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Primer On CSA

Posted 1/15/2019 10:05am by David Zemelsky.

CSA, for those of you who draw a blank when you see those letters, stands for Community Sustained Agriculture.  Community-that's you!.  Agriculture-that's us.  And when you buy a share of a CSA,that's the Sustained part, well that's you.  Ok.  There are two opportunities that happen around this concept.  Well, three, actually.  First, the member saves a lot of cash by putting their money up front.  Around 20% actually.  Second, members acquire real food that has been produced within a short distance of their home.  The third opportunity is for the farmer.  They get an infusion of cash just at the moment when there seems like they can't imagine being able to find one more penny.  Maybe there's something a bit strange about putting this out so blatantly but heck, a farm is just as much a business  as Grippo's.  We're all friends here, so there's no point in pretending otherwise.  So, those three very important things happen when you join a CSA.

How does CSA work, you might ask.  Each CSA is different and for that matter, our CSA's way of doing business has evolved over the years.  It use to be that people would show up on the appointed day and they'd get a specific quantity of produce.  If you missed a week for vacation, then you'd either  lose for that week, or get a friend to enjoy it.  Now, we offer you the option of skipping a week or so to accommodate for a vacation.  Additionally, there's plenty of room for you to specify each week exactly what you want.  In that way, even though we might have a lot of a certain vegetable that you don't care for,  it would be easy for you to get more of what you want.  And that's what we want for you, too.

The day before pick up day, we'll send you notes about what's available and also keep you up to speed on our successes and not so success on the farm.  Your job is to email us back your specific produce wishes.  Then, its our job to make sure that you get those things.  There might be times when we run out of something unexpectedly- one never knows.

Pick up day will probably be Thursday, at the Durham Farmer's Market.  This is a bit different then past years, but we see it as an opportunity for you to get other people's  wares at the market.  When visiting our booth, it will be exactly like shopping, except that you've already paid for it.  I like it. 

It would also be true that as a member of the CSA, you'll have an opportunity to really get into our heirloom tomato world in a big way.  Heirlooms are so unlike anything else out there.  Its like comparing Meryl Streep to  Collin McEnroe.  Collin is good and satisfying for what he does, but he's not like experiencing Meryl Streep as an artist.  On the one hand, you've got a very smart, witty individual who seems to have an unlimited knowledge about everything.  While on the other hand, you've got this amazing artist who can reach right into your very soul and touch places in your emotional life that you had no idea existed.  Get the idea?  Meryl's the heirloom tomato here and Collins something that you'd find at Stop N' Shop.  No offense, Collin.

Payment plans can be made.  We look for a $200 deposit to show your commitment.  If you need to put your payment on a credit card, we'll do that.(We'll have to do the transaction over the phone.  Not a problem.) A small fee will incur for this.  Sign up right on our website.  It more than easy.  Also, if you're a former CSA member,  it gets even easier to sign up. Go to our website at: Starlightgardensct.com.  At the top of the page, choose the tab marked " CSA Spring/Summer 2019".  Click on that and then go to the sign up section.

If this is a new experience for you and you're not sure it will work for you, we can put you in touch with current CSA members that can relay their experiences with our CSA.

As a CSA member, we'll be offering you a 10% discount on our herb and vegetable plants throughout the  season.

Lastly, this is great food.  Everyone now knows, eat basic foods, stay way from processed food  Michael Pollan, author of the Omnivore's Dilemma , puts it succinctly "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. "  Pretty basic, right?

We wish you a healthy New Year,