CSA= COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE
CSA is a business model based in mutual respect between food producers and consumers who make choices in response to one another’s needs. We are a group of producers working to bring you something you need: nutritious food all winter. CSA members are a group of customers working to bring us something we need: a secure winter income for the work that we do. By joining the Sparrowbush Winter CSA you are voting for sustainable agriculture in Columbia County and sustainable livelihoods for this group of growers and producers.
OUR WINTER CSA PROGRAM:
Our Winter CSA is modeled on an ideal of a local winter diet; staples that are sound through the winter; exciting fresh greens and herbs from our unheated hoophouses; dairy, lamb, and beef raised on grass; eggs, chicken and pork raised on pasture and local grain; and fresh, nutritious bread made from grain grown right here in Columbia County.
The deepening of winter limits the vegetable scope to the most hardy and best storage varieties, so you should expect the largest diversity of vegetables in November and December and the least diversity of vegetables in March and April. The dairy, egg, meat and bread portions of the share will remain more consistent throughout the season.
The CSA runs from November through April. Pickups are alternating Wednesdays from 4-7pm at the farm - there are 12 pickups in total. The cost of the share is $1,250. We only offer the full share, no halves or partial shares. We offer a limited number of sliding scale shares, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
All shares are picked up at the farm in the barn. We don't pack boxes - members collect their share from tables buffet-style. CSA pickups often become a social meeting place during the short winter days, giving farmers and members a chance to get to know one another. Members are expected to pickup their share or arrange for someone else to.
WHAT'S IN A SHARE//WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
6-10 items, fresh greens every pickup
Grown by Sparrowbush Farm using organic practices. Stored and seasonal for winter and spring. Each pickup will include 8-15 pounds. For the winter farm share we grow:
ROOTS: beet, carrot, potato, sweet potato, winter radish, turnip, rutabaga, celeriac, kohlrabi, parsnip.
FRESH GREENS: arugula, spinach, salad mix, kale, swiss chard, collard greens, lettuce, pea shoots, radicchio, endive, cabbage, collard greens. Stored or grown in our unheated hoophouses.
SEASONAL ITEMS: winter squash, pumpkins, radishes, brussel sprouts, bunched radishes & salad turnips.
HERBS AND ALLIA: onion, shallot, garlic, leek, scallion, fresh and dried herbs & dried hot peppers
BREAD: One Loaf per pickup from Sparrowbush Bakery. Bread is all naturally leavened (aka sourdough) and made with 100% stone ground flour milled in our bakery.
EGGS: 2 doz per pickup. From Hearty Roots Farm
DAIRY : You will receive 1 quart of yogurt at every pickup and 1 cheese every other pickup. From Chaseholm Farm and Creamery. Chaseholm Farm’s dairy herd is 100% grassfed.
PORK: from Chaseholm Farm, raised on organic grain and dairy products from the farm
LAMB: from Gansvoort Farm, 100% grassfed.
BEEF: from Chaseholm Farm, 100% grassfed.
CHICKEN: from Yundwell Pastured Poultry for winter stocks and stews.
Meat is free choice. You'll be designated an amount of 'Meat Points' at the beginning of the share to use at your discretion throughout the winter. We will not have all cuts available at every pickup, but do our best to offer a variety of choices each pickup.
We are slaughtering and butchering whole animals from all our meat producers for the CSA, which makes for a nice variety, but also means there can be limits on certain cuts (like bacon...) Though we do our best to offer a variety of cuts each pickup, we will not have all cuts available at every pickup, so please be prepared to try new or different things.
WHERE - Pickup is at the farm in Livingston. We are pinned on Googlemaps, which is the best way to find us.
WHEN - The share runs from November through April. Pick ups are on alternating Wednesdays between 4 and 7 pm, with a 3 week break for the holidays. The dates for this season are:
November 7th and 19th (NOTE! The 19th is a Monday, the only non-Wednesday pickup of the season) December 5th and 19th January 9th and 23rd February 6th and 20th March 6th and 20th April 3rd and 17th
At the first pickup you’ll get a calendar with the pickup dates highlighted to help remember. We also send out email reminders the day before each pickup.
If you cannot make every pickup date, feel free to send a friend in your place. You're also welcome to split your share with a friend, alternating dates or even months.
MISSED PICKUPS - Our policy on missed pickups is as follows: We’ll happily box your share for you TWICE during the season and you will be charged a $15 boxing fee. We use that fee to contribute to our sliding scale shares. But that’s it! After two missed pickups, you will forfeit that weeks food. Please consider whether this works for you when you are thinking about joining the CSA. The boxing policy is meant to help members if circumstances don’t allow them to make it to pickup or can’t arrange to have it pickup up, but we ask that members don’t think of it as an additional service we offer.
The winter farmshare costs $1,250 for 12 pickups over 6 months.
You must select and stick to one of the following payment plans.
1. ONE AND DONE:
Pay full $1250 upfront when you sign up for your share. If you are able to pay at once, please do!
Five installments of $250. The first installment acts as your deposit, holding your share when you signup. Four more payments of $250 are due at the first pickups in December, January, February, and March.
FAQ: CAN I GET A CUSTOM SHARE?
Unfortunately, we cannot offer customized shares (i.e. signing up for a vegetable and meat share). If dietary restrictions are a concern, we recommend that you find a friend or neighbor who wants to take the portions of your share that you won't eat.
FAQ: HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES ONE CSA SHARE FEED?
Of course this depends on how you use your share - do you try to eat almost exclusively from the share or do you use it as a supplement to regular grocery trips? Taking that into account, our members report that the share feeds between 2 and 5 people.
FAQ: CAN I SHARE MY SHARE WITH A FRIEND?
Yes, definitely! As long as you make all arrangements for how you will split up your full share, you are welcome to share it with someone else. We do not offer half shares.