Little Bit Farm CSA


 

Due to a change in staffing, we have decided to hold off on our CSA program until we can be confident that we can devote plenty of time and care to our members. We will be sure to announce when that time comes.

In the meantime, we will return to the Uptown Market in Columbus in the spring and would love to have any of you shop with us there! Come and see us!

 

 

The full details of this past year's (2015) program can be found in our...

 

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The highlights are below:

The CSA season runs from the second week in April through the week before Christmas, with members picking up a share either Wednesday evening between 4pm-7pm at Heath Park or Saturday morning between 9am-noon at the Columbus Uptown Market. For payment purposes, the season is broken down in to 6 sessions of 6 weeks each.Those who prepay for the full season up front will be given a bonus week free (April 1st/4th) as a thank you for their commitment to our farm. Each weekly share will contain ~5-7 different seasonal produce items in amounts aimed at feeding 1-2 people, depending on how enthusiastic those people are about fruits and vegetables. While the exact dollar value may vary slightly from week to week, it will average out to $20/week over the course of each session. This makes the total cost per session $123.60 (includes taxes).

2015 CSA crops and sessions

If you'd like to keep up with future CSA membership openings, you can add your email to our list below. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Thanks for your interest in our farm!

We don't send spam or share your information. This list is only used to notify interested parties if/when we have openings in our CSA program. 

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CSA shares are harvested fresh with a day or two of each pick up; the fruits and veggies are packed into reusable insulated grocery totes,&nbsp;then&nbsp;kept in our walk-in refrigerator until delivery.

CSA shares are harvested fresh with a day or two of each pick up; the fruits and veggies are packed into reusable insulated grocery totes, then kept in our walk-in refrigerator until delivery.

Here's an example of a Spring CSA share, from April 2014. It included leeks, romaine lettuce, swiss chard, kale, and sweet asian turnips.

So what is a CSA?

CSA is an acronym; it stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Community Supported Agriculture is a system in which the farmer grows food which is sold directly to a community of local consumers, generally on a membership or subscription basis. The consumers pay for their membership at the beginning of the growing season, and then receive a weekly share of the farm’s produce once the crops have grown and harvest begins. This system benefits both the farmer and the consumer. Some of the ways in which we all benefit:

The consumer…

- gets to eat seasonal, local produce, potentially exposing them to delicious new foods.

- receives the very freshest food possible (outside of growing it at home!), with all the added flavor and nutrition gained when fruits and veggies are picked ripe and eaten soon.

- gets to know the farmer growing their food, and can rest assured that what they eat was grown in a manner they approve of. In our case, that means naturally; no chemical pesticides or herbicides, no ripening agents, and no preservative waxes or sprays; our farm and produce are Certified Naturally Grown (click the logo to the right for more information about this certification).

- avoids the “carbon guilt” of purchasing produce shipped from far away.

- has the opportunity to meet other like-minded members, sharing recipes and helping build a thriving local community.

The farmer…

- receives funding early in the season, when seeds and tools, etc. need to be purchased.

- can plan their crops more accurately, because they know ahead of time how much produce to grow.

- gets to build relationships with their customers, supporting and contributing to their local community in a very direct fashion.

- can farm on a smaller, more sustainable and ecologically sound scale while still generating a livable income.


This system of farming has been practiced around the world for many years, but has become more widespread throughout the United States in recent years as more and more people learn about the flaws and disadvantages of industrial agriculture and seek an alternative. We encourage you to research on your own, both before becoming a member and after, so that you can make an informed choice about what kind of agriculture you want to support and then become a knowledgeable advocate of your choice.