CSA

Community Supported Agriculture

CSA vegetables

 

 

 

 

Support your farmer, Reap the rewards

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It’s a partnership with your farmer focusing on producing high quality foods using ecologically sound methods of farming. CSA members support the budget of the farm during the off season and, in return, receive a share of what’s in season. We began our traditional CSA program in 2007.  In 2015, we began to offer two different share types. Read below for an explanation of the two types and the different options.

Traditional Box Share

Our traditional CSA’s focus is on a system of weekly pick-up of vegetables at one of several locations. Your share will contain an assortment of vegetables and fruits harvested from the farm, according to what is in season. The amount and varieties will be based on your share size. The 2018 CSA season runs from May 20th to October 20th.  This share type is available in Raymore on Tuesday afternoons and Lee’s Summit on Wednesday and Saturday mornings and does not include any non-produce items.

Full Share

Full  share: $450 – 7 to 9 different produce items per week, in quantity enough for a family of four (¾ bushel box), who cook at home frequently or;

Partial  share: $295– 5 to 7 different produce items per week, in quantity enough for a couple or family with very small children (½ bushel box), or;

Individual  share: $175– 4 to 6 different produce items per week, in smaller quantity than a partial share, suitable for a single individual (a shopping bag), or couple who cooks only a few times per week.

A $50 deposit is required for each share reserved.  You may pay in installments on a schedule of  your choosing; all shares must be paid for in full by March 1st.  Reserved shares may be cancelled prior to February 1st  to receive a refund of the deposit and any payments made toward the share  price.  Cancellations made after February  1st will result in a forfeiture of deposit.

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Market-Style Share

We now offer a “market-style” share.  The 2018 share season will run from May 20th through October 20th.

This share is an alternative to our traditional share box. In this style, the member invests money in the off-season the same as the traditional share. However, instead of receiving a weekly box, the member selects what they want from the produce available on the table on their own schedule.

Money invested in this share translates into a credit to your account, plus bonus funds depending on how much money is invested; the larger the investment, the higher the bonus. Purchases made at the stand are deducted from this account and we track your spending for you. In addition, 5% of your total account credit for the season may be used to purchase meat or eggs.

Small: invest $200 for $220 credit (10% return on investment)

Medium: invest $300 for $335 credit (12% return on investment)

Large: invest $400 for $460 credit (15% return on investment)

Extra Large: invest $500 for $600 credit (20% return on investment)

A $50 deposit is required for each share reserved.  You may pay in installments on a schedule of  your choosing; all shares must be paid for in full by March 1st.  Reserved shares may be cancelled prior to February 1st  to receive a refund of the deposit and any payments made toward the share  price.  Cancellations made after February  1st will result in a forfeiture of deposit.

If you’d rather pick what you want in your share or you can’t make it to market every week, this may be the style for you.  These shares are available at all our stands in Raymore, Lee’s Summit and Harrisonville; non-veggie purchases are limited to 5% of your total account credit for the season.

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Breakdown: Traditional vs. Market Style

A little bit of a pro/con list to help you decide…

Traditional

Pros: Guaranteed an assortment of the produce available each week; set volume of items; ability to stop by the market any time during a 3- to 4-hour window; any crop with limited volume is given to traditional box shares first.

Con: Items in the box are selected for you; if you miss a week without notification, your share is donated; pick up is restricted to 3 markets and you must make arrangements to pick up at one other than where you are registered.

Market Style

Pros: You get to choose what you get; no requirement to be at market each week; flexibility on the volume of items; you may shop at any market stand as frequently as you like.

Con: If you’re a late shopper you may miss out on the most popular or limited quantity items; if you have money left in your account at the end of the season it is forfeited.

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