SAWMILL CREEK FARMS
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:
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)
We'll also have occasional treats such as our spice
powders and dried beans.
HOW MUCH: $50 membership fee upon sign-up. $15/week.