NOW OPEN: Summer Season CSA 2017
WHAT IS COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE?
CSA members participate in their own food supply by committing to share in the harvest of a local farm. Members purchase shares at the beginning of the season, and each week (every two weeks in fall and winter) receive seasonal vegetables: a subscription to the farm’s harvest. Elmwood Stock Farm’s CSA members receive gourmet-quality vegetables that have been freshly harvested to ensure high flavor and nutritional benefit.
A CSA creates a unique relationship between the consumer and the producer—nowadays, not only do many people not know what country or what state their food comes from, they certainly don’t know the farmer who picked the tomatoes they are eating. By joining a CSA, you express your support for locally grown food, for clean food and for the farmers that grow it. CSA may not replace patronizing a farmers market, but it does guarantee your access to the best of each week’s harvest. This is a way to be a part of something positive for you and your community.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Elmwood Stock Farm offers a number of CSA farm-share options year-round. (Read about each here.) We harvest our produce at the height of ripeness and distribute several days each week at convenient pickup locations in Central Kentucky, Louisville and the Cincinnati area. You choose the day and pickup location that best suits your schedule.
The variety and bounty of the vegetables you receive depend on the season: At the beginning, quantities tend to be smaller, with a focus on salad, greens, strawberries and spring veggies. Toward the middle of the season, quantities can be bountiful as tomatoes, beans and summer squash come in. By fall, the range of vegetables changes yet again, trending back toward cool-weather crops, such as broccoli, fall squash and root vegetables. For many members, it is a completely new experience to eat seasonally, and following the growing season so closely can become somewhat of an adventure. You also receive newsletters in each CSA share with food-preparation tips, recipes, crop news and other items of interest.
Because of the inherent risks of farming, we cannot guarantee what the season will bring and what vegetables will be harvested. In the past decade, we have experienced hail, drought and flooding. However, having grown vegetables at Elmwood since the early 1990s and being experienced in food production, we have always succeeded in growing an excellent variety of vegetables. You share the risk with us, but we will do everything we can to raise successful crops.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE ELMWOOD CSA?
- It’s convenient.
After we harvest, rinse, cool and pack the vegetables, we offer distribution to more than a dozen locations throughout Central and Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, as well as delivery to your door.
- You get to experience seasonal eating with high nutrition.
Through CSA, members learn about eating seasonally with, as well as enjoying, locally available foods. That means having the freshest food possible, but it also means that once the spring peas or sweet corn are gone, they won’t be back again until next year! Our farm’s growing plan contains more than 70 different crops. While this includes a few non-edible items, the vast majority is food, ensuring many new CSA members will have a chance to try something new.
- You have access to organic produce.
By meeting the standards of organic certification, you can be assured that your farm food is healthy, safe, nutritious and wholesome—and that it is raised locally on a sixth-generation Kentucky farm near to your home. You do not have to choose between eating “local” and eating “organic,” as you will be getting both! Every item we grow is USDA Certified Organic. All items in your share come only from Elmwood.
- You can enjoy special events at the farm.
Elmwood Stock Farm is a diversified, working family farm and is not open to the public on a regular basis. Each season, CSA members are invited to a farm-tour open-house event. You can bring the whole family and learn more about our vegetable gardens and organic practices and see the animals in the fields. You might get to pet one of our egg-laying hens, too!
In addition to the free open house, CSA members receive a discount to other on-farm events, including themed farm tours and chef-prepared meals.
- You get access to organic veggies for later use.
During good growing seasons, we are often rewarded with extra quantities of some items. Examples might include tomatoes for sauce or juice, pickling cucumbers, sweet corn to freeze, berries for jam, basil for pesto, or a bushel basket of hard squashes to enjoy all winter. CSA members will have first access to bulk amounts.
- You do have a choice.
We offer a “swap” box at most weekly distributions during the basic summer season. If you do not need those peppers one week, leave them behind for someone else to enjoy, and feel free to take the extra cucumbers from the swap box to replace them. By using the swap box, you can adjust your basket when it contains that one item your family just might not enjoy.
If you want to customize your share, come to the farm! At on-farm pickup choose your own share items from the bins of produce harvested for CSA that day, or grab a pre-packed share and be on your way.
- You have first option on your share of eggs or meats.
CSA members will have the first option on obtaining our organic free-range eggs and meats, including heritage turkeys, chicken and grass-fed Angus beef. Like our vegetables, we produce all eggs and meat, and you will know the source. Please review the product page of our website for complete information about our wholesome, pasture-based meats. Secure your weekly egg or meat share now along with your vegetable share. (Click for more details about meat shares and egg shares.)
- You have the satisfaction of supporting a local, family farm.
Elmwood Stock Farm is a sixth-generation family farm on the edge of suburbia in Scott County, Ky. There aren’t many farms like this left in our area. Please read more about the farm and our organic practices so you can understand what this way of life means to us as farmers and community members.
WHAT’S THE DOWNSIDE TO A CSA?
One of the reasons that people seek out a CSA farm-share membership is the same reason that some other people do not renew after their first year: seasonal eating. The variety of vegetables will change often throughout the season, and many vegetables are new to people. However, as a transition into a healthier lifestyle, some customers choose to partner with a neighbor or friend their first time purchasing a share.
Our experience is that a CSA is not a good match if:
- You do not cook at home very much.
- You or your family does not like trying new items and new recipes.
- You are out of town often or away for many weeks of the summer.
If you must miss a pickup, we encourage you to send a neighbor or friend in your place. This is an opportunity to introduce them to the CSA program and share your bounty. If your share is not picked up, it will be donated elsewhere.
Read about Elmwood Stock Farm’s CSA Share options: