2015-16 CSA Vegetable CSA Sign-up Form is ready so you can just go ahead and sign right up by clicking on the above link…. but perhaps you would like to read a bit more first…..
We are planting seeds. Shall we plant for you?
This is the time of year that I spend lots of time at the computer…. and it is not my forte… I go a little crazy!
But, I have been putting together our CSA information and thinking about our CSA and our great CSA members and I thought it was time to rewrite some of our CSA page on this website…. It is easy to get so busy making the farm run that we almost forget why we are doing this CSA thing… so here is a bit of philosophy behind the vegetables….
What is a CSA anyway?
CSA stands for Community supported Agriculture. Luna Bleu Farm is one of the oldest CSA farms in Vermont. We were drawn to this business model back in the late ’80’s because it forges a unique bond between farm, farmers and the local community. In a CSA, farmers and shareholders share in both the risks and the bounty of the season. By joining a CSA, members support local agriculture and invest in the local economy.
The price of food in the regular market place often does not reflect the true costs of production or take into account the environmental, social and energy costs. Yet, access to fresh, nutritious, safe food can also be limited by economic class or other social factors. Community Supported Agriculture helps us answer one of the the central questions on our farm:
“How do we provide good food to all economic levels of our community and still remain economically viable?”
We still do not completely have the answer to that question. In fact, maybe more questions arise: what do we even mean by “economically viable”, what else limits access to good food and good eating… and what is Kohlrabi?
CSA pickup at the farm
So, when you join our CSA, you can help answer some of these questions— the big ones or the small ones. With our CSA we try to make the price work for you. We give you lots of good food and try to make it fun. Many of our members have told us that they really have changed to a more healthful diet when they joined our CSA. Even kids like our vegetables.. Parents tell me that their children eat all of the spinach from the bag before they even get home from the farm. Kids have asked me if they can take an extra bunch of Kale for their share (and how can I refuse!?)…. and lots of them really like Kohlrabi.
CSA gives the farm some wiggle room with production… If there is not enough carrots one week, members might get beets or celery… no spinach? pick chard or beet greens. If there was a crop failure of, say, tomatoes, the loss spread out across 100 families is much less than when it is all carried by just the family farm. (Luckily, with our crop diversity, a complete crop loss is not so likely.)
The Nuts and Bolts
Storage cabbage in the field
CSA members typically pay for a share of the harvest before the start of the growing season and thus help cover early production costs. Members receive fresh organic vegetables weekly from June to October and may also choose to receive winter crops from November to May– completing the yearly seasonal cycle. In addition, CSA members can purchase special meat and egg shares and other Luna Bleu farm products.
You and your neighbors can help transform local agricultrue and your connection to food. CSA begins to redefine the economics of farming. With CSA, the price of our food better reflects the actual cost of production and the true value of sustainable agriculture while keeping local farms healthy. Our members appreciate where their food comes from and even celebrate in the eating! It is a quiet— but exciting — revolution!
You can find out more about the specifics of our CSA by going to our CSA page!