Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
In Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), shareholders commit to supporting a farm throughout the season. Members pay up front when farmers need the capitol most and in return they receive a share of the harvest each week. Together eaters and growers share in the risks and bounties, the beauty and the community of the farm. CSA gives you the opportunity to ask how your food is grown, to see how it is grown, and to help out in the fields. In choosing to join a CSA you also help to keep local farm land productive and have a say in how the land in your community is treated. It is about eating to the benefit of the community, the land, and your own wellness.
It’s more than a bag of vegetables. At Hand Hollow Farm, CSA is truly realized in community celebrations and workdays, food preservation workshops, weekly farm newsletters, and each interaction between neighbors, members, and the farmer.
Members of Hand Hollow Farm CSA pick up their share at the farm once a week. Distribution is held on Wednesdays from 4-7 and on Saturdays from 9-Noon. At distribution, members fill up their share bag with their own choices from that day’s harvest. This year shares are available in full or small size. A full share is designed for a family of four or two adult vegetarians. A small share is great for individuals, part-time residents, and less vegetable oriented eaters. In addition, all members may pick herbs and flowers. Only members who purchase u-pick access can harvest other u-pick crops. This gives you the option of heading out to the field, spending time on the farm, while picking additional produce. U-pick crops include snap peas, green beans, cherry tomatoes, husk cherries, tomatillos, edamame, and more.