Sunday, February 15, 2009


What is a CSA Share?
You have literally purchased a share of our harvest. This means that you share in the farm’s risks and rewards. Volume increases and decreases throughout the seasons, but we are working every day to provide a wide variety of high quality produce.

Joining a CSA is the best choice you can make to support your local farmers, to eat green, and to ensure the continuation of sustainable agriculture in your area. You can learn more about CSAs and
how they work here.

How much does it cost?
We offer seasonal memberships (12 weeks) giving our members the chance to experience all the variety a season can produce. CSA members pay for the season in advance. Call us for current membership rates.

How many people will a share feed?
Our share is designed to provide enough produce for a family of 3-4. For the true vegetable fanatics, it works for two. Plenty of our folks enjoy splitting a share with a friend. If you are going on vacation, think about donating your produce to a needy family or offering it to a friend.

How often will my family receive our share?
Your share will be dropped off weekly on the day and at the location you selected. We know how much you love our boxes, but we need to keep them on the farm, so please bring your own bags to transfer your produce home.

Where and when do I pick up my share?
Pick up days are: Tuesdays or Fridays in downtown Ventura. You may receive your share delivered to your door within the city of Ventura for $5 delivery fee.

How do I manage all this gorgeous food?
You will enjoy your CSA share so much more if you set aside some time on your pick up day to wash your vegetables and store them properly. It may be intimidating at first to work through the whole bag, but if everything is prepped and ready to go, it really simplifies the routine.

What can I expect to receive?
We will post information about what to expect in your box on a weekly basis. In general, you should expect 9 – 12 items. Here is an idea of what we like to grow according to season:

Spring: Arugula, Basil, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Celeriac, Cilantro, Chard, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Dill, Fava, Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Mint, Onions, Parsley, Peas, Potatoes, Radish, Spinach, Squash Blossoms

Summer: Chard, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Fava, Green Beans, Lavender, Lettuce, Melons, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Tomato, Zucchini,

Fall: Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Chard, Cilantro, Collard Greens, Dill, Endive, Escarole, Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Potatoes, Radicchio, Radish, Turnips, Winter Squash

Winter: Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Broccoli Rabe, Cabbage, Carrots, Chard, Cilantro, Collard Greens, Dill, Endive, Escarole, Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Parsley, Parsnips, Spinach, & Turnips

Do I really need a salad spinner?
YES! It is helpful to stock a few other items in your kitchen as well – creativity, a spirit of adventure, and a good collection of cookbooks all come in handy.

How do I learn more?
Please bookmark our blog. We are working to build a community forum with recipes and other useful information about getting the most out of CSA life. We provide updated links on the site to several organizations and bloggers who can help you get even more out of your share.

Follow us on Facebook! Interacting with our Facebook page is a great way to let us know what is on your mind and how we can help. We love to hear from you, and we love to share tips and tricks with each other. Once you get the hang of CSA life, you’ll find that it provides wonderful benefits. We’re excited to hear more about how it works for you!

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