Barbee Farms CSA Fact Sheet
A CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation with the growers and
consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Barbee Farms participated as
a supplier in a multi-farm CSA for several years before taking the leap of faith to start one of our own. The way
our CSA was developed, we have 3 sessions consisting of 12 weeks each. Consumers can enroll in, or choose to drop
out of, the program only at the session breaks.
During an enrollment period, members make a monetary
commitment to support our farm. This fee allows the farm working capital to get crops in the fields. In exchange,
our farm commits to provide you with a valued amount of produce each week for the full 12-week session. The commitment
is two-way. If there is a crop loss beyond human control such as devastation by weather or pests, you will absorb some
of the loss; however, if it is an abundant harvest you will share in the bounty! A Barbee Farms CSA full share will
include $20 worth of seasonal produce per week, for 12 weeks, where as a half share would include $10 worth of seasonal produce
per week, for the same 12 week period. Either will incur a $25 per season administrative cost to cover CSA boxes, packing
materials, and labor.
Reasons for considering participation in Barbee Farm's CSA:
CSA provides a convenience. Think about how long it takes you to go to the grocery store, park, choose your items for purchase,
then pay. With a CSA, each week your box is packed and ready for pick up when you arrive. You are free to purchase
additional items from the farm stand when you come for pick up or you can grab your CSA box and you are on your way.
No traffic or check-out lines!
2)A CSA expands the nutritional horizon. When you participate in a CSA, the items included in each share is the same.
(No substitutions because you think you don't like some particular item.) Barbee Farms CSA tries to provide you
with diversity each week. Our personal goal is to include five to seven different items each week. We like
to say it forces you outside your comfort zone.
3)A CSA encourages a more healthy lifestyle. Think about it. If you have already paid for something, aren't you
more likely to use it? With the internet and all the cooking shows available, recipes are easy to find. Cooking
at home allows you to control what goes into your body and many customers say it brought the family back together at the dinner
a CSA the food is more flavorful. Fresh is better! (Enough said!)
5)A CSA supports local. A commitment to keep our local economy strong depends on spending locally. When
you shop at the large chain stores you can be assured your monies are not staying local.
A full list of items
that may be included in a CSA share can be found through the Barbee
Farms Product Availability Chart. Note: Barbee
Farms is not solely a CSA farm. Some items, due to limited supply, are not available through this program. Additional
items may be purchased from the farm stand.
Payment(s) Due By
April 11, 2013 - June 27, 2013
April 1, 2013
July 4, 2013 - September 19, 2013
June 20, 2013
September 26, 2013 - December 19, 2013
(No pick up November 28, 2013)
September 12, 2013
Cost Per 12 Week Season
All payments due in full prior to payment dates listed above.
Barbee Farms' CSA Membership Agreement
Barbee Farms will expect its CSA members to pick up their weekly share at the farm each Thursday.
(If you feel the need for assistance, pick up during store hours. If no assistance is needed, you may pick
up anytime between the hours of 9am and 7pm.) This assures product freshness. Any CSA share not picked up within the
allotted time will become the property of Barbee Farms to be donated to a local food kitchen. If there is some week you are
unable to pick up on Thursday, please convey this to Barbee Farms to see if an alternative time can be reached.
If you are interested, please
print a copy of the CSA membership agreement. This agreement must be returned
with payment by the due dates above to reserve a CSA share. (CSA membership shares may be limited by projected production
numbers.) Membership agreements must be returned to the farm in person to allow an opportunity to answer any questions you,
or we, may have.
Barbee Farms prides itself in providing quality, local
grown produce to all its customers. Share the experience of eating seasonally with us!