What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between a farm and it’s community. Rather than simply purchasing food as a retail customer, CSA members receive a portion of the seasonal harvest in exchange for their advance commitment.
By joining our CSA, you are an integral part of the culture in agri-culture. Sustainable food production is a necessarily imperfect, living system. As good stewards, we are beholden to both the bounty and risks of the season, and must take time to observe the land and improve production practices at a pace that reflects ecological rhythms. That is our intention, and this is our guarantee: Over time, Katseanes Family Farm members will enjoy the vibrancy, bounty and diversity of healthy soil and responsible land management.
Community Supported Agriculture reduces the burden of up-front costs on our farm. Your investment provides capital for seed and equipment before the season starts. We cannot overstate how much we appreciate this commitment.
The freshest organic food. More veggies in your diet. Supporting local businesses. Investing in restoration and biodiversity. Knowing the face, family, and land behind your food. Diversifying your diet. Exploration of new tastes and flavors. A sun-ripened tomato. Melons that slip right off the vine. Celebrating abundance. Living the season.
How does it work?
Kats Family Farm offers a 20-week CSA box of produce, from June through October. You identify which pick-up location and share size works best for you. Boxes are packed for you and you repack into bags to take home.
What is in a share
Below outlines some seasonal vegetables one could expect to find in her box share. When crops are especially abundant, CSA members share in the bounty. We strive to have one Allium in every share (garlic, onion, leeks, shallot, scallion), one annual herb (cilantro, dill, parsley, or basil), one root vegetable, one bunched green (kale or chard), and lettuce. The share is rounded out with additional vegetables from the list below. Weather, pests, and other worldly forces inevitably influence production.
June to July
Beets, broccoli, carrots, lettuce, cilantro, spinach, radish, fennel, green onions & garlic, kale, chard, snap & snow peas, kohlrabi, radish, turnips
August to September
Green beans, summer squash, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, basil, melons, fava beans, cabbage, lettuce, bunched greens, onions, garlic, broccoli, cilantro, cucumbers, potatoes, dill, parsley, beets, carrots, and leeks.
Peppers, winter squash, carrots, beets, potatoes, bunched greens, cabbage, cilantro, dill, parsley, fennel, broccoli, chicory, popcorn, celeriac, spinach, radish, parsnips, garlic, onions, shallots, leeks, and kohlrabi.
Questions & Answers
Are there different share sizes?
We offer two box share options:
· Full Box Share (4-6 people): Full box shares typically contain 8-12 varieties equivalent to 1-2 grocery bags of produce. For reference, our goal with a full box share is to provide a four-person family enough produce for a week, though this rate of use will ultimately depend on the culinary culture of each household. These are valued at $30/week.
· Partial Box Share (1-2 people): A little more than half of the produce included in a full box share (6-9 items)! This box share could feed one or two adults, or a family that consistently dines out. These are valued at $15/week.
Can I split a box share?
Members who split a full box share are responsible for coordination and should designate one person to gather the complete share each week. Otherwise, if share size is a concern, we encourage folks to consider a half box share.
What if a crop fails?
We love this work for many reasons, not the least of which are the smiles on members’ faces when they hold a beautiful, bountiful share. This land is a generous host, and a firm teacher. Naturally, the composition of vegetables will vary through the seasons, each phase offering unique lessons and rewards to us farmers. Some production factors (extreme weather, pests, disease) will require short-term compromise and long-term remediation. In the unlikely event of significant crop failure, we adjust for the failed crops by filling shares with other crops ready for harvest. Only in rare instances might there be reduction in share size.
How is it grown?
We intend to care for this place as we care for our own bodies and for the health and well being of our family and friends. We focus on techniques that build soil health and increase biodiversity. We strive to only work with organic materials. As this is only our second year on our property and it takes approximately 3 years to become certified organic, we are still in the process. For more information about our production practices, please ask.
Where and When do I get my share?
There are 3-4 options for pick-up location:
On-farm (Blackfoot, ID)
Snake River Junior High School parking lot (Blackfoot, ID)
Idaho Falls Farmers Market (Idaho Falls, ID)
What if I miss a pick up?
If you cannot pick-up your box share, please arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. We ask that members explain the pick-up location and procedure to any substitute folks. Shares that are not retrieved during the pick-up time will be donated to a food pantry or to the drop site host.
Are there alternative payment options?
Yes, while we prefer full payments upfront, we are happy to discuss cash-flow-friendlier payment plans. Please select your payment option(s) on the sign-up page.