2013 CSA shares are now available!
1 share = A box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season
Click HERE to download our CSA Sign Up form for 2013 Members.
If interested, please...
(1) Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot
(2) Complete the above form and turn in a deposit and / or your total payment as soon as possible.
Both new and returning members are now invited to purchase a share for 2013! Due to some investments in infrastructure, as well as the expectation of a significantly improved yield in 2013, we have increased the price for our shares to $250 and we have eliminated the option of working shares.
What is CSA?
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. Through this arrangement, small farmers are able to directly market their produce to the community and the community, in turn, is able to directly support its local farmers.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief:
Advantages for farmers:
•Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
•Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow
•Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
Advantages for consumers:
•Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
•Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
•Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
•Find that kids typically favor food from "their" farm – even veggies they've never been known to eat
•Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
How does the CSA work?
For 2013, the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project will continue utilizing the CSA model, selling just 10 single shares of fresh, chemical-free produce from early June through the end of October. The quantity and variety will vary with the time of the year and the weather. For this year, only single shares will be offered which will typically range between 5 – 15 lbs of produce a week for 17 weeks and will be enough to feed between 2- 3 people.
Produce will be distributed on Wednesdays, from 11:00am – 1:30pm at the GVSU Farmers Market. In the event of a market cancellation, pickup will be at the SAP Luce Street location. Goods will be harvested, rinsed, and packed into crates for your pick-up at the market. However, boxes are expensive, thus you will need to bring your own bags to collect your produce. Directions will be on the board to help you out, and our representatives at the farm stand will be happy to help you out.
This is only a sample, but it will give you an idea of what goods you can expect throughout the 17 week CSA season:
2nd week of June - Turnips, carrots, beets, broccoli, lettuce, chard
2nd week of July - Greens, carrots, broccoli, basil, beans
2nd week of August - Tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini
2nd week of September - Squash, tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes, leeks
Page last modified March 14, 2013