We are now into March. Many other CSAs charge a late fee for joining after March 1st. The ideology behind a CSA is that payment is received up front for vegetables in the summer. The desired payment time is December through February. This allows us the ability to plan ahead, order seeds based on the families who have signed up for the CSA. When payment is received in June, that defeats the purpose of the CSA. As you know, the slowest time for a typical vegetable farmer is the winter months. An income coming in from CSA sign ups assist us during the lean months to order the supplies that we need for the coming months. We do not want to charge a late fee like other CSAs do.
Viewing the Tedx Manhattan Change the Way we Eat program yesterday made us realize that many people cannot afford to purchase fresh vegetables with the piddly amount of money they receive from the government or if they are even lucky to receive any money from the government. Imagine finally getting a job after a year of looking and getting paid $9/hour. You are raising two children on your own. You applied for assistance and are told you make $2/hour more and do not qualify for any assistance. Chef Boyardee in a can is your children’s meal while you eat a cheese sandwich on Wonder bread. We have decided to give a CSA full season share to a needy family in our town this summer. This is insignificant to the amount of hungry people out there but it’s a step in the right direction. In the following years, we may donate a share based on the number of CSA signs up, i.e. for every 25 families that sign up, we donate 1 full season share; for every 50 families that sign up we donate 2 full season shares. Part of life is to give and this is one of the ways we can give. We also want to share our knowledge with people who want to grow the way we do. There are many back yard gardeners who have a simple plot of land to grow some vegetables for their family. We have rock dust available for sale at a very modest price compared to what they sell it for commercially – another way of helping out our community.
We will be having CSA deliveries this year to Nottingham, Concord and the Alton/Barnstead line. A very good friend of ours lives in Nottingham. She travels to the farm and picks up her orders as well as others and delivers them to her friends in Nottingham. Why? Because she believes in supporting us. She loves the taste of our vegetables – they taste the way vegetables should taste. If you live or know of anyone who lives in these towns that may be interested, please forward our information along to them. If you have been thinking about signing up for our CSA or the pay ahead card, we encourage you to do so now. We would like to thank the families that have signed up already. Thank you. Keith and Michelle