We had a great time at the CSA Expo over the weekend at the Kavarna Coffeehouse in Green Bay. The Expo had a great turn out of people curious about the CSA model.
Saturday felt like the beginning of spring with the temperature soaring into the high 20’s. Many of the local CSA farmers were available to answer the questions of hopeful share members. Two of the most asked questions at the Expo were:
1. What are the differences between a full share and a half share?
2. Do the shares include fruits?
At Kellner Back Acre Garden, we offer three different share sizes. We offer the full share, which is recommended for a family of 4 or more. We also offer the half share or the every other week half share, which are both recommended for smaller families or single members. All of the shares have the same benefits but offer a different quantity for the families. At Kellner Back Acre Garden, we have always recommended that for a family just starting in the CSA lifestyle to select the half share. The half share will give the family a nice introduction into the garden life, but will also be less overwhelming if you have not seen or prepared some of the vegetables before.
In our shares we will also be including some fruits this season. We will hopefully be able to supply our members with raspberries and apples.
We are thankful for the many people who came out on Saturday to learn about the CSA. If you missed this CSA Expo don’t worry because Kavarna has scheduled another Expo due to the overwhelming turn out. We will be there on March 12 from 5pm until 7pm to answer more questions.
Welcome to our first post! We are hoping to provide a space to provide more regular updates and important information about your produce and our farm. Since this is our first post, let’s start at the beginning.
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Essentially, it’s a term used to represent a program where a member of the CSA receives a “share” of the farm’s produce in exchange for a fee received at the start of the season. Members are subsidizing the farmers costs to get to the weekly harvest.
At Kellner Back Acre Garden, our members receive chemical-free produce in their weekly share. We also have organic raspberries and asparagus, and from time to time, the shares also include other products that our friends have created using our products. For example, last year we offered teas from Sweet Willows and bread from Natural Harvest. We have several convenient drop-off locations throughout Green Bay area and members can always pick up at our farm. We encourage members and friends to tour our farm or even volunteer their time in harvesting, weeding, or planting.
What are the benefits of a CSA?
The biggest benefit to members is receiving local, farm-fresh produce. Your produce is much fresher than that at a store and the carbon footprint to get it from the field to your table is significantly reduced when it comes locally. In comparison to paying for organic or chemical-free produce from the store, or even from the farmer’s market each week, the cost of a share divided by the number of weeks members receive a share is oftentimes much cheaper. (For example, Kellner Back Acre’s full share works out to $30 per week.)
In addition, because members receive a share of the entire harvest for that week, individuals get exposed to vegetables they may not otherwise use. (Don’t worry; we’ll give you ideas each week how to use those “new” vegetables!) Many people like to know where their food is coming from and this can be particularly beneficial to children, who are likely to be more apt to try to new things they saw harvested or grew at the farm they can visit all the time. And any current member will tell you, this is Nancy’s passion – showing people how her farm works and giving them an opportunity to feel part of the process.
How can I sign up?
Kellner Back Acre is accepting members now for the 2015 season. You can sign up here.