Based on our experience with a multitude of wonderful local
food enthusiasts we've developed some indicators to predict
whether you'll enjoy being a part of the farm.
You cook or want to cook more. The real treat of having fresh,
organic food is the flavor, color, texture and freshness. Taking the time
to prepare and eat it (or chop it, roast it, freeze it for winter) - especially
with family and friends - is important. If you currently do not cook a lot,
you may seemed overwhelmed with the amount of vegetables you
receive. We've had members join to force themselves to cook more and
eat differently. On the other hand, it is not uncommon for a member to
not renew because they could not use or preserve all the vegetables
You are open to seasonal and local eating. We grow a variety of
crops. As the season progresses, one crop comes into being, while
another fades away. Although we keep track of members' preferences
and devote crop space accordingly, some crops just do better (or
worse) depending on temperatures, rainfall, and natural insect and
disease populations. For example, some years when temperatures are
lower than average, we might be able to deliver lettuce and spinach
twice as often as a 'hot' year. Warmer seasons we have a lot of summer
squash and very little spinach. One year, we had very few beets, but a
lot of late cucumbers. Each year is different. The important thing to keep
in mind is your willingness to eat what naturally does well according to
the environment and time of the year.
CSA - Is Small Potatoes CSA For Me?
You are open to new foods. You will undoubtedly receive vegetables
that are unfamiliar to you. If you are open to this, to take the opportunity to
ask other members how they prepare unfamiliar foods or check out recipes
cataloged at our website from past years, you will do fine.
You want more than food for your money. Although you may save
20%, or more on average, buying food through the CSA when compared
to 'similar food' available at retail prices, it is not just food, per se, that our
members receive. Part of the share cost goes toward maintaining and
improving biological diversity, such as prairie reconstruction, tree and
shrub planting, building bird and bat houses, among other activities. We
view our farm as a whole, rather than strictly as production output. At least
in the short-term, we deliver less food to you to make room for cover crops
to build soil and long-term fertility. We expect you to expect us to leave this
farm in better shape than we found it - on your behalf.
You want to be a part of and support a different kind of food
system. We are a small part of an alternative food system, but what we
are doing is very consequential and real to us as individuals. By making
this CSA work well, both farmers and eaters can reconnect to the land;
keep our hard earned food dollars in our communities; support sane, local,
organic agriculture; and be an example of how we can connect our values
to our actions.