Community Supported Agriculture
What is a CSA?
For those who are not familiar with CSA’s, CSA is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture which is a term used to describe a special partnership between farmers and their community. The community is welcome to buy memberships in the farm affording them several opportunities throughout the week to receive their preference of fresh, seasonal produce including fruit, herbs, flowers, and more. In addition, the customer is able to experience the rewards of being able to interact with the farm, see where their food is coming from, and know that they are supporting the locAL farmer. The farmer benefits from the CSA because the shares provide seasonal start-up capital. Belle Meadow offers a more customized opportunity that we refer to as “Becoming a Friend of the Farm” when a customer purchases a Belle Meadow Blue Card.
A Friend of the Farm
Belle Meadow Farm offers a customized CSA opportunity that we refer to as “A Friend of The Farm”. Friends of the Farm will receive a weekly “Market Menu” from which they can pick as much or as little of any given item. Just want Tomatoes? How many? Really in the mood for a good salad this week? What fixings would you like? Want a whole heap of greens? We got you! Any thing that is on the “Market Menu” is available to your discretion!
During the summer months we will be picking tomatoes (hybrid, heirloom, and cherry), cucumbers, squash, melons, watermelons, okra, sweet corn, eggplant, peppers (hot and sweet), among other things. As we transition into fall starting in late September and into October we will add crops like kale, beets, radishes, Asian greens, collards, salad turnips, spinach, lettuce, sweet potatoes, and salad mixes. Starting in mid to late October you can count on a full bounty of fall and winter vegetables including cabbages, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, and cauliflower. We will finish out the year through November and into December with the hardiest of winter crops that only get sweeter with a touch of frost.
Belle Meadow Blue Cards
$250-$500 receive weekly “Market Menu”, quarterly updates on the farm, & a Belle Meadow Farm t shirt
$500-$750 weekly “Market Menu”, quarterly updates, 2 Belle Meadow Farm t shirts, & a Belle Meadow Farm hat
$750-$1000 weekly “Market Menu”, quarterly updates, 2 Belle Meadow Farm t shirts, a Belle Meadow Farm hat, and a SCHEDULED FARM TOUR
*BELLE MEADOW BLUE CARDS ARE A DURABLE PLASTIC WITH NO EXPIRATION!!
Distributions will occur on Tuesdays at Tuscaloosa River Market & Thursdays at Grace Aberdean from approximately 3:00 to 6:00pm. If you are unable to pick up your box please send someone in your stead to pick it up for you. We may be able to hold boxes a bit longer than normal at our farm for special circumstances but you must let us know before 2pm.
So, finally, if you are interested, you can send payment via PayPal to Andrew @ firstname.lastname@example.org OR you can pay in person at the market. Cash, credit, and debit cards are all accepted, although if you pay with a credit or debit card there is a fee associated with the payment. No fee if you pay via PayPal, cash, or personal check. Please list your full name so we know how to label your box for pick up purposes and your email where you would like to receive the quarterly newsletter.
Thank you SO much for your support,
Laurie Beth & Andrew Kesterson