What is farm-to-table?
The idea of a farm-to-table experience started popping up on the East coast in the mid 80's in the form of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms. The goal then, and now, is to provide a direct link from the farms that grow our food to the people who eat the food.
When consumers make a commitment to being members of a particular farm, they are supporting the entire farm (seeds, labor, equipment, infrastructure, etc.) not just buying the food. In today's world of large scale production, cheap food and government subsidies, it can be hard to know how to support the food and growing methods you believe in. When you purchase direct from a farm you can see, feel, and touch the source of your food. This is the best food security that we can provide our families.
When small farms have a direct, financial commitment from consumers who want their product, much of the marketing problems can be eliminated. We can then be free to concentrate on what we do best: grow wholesome, clean, nutritious food. When we have capital available in the off season, we are able to purchase inputs such as seed, soil amendments and equipment at discounted rates. Membership capital also makes it possible for us to hire labor, purchase fuel and acquire packaging supplies.
In short, your commitment to our farm makes our farm possible.
How is membership in our farm different?
The ways that farms deliver a farm-to-table experience are as different as the farms who utilize them across the country. What works for one farm and region may or may not work for another. Our goal is to not only make clean, quality food available to our local area, but also to give our members the options to eat those foods that they really enjoy.
When you purchase a membership with our farm, your membership fee can be paid in full or divided into 12 easy monthly payments and you can order at least 38 weeks of the year. We offer memberships in the form of full season shares or individual spring, summer and winter shares. You may purchase all or just one, depending on your needs. And, you have the choice of what products will make up your box each week to best meet the needs of your family.
With our system, you place an order each week at our online farm store. We then pack your products according to your order and send it off to your desired delivery location. Ready to sign up?
For weekly deliveries during the summer months and bi-monthly deliveries during the winter months, the online store will be open for orders to be placed. We will send a reminder in the form of our e-newsletter to remind you to place your order for the week, but it will be up to you to do so. If your order has not been received by the designated time we will assume you are not picking up for that week.
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