Frequently asked questions:
WHAT IS COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE?
Community Supported Agriculture or CSA, is one of the best ways to obtain fresh seasonal vegetables, herbs and flowers. As a CSA member, you support local agriculture by helping farmers offset the yearly costs of seeds and supplies, and reduce the environmental impact of the long distances food travels to go from a farm to your plate.
A CSA is a partnership between the farmer and its members, sharing in the risks and rewards of the growing season. We seek to promote a close relationship with our CSA family, while providing a diverse selection of high quality produce.
WHY JOIN OUR CSA?
Seasonality: Eating locally goes hand in hand with eating seasonally. Joining our CSA means you'll eat with the seasons, try tasty vegetables you've never heard of before, and have a diverse offering of vegetables each week. By the end of the season you'll be well versed in the abundance of vegetables that grow here in Western North Carolina.
Health: We think that eating fresh, chemical free, non-GMO food is one of the best things you can do for your health. The vegetables in our CSA are harvested no more than 24 hours before they are delivered, ensuring the absolute best flavor, a high nutrient content and a longer storage life.
Environment: By supporting a farm that uses organic methods you are a contributor in growing food that is not only good for your health, but also good for the land. Our growing practices mean that our land is chemical free. We also have implemented growing practices that promote healthy soil ecology and provide a habitat for pollinators, as well as other beneficial insects and animals. In addition, buying local means that the transport cost and distance to get your vegetables from farm to plate is minimal, further reducing your environmental impact.
Community: Our CSA members are a family and we plan to treat you that way, too! You'll see your Olivette farmers working on the farm at each on-farm CSA pick up and we encourage you to come over and say hello. It's a perfect time to share stories, recipes and tidbits about the farm. We hope that your CSA bag will also provide you with the opportunity to set aside more time to share meals with your friends and family.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Our Traditional Box CSA season lasts for 20 weeks, beginning mid-May and ending in October. A weekly share for 20 weeks.
Our Market Share season runs as long as we are at markets. The Market Share offers flexibility in choice as well as the ability to travel during the season without missing a share.
You may sign up for either the Traditional Box Share or the Market Share.
Each week will be an ever evolving cast of your favorite vegetables intermingled with new exciting varieties that perhaps you’ve yet to try.
You'll get a weekly newsletter from us that includes what is currently being harvested as well as some updates on what's happening around the farm.
You can pick up your CSA in one of three locations:
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Our Traditional Box Share is $525.
Our Market Share is available at a $300 or $500 pre-payment.
Once purchased, you may add more credit to your Market Share farm card at any point.
You can also add on a beer share from Burial Beer Co. for $280 for 20 weeks.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Please make sure you have read through and understand the CSA FAQ page. Once you have read all of the necessary information you can purchase a share on our online store. If you would prefer to pay via check or cash then you can send us a message to sign up that way.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.