CSA

Seasonal wild & cultivated sweets

MONTHLY JELLY BOX

 

A Jelly Box is based on the idea of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).  A CSA is a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm & a community of supporters that provides a direct link between the production & consumption of food. Supporters cover a farm's yearly operating budget by purchasing a share of the season's harvest. CSA members make a commitment to support the farm throughout the season, and assume the costs, risks and bounty of growing food along with the farmer or grower.

 

Members help pay for product production costs, gardening/harvesting tools, labor, etc. In return, the farm provides, to the best of its ability, a supply of seasonal fresh produce or goods (in our case, jellies) throughout the growing season.

 

Becoming a member creates a responsible relationship between people & the food they eat, the land on which it is grown & those who grow/forage it. This mutually supportive relationship between local farmers, foragers, growers & community members helps create an economically stable farm operation in which members are assured the highest quality product at a fair price.

In return, farmers & growers are guaranteed a reliable market for a diverse & seasonal selection of wild & cultivated goodies. CSA reflects an innovative & resourceful strategy to connect local farmers & producers with local consumers; develop a regional food supply and strong local economy; maintain a sense of community; encourage land stewardship; and honor the knowledge and experience of growers and producers working with small to medium farms and food producers.

 

Not sure a CSA is for you? Check out our EXTRAS page for individual jars & gift sets.

What We're Up To

 

Autumn is flying by so fast here! With wrapping up the jelly season in October, the focus has shifted to outside projects & holidays.  We've also taken on a mama cat & her 3 kittens.  Because of allergies, they are living in a makeshift pen on our porch until old enough to wean from mama.  They have been a very delightful distraction for all of us and the kids have really been amazing at taking care of them.

The gardens will be undergoing a major transformation in preparation for Spring to meet CSA members feedback for jelly flavor offerings.  I was able to harvest so much more Hibiscus (pic above) than anticipated that I got to play & make a chutney that was to die for! Thanks to members, we had an awesome first season!  We enjoyed over 200 jars of jelly.  Can you believe it?!

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