What is Community Supported Agriculture?
This Is How CSA Works
Working directly with you, without the intermediary of stores or wholesalers, gives us the opportunity to provide the freshest quality vegetables and competitive organic prices. This system is known as Community Supported Agriculture, or, most simply, CSA.
What Does it Mean to be a Shareholder?
With a pre-season payment, you purchase a “share” of our summer’s harvest, thus becoming a shareholder. You then receive a weekly box (or every-other-week box) of our freshest, seasonal produce during the course of our 20-week harvest season, from early June to late October. Further, you may choose to extend the season with an Extended Season Share – 2 or 4 additional boxes of storage vegetables delivered up until Thanksgiving time.
“Becoming a member of Angelic Organics [CSA] was one of the best decisions that we’ve made in healthy eating and supporting local, family-owned businesses.”
~ Google Review
A Shared Commitment
With your purchase of a share, you dedicate yourself to being our customer for the year, thus providing us a secure market — a welcome measure of certainty in the fickle world of farming! We, in turn, dedicate ourselves to being your farmers, providing you with a varied, nutritious vegetable diet. We also work diligently to connect you to the farm and your food through weekly issues of Farm News, Local Thyme Recipe Service, and our farm Field Days.
“Their communications are wonderful and the Local Thyme meal planning service is great also -“
~ Yelp Review
Shared Risk; Shared Reward
We do our very best to bring you a beautiful and bountiful box each week, but since our boss, Nature, provides no guarantees — we can’t offer any either. One of the premises of a Community Supported Agriculture program is that the shareholder shares, through the harvest, the farmers’ experience of nature’s mischief (and blessings).
Is it possible that I would pay for a share and then not receive a full season’s worth of produce due to bad weather?
The weather woes would probably never rob you of all your vegetables. Even with the flooding we experienced in 1993 (the most challenging crop year since 1974), we were able to fill our shareholders’ boxes every week and could barely close the boxes at the height of the season.
Our years of farming experience have shown us how to minimize many risks–from drought (we have an excellent irrigation system) to floods (we have the right types of equipment to get critical farming jobs done in short, dry windows of time). In recent years, increased soil fertility, enhancements in our lineup of machinery, infrastructure improvements, and advances in our growing expertise have consistently produced stellar boxes.
“We’ve never had a bad experience with them over the years.”
~ Yelp Review