What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Here at Hickory Ridge Farm we take pride in providing top quality produce to our CSA members. All the information you'll need to become a CSA member and reap the benefits are listed below. Please contact us should you have additional questions.
It all starts here…
For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.
Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership") and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. Advantages for farmers include getting to focus on pre-planning and marketing the food early in the year, before their long days in the field begin. It also provides them an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow.
The advantages as a CSA consumer include eating ultra-fresh food (with all the flavor and vitamin benefits); getting exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking, and also developing a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and through them learning more about how food is grown.
“A happy and healthy community is not a fairytale. All you need is a seed.” — NADIA SHABAZZ, FOUNDER
Is your food organic? Yes! All our food is ethically produced without the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals. While we are not certified organic, we grow our food to those same high standards.
What food do you grow? We grow more than 25 varieties of vegetables and herbs. Many of these plants are heirloom varieties bursting with flavor. We guarantee that what we grow tastes nothing like what you buy in most stores. We also sell meat from our free range chickens and beef cattle. During our Spring Season, we ramp up with potatoes, green garlic, carrots, kale, kohlrabi, peas, salad, beets, parsley, and leeks. As temperatures warm you receive cucumbers, summer squash, beans, and the first of the tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, okra and eggplant. As temperatures cool, comes spinach, arugula, kales, mustards, Swiss chard, broccoli, cabbage, green garlic, radishes, snow peas, green onions, butternut squash, pumpkins, turnips, carrots and tomatoes. Keep in mind when you eat seasonally is that the harvest is a bell curve. The beginning harvests are smaller than the weeks that follow and as tomatoes and other favorites start producing bumper crops, your share grows. Your box will include what is in harvest and available.