CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and in it's most basic meaning it is a direct relationship between the farmer and his/her customers. No grocery stores or other middle-men. Each CSA Farm is as different and unique as the shareholders it represents. Here are some differences to consider: growing standards, share size/Cost, pick-up locations, work requirements, and even what kind of product is being grown (meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables, etc.).
Our CSA is primarily a vegetable CSA (although we do grow a good size melon patch, and look forward to providing you with berries in the near future). Our CSA share is smaller than many other CSA's offer, we figure our share will generally feed 2-3 adults or a family with young eaters; if they plan to prepare most of their meals at home. Many of our shareholders say that their CSA share "keeps them on top of eating their veggies" without overwhelming them with mass amounts of produce. The smaller share also keeps your share cost lower. A 16 week share is $425 (including 6% Idaho Sales tax), making your weekly box only about $25.
We offer 2 pick-up times/locations. The first is Saturday mornings from 8-11 at Rob's Flour Mill in Hayden (just North of Prairie Ave, off of Government Way). The second is in Coeur d'Alene from 4-6 pm in the parking lot of Runge Furniture (on 4th Street, across from Pilgrims). Our CSA pick-ups begin in mid-June and will continue for 16 weeks, through the end of September.
Farm shares are limited and sell out every year. This year we are offering 75 shares, and the majority of these shares have already been reserved. To reserve your share please fill out the registration form on our "sign Up Now" page and mail in a payment of at least $100. We ask that any remaining balance be paid by April 15th (unless you contact us for further payment arrangements).
We grow all of our produce according to the standards put forth by the National Organic Program, but we are not Certified Organic. We use NO chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. Most of our seed is Certified Organic, but we've never grown GMO crops. Seed where GMO's are of concern (such as sweet corn, zucchini, and summer squash) we are sure to purchase only organic seed. We make sure that alfalfa we buy for mulch is not GMO and continue to educate ourselves on crops that may be potential contaminants.
We look forward to being your farmers. We are a family owned and operated farm. The majority of the farming is done by Andrew while the majority of the business is done by Kristine. And of course our 3 young helpers (soon to be joined by #4) are always nearby contributing what they can. We are very passionate about food, especially local food. We love to grow it, sell it, share it, and eat it. We care about and love our shareholders as if they were our extended family, many of whom have become close friends over the years. Please contact us if you have any questions, we are always happy to talk about food and farming!! You can call us at 509-738-7301 or email us at email@example.com.