Tulmeadow Farm 2014 CSA Program
The CSA Sign up forms for 2014 are ready and waiting at the Farm Store. CSA members can pick up their share of farm-fresh produce and other items weekly. (Open every day, 9:00 to 9:00 during our Summer hours). Details of currently available produce can be found on our Facebook Business Page. Read on to learn how CSA works. Thank you for your support in the 2013 season.
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a way to connect people with a farm in their community. When you join a CSA program, you are committing to buying a weekly share of the farm’s production. When you buy a membership, you are paying for a season’s share in advance. This provides the farmer, in this case Tulmeadow Farm, with start up capital for seeds, supplies, utilities, etc. for the upcoming season. When the harvesting begins in June and for 20 weeks thereafter, the member (you and your family) pick up a weekly share of what the farm has produced. The cost comes to $23.00 per week, and we will include at least that much value in your weekly pick-up.
One of the concepts that go with a CSA program is shared risk. In theory, should there be a total crop failure, you would not get a weekly share. In our case, with our greenhouse crops and other farm produced products like beef and ice cream, we think we will not be coming up short.
How do we grow our food?
Tulmeadow Farm is not certified organic. That being said, most of the vegetables we produce are not sprayed with anything. If we have an insect or blight problem, we attempt to correct it with organic controls first. If stronger measures are needed, we might resort to materials not on the organic list. We use disease resistant varieties when they are available, but not genetically modified seeds or plants. The one crop that we do spray is sweet corn, because wormy corn seems to upset people. We only spray about half as is recommended, so control is not always 100%.
What will you receive for your membership?
- fresh picked Tulmeadow Farm grown produce and local fruit in season
- farm-raised grass fed, frozen, ground beef, hot dogs or kielbasa dogs without antibiotics or preservatives
- an opportunity to try some things you might not have tried before
- a more direct connection to the seasonality of locally grown produce
2012 Farm-Bucks / Another Version of a CSA Program
Tulmeadow Farm offered a prepayment program for the 2012 spring season called “Tulmeadow Farm-Bucks”. Tulmeadow Farm-Bucks could be purchased in groups of ten $5.00 Farm-Buck certificates ($50.00 worth) for $40.00 saving you 10%. We are not offering Farm-Bucks at this time.