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 receive 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. The exact weekly amount is unpredictable as many factors can influence the harvest.
Is your food GMO free?
Yes. All of our seed is certified organic. Seed must be free of GMO’s to be certified organic.
Is Wholistic Farms certified organic?
We are not certified organic at this time. We are starting to attract enough attention that we will be looking into getting certified in the furute. 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. While we don’t believe that being certified means as much as it should, it is the best system that we have at this time. 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.
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 availability, but we will do our best.
How do I get my produce?
We will have pickups available on Wednesday and Saturday at the farm or in Monticello. You can choose which day you prefer for the season, but this will be on a first come first served basis as we will need to keep them somewhat even. Our last two seasons, the pickups have been at Monticello Presbyterian church and at the Market on the Square.
What are the dates of the CSA season?
The CSA season will run from the first full week of May to October 31 2020.
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 December 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.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We take checks via the mail, paypal, and credit/debit cards via the “buy now” button.
Do you take split payments?
We can split the cost of the share into 3 payments. The final payment will be due by May 1st. Please contact us via the contact page or email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested