There’s never been a better time to know your farmer. We know you depend on us for healthy, local food, and we are finding ways to get that to you. We’re providing food… designated as an essential service.
The CSA will start officially Tuesday, May 19 and Saturday May 23, but check your account to see when your start date is, if you sign up for every other week.
To us, CSA isn’t just a bag of veggies or box of meats. It’s a relationship.
We honor that relationship by getting good food to you. Right now, before CSA begins, we’re using the online store and taking preorders. We’ve opened an online store to be sure you can get what you need. We'll reload the store every Monday or Tuesday night. Order by midnight Thursday for Saturday delivery. Order HERE.
Main Season CSA We truly feel that feeding CSA members is like feeding our family. That means we will be making every effort to keep your food safe in the harvest and handling process, and following social distancing measures during this time of the coronavirus outbreak in our personal lives, and during pickups or home delivery. We actually think getting our food is better than going to the grocery story. Why?
- Your food is local, not part of the global food system where you don’t know where it comes from, or who has touched your food in the process.
- Your veggies are organic, and meats are sustainably raised. That means no synthetic chemicals in the soil or in your food. Better for you and the planet.
- Your pickups are less crowded than a grocery store. Most are outside or in a remote location of a workplace. And you can always choose home delivery at any point.
- You know your farmer, and know that we follow Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). These are practices and systems we have in place to keep your food safe from disease, including washing, sanitation, worker safety, protocol for worker illness, etc. We have been and continue to develop our food safety plan, and had already planned to undergo a third party audit of our systems this year.
- Your food is healthy and nutrient-dense. An important part of staying healthy is getting good sleep and eating high quality food that delivers the nutrients your body needs. Being part of a CSA helps you get the veggies and high quality meats into your diet to keep you healthy.
Will you make any changes because of Covid-19?
YES. All of the above said, we will be making some changes to keep the CSA running and keep you healthy during this time:
Pickup locations: as we get closer to the start of the CSA, we’ll reach out to our established pickup locations to be sure they can all remain open. If there are any issues with you being able to access the pickup location you signed up for, you can choose a different pickup location, or choose home delivery.
Social distancing: we’ll be developing policies and procedures for each pickup location to practice the proper social distancing to follow whatever guidelines we’re under at the time, including no-touch policies if needed.
Even more cleaning and disinfecting: In addition to the stringent GAP guidelines, we’ll establish even more guidelines for disinfecting and washing here on the farm and at any locations we visit.
Packaging: No more reusables, at least for this year. This one hurts our hearts. Being able to use reusable bags is good for the environment, but is not something we feel we can do this year, out of an abundance of caution. We’re currently looking into other options for this.
“Farmers Market style” CSA pickups: At some pickup points, we have practiced a “farmers market style” pickup, where members bring their bags, and go down a line of produce bins to select their produce. We are still assessing whether or not we can do this. (Note the grocery stores haven’t changed their produce sections!). So stay tuned. “Worst case scenario” we’ll just pre-package everyone’s produce.
We'll also continue to update our policies, following appropriate and research-based guidance.
So… this is all new territory for all of us! If I haven’t answered your questions, please reach out and let me know what questions you have. Chances are, if you have a question, someone else out there does too!
We’re in this together!
Be well, Rae and Adam