Grinnell heritage faRM - CSA, WHOLESALE, and farmers MARKET
Community supported agriculture - CSA share information
If you'd like to sign up please fill out the registration form on the second page of the brochure and mail it with payment to the farm. You may also shop online, simply click on the shop online tab. If you have questions about the share or need more information go to the contact us page.
In short, CSA is a weekly subscription program for vegetables. More broadly, CSA is a way for consumers and farmers to join together in support of local agriculture. Members purchase a share of the harvest in advance of the growing season and in return receive a weekly supply of high-quality, locally grown fresh vegetables and herbs throughout the growing season. Grinnell Heritage Farm provides all of the produce in the share each week, so CSA is also a way of sharing risk. Shares purchased prior to the season help the farm plan for costs and quantities of growing fresh produce. This also helps the farm weather difficult times. The flooding of 2008 would have been far more disastrous for us without our CSA shareholders’ support. On the flip-side, there are benefits for shareholders when the harvest is great. If, for example, the green bean harvest is heavy the CSA boxes will have a large quantity of beans.
Every week, you will pick up a box packed full of enough fresh, chemical-free produce & the following week we ask that you return your empty box, this pattern continues until the growing season is complete. The selections will vary from week to week, depending on what is in season. You can count on a wide variety of vegetables and herbs, including familiar (e.g. carrots, potatoes, and beans) and unusual (e.g. romanesco and celeriac) items – and heirloom varieties. Our Grinnell Heritage Farm CSA newsletter complements the share with news from the farm, recipes, and storage tips.