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CSA is a shared risk venture. Before you sign up, please read below about what that means.
Urban Roots Farm is a four season farm which means we utilize season extension equipment such as High Tunnels; Low Tunnels; and Greenhouses to provide locally grown, Certified Naturally Grown, fresh veggies to you all year long. Our intention is to provide you with a minimum of 5-9 different vegetables per week. A Large share will feed a family of four or two adults who cook at home regularly and eat a lot of veggies. We are offering Small shares for those of you who cannot use a Large share each week. Every week the share will change.
Please read this article about Urban Roots Farm CSA if you are thinking about joining for the first time.
The 2017 Summer CSA will run from May 9th to October 24th with 24 shares provided over that 25 week span. During the summer we offer a Small share and a Large share. You will find a wide variety of produce with weekly ideas for cooking and storage.
Distribution days are on Tuesdays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. We offer home delivery and have a second drop off site at Homegrown Food.
Below is an example of a small share in October with the addition of a bread and an egg share. This share had Yellow Squash, Tomatoes, Leaf Lettuce, Spring Green Mix, Chives, Radish, Garlic, and Kale. (apples are not included, but we bring in seasonal fruit as it's available, for members to purchase a la carte)
In the photo below is an example of a Large Share in October with the addition of a bread and an egg share. It had Okra, Leaf lettuce, Greens Mix, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Celery, Bok choi, Radishes, and Arugula.(apples are not included, but we bring in seasonal fruit as it's available, for members to purchase a la carte)
The summer season offers such a great variety of veggies. You will recieve a well rounded basket of your typical veggies such as, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, onions, egg plant, herbs, squash, cabbage and lettuces. Along with some surprises like the bok choi, kohlrabi, celery, beets, fennel and much more. We enjoy variety, but know your favorites and want to keep your bellies full.
One of our ideals from day one has been to ensure access to quality fresh produce to people with varied financial boundaries, while also ensuring that we are able to make a fair living farming. This has proven to be very challenging, as those goals have been revealed to be ironically at odds with one another. We've tried a few different ideas to move those goals closer together, but nothing has really fit the bill yet. This coming summer season however we will be implementing a new payment structure which we hope will allow CSA to work for more people. Basically it will take the pain of the lump sum out of the CSA by allowing our members to make a deposit before the season (still meeting the farmers need for "seed money"), but then pay the remainder of their balance through monthly automatic drafts.
The cost for the 2017 Summer CSA shares are $670.00 (Large) and $395.00 (Small)
Bread! Eggs! Mushrooms! These are all add-ons to your share purchase.
Shared risk is an important concept woven into the CSA model which takes the arrangement beyond the usual commercial transaction. Many times, the idea of shared risk is part of what creates a sense of community among members, and between members and the farmers. If a hailstorm takes out all the peppers, everyone is disappointed together, and together they cheer on the winter squash and broccoli. Most CSA farmers feel a great sense of responsibility to their members, and when certain crops are scarce, they make sure the CSA gets served first. Still, it is worth noting that very occasionally things go wrong on a farm. We promise to work hard, and grow the very best vegetables we know how. We have a strong belief in “community” and feel this is where we fit within ours.
Volunteer hours are not required. However, we welcome and greatly appreciate your time in the field with us. We host periodic Volunteer Days and are happy to have you join us anytime throughout the week.
Core Group meetings are every other month (unless needed more often) and very inspiring. This group is made up of CSA members, or individuals that are interested in supporting our farm and helping guide us as we grow and change. Many things have come from this group like videos, events, CSA feedback, farm volunteer positions and crop selection. We will send a call out in the beginning of the season and welcome anyone that is interested.
As always please call us with any questions @ 417-597-4858