal is to provide you with top quality produce in quantities that you can use. Remember, all the food is grown by us on the farm. See the table for an example of offerings for the Spring-Summer CSA:
How much food is in a weekly CSA share?
Each CSA share contains about 5-7 items a week. You will receive a variety of veggies, herbs, and other seasonal items - with the occasional surprise from me when I have time to bake
How many people can a CSA share feed?
Depending on your eating habits, a share will generally feed 2-3 adults. Some members use the CSA as their sole source of produce during the season. Others use it to supplement what they are already buying at farmer’s markets or at the store.
What are the possible risks of becoming a CSA member?
A risk of participating in a CSA program is the weather. Part of signing up is the understanding that we are all in this together. We share the risks and rewards of farming.
Where is the CSA food coming from?
All of the CSA produce comes directly from our fields here at Blue Rooster Farms.
I want to sign up for the Egg Share, where is the agreement?
It is here: Egg Agreement. It is for the current year, 2018.
I want to sign up for the Spring - Summer Veggie Share, where is the agreement?
It is here: Spring Veggie Agreement. It is for the current year, 2018.
What is you delivery area included in pricing?
If you are within these zip codes, home delivery is included in this price: 35043, 35124, 35147, 35185, 35205, 35209, 35213, 35216, 35222, 35223, 35226, 35229, 35238, 35242, 35243, 35244.
What if I am not in the delivery area?
Please contact us for pricing. Allison 205-222-0211
Are there any bonuses for getting some of my friends to sign up with me?
YES ! If you get a group of 5 friends together (you and 4 friends) and agree to one centralized drop off location (like your house or office), as our way of sayingThank You, we will bring you 3 weeks of flower deliveries for free!
Can I choose what’s in the CSA share?
At this time, there is not an option to choose what’s in your CSA share. We hope you will learn to enjoy the diversity of produce in the CSA and discover a new favorite.
I need some extra flowers, is this possible?
Yes! We can always add on to your CSA delivery each week. Just send us an email or give us a call prior to the morning of your CSA pickup day and we can make plans to have extra flowers for you.
How can we keep in touch?
We maintains an Instagram feed and a Facebook Page that we regularly update. In addition, all CSA members will be emailed with announcements and farm happening updates (As the Rooster Crows). You can call or email us anytime with questions or concerns. 205-222-0211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I want to give a share as a gift?
You get extra bonus points for being AWESOME! You can give a Cara share to a friend or neighbor or we will donate it to a needy family.
What are your growing practices?
Our focus is to begin with the right variety, whether it be animal, vegetable, or flower, at the right time, and treat it in the most sustainable way possible, to grow the best quality product we can. To us, CSA not only stands for Community Supported Agriculture, but Cultivating Seasonal Appetites by bringing you the best that nature provides.
Our chickens are free range and pasture raised, which means they have a large fenced area with a coop for roosting and a separate covered area for food and nesting boxes. This gives them the ability to forage outside for bugs and grubs every day, but also be protected from predators. In addition, they sometimes eat leftovers from the garden.
For our crops, we begin with healthy plants and keep them that way. We rotate our vegetable and cut flower crops, intermix with trap crops, and grow cover crops to keep disease and insect pest pressures down. We are committed to growing without the use of herbicides or conventional pesticides. Occasionally, we might need to use alternative methods if an infestation or disease is threatening the entire crop. We do our best to keep this to a minimum. We pledge to adhere to natural practices to maintain our organic matter and soil diversity on our farm.
Expected Crops for Spring and Summer
Lettuce, Spinach, Cilantro, Broccoli, Carrots, Arugala
Snow Peas, Pole Beans, Collards, Cucumbers, Potatoes
Late June- July
Tomatoes, Peppers, Melons, Basil, Zucchini, Eggplant
Okra, Watermelon, Tomatoes, Peppers, Pole Beans
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