What is CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)?
CSA is a way for farmers and the local community to form a mutually beneficiary relationship in which members provide up front financing so that that farmer can produce his crops. When an individual or family joins the CSA they pay before the growing season so that the farmer can purchase their seeds, soil amendments, mulches, etc. In return, the member gets a share of the harvest weekly. The farmer benefits by knowing that a certain portion of his harvest has a home. The shareholder benefits by knowing their farmer and hence their food; where and how it is grown. They receive a weekly supply of healthy, local, and synthetic chemical free FOOD.
How much produce will we recieve each week?
The amount a shareholder will receive each week will vary based upon the production of the farm and the time of year. The average weekly share will be between 5-10 different fruits/vegetables/herbs, normally in 1-2 lb portions. This share should be enough for a family of 4 for a week. The exact weekly amount is unpredictable as many factors can influence the harvest.
Does your produce contain GMO's (genetically modified organisms)?
No. We use only certified organic seed. Certified organic seed cannot contain GMO's
Is Wholistic Farms certified organic?
No, we are not. We do follow the basic principals that are the basis of the law, more so than many of the largest farms that are certified. Becoming certified by the USDA is a very expensive and time consuming process. It would not be economically feasible for us to do it at this time. We also don't believe that being certified means as much as it should. Many of the large farms "comply", but use some of the loopholes to say organic and pastured, but I wouldn't call them that. Customers are welcome to visit the farms and see how your food is grown. We will be reassessing the viability of certification annually.
How do you price your food?
We try to stay right around the pricing for similar organically produced food in the grocery store. The CSA shares are $27 per week for 26 weeks or $702 for the season. Your weekly share will average out to be that amount. Some weeks you may get a little less and some weeks more based upon what is ready to be harvested.
Can I choose what produce I receive each week?
The individual components of the weekly share will be determined by the harvest. However, if you get a certain fruit or vegetable one week that no one in your home will eat, we will try to substitute something else or double up on something else in the following weeks. Also, we are open to suggestions and requests leading into the planting season. It will not always be possible to honor the requests due to climate and/or seed avaiablility, but we will do our best.
What fruits and vegetables will you be growing?
We will be growing just about everything thaqt will grow in our area. A non-comprehensive list is: Artichokes, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, canteloupe, lettuce, kale, potatoes, peas, peppers, melons, berries, squash, eggplant, corn, spinach, greens, okra, pumpkins, tomatoes, etc.
How do I get my produce?
We will have two pick ups per week. Wednesday and Saturday. On Wednesday mornings we do delivery to customers or businesses in the Monticello/Jasper County area. Saturday members pick up at the Monticello Market on the Square. Wednesday afternoon pick up at the farm is also an option. Members can request their preference for which day for the season. However, we do need to keep the days somewhat even. So signup and request early!
What are the dates of the CSA season?
The 2018 CSA seaon will run from May 2nd to October 27th.
Can you ship your food?
We do not ship our products. We believe that it is important to get as much of your food as possible locally to get it as fresh as possible and lower the impact and cost of shipping. If you are not in our area, we encourage you to find a local farm or farmers market to support.
Is there a deadline to join?
We do not have a hard and fast deadline to join the CSA. However, the sooner the better. We will be doing our main seed order in November and beginning to start seed as early as January for certain crops. Also, we do have limited planting space so once we use that up we will not be able to sell anymore memberships for the season. We are offering a discount for the 2020 season if you join before 12/31/19.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We take checks via the mail, paypal, and credit/debit cards via the "buy now" button above.
Do you take split payments?
We can split the cost of the share into 3 payments. The final payment will be due by May 2nd. Please contact us via the contact page or email to email@example.com if you are interested.
I have a small household, do you offer a smaller share?
We do offer a half share. The half share is slightly more than half the price of the full share ($15/week) and will consist of the same produce as the full share, just half the portion size.
Let us be your family's personal farmers. Subscribers get a weeks worth of fresh, seasonal produce every week. You help pay for the seed and soil preparation and we supply all the labor and know how to provide you with fresh local food throughout the growing season.
2020 FULL SHARE
Prices go back to normal after 2/28/20