Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
At Heartstrong Farm, everyone is welcome and our goal is for all who come to be fed. Along this vein, we operate as a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm in addition to attending local farmers markets.
CSA is a pathway for individuals and families to connect directly with their food and support their local farmers through long term face-to-face interactions that foster transparency, trust, friendship, community engagement, local economy, and connection to the land.
Our main goal is to increase local access to wholesome produce, beautiful flowers, and healing herbs. When folks sign up for our CSA share subscription, they commit to supporting our production as small-scale farmers and more affordable access to fresh food as CSA members receive produce at lower rate per pound relative to market and grocery store prices. As young and beginning farmers, we strive to produce and market in such a way that balances environmental stewardship, healthy food access, and farm business viability to promote a happy and resilient community.
Our growing season begins in the greenhouse in early spring, wrapping up in early winter with the goal of 30 weeks.
Our CSA share subscriptions run for 26 weeks beginning in June and ending in November after Thanksgiving.
CSA shares will be comprised of 6-10 different items, as well as a sample of healing herbs and a bouquet of cut flowers each week while in season.
Here is a sample of crops we offer throughout the growing season:
Spring: Arugula, asian greens, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, collards, lettuce, radish, salad mix, spinach, herbs, and cut flowers
Summer: Cucumber, Chinese cabbage, eggplant, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, peppers (hot and sweet), salad mix, summer squash, tomatoes (cherries and slicers), herbs, and cut flowers
Fall: Arugula, asian greens, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, Swiss chard, collard greens, kale, lettuce, onions, peppers, sweet potatoes, radish, rutabaga, spinach, turnip, winter squash, herbs, and cut flowers
Winter: Beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, Swiss chard, collard greens, kale, onions, radish, turnips, winter squash, microgreens, and herbs
Herbs: Basil, borage, calendula, chamomile, cilantro, echinacea, parsley, thai basil, tulsi/holy basil
Flowers: Celosia, cosmos, dahlias, gomphrena, larkspur, marigolds, rudbeckia, sunflowers, zinnias, and foraged wildflowers and ornamental grasses
Importantly, member experience is of primary importance at Heartstrong Farm. 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 produce preferences, so that we can continue to curate a mutually enjoyable experience.
Our CSA subscriptions are available in 3 packages:
- Summer Harvest Share: 13 weeks June through August
- Fall Harvest Share: 13 weeks September through November
- Full Season Harvest Share: 26 weeks June through November
Within those packages, members can choose between a Full Share or a Half Share.
A Full Share provides a family of 2-4 with vegetables for a week, as well as a sample of herbs and a bouquet of cut flowers (10-15lbs of fresh produce per share, varying with crop production).
A Half Share provides a couple with vegetables for the week, as well as a sample of herbs and a bouquet of cut flowers ( 5-8lbs of fresh produce per share, varying with crop production).
CSA subscriptions are priced as follows:
- Summer Harvest Share: June – August
- Half – $170 for 13 weeks
- Full – $ 300 for 13 weeks
- Fall Harvest Share: August – November
- Half – $170 for 13 weeks
- Full – $300 for 13 weeks
- Full Season Harvest Share: June – November
- Half – $300 for 26 weeks
- Full – $300 for 13 weeks (bi-weekly pick up)
- Full – $560 for 26 weeks
CSA subscriptions will be sold in advance of the growing season, but new members can join at any time until subscriptions are full and prices will be prorated.
Our main CSA pick up location will be at our farm in Staley, NC on Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7:00pm. Members are invited to bring their families and friends to the farm to pick up their shares, take a tour, and hang out with us (your farmers!) and other CSA members.
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 to us.
2017 Market Presence: Shares can also be picked us at our farmers market stand. Starting in May, you can find us at the Fearrington Farmers Market on Tuesdays from 4 to 6pm, the Siler City Oasis Open Air Market on Wednesdays from 10-1pm, and on Saturdays at the Chatham Mills Farmers Market from 8am to noon. Come say hello and share in the season’s bounty!
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 $50 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 going strong.
To sign up fill out the Member Agreement form below and send to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 10435 US HWY 64 E, Staley, NC 27355.