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CSA Info

2023 CSA

***Our summer CSA is full, but there are still spots available in our shorter Fall share. Put down your deposit today!***

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for 'Community Supported Agriculture". In essence, you are buying a share of the farm, and in return you receive a weekly box of the freshest produce we have available. Think of it like a subscription service: you pay an upfront cost and in return receive a weekly supply of "farmer's choice" vegetables all season long! 

Why sign up for a CSA?

The best way to support a local farm is to sign up for their CSA program. You develop a close connection with the people who grow your food and receive fresh local vegetables all summer long. This year we will be writing weekly newsletters complete with recipes, kitchen tips, and all the happenings on the farm that week. Let us help you keep your fridge constantly stocked with delicious, healthy local produce. Instead of standing in line at a busy farmer's market only to find that your favorite items are sold out, you'll come to our small weekly pickups and pick up your veggies hassle-free.

How does the CSA program help the Farm?

Our growing season starts long before the Farmer's Markets do, and long before we've harvested a single vegetable to sell. During the Winter and Spring months, our expenses are high and revenue is low. Having upfront capital from our CSA is essential to getting our season started on the right foot. CSA revenue enables us to buy seeds, irrigation supplies, new high tunnels and deer fencing, potting soil, etc, as well as helping to pay our early season labor costs. All of those things and more help us start the season strong and set us up for success when the farm starts to produce in early Summer. The CSA also helps us pay our employees and ourselves a reasonable wage, starting at $20/hour. Farming is hard work, and we are firm believers in paying people the true value of their work. Your support helps us do this!

The Details:

Summer CSA:

-12 Weeks of produce from late June to mid September. 

-Pickup locations in Steamboat and Hayden on Wednesday evenings 4:30 - 6:00

-Total Cost: $450

Fall CSA:

-9 Weeks of produce from late September to Thanksgiving

-Pickup locations in Steamboat and Hayden on Wednesday evenings 4:30 - 6:00

-Total Cost: $350 (We are currently accepting $100 deposits for the Fall CSA to reserve spots, with the remainder due September 1st)

Signing up for the Summer CSA and putting down a deposit for the Fall CSA will guarantee you fresh produce all season long. That's 21 weeks of veggies!

What can I expect in my weekly share of produce?

Hypothetical shares from each month:

June: Arugula, Radishes, Broccoli Raab, Cilantro, Bok Choy, Scallions, Garlic Scapes

July: Salad Mix, Kale, Basil, Summer Squash, Fresh Onions, Cucumbers, Broccolini

August: Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Cauliflower, Celery, Beets

September: Spinach, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Spaghetti Squash, Dill, Broccoli, Cabbage

October: Turnips, Spicy Greens, Chard, Acorn Squash, Fennel, Rutabaga, Radicchio

November: Butternut, Escarole, Watermelon Radish, Leeks, Celeriac, Garlic, Parsnips

Plus lots more not listed! 

*Note: Shares listed above are just examples. Actual weekly shares are hard to predict and are based on weather conditions, prevalence of pests, and general ebbs and flows of the growing season*

Frequently Asked Questions:

1) Do I get to choose what's in my share each week?

Shares are considered to be "Farmer's Choice" ie, we pick the 7-8 items at their peak freshness/ripeness for the weekly boxes. However, often we have "either/or" items to give CSA members some choice each week.

Example Share)

Lettuce Mix or Spinach

Beets

Dill or Basil

Carrots

Broccolini

Kale or Chard

Cherry Tomatoes

2) I like vegetables, but there are some things I don't like or don't know how to use. Is the CSA right for me?

A CSA isn't for everyone, and that's okay! If you can think of 5-7+ different vegetables you don't like, then it may not be the best option for you. The CSA is best for adventurous eaters who love any and all vegetables and love to experiment with new items they may never have tried. We grow a wide variety of produce to keep things interesting for our CSA members and for ourselves. Think: veggies with strong flavors like fennel and cilantro, things with bitter flavors like radicchio and escarole, and interesting varieties you might not have tried like celeriac, rutabaga, parsnips, and squash blossoms. For all those items, we will happily provide recipes and tips on how to prepare them.

 

And don't worry: we do grow tons and tons of everyone's favorites (ie carrots, lettuce, arugula, tomatoes, zucchini, and lots more), so expect to receive lots of those! We find that CSA members value being connected to a farm and making local produce a part of their daily lives. If you're not a big vegetable eater, don't cook often, are frequently out of town in the summer, or only want a few types of vegetables, then supporting us at the Steamboat Farmer's Market might be a better fit. We would love to see you there!

Can I split a CSA share with a friend?

Shares can be split between multiple households only if all members are picking up at their share at the same location each week. We generally don't recommend splitting shares, and think the experience is better for everyone if one household enjoys a full share all season long

What happens if I miss a pickup? Can I arrange to pickup my share at a later time?

In short, No. We will do our part in sending out emails every week to remind members about the pickups. If you know you cannot make a certain pickup one week, you are more than welcome to send a neighbor or friend to pick up your share for you. If you forget to pickup your share for whatever reason, we kindly ask that you refrain from contacting us to arrange an alternate pickup. We devote Wednesday evenings to CSA pickups, and after pickups are over we switch our focus to a multitude of other things that we have to do on the farm each week. If you know you will be out of town or will miss a pickup, we will happily donate your share to Lift Up that week. 

If you are ready to signup, head over to our Online Store! We anticipate shares going up for sale in late January 2023.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us at info@mountainbluebirdfarm.com

We would love to have you be a part of our CSA program this year!

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