How Much Food?
The 2016 CSA season is slated to begin the third week of May. This will depend on the weather and on Mother Nature’s cooperation, of course. Our produce pick-up season is 18 weeks long and ends in October. By stretching your pick-ups over these months, you will receive cool weather crops such as turnips, radishes, and mustard greens as well as the hot crops that everybody loves during the heat of summer, such as watermelon, peppers, and the beloved tomato. The last pick-up of the season is on the farm at the Fall Harvest Festival. This pick up is all your winter squash for the fall.
Each week, you will receive between six to eight different items. The quantity is a nice amount of produce. Since every family eats differently it is hard to say exactly how many people a typical share will feed. For example, one share is a good amount for a family of 2 who love veggies or a family of 4 who have one veggie with every meal. The value is estimated at $28 or higher per week at farmers’ market prices. We grow about 80 types of veggies so the pick-up is always changing throughout the season and whatever is ripe that week is what we bring. The harvest calendar will give you an idea about when different items will show up in your weekly pick-ups. In 2015 the CSA members received $630 of vegetables, at farmers market prices.
A few examples of what you might find at your pick-up: A May share may include turnips, lettuce, spinach, spring onions, boc choy, and mustard greens. A June share may have carrots, peas, onions, lettuce, arugula, fava beans, and beets. A July share will have potatoes, basil, summer squash, cucumbers, kale, and chard. A August share will have green beans, peppers, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatillos,kale and garlic, A September share may have tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, corn, cabbage, melons, and lettuce.
You will pick up your veggies at your selected pick-up point. We have 7 points in town and you can choose from any of them – one in the North End, East End, Hidden Springs, Bench, West Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and one off of Hill Road. Once you choose a pick-up location this will be your pick-up spot for the whole season and it is your job to pick up your produce every week (or have someone pick it up for you.) You can change your pick up spot for an up coming week if you email on the Sunday before the week starts.
A CSA is not for everybody. As farmers we will choose what veggies you will receive every week based on what can grow in our climate. This presents a challenge that many CSA members love and many can never overcome. If you have a tendency to never be satisfied, please do not sign up. A CSA is for vegetable lovers.