In 2016, Cliff's Market and Jones Country Gardens will be offering CSA shares available at all three store locations. It is with great excitement that we look forward to the opportunity to provide our customers with some of the freshest and most nutritious produce possible.
For those not familiar with the CSA concept, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and provides customers the opportunity to invest in a local farm. You, the customer, are able to purchase up front a share of the coming season's produce. By doing so, you are committing to partner with the grower and share the risk and/or bounty of the growing season. In return, the farmer agrees to provide a weekly share of the season's produce. This arrangement provides many benefits to both the consumer and the farmer.
This year's CSA will begin the last week of May or first week of June, depending on the weather, and will run for 23 weeks, which takes us to November. The cost per share is $475, which is $20.65 per week. For this amount, you will receive 5 to 10 items each week. You can also choose to receive a half share, which is 12 weeks at $275, with delivery every other week, or customizeable to fit your schedule. Early in the season will probably be lighter, while later towards peak season, there will be abundant items available. Our goal this year is to grow all of our produce using natural growing methods and sustainable products. We will not be using any synthetic based fertilizers or chemicals. We are striving for healthy soil, which leads to healthy plants and healthy produce!!
Potential Share Items:
* Early Season: arugula, salad mix, spinach, head lettuce, green onions, radishes, chard, kale, peas, broccoli, kohlrabi, turnips
* Mid Season: tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, peppers, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, beets, onions, cabbage, sweet corn, melons, green beans
* Late season: winter squash, radishes, spinach, salad mix, beets, leeks, brussel sprouts, cabbage, celery, kale, potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, carrots