Join Us For the 2010 Season!

We still have a  few memberships available, so if you’re thinking about signing up, get in touch with us ASAP! The following is the flier we’re sending out to folks:

Join a Local CSA!


The CSA Model

A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture program, is a unique, subscription-based business model in which members share with the farmer the risk inherent in raising crops. In exchange, members receive a box of produce once a week. It works like this: you sign up, then pay up front (either in a single payment or a group of four post-dated checks). Then you come by once a week and pick up a box of veggies harvested just for you! The advantages of a CSA from the customers’ perspective are many, and include the opportunity to know your farmer and see where (and how) your food is grown. You can feel good knowing that your salad came from just across town, instead of across the mountains or even across the country! From the farmers’ perspective, the advantage lies in the ability to cut out the middle-man (stores and restaurants), and to have a certain financial guarantee against potential crop failure.

About Us

We are a very small, very new farm (2010 is only our second season). While we are not certified Organic, we strive to meet or exceed Organic standards for vegetable production. A box of produce from our farm will contain a variety of vegetables and herbs; we make it a goal to avoid giving something to our members two weeks in a row, when possible. Of course some things (like tomatoes and corn) are too tasty and too difficult to grow around here to follow this rule and we give you massive quantities of them every week until they’re gone! We are located right in town – it doesn’t get much more local than that! We also make every effort to source our inputs (seed, mulch, fertilizer…) from as near-by as possible and to pass on the love by patronizing locally-owned businesses. We donate to local food banks and shelters any excess food beyond that which we sell and keep for ourselves.

Logistics:

Pickup will be every Thursday afternoon at our place in NE Bend, not far from Third Street.

The season this year will run 18 weeks, from June 17th through October 7th , plus a larger box including long-storing items (potatoes, squash, onions…) the week before Thanksgiving  on Thursday, November 18th.

We will post to our blog a tentative inventory of each week’s box by Tuesday evening, in case you need to decide what to buy at the downtown Farmers’ Market on Wednesday.

You can choose to buy an “egg share,” and receive either a dozen or half-dozen eggs with your produce each week. If you don’t buy an egg share, you may be able to buy eggs when you pick up your produce (first-come, first-served).

Subscription price: $370 (that averages out to $20 a week and $30 for the Thanksgiving box).

Subscription plus full egg share price: $451

Subscription plus half egg share price: $410.50

Sign-up deadline is Monday, June 7th.

There will be a mandatory pre-season meeting at 5:30 PM on Thursday, June 10th, and a potluck later in the season.

Payment will be due at the meeting on the tenth. You may pay a lump sum, or with four post-dated checks.

Contact Information

We would love to answer any questions you might have. You can email Megan and Anna at twentyfour_carrot@yahoo.com or call (541) 385-1886. Also, you can take a look at our blog to get a sense of what’s going on around the farm. The address is http://www.twentyfourcarrot.wordpress.com

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