Community Supported Agriculture
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for community-supported agriculture and is a food distribution system that connects local farms directly to customers through a mutually beneficial relationship. The customer receives super fresh, local vegetables and the farmer gets a guaranteed market for their produce, while receiving upfront funds.
CSA customers benefit by getting priority on the best produce from the farm – our best crops always go to our CSA customers first, with any excess then being made available to our farmers market shoppers. However, this food distribution model also means the customer joins the farmer in the risks and rewards of a season. If the season is bountiful, the shares will be larger. While if crops struggle, shares may be leaner.
When does the season start?
We currently offer two CSA seasons: Spring and Summer. In previous years, the spring season began in March and the summer season began in May. We will announce exact start dates through our weekly newsletter email.
What types of vegetables will I receive?
You will receive between 5 and 7 different types of vegetables each week. In the beginning of the spring season you may receive items like salad mix, kale, mixed greens, carrots, radishes, radicchio and green onions. As the season progresses expect to recieve summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers in addition to many of the earlier season crops mentioned above.
In the beginning of the summer season you may receive salad mix, kale, chard, summer squash, radishes, zucchini, bunching onions, cucumbers, and more. As the season progresses expect to receive tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, okra, basil and other items in addition to many of the earlier season crops.
Many of our late summer crops (like okra) will produce a large bounty, so expect to receive a consistent share of these items up until the first frost of the year.
While we do our best to ensure variety in each share and from week-to-week, but there will be periods in the season where you may receive the same item for several weeks in a row.
In our prior CSAs, we’ve found that most weeks the value of the shares exceeds the $25 customer cost. When we have a bountiful harvest, the size and quantity of items increases substantially. You will also receive priority on limited availability items.
Will I know what is in my share in advance? Any advice on how to store and prepare the items?
Yes, we will send you an email prior to receiving the share with a list of the week’s items, recipes and more!
How do I get my shares?
We are offering home delivery and on-farm pickups. Deliveries incur a weekly fee. We will make deliveries to your home on Wednesday afternoons. We are only able to deliver to Pensacola, Cantonment, Molino and Atmore, Alabama. Please contact us if you have any questions about our delivery areas.
Our farm is located approximately 45 minutes north of Pensacola, and around 2 miles south of Atmore, Alabama. On-farm pick-ups will need to be made between 1pm and 6pm on Wednesday afternoons during the season.
Do I have to be home to receive the delivery?
No, we will happily leave the share on your front porch or another designated area. To keep the vegetables fresh, we do recommend you have arrangements to move the vegetables inside as soon as possible. If available, we suggest leaving a cooler on the front porch for us to drop the share in. We will send more details about deliveries as we get closer to the season.
What if I’m out of town, unable to pick-up my share, do not like types of vegetables or want a refund after I sign up?
If you will be out of town and unable to receive your share you can either “bump” your share to the following week (receiving two shares) or receive a $25 credit to use at our Farmers Market booth. We do require advance notice of 5 days if you are unable to pick-up your share or need to cancel your delivery. We are able to accommodate up to 2 of these requests during each season.
Unfortunately, we do not offer trade-ins for vegetables nor can we customize shares during the season. After the season begins, we are unable to offer refunds. If you are still unsure if the CSA is right for you, please email us for more information before your sign up.
How much does it cost?
Our CSA is $25 per week. Deliveries incur a weekly fee.
How do I sign up for the CSA?
We will announce when sign ups begin and exact start dates through our weekly newsletter email. You can join our newsletter by clicking below.