Blog : Join Touching Earth Farm CSA through Green Lotus Yoga
Sick of paying high prices for “brand name” pre-packaged organic produce at the grocery store? With Touching Earth Farm's Community Supported Agriculture, located at the one and only active farm in Kittery, ME, you won’t have to anymore.
Joining a CSA means supporting local agriculture by paying one sum of money to a farm at the beginning of a season, after which you receive fresh produce each week for the length of the season. Having community members pay up front allows farmers to begin each season with the sufficient funds to start strong and keep it running instead of having to wait for small amounts of cash to be earned throughout the season. Each CSA promises its members that they will receive the amount of produce equivalent to the payment they gave.
Becoming a Touching Earth CSA member is easy—just fill out the form provided at Green Lotus Yoga Studio and mail it to Touching Earth with the payment. The full cost of one share is $600 and is equivalent to $30 of produce a week, for 20 weeks. If a full share seems too much, a limited number of small shares for the 2013 season are also being offered. The cost of one small share is $350 and is equivalent to $17.50 of produce a week, for 20 weeks. Splitting the cost of a share with a friend or neighbor is also an option. 60 share-holders for the 2013 season will be accepted, so be sure to get your payment in today!
The cost of the vegetables in a weekly share is calculated at a lower price than at the farmer's market, allowing members to feel assured in the fact that that their money is going toward a great cause AND a great deal.
Each week all produce will be carefully harvested, washed, and packed for members to pick up on the scheduled day. The CSA will run for approximately 20 weeks between early June and late October, until each purchased value is met. While a full share is priced at about $30 per week, the weekly value of produce given can fluctuate with factors such as the season, pests or difficult weather. All members are assured, however, that the full value of every investment will be met over the course of the growing season.
Additionally, included in the value of a share is access to a large cutting garden of herbs and flowers which can be visited at anytime during the week.
Below are examples of what members will likely find in their shares according to the season:
SPRING (June): Arugula, Bok Choy, Carrots, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Garlic Scapes, Herbs, Kale, Lettuce, Radishes, Salad Mixes, Salad Turnips, Scallions, Spinach, Swiss Chard.
SUMMER (July & August): Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Herbs, Hot Peppers, Husk Cherries, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes, Salad Mixes, Snap Peas, Summer Squash, Sweet Peppers, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips.
FALL (September & October): Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Broccoli Raab, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Dry (soup) Beans, Eggplant, Herbs, Hot Peppers, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabaga, Salad Mixes, Salad Turnips, Sweet Peppers, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips, Winter Squash.
If you are having trouble deciding on what size share to purchase, check out Touching Earth’s blog at www.touchingearthfarmcsa.blogspot.com. The weekly CSA harvest is posted as well as a list of what members found in their bags each week.
The first payment is due at sign-up. The remaining balance is due March 31st. Please contact Touching Earth to inquire about share availability.
To learn more about Touching Earth Farm, please visit www.touchingearthfarm.com.
For more information about joining the CSA, please contact Suddhayu or Nikki at The Flower Company with questions at 207.439.4023 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.