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Community Supported Agriculture

The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model has been around for decades, seeming to gain in popularity with each passing year.  At its most basic, the CSA defines the relationship between a farm and its local community, and allows members of that community to help the farmer survive and prosper in what has historically been a very high-risk profession.  CSA members typically pay the farm some fixed amount (either in a single lump sum or in monthly increments), and the members receive an assortment of farm-grown produce, usually on a weekly basis.

This unique relationship offers something of value to both parties.  The farmer is guaranteed a reliable source of income, and the knowledge that the produce he or she grows will be enjoyed and appreciated.  The members receive a selection of farm-fresh produce picked specifically for them, and an opportunity to walk the fields where that produce is grown, follow each crop through the seasons, and get a visceral feel for the joys and hardships of small-scale farming.

After years of attending farmers markets, we decided to begin our own CSA three years ago.  Overall it was a very rewarding experience.  Sometimes the selection wasn't as bountiful as we'd like, especially during those first few months of spring, an especially challenging time here in Butte County.  Other weeks we could barely squeeze all the goodies into the boxes.  But through it all, our members were great, and their enthusiasm and willingness to try new things (Black Spanish Radishes?) made it all worthwhile.

If you think you might be interested in joining, here are a few details about the upcoming season:

WHEN:  May through November

WHERE: Pick-up at the farm, 1590 Sylvan Way, Paradise, CA

WHAT: As assortment of produce subject to the vagaries of fate, weather and human frailty.  Crops we'll be growing include:

Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Chard, Potatoes, Garlic, Carrots, Fava Beans, Beets, Cucumbers, Summer Squash, Green Beans, Radishes, Green Onions, Melons, Heirloom Tomatoes, Specialty Peppers, Eggplant, Assorted Herbs and (we hope) Fresh Fruit. 

We'll also have occasional treats such as our spice powders and dried beans.

HOW MUCH: $50 membership fee upon sign-up. $15/week.