What is a CSA?
What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an opportunity for community members to pledge support to a local farm by becoming share members of the growing season. You will receive a box of veggies weekly (or biweekly) through the growing season.
Both farmer and share member will have a shared commitment for the growing season as detailed below.
THE BASICS: We commit to providing you delicious, sustainably grown veggies all season long. In return, you will pay a small portion of coverage of the spring heavy expenses.
Above: Regular CSA share June 2023
Sustainability: Sustainability is the top priority of PHF. In 2023 we obtained certification for Certified Naturally Grown--meaning that we now get inspected to keep us honest about our growing practices. We don’t use any synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. We rarely use organic pesticides as they too can be harmful to native pollinators and other beneficial insects. We use organic seed/plant sources whenever possible, always GMO free. We use various techniques to minimize soil erosion and compaction. We give much of our property to the ecosystem including prairie, forest, and wetland habitats.
Bottom line: you can feel good about the food you get from us.
Transparency: PHF has an open door policy with all of its share members. All share members are welcome to come and see the space where their food is grown–by appointment please. The farm is our home too.
Quality: We strive for top quality produce. The quality of our produce is the number one compliment we receive. Guaranteed to be fresh. When vegetables taste better, they are easier to incorporate into your diet.
Variety: Different types of vegetables require different types of weather. As the seasons change, so does availability. Enjoy eating in season with us. We have spent the last 6 years trialing tons of crops, and are excited for our 2024 crop plans:
|Bell peppers (field)
|Herbs - Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Lavender
|Mesclun mix (salanova)
|Onions (spring onions)
|Onions (fresh sweet)
|Onions (fresh/storage red)
|Spinach (direct seeding)
|Tomatoes - cherry field
|Tomatoes heirloom field
|tomatoes high tunnel
*CSA boxes will be filled prior to market, meaning they will have priority on products with limited supply.
** KEEP IN MIND THIS LIST IS NOT DEFINITE. All these crops are plants and are at risk from inclement weather, pest infestation, and disease. We grow a large variety to account for crop failures/delays.
**Things we do not grow and will not be part of the CSA: fruit, sweet corn, garlic**
Above: putting together Regular CSA shares, October 2023.
Community: We really want to foster a sense of belonging with our share members. We respect your commitment to local agriculture, and want to see you have the best experience over the season. We encourage all our share members to come out and volunteer on the farm and get to see where your food comes from. You will receive weekly short emails of farm life, recipes, and what's in the CSA that week.
New for 2024: All CSA members will receive a recipe E-BOOK to inspire you with the bounty each week.