CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

What is a CSA?

 

Community supported agriculture is an opportunity to purchase produce from local farms throughout the growing season. Our CSA will begin in late May and proceed for 18 weeks. Throughout this time, members will receive a share of produce once a week. Weekly shares will contain produce in season. When a farmer plants a crop there is an immense amount of expense which is not recovered until crop is ready.  A CSA is a way for members to support local farms and receive the bounty from the crops planted.

 

Advantages for the farmer:

  • Allows more time to be caring for crops instead of marketing and sales.

  • Gives the farm capital expenditures to achieve needed labor, plants, seeds, etc.

  • Helps to determine amount of produce needed and how much to plant.

  • Builds relationships with the community and neighbors.

  • Keeps the farm growing and expanding.

 

Advantages for members:

  • Eat extremely fresh food, picked just hours before.

  • Have the ability to know where your food was grown.

  • Help diversify your culinary experience and knowledge.

  • Get fresh natural produce below retail value. (Full share of a CSA is approximately $340 cheaper than retail)

  • Know your helping your local community.

  • More economically friendly (less fossil fuels used for transport).

  • Children will be prone to eat more vegetables that came from "their" farm.

  • Visit our beautiful farm once a week, see the view, animals, and fields where we grow your food.

  • Have a personal gardener and expert to answer any questions you have.

  • Eat produce grown without all those nasty chemicals and garbage!

  • Help your family eat healthy, if you receive the produce you are most likely going to consume it.

  • Our CSA allows you to trade the produce that you don't care for, this sets us apart from other CSA's.

 

 

WEEKLY FOOD BOX (CSA)
 
Our CSA is 18 weeks long. Starting in late May and ending in October. You will receive a box of fresh produce once a week. Each week members will receive approximately 10 to 25 lbs. of fresh produce. The weekly share will consist from 8 to 12 different varieties of produce.  A full share will feed a family of four.  Occasionally we will include a valued added product such as honey, cut flowers, etc. Members pick up their shares at our farm or at farmers markets we will be attending.
 
How much does it cost?
  • Full share: 18 weeks of fresh, high quality, naturally grown produce = $600.
        From June 2nd to September 29th
 
*That's only $33.33 per week; estimated retail is approximately over $50.  Approximately an annual savings of $300-$350 *GREAT VALUE FOR YOUR DOLLAR.
 
  • Bi-weekly Share: Full share every other week for 10 weeks. $385 From May 28th to October 1st. This is our half share option.
 
  • Summer Share: 10 weeks starting in mid-July (full amount). This will be our main season. Lots of tomatoes and melons $385.
         From  July 14th to September 15th.

 

 
Pick up locations
 
  • Lakeview Farm
 
Full Shares: Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
 
Bi - Weekly Shares: Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Lake St. Louis Farmers Market
 
Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
 
 
 
(limited availability)
 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk vs. Reward

  • CSA’s typically mean complete shared risk between the farmer and the CSA members. If we cannot provide you with any produce, we will refund a prorated refund back to you, after all we are the farmer.

  • Abundance of crops although is a shared risk, due to certain factors in nature (bad weather, insects, disease, drought, frost, etc…) some crops might yield low or no amounts of produce. Although in the instance that we yield a “bumper” crop, it is shared with our members.

 

Cancelations

  • Members may cancel their agreement with a written notice to the farmer two weeks prior to beginning pick up date.

What to expect in your box:

 

Example one (early summer) +/-

  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes

  • 1 - 2 lbs. of green beans

  • 1/2 - 1 lb. of baby kale

  • a bundle of carrots

  • 2 lbs. of "new" red potatoes

  • a bundle of red beets

  • 1 lb. of zucchini

  • a bundle of spring green onions

  • 1 lb. of heirloom tomatoes

  • small bag of fresh basil

  • 1/2 - 1 lb. of spinach

  • 1 pint of sugar snap peas

 

Example two (summer) +/-

  • 2 lbs. of heirloom tomatoes

  • 2 bell peppers

  • 2 cucumbers

  • 1 lb. of eggplant

  • 1 lb. of yellow squash

  • 1 seedless watermelon

  • 1 cantaloupe

  • 1 pint of blackberries

  • 1 garlic bulb

  • 1 lb. of onions

  • 2-4 lbs. potatoes

 

Example three (fall) +/-

  • 1 lb. of green beans

  • 1 spaghetti squash or butternut squash

  • 3 colored bell peppers

  • 1 lb. of zucchini or yellow squash

  • 1 watermelon

  • 1/2 lb. of kale or spinach

  • 1/2 lb. of lettuce

  • 1 lb. of tomatoes

  • 1 honeydew

  • 1 bundle of carrots or radishes

  • 1 pint of honey

  • 1 - 2 delicata squash

 

*These are examples, they may differ depending on growing conditions and availability.

 

*Pictures below are 2014 - 2016 full shares.

 

CONTACT US

 

Dustin Ostmann

dostmann55@yahoo.com

 

 

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