COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE
AMI sells produce and offers CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares from mid May through mid October each year. Each week, members receive a box full of the best of our harvest from the Allegheny Mountain Farm. This year, AMI is offering small and large share CSA options as well as a market credit program to better serve our community.
The CSA will run for 22 weeks from May 21 - October 15.
Community Supported Agriculture is a mutually beneficial partnership between farmers and the community. CSA members buy a full season’s subscription and receive weekly shares in the form of a box of freshly harvested veggies and herbs. By purchasing a subscription at the beginning of the growing season, members greatly help to offset initial costs to farmers. Investing in AMI’s CSA allows the community to support the local agricultural economy, while enjoying a bountiful harvest.
WHAT TO EXPECT
At the Allegheny Mountain Farm, we grow a great diversity of naturally grown, chemical-free vegetables throughout the growing season. At the beginning of the season when it is still cooler, we mostly have greens and root crops available. As things warm up and we get into June and July, we will have all the popular summer fruiting crops you love: potatoes, tomatoes, corn, squash, beans, and more. By September when the nights are getting cooler, expect big diverse boxes with broccoli, cabbages, lettuces, carrots, and more.
One benefit of becoming a CSA member is to introduce yourself and your family to vegetables you might be less familiar with. In every box we will provide storage and preparation information for our less common produce, as well as a recipe of the week.
LARGE CSA SHARES: This option works for families who eat a vegetable-forward meal every day. This share will come in a large paper bag and will include 5-10 items, usually weighing between 4 and 10 pounds.
SMALL CSA SHARES: This option works for couples and small families who eat a few vegetable-forward meals per week. This share will come in a small produce box and will include 4-8 items, usually weighing between 2 and 6 pounds.
In alignment with our mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education, we’re increasing the accessibility of our CSA by offering three pricing options for both our small and large shares. We also offer a 5% discount at our market stand to all CSA members.
STANDARD PRICE: This option covers all production costs and supports the salaries of the farmers and Fellows who grow our produce. ($500 for a large share, $250 for a small share)
REDUCED PRICE: This option makes shares available to those with a tighter budget. ($400 for a large share, $200 for a small share)
SUPPORTER PRICE: This option provides an opportunity for those with extra to spare to help cover the price of our reduced cost shares. ($600 for a large share, $300 for a small share)
We encourage interested members to select the option that makes the most sense for their budget, with the understanding that the standard and supporter price options allow us to sustain our CSA program and make healthy, fresh produce available to a wider range of Highland County residents.
Share sign-ups are open until May 7th. A $100 deposit reserves your spot as a CSA member, with the rest due at first pick-up on May 21st. Following your deposit you will receive a CSA agreement in early May which will include an FAQ and more information on our CSA policies. We invite those with needs for an alternative payment plan to contact us on an individual basis (email email@example.com).
Weekly boxes are available to pick up at AMI’s table at the Highland Farmers' Market from 3:30 - 6:00 PM on Fridays. The pick-up protocol will follow the social distancing guidelines set by the Farmers' Market. If you are away or unable to pick up your box, you are welcome to send a family member or friend in your place. We would also be happy to donate your box to a community member in need if you are unable to pick it up.
In addition to our CSA program, we sell a variety of our produce at the Highland Farmers' Market each week. You can find us at the Highland Center pavilion located at 61 Highland Center Dr. in Monterey, Virginia, Fridays 3:30 - 6:00 PM throughout the market season.