WHAT IS A CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative, locally based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. It’s an opportunity to come together with neighbors as part of a sustainable model of food supply. The CSA model is important to the return of a strong local food system.
As a CSA member, you have the opportunity to get to know your farmer and the source of your food. Olive Farms offers "shares" in the farm for sale to the local community based on each year’s growing season. You can expect a weekly portion of fresh produce to feed yourself and your family.
We have become accustomed to buying produce shipped from all over the world, regardless of the season. This is a waste of resources and energy. This also means that food is harvested before it has ripened in order to make the journey. This long journey sacrifices the nutritional value and flavor of your produce. By choosing locally grown food, you ensure that you are eating the freshest, most nutrient dense and best tasting food possible and being environmentally responsible at the same time.
WHAT PRODUCE WILL I RECEIVE?
Each week you will receive the freshest fruits and vegetables of the current crop. We grow many types of micro greens, fruits and vegetables and strive to provide a wide variety week-to-week, so there’s always something you love and never too much of something you’re tired of. We will also have recipes coming to the site to help find new ways to use the vegetables we grow.
ARE YOUR VEGETABLES ORGANIC?
Yes, in every sense except for one: we're not certified organic by the USDA. In the future, we would consider becoming certified, but for now, the paperwork and costs don't make sense. We rigorously follow organic practices on the farm: we use no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, we use no GMOs, we plant habitat for pollinators, and we use lots of compost to nourish the soil. You're welcome to visit the farm to see for yourself!
I'M WORRIED A CSA MIGHT NOT BE FOR ME?
It might not be! Our CSA is a good fit for those who want to eat well and make fresh, organic vegetables a regular part of their day. CSA members value being connected to a farm and supporting beginning farmers in their community. If you're not a big vegetable eater or only want a few types of vegetables, you're probably better off supporting your local farmer's market or ordering from our weekly fresh sheet instead.
CAN YOU PAY INSTALLMENTS?
Yes. It's a big help to the farm if you pay in full at sign-up, but it's fine to pay in installments, too. If you're worried that the installment plan may not work for you, just email us and we can work something out.
WHAT IF I GO OUT OF TOWN AND MISS A BOX?
Let us know no later then the Sunday before your delivery day, and we'll hold your box and issue you a credit. You can spend this credit over time by ordering extras, or you can email us to request a double box for a future date.
WHAT IF I DON'T USE ALL MY CREDITS
BY THE END OF THE SEASON?
Credits do not carry over from one season to the next. At the end of the season, we will donate the value of your credits to a local food bank.
HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU WITH QUESTIONS?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re always happy to answer questions. You can read our member agreement HERE.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
Each week, you'll receive 6-10 seasonal vegetables (with Eggs & Meat if you add these on) -the best and freshestof what's available on the farm.
We offer two sizes of weekly boxes. The Small Box will feed 1-2 and we also have the Family Box that will feed 4. If you are a small family but love to make juice or are a serious vegetable eater we recommend signing up for the Family Box.
Customize your box: if there's a vegetable you can't eat or really don't like, you'll have the chance to make changes to your box before we harvest it.
YOUR WEEKLY SHARE
The 2020 Spring/Summer CSA Season goes for 26 weeks. The price of the small CSA share is $25.00 per week ($650 total). The price of the family CSA share is $40.00 per week ($1040 total). You can pay the full amount of your share up-front (which is a big help to the farm) or pay through two installments. The choice will be yours if you'd like to pick up from the farm each week or have it delivered to your door.