Important 2020 CSA Information
If you have never been a part of our CSA you need to read this! We operate a little
differently than other CSAs.
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? Historically, CSA’s charged you money in the winter and gave you whatever they had (their choice) every week throughout the growing season. In addition members had to work a certain numbers of hours on the farm to share in the experience. This helped to educate the members about what it takes to produce their vegetables and why some crops failed and others didn’t. It also helped the farmer to get some work done too! Some people even like
that kind of thing! We the people are much lazier now though some CSA’s still require 50-100 hrs a year of labor. We don’t.
We do charge you in the winter and we do give you stuff in the summer. That is where we part paths with the Fundamentalists. We don’t require you to work on the farm in the summer though we would welcome you with open arms. Summer camp for the kids? Ha! I encourage you to at least come see that we really are growing fruits and veggies on the farm.
We do not grow everything organically. We do grow a lot of things with out man-made chemicals. We are very careful about what we do use to control problems that arise from time to time. Some crops are more susceptible to insects and diseases and we recognize that, and treat accordingly IF we think the economic threshold has been passed. This is called Integrated Pest Management or IPM and we have been practicing it for 33 years (the beginning of SIW time). It requires a lot more management and a lot less chemicals (organic or synthetic).
You select your own produce, get a discount on items we don’t grow and can have all the free compost you want (actually we have a 100 ton limit. Sorry). If you don’t have a truck we would be glad to lend you one. If you want me to deliver it is $45 per load (3 yards) and I can dump it wherever you want. You pick up your goodies on Tues., Wed., or Thurs. We are pretty strict about this as they are our slower days. However, if you absolutely can’t make it one of those days we have been known to accommodate! If you decide you need more for your big shindig on Saturday night you get a discount on that too.
If you agree to become a member you pay me in the winter and I give you fruits and vegetables that I grow once a week throughout the growing season, (Every other week for a Half Share). Typically we start to get a few things in mid June, most things in July through early October and decrease in October as the month wears on. Except for pumpkins and all the fall decorating stuff, of course. The idea is that you help us when we don’t have any money coming in and eat healthy all summer! Our canned goods are not included though you do get a discount on them. You also share in the ups and downs of the growing season. If we have a crop failure you are out of luck. But conversely, if we have a bumper crop you get extra. We are at Mother Nature’s mercy.
We try to keep an updated board with what you are entitled to each week. If you are confused by something or notice an omitted product on display PLEASE ASK FOR HELP. We do make mistakes. And don’t forget there are no substitutions. Please honor this. If you take extra someone else may get short changed. If you are permitted to have extra one week it will be reflected on the blackboard. Some days we run out of things that may be on the blackboard. It happens. We are picking and selling fresh things constantly. We don’t pick many items by the truck load and store them in huge quantities to have available all the time. Grocery stores do that. In order for them to do that they have to pick things less ripe so they will last. Not so with
SIW. We do store some things, but the majority of the items are sold the day they are
Corn is the exception. We usually keep that for two weeks or more. If anyone believed that they are not allowed to join. We pick our corn multiple times daily and feed it to the pigs if it’s left over at the end of the day. But we don’t have pigs so it goes to a good home or the compost pile. Are you cornfused yet?
If you have any questions at all please e-mail me or call.
Please send your check with a signed CSA Agreement.
H.G. Haskell III
4317 South Creek Road
Chadds Ford, PA 19317