Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) creates a direct partnership between the farmer and the eater. The members pay for their vegetable shares early in the season, when the expenses are greatest for the farm, allowing the farmer to purchase seeds and equipment for the year. Then, every week throughout the growing season, each member picks up his share of vegetables.
In addition to weekly produce, a CSA brings veggie-loving people together on a weekly basis to share their appreciation for the high value of food.
VEGETABLE SHARE OPTIONS:
Lena Gulch Share, $500:
The namesake for this share is a small, year-round stream that runs through the farm. This share size is intended for a vegetable-excited couple. If a typical “full” CSA share is a little much for you and your significant other, this “3/4” share is perfect. A typical share in July might include 1/2lb green beans, 1 bunch beets, 1 broccoli head, 1 cabbage head, 2 cucumbers, 1/2lb salad mix, 2 zucchini, 1 bunch Swiss chard, and 1 bunch turnips. Our distribution goal per week is a share of approximately $22.
Clear Creek Share, $700:
The agricultural irrigation ditch that will be watering your veggies finds its head water in Clear Creek. This share size is intended for a family of four veggie eaters or a vegetarian couple. A typical share in July might include 3/4lb green beans, 1 bunch beets, 2 broccoli heads, 1 cabbage head, 4 cucumbers, 3/4lb salad mix, 3 zucchini, 1 bunch Swiss chard, and 1 bunch turnips. Our distribution goal per week is a share of approximately $30.
Ernestine Preserving Shares:
In 1991, Ernestine Williams put the 12.75 acres where our farm is located into a conservation easement. By doing this, she preserved the property as a wildlife sanctuary and for agricultural use. As the season progresses, we expect to have large quantities of a few vegetable options for canning or freezing. Favorites include pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, roasting peppers, carrots, and kale. The time of season will determine the vegetable offered. When it looks like we’ll have a hefty amount of a particular veggie, we’ll offer some bulk shares and remind you to get your canning supplies together.
FLOWER SHARE, $100:
We have a limited number of 10-week flower shares available, to be picked up with your veggies. These 10 weeks are not consecutive and will be distributed throughout the 20-week vegetable CSA season. Each bouquet (or dried wreath arrangement in late season) will be worth approximately $10. Cosmos and Dahlias and Zinnias, oh my!
FRUIT SHARE, approximately $220 (with vegetable share) or $240 (without vegetable share):
Clear Creek Organics will be partnering with Ela Family Farms on Colorado’s Western Slope to provide peaches, apples, pears, and more! The fruit season starts a little later than our veggies, but as soon as Ela Family Farms has their 2014 season details ironed out, we will offer fruit shares for pick-up at our farm during your already scheduled vegetable share pick-up time. We will let you know as soon as these shares are available!