Community Supported Agriculture - CSA

Farm. Fresh. Local.

 

 What exactly is a CSA or community supported agriculture?

 The short answer is that you are prepaying for fresh vegetables and fantastic grilling/roasting meats for the summer.  It is actually a win win all the way around.  By prepaying for your produce and meats you are locking in your pricing early.  You are also helping to support our regional farmers during the quietest time of the year when revenue streams are at their lowest but the bills still need to be paid.

It's a great thing to know not only where your meats and vegetables are coming from, but also the people who tend it from start to harvest. Farms take a lot of time, energy, and manpower to operate so it's not uncommon to see mom, dad, grandma, cousins, teens and children all lending a hand to continue this important part of our heritage and healthy lifestyle.  In Southern Vermont there are a lot of farms that have been in the family for generations.  Adams Family Farm has been a working farm since the 1800's.  Boyd Family Farm began as a dairy farm in the 1920's and now provide delectable vegetables, fruits and breathtaking flowers in the summer & fall.  Adams Family Farm was originally known for their maple syrup,lumber & woodworking.  They have  transititioned through the years to a USDA facility to process their antibiotic and hormone free livestock as well as summer fun events like paintball and horseback riding, sleigh rides in the winter and sugaring in the spring.

 

 Adams Family Farm (802) 464-3762 15 Higley Hill Road, Wilmington, VT 05363

Adams family farm operates year-round, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  You don’t get to take a day off in farming, there’s always something that needs tending to, and your animals all rely on you for their care.  During the late fall, winter, and early spring the animals all require extra attention as they cannot forage on the grass of the summer pastures, so they require a lot of hay during the months of November thru April, and a little into May.  During these months, operating the farm isn’t quite as friendly on the wallet, this is a great time for non-farmers to assist the small farmer through things like a CSA share (community supported agriculture).  The farmer uses the monies received from the purchase of these shares to help offset the additional expenses the farm acquires during these months of the year. In turn, the farmer rewards you with added value to your dollar when you pick up your bi-weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly share package. Examples of this is shown in our CSA brochure. A CSA share, or Meat Money Added Value card are some of the ways to help support the farmer and support your family with quality foods that you know where it came from, and how it was raised.

 

 

Boyd Family Farm 802-464-5618      125 East Dover Road Wilmington, Vermont

This farm credit may be used any day of the week, any hour we are open, on any products the farm produces.  Organically Grown Vegetables , Pesticide free PYO or Pre-Picked Berries, Annual Plants, Annual Plant Hangers, Perennials,  Trees ,Shrubs, Pumpkins, Gourds or Holiday Wreaths and Christmas Trees are all products that can be purchased using your CSA Farm Credit. Please let us know if you are asking someone else to pick up your share or if you would like us to select a basket of produce for you.
The farm share can be purchased between Feb. 1st and April 30th, 2012.  A whole share is $500.00 with a farm incentive amount of $50.00 which we add to your account for you to spend as you please.  A half share is $250.00  with a farm incentive of $25.00 for a total of $275.00. It is like getting a $25.00 or $50.00 dollar coupon for things you purchase already! Share credits are good till December 31, 2012. Payment plans available. Boyd Family Farm boydfarm@sover.net Home Office p.802.464.5618. Limited Shares available.