FAQ: Produce CSA
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. That'll Do Farm's Produce CSA allows an individual to pre-purchase a portion (referred to as a "share") of the farm's vegetable harvest, spread out over 17 weeks. Shareholders share the same risks as the farmer, such as weather, pests, soil etc. and reap the rewards, which include fresh local food and a connection to their food.
How Does a CSA Work?
Shareholders purchase their share in advance, which allows the farmer to purchase supplies and seeds to grow their food for the coming season. Shareholders then pick up their produce at one of two locations throughout the season.
What are the Benefits of Joining a CSA?
The main benefit of joining a CSA is that you'll be eating more fruits and vegetables, just like your mother always told you to do!
You'll also be eating more seasonally, when produce is at its preak of freshness and is nutrient dense. Maybe you'll even experiment with new vegetables you've never tried before (Don't worry, we'll give you a few recipes!) And you'll be eating a larger variety of vegetables than you'll find at your grocery store. Heirloom tomatoes like grandpa grew, gourmet lettuces you thought you'd have to go to a restaurant to get, and potatoes with actual taste and texture -- delicious!
You'll also have the satisfaction of knowing your food dollars are going to the actual farmer growing your food and not to the trucking company shipping out-of-season produce to Ohio from across the country.
Money spent on a CSA membership stays in your community. A CSA is all about community -- after all, community is even in the name! It's a relationship between your farmer and you and its a relationship with the land.
Heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, bush beans, potatoes, swiss chard, a hard neck variety of garlic called music, loose leaf lettuces and Batavian lettuce, cilantro, basil, tarragon, oregano and other culinary herbs, red, yellow and green peppers, hot peppers, spinach, zucchini, acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, kale, eggplant, beets, radishes, watermelon, arugula and cucumbers.
Is That'll Do Farm a Cerified Organic Farm?
Although That'll Do Farm grows its produce organically, it is not a government certified organic farm. We do start with organic seed and we do not spray our plants or gardens with artificial chemicals or fertilizers. Rather, we use organic matter (composted manure) to enrich the soil. We control pests through crop rotation and natural predators, like our free range chickens and guinea hens.
How Much is Included in a Full Share or a Half Share
Shares will vary week-to-week, depending on what is in season and what is doing well. A full share size will be enough for a family of four who eat a vegetable side or salad with most of their evening meals or for two people who eat vegetables more frequently. A half share is enough for two people who eat vegetables at every evening meal.
The price for a Full Share is $450 and a Half Share is $275.
Where and When do I Pick Up my Share?
You may pick up your share at one of two locations: Wednesdays, from 5 to 7 p.m. at That'll Do Farm, 34634 State Route 303 in Grafton.
Or, for those of you closer to Cleveland, you may pick up your share at the Wargo's house, 29609 Osborn Road in Bay Village on Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m.
You must choose ONE location for the entire 17-week contract. If you are unable to pick up your share on a given week, you must make arrangements for a friend to pick it up for you. We can not store your share for pick up at a later date.
Any shares not picked up during the agreed upon time will be forfeited.
How Do I Sign Up?
Download the membership agreement form and mail to: Brighton Wool Gatherings at That'll Do Farm, 34634 State Route 303, Grafton, Ohio 44044. You can mail a check along with your registration or call 440-829-3644 to pay by credit card.
I Have More Questions.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-829-3644 if you need more information.