2015 is bringing new options for the your CSA Subscriptions!
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are different for every farm and community. We are proud of the fact that we provide the freshest Alexander County fruits and vegetables to our CSA members. Our CSA helps our local economy. We utilize fruits from local orchards for our Full-season and Summer produce subscriptions. New to 2015 we are offering a Strawberry Subscription and an Egg Subscription. These are offered to members only and numbers are limited. By joining our CSA program you will become part of our family farm.
How Does Our CSA Program Work?
What is available during the growing season?
As a CSA Member, you purchase a subscription to our produce before the beginning of our growing season. During the harvest season, you receive a weekly box/bag of our freshest seasonal produce from June to late-October. There will be 3 growing seasons during the harvest season: spring, summer, and fall. Spring crops include: tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, Spring onions, radishes, carrots, beets, and leaf lettuce. Summer crops include: tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, new potatoes, dry onions, green beans, lima beans, Swiss chard, peppers, sweet corn, okra, watermelon, and cantaloupes. Fall crops include: tomatoes, squash, zucchini, green beans, peppers, broccoli, cabbage, collards, Crowder peas, kale, leaf lettuce, October beans, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
Our Commitment to Each Other
When you become a member, you are dedicating yourself to being our customer for the year – therefore providing us with a secure market for our produce. Likewise, we dedicate ourselves to being your farmers. We will achieve this by providing your family with the largest variety of nutritious vegetables that we can grow.
Shared Risk; Shared Bounty
Right now, we are starting the process of planning, sowing, transplanting, and projected harvesting for our 2015 season. Sometimes, due to the unpredictability of the weather, diseases, or pests, those projected yields look a lot better than the actual ones. We cannot give you a guarantee in February that we will have watermelons in July. However, we promise that we will grow a diverse selection of produce for the entire season. We grow a wide variety of vegetables and plant multiple plantings throughout the growing season, to help distribute the risk of crop failure and ensure that you have veggies in your shares. If any portion of the crop fails we compensate for the failed crop with others ready at the same time, as best we can. We cannot give guarantees; only God knows what 2015 holds for us. But, know that we are committed; putting our time, land, and resources out there for you. We will do our very best to bring you a beautiful and diverse subscription each week.
One of the premises of a CSA program is that the members share the benefits and the risks of the farm. The members do so through their financial support for our program. We provide the land, labor, expertise, and risks involved in growing the crops. The members agree to share the risk and are expected to contribute their share price no matter what the season brings. We will not refund CSA share money in the event of a crop loss.
The CSA members receive priority on crop availability over our farm stand. We appreciate your business and we are committed to growing for you!
What is a subscription?
We pack a “Farmer’s Choice” subscription of fresh produce from our farm, and local orchards in Alexander County. That means, whatever is being harvested that week is probably going to be in your subscription. But, the items in the subscriptions are set by us. There will not be an option to tailor your subscription to your own personal preferences. This is not a practical option for our farm. You will have a “CSA Swap Bin” at each of the pickup location, where members can trade out one item for another in the bin (1xper week). These will be items that are in that week’s subscriptions. Click here to learn more about Subscription Sizes and Examples and here to see Subscription Options and Pricing.
Really Fresh, Really Local
Growing seasons have been lost in the global food market that the big box stores push. Nowadays, you can get “fresh” produce any month of the year. You just have to be careful to read the label. It might be from Mexico, Chile, California, or Florida. Here at The Farmers’ Daughter, fresh means we hand-pick most of the vegetables in your weekly subscription within 48 hours of your pick-up day. For us, local is right here in Alexander County. So, if we don’t grow it (fruits other than strawberries), we buy it from local orchards.
Know Your Food, Know Your Farms
We will publish a weekly newsletter acquainting you with your subscription. In it, we will include some recipes, produce info, fruit grower spotlights, garden info, and farm stories. We also recommend that you prepare your kitchen to cook fresh produce. Here is a link to some recommended CSA/Seasonal cookbooks.
Come Back to Your Roots
We all came from farmer blood; some rich landowners, some tenant farmers, some slaves or indentured servants. But, most people are disconnected from the farming ties that made them part of the land. We will reconnect you through stories of farm life. You can also connect yourself and your family by joining us for our CSA Kick-off party, a visit to our U-pick strawberry field or our Strawberry Festival in May, or a hayride to the pumpkin patch in October!
How You Get Your Subscription
The majority of our subscriptions are picked up at our farm on Tuesdays, between 1pm and 6pm. Customers just like coming out to the farm. They enjoy the sights and sounds of farm life; and sometimes the smells! We are in the process of trying to secure a delivery location in Hickory. The deliveries to Hickory will be made on Wednesdays, between 10am and 3pm. You choose the most convenient location and pickup at the same day and time each week. You have at least a 5 hour window, during which you can pick up your box. Subscriptions left after the pickup time will be donated to a local food pantry that day.
Ready to sign-up for our 2015 CSA Program? Please fill out this application to take the next step toward fresh produce all season long!