2019 SEASON

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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Does the ability to have access to the freshest, most nutritionally-dense food, grown locally entice you? Does the idea of knowing how your food has been grown, and by whom, give you confidence in the food system?  Do you believe that a strong local economy is beneficial to the community? If you answer "yes" to these questions, you might want to consider subscribing to a CSA program and this is why:



A Community Supported Agriculture program is a partnership between consumers and farmers. Consumers commit to buying a season of fresh produce (or any other kind of farm products) at a pre-established fee, and the farmers plan their crops and deliver to consumers as agreed upon by both parties. For the consumer, this arrangement ensures fresh and nutritionally-dense food, typically harvested within a day. Generally, this food is grown using ecologically-sensitive practices and the food miles are dramatically lower than food purchased at the grocery store. Since consumers are buying local produce, their money is largely kept circulating within the community, strenghtening the local economy whlie supporting local agriculture. For the farmer, this arrangement guarantees a market for their crops and the advance payments contribute to cover the upfront costs of operation associated with farming. 


Our CSA Program

We are pleased to continue to offer our CSA program in 2019. Subscribers will receive a weekly box of fresh vegetables for 18 weeks, beginning on May 28 (weather permiting) and ending on September 26. The content of the box will vary from week to week, depending on what is in season, but typically includes some salad greens, cooking greens, root crops, herbs, and summer fruit crops  (click here for examples of what vegetables are included each week). We grow produce without artificial fertilizers, chemical pesticides or herbicides. All of our seeds are certified organic and GMO free. To ensure that you receive the freshest produce, we harvest on the morning of delivery. 

WHAT YOU GET

The weekly boxes include approximately 9 different crops in amounts sufficient for full meals. The first weekly box, for example, will tentatively include the following items:

     1 bunch of beets (4 medium beets)
     1 head of bok choi (1lb)
     1 bunch of cilantro (6 oz)
     1 bunch of kale (12 oz)
     1 head of romaine lettuce (large)
     1 bunch of radishes (8-10 radishes)
     1 bunch or rhubarb (12oz0
     1 bag of spinach (8 oz)

If there is a crop you are not particularly interested in, you may swap it or donate it when you pick up your box. Every week we will have a swap/donate basket with extra produce for your convenience. All of the produce remaining in the swap'donation basket, as well as the content of any unclaimed boxes, will be donated to the Blue Ridge Food Pantry at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.  

Too much food for you? Consider splitting your share with a friend or a relative. Either a weekly split of produce or alternating weeks (particularly convenient if your summer plans include significant traveling) are good options for sharing food and cost of subscription.

WHAT YOU PAY

We have taken long planning sessions to make the CSA program affordable to most and yet profitable for us. We understand that paying for food months ahead it will be delivered does not look like a financial priority (trust us, we are a family of six on a tight budget). But in order for us to be able to grow your food, we need to plan and invest money months in advance. We also want for you to get the best possible food-quality/value deal, and invite you to investigate the cost of what we offer compared to similar local outlets. This year we are assigning a cash value of approximately $27 to the weekly baskets. At our current farmer's market prices, if you were paying that amount every week, the season would cost you $486. But by committing to buying for the entire season, we have set the subscription cost at $415. That is $70 in savings for the season. 

Still not sure whether our CSA is the right choice for you? Give it try. If after the second delivery you are not satisfied you may cancel your subscription and we will refund your payment.

A season's subscription costs $415. You may pay a $100 deposit when you sign up and $315 on or before April 15, 2019. Or you may pay your entire subscription at signing.


PICK UP LOCATIONS

We will have two pick up locations for the 2019 season:

Monday: 4:00--6:00PM at our farm (Grottoes, VA)
Thursday: 4:00PM--7:00PM at Friendly City Food Coop (150 E. Wolfe St. Harrisonburg, VA 22802).

AWAY OPTIONS:
  
If you need to skip a week delivery, we ask that you notify us on the weekend before you plan to be absent. We will offer a few options to make up for the week’s delivery:
 

1. You may gift your box to a friend or relative. Just have them pick up the box on your behalf.
2. We will double the content of the box on the following week (if produce is available).
3. We may substitute an equivalent value of other farm products (i.e. eggs, chicken) or home-preserved goods.
4. We will donate your week delivery of vegetables to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank at Blessed Sacrament Church in Harrisonburg


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If you prefer to mail a check, simply fill out  this form and mail your payment to Saint Isidore Homestead, Po Box 48, Port Republic, VA, 24471
 FAQ
 What kind of vegetables will you be  growing?
 We are planning to grow a variety of  leafy greens, including lettuces,  arugula, kales, spinach, Swiss chard,  collards, and more. We will also plan to  grow several varieties of tomatoes,  peppers, summer and winter squashes,  peas (sugar snaps and shelling), green  beans, onions, cabbages, culinary herbs,  root vegetables, and more…
 
 Do we pay our subscription in  advance?
 Yes, your subscription will enable us to  pay for the upfront cost of seeds and  equipment. For example, in order for us  to protect our crops from pests, we rely  on fabrics (row covers) that will keep  insects from eating or laying eggs on  our plants. These fabrics are installed  early on and require and extra  investment on our side that we can only  afford to do commercially with your  upfront payment.
 
 What happens if it rains a lot and  your crops drown?
 It could certainly happen and we will be  devastated, especially our children who  are investing long hours preparing the  soil, planting, weeding, picking up bugs,  applying compost, watering, and so  forth. You’ll know that we’ve tried hard  and we will do anything possible to  share with you whatever we have. You’ll  also see other farmers struggling with  the same issues and we hope that you  can be sympathetic with us  understanding that Mother Nature is  ultimately in charge.