Community Supported Agriculture
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It's designed to create a partnership between the local farmer and consumer. The consumer, known as the shareholder, purchases a share during the farm's off season from the farmer in exchange for fresh produce during the growing season. Not all CSA's are the same though. As a consumer be aware of the following:
WHAT IS A BERRY PATCH CSA? First and foremost we are a Certified Organic farm which means our produce is grown without synthetic pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics nor GMOs. The produce you will receive each week is picked at its peak freshness. Additionally, you as a shareholder will:
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN MY BLENDED SHARE?
WHAT IS THE COST?
Full Share: 20 weeks (June 18-October) $795.00 (with eggs), $675.00 (without eggs) : can feed 2-4, depending on lifestyle
Half Share: 10 weeks (June 18-October) $400.00 (with eggs), $340.00 (without eggs): can feed 2, depending on lifestyle (every other week pickup).
NOTE: A share, be it full or half, maynot fulfill all of your produce needs. Much depends whether you dine out frequently, or consume predominately produce.
WHERE DO I PICKUP?
You choose the drop site which works best for you: Berry Patch Farms (Brighton), City Park (16th & Steele) or Arvada (6200 & Ammons)
WHEN DO I PICKUP?
Berry Patch Farms: Tuesdays 4-7 pm City Park: Wednesdays 4-7 pm Arvada: Thursdays 4-7 pm
Adams County Employees Only: Government Center & Human Services Center: Thursdays: 4-5 pm
What are the risks? Each shareholder assumes the same risks as does the farmer: drought, crop failure, insect infestations, hail storms......which could lead to lower crop yields thus reflected in the size and makeup of the weekly share.
Policies: You will decide what pick up point best suits your needs and should you find that you will need to make a change on your permanent pickup point; you will be able to do so up until the third week of delivery. Specific pickup policies/proceedures will be forthcoming for each site.
If this is your first time with us, you will need to come and visit the farm and talk with Claudia, Anna or Tim first, as a pre-condition to enrolling in the program. We want to be sure that a CSA share is right for you. This can be done on Saturdays from 10-2pm.