CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

[Sign ups for the 2018 growing season will open soon, so be sure to check back!]

At Heartstrong Farm, all are welcome and our goal is for all who come to be fed. Along this vein, we operate as a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm, and also attend local farmers markets.

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CSA is a communal movement for connecting to the local food system. CSA members purchase “shares” of the harvest before the season begins, and once the harvest starts rollin’ you receive a weekly (or bi-weekly) “share” of the bounty.

This relationship facilitates a rhythmic connection with the seasons, the soil, and the ebb and flow of farm life (weather, pests, highs, lows, and all). By participating in a CSA, you directly engage with your food source by investing in and supporting your local farmer through long term face-to-face interactions that cultivate transparency, community engagement, local economy, and connection to the land.

The Farm & CSA

Our growing season begins in early February in the greenhouse, wrapping up in the field come late November.

CSA share subscriptions run for a 28 weeks, beginning in May and ending the week of Thanksgiving in November with a 2 week break in-between at the beginning of August.

CSA shares will be comprised of 6-10 different produce items and a bundle of culinary herbs each week, with an add-on option of a weekly bouquet of seasonal flowers (May-September).

At the beginning of each week, members receive a newsletter with photos and updates about the farm, as well as a list of what to expect in that week’s share and recipe ideas for cookin’ up a delicious storm.

Here is our evolving list of crops offered throughout the growing season:

Spring: Arugula, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, collards, fennel, lettuce, radish, salad mix, spinach, Swiss chard

Summer: Beans, cucumbers, Chinese cabbage, eggplant, kale, lettuce, peppers (hot and sweet), potatoes, salad mix, summer squash, tomatoes (cherries and slicers), seasonal herbs

Fall: Arugula, Asian greens, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, Swiss chard, collard greens, kale, lettuce, onions, peppers, pumpkin, radish, salad mix, spinach, turnip, winter squash, seasonal herbs

Winter: Beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collards, kale, radish, Swiss chard, turnips, winter squash

Herbs: Holy basil/tulsi, Genovese basil, lime basil, Thai basil, cilantro, parsley

Flowers: Celosia, cosmos, dahlias, gomphrena, marigolds, rudbeckia, sunflowers (lots of em!), zinnias, and foraged wildflowers and ornamental grasses

CSA subscriptions are available in 2 packages:

  1. Full Share: Weekly pick up (28 weeks)
  2. Half Share: Bi-weekly pick up (14 weeks)

Full Share is a wonderful fit for the veggie loving home, providing weekly produce for 2-4.

Half Share is the same size as the Full, but with bi-weekly pick up. This option is great for individuals and families who keep a home garden but are interested in adding other fun ingredients to their kitchen adventures.

CSA subscriptions will be sold in advance of the growing season, but new members can join at any time for a prorated price until subscriptions are full.

Our main CSA pick up location will be on the farm in Staley, NC on Wednesday evenings from 4 to 6:30pm. Members are invited to bring family and friends to the farm to pick up their shares, take a tour, and hang out with your farmer and other CSA members. Pick ups are also available at our weekly farmers market stands and on Thursday’s at Four Saints Brewery in Asheboro from 4-6:30p.

We want our CSA members to enjoy a delicious, nutritious, and beautiful experience with our produce and the farm. At the end of the season we will survey our members on their experience and preferences, so that we can continue to curate a mutually enjoyable relationship.

At Heartstrong, we want to serve as many as possible. If you are interested in a share but the cost is prohibitive, please reach out.

PAYMENT & SIGN-UP

Please make checks out to Heartstrong Farm LLC and mail to 10435 US HWY 64 E, Staley, NC 27355.

A deposit of $100 that is non-refundable and applied toward the total cost of your CSA is due at sign-up to reserve your spot.  The balance is due on or before the first CSA pick up.

Payment in Full at the time of sign-up is preferred, as it gives us the greatest support as we manage late winter and early spring expenses to get the season growing strong.

We look forward to growing along with you!

 

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