Our experience is that a CSA is a good match if you:
- Cook at home often.
- Like trying new items and new recipes. You’ll find recipes, storage tips and other preservation advice throughout the season in your weekly newsletter, on Facebook and on our Pinterest page.
- Are in town for most of the season. (You can always pause your share for a short vacation or work trip.)
- Are interested in supporting small-scale, local farmers and a vibrant local-food economy.
- Want to ensure your access to healthful, wholesome food throughout the season.
If you are unsure of whether a CSA is right for you, consider splitting a share with someone who would like to explore seasonal eating with you. One of the reasons people seek out a CSA Farm Share membership is the same reason that other people do not renew after their first year: seasonal eating. The variety of vegetables changes often throughout the season, and some vegetables may be new to you.
When you join our CSA, you are signing a transferable but nonrefundable contract to be a partner with Elmwood Stock Farm for that season. We ask for this upfront commitment because we invest time and have expenses months before the first vegetables are harvested.
Because of the inherent risks of farming, we cannot guarantee what the season will bring and what vegetables will be harvested. Since Elmwood Stock Farm’s CSA began in 2003, we’ve experienced late freezes, hail, drought and flooding. Having grown vegetables for a decade before that and being certified organic since 2000, we have learned how to adapt to consistently growing an excellent variety of vegetables. You share the risk with us, and we will do everything we can to raise successful crops for you.