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've Been Up To

 

Late summer, the 5th season, has been a super busy one with abundant foraging opportunities! I've been able to gather some new to us fruits like Kousa Dogwood fruit & Prickly Pear.  We've also been able to get Beautyberries, Kudzu & Sumac.

Finding new plants/fruits has led to lots of research & reading about how best to harvest & process.  Making small batches of tea to taste-test for jelly candidates & of course popsicles for the kids!

Upcoming flavors for September to close out the season: Kudzu, Sumac & Red Zinger Hibiscus

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