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November 11th, at 11:11 AM, CST!
CSA Shares for 2024 are NOW Available!
Dancing the Land Farm Veggie CSA
A summer and fall immersed in relationship to soil, water, weather, sun, and the generosity of seeds, to us--your farmers, this place which is our hearts outside of our chests, and what gifts the world might give us. A CSA is more than a share full of colorful, healthful, flavorful, and truly beautiful food every week, though it is that, too. A CSA is a relationship, a bond--between eater and grower, between eater and place, season, temperature, and the mood of the sky. A CSA is how our community guards and protects small family farms, as we feed them, and as we guard and protect water, soil, and sky.
Together we are making a better world, where small farms feed people and build back the soils that have been devastated for generations, sequester carbon from the sky back into the Earth, create thriving local economies and breathe life into rural community, and build supportive bridges between urban and rural spaces. Together we break barriers and build culture and community, all around a shared experience and a good meal. We'd love for you to join us this season!
Dates: Beginning in July to September or October, with a yet-to-be-determined week off in August. 14 weeks total.
Farm Pickup: All shares will be available for pickup from our Farm Store beginning Wednesdays at noon. Boxes can be picked up anytime after that until Sunday, at which point any remaining shares will be donated.
Sliding Scale: We offer a sliding scale to help make healthy, beautiful food accessible to folks with fewer financial resources. This system relies on those who have more financial resources who feel comfortable doing so to pay more to help offset the costs for others. There is no pressure or judgement, just community and kindness. This is always an incredibly heartwarming and beautiful part of what we do. The target price is $450 for the season. Slide up or down or hit the target as is most in line with your capacity. If it says "sold out" when trying to purchase a Slide Down, it means we've reached equilibrium with the number of shares we can offer at a lower price, when balanced with the Slide-Ups we've received. If we get another Slide Up, I'll add more Slide-Downs to the availability! We always offer at least five open Slide Downs every year, without offset, because we care about food access. When Slide Ups happen, we add more :)
Timing: Our CSA shares tend to sell out very fast, and I end up making a long waiting list every year of people who are BUMMED to have missed out. So don't wait, if you don't have to.
I know it seems bananas to sign up for summer produce in the dead of winter, but now is when we farmers are doing the largest chunk of spending for the whole year. Now is when we buy seeds and planting stock, compost, potting soil, gas for the greenhouse, and any supplies we need. And it's also when our income is at its leanest, as you can imagine, since there's nothing but sheep growing in the fields right now (and goats). Your commitment to our farm early in the year directly supports and impacts how the season to come will unfold.
Ideal CSA Member: CSAs are not just a pre-order vegetable program, they are grassroots crop insurance. Nearly all small, diverse farms lack access to government crop or disaster insurance. CSAs are a way for the communities that surround and are fed by a farm to directly contribute to a farm's resiliency by offering financial security in exchange for a share of the harvest--whatever that means, from bumpercrops to busts. CSA members are not entitled to a set dollar-amount worth of food each week regardless of what the season brings, they are along for the ride with us, and luckily we're really good at what we do.
Though, the year our well went bad, during a record drought, and everything in the fields died regardless of our skill, our CSA members only got half a season worth of food. And while some may look at that and feel like they'd feel cheated in that scenario, that scenario is exactly why we utilize the CSA model. Because that year, though we nearly lost everything, our farm survived, because of our CSA members and the investment they'd already given to us. Most years members have veggies coming out of their ears, and that's awesome and we love sharing the abundance when it comes our way. But it's the years when everything goes wrong that we fully understand the real purpose of a CSA. And you can see, too, why investing in a farm CSA for many years in a row, and building that relationship, through ups and downs, makes so much sense.
It is always our intention and mission and purpose to feed people well, and take our members on a delicious, highly-varied journey through the season, from the first tender greens and savory herbs to heavy boxes full of cabbages and pumpkins.
It is by far and away a more satisfying experience for everyone to have members who really understand what it is we do, or want to learn. We want kind folks who are excited to be a part of our farm! We want the adventurous folks who are eager to eat in close relationship to what's happening outside. We want the passionate people, and those who are game to try new things, to build relationships, to be a part of something bigger than all of us. We want newbies as well as our beloved returning members. We want people who love to eat, learn, and experience the fullness of life. People who value beauty and substance and complexity. People who care about the ground, their bodies, their communities, and the miracle that is beautiful, generous food. We want to build the kind of community where you stop in for one thing, and end up chatting for an hour and leave with a light heart and a smile on your face, with a solution to a problem you'd been struggling with, and a dinner date next week.
Our on-site Farm Store now OPEN!
We're all stocked up with fresh veggies, flower bouquets, pastured meats, gifts, and dahlia flowers by the stem!
Come on out to the farm and shop an abundance of fresher-than-fresh organically-raised produce, pork, lamb, goat, lush cut-flower bouquets, dahlias by the stem, wool and mohair yarns, sheepskins, books from North Star Press, plus a sweet selection of used books. We're now also stocking artisan grocery items, art supplies, farm and garden gear, and textiles!
We're so excited to see you all here!
Open for self-serve
Wednesday through Sunday
*If you have any questions about self-service, please ring the bell and we'll show you the ropes!
(it's on the welcome sign :)
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