~In Davenport proper: Wednesday home delivery
~In outlying Davenport area: pickup at Davenport Auto Parts
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
you join a CSA, you pay the farm in advance for a regular, weekly
supply of produce throughout the growing season. Your payment goes
directly to the farmer, contributing income to the CSA farm during times
of year when gardens are not producing to buy seeds, repair tractors,
build a greenhouse, and to maintain the farm. This annual funding
builds better, more sustainable farms and helps secure for you a source
of fine, and in our case, certified organic produce for years to come.
unique feature of Community Supported Agriculture is that consumers
share both the farm’s abundance and the risk of impacted crops. The
possibilities of poor weather, pests, or plant disease are a reality for
farmers. When strawberries or corn are in abundance, you, the CSA
member, reap the rewards. On the other hand, if the potatoes do poorly
this year, your weekly boxes will be short of that crop. In the
relatively rare instance of a crop failure, the CSA has empathy for the
farmers and wishes them better luck next year. As well, when you support
a CSA farm, you are supporting local agricultural diversity. Tolstoy
Farms practices sustainable agriculture methods, such as crop rotation
& cover cropping that help to minimize these chances for crop
The continued support we have received from our CSA friends over the past twenty one seasons has truly made a difference on our farm. Both farmers and consumers benefit from the increased security a viable farm economy brings.
We hope you will consider joining us as we begin our 22nd CSA season!
WHAT TO EXPECT
CSA Veggie Shareholders get a variety of seasonal produce, beginning in early June and lasting until late September/ early October. Full Share boxes are bushel size, and generally satisfy the produce needs of a family of four, or a couple if a serious foodie; Half Share boxes are ½ bushel, and are often preferred by single folks or couples without kids. Your weekly boxes will change according to what is available, and may include:
June: Spinach, lettuce, herbs, peas, cut flowers, green onions, strawberries, salad mix, mustard, radish, collards, kale, garlic tops, turnips
July: Chard, peas, spinach, lettuce, kale, green onions, sweet onions, strawberries, raspberries, salad mix, carrots, beets, herbs, cut flowers, fava beans, basil, potatoes, zucchini, Chinese cabbage
August: Green and sweet onions, leeks, carrots, beets, chard, kale, lettuce, zucchini, cucumber, green beans, potatoes, basil, herbs, corn, tomatoes, cabbage, garlic, tomatillo, green & hot peppers, eggplant, broccoli, corn
September: Corn, beets, carrots, chard, cucumber, zucchini, kale, lettuce, potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and keeper onions, green pepper, winter squash, pumpkin, celery, tomatillos, green beans, garlic, hot pepper, eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower
The above appeared at some point during the given month in the 2016 season boxes. Boxes also include an weekly newsletter. View online versions here.