ABOUT OUR CSA FARM SHARE PROGRAM
Our 2017 CSA Farm Share Program is now open. 2017 marks the 9th season we have offered a CSA program. We have found the direct link to our Farm Share Members one of the most fulfilling aspects of growing organic produce for the local community. Basic information about why CSA is vital to a healthy local food system, as well as information about our farm share program are below. For more information and/or to sign up, go to our online CSA Storefront.
Isabelle Farm’s Farm Share program is based on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. CSA is a mutually beneficial relationship between farmers and community members that keeps working agricultural land in production. CSA has become increasingly popular over the last 20 years, with thousands of small farms around the country and the world adopting this model. Community members support the farm by purchasing a Farm Share before the growing season. In return, the farmer takes good care of the land while growing flavorful, healthy food. The bounty of the farm is then returned to the Farm Share members, who receive a variety of fresh produce every week throughout the growing season at a competitive price.
In addition to our Farm Shares, we are also excited to offer Partner Program Shares with Ela Family Farms for Western Slope Organic Fruit and Conscious Coffees for Fair-Trade Organic Fresh-Roasted Coffee.
To read customer testimonials about our Farm Share program, please go to localharvest.org.
What’s included in an Isabelle Farm Share?
The 2017 CSA Farm Share Program will run 20 weeks, from mid-June through the end of October. Each season, farm Share members receive a bountiful selection of just-picked, in-season produce, grown organically. The weekly variety and quantity increase as the growing season progresses. Farm Share members will receive lots of favorites (such as kale, chard, beets, mixed greens, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and carrots), as well as smaller amounts of items with shorter growing seasons (such as cantaloupe, watermelon, sweet corn and roasted chiles).
For many members, the connection to the farm is as valuable as the produce that they receive. When members pick up their Share at the farm, they have the opportunity to connect with the source of their food and to learn more about sustainable agriculture. Members enjoy receiving Field Notes, our weekly Farm Share newsletter, which contains weekly reports from the field, recipes, agriculture and produce trivia, farmhand bios and more. (Read a sample newsletter from August 2015.)
How much food is in a Farm Share?
A Large Weekly Farm Share is designed to provide a vegetable-loving family of 4 with enough produce to last the week. A Medium Weekly Share provides 2-3 people with enough produce to last a week. Share members can expect to receive 4-8 varieties of produce per week (a total of 4-20 pounds per week depending on share size and the time of the season).
If you have additional questions, please email Natalie Condon at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to hear from you soon!