Food Shares:

Community Supported Agriculture

 
 

Community Supported Agriculture is a partnership between the farmers and the CSA members.  CSA members pre-purchase food from the grower, providing  financial support in the spring.    In return, members receive extremely fresh, locally grown food each week, while helping to preserve the agricultural nature of our community. Members can feel, first  hand, the natural rhythms of the growing season.  They can be more in touch with the offerings unique to each season.  Please read our Frequently Asked Questions below!


2014 CSA Information:


We are offering approximately 60 shares this year.  Besides a variety of produce, we offer beef and eggs from our farm.


Dates:

Delivery Dates: All shares run 20 weeks beginning in early June. Tuesday pickups will begin June 3rd, 2014 and end October 14th. 


Deposit dates:

March 21st, 2014 (or ASAP): 50% deposit to reserve a space

May 1st, 2014: total cost of share is due


Shares:

Full shares cost $500.00 and will receive $25.00 worth of food each week.


Half shares cost $300.00 and will receive $15.00 worth of food each week.


Vegetarian shares are available.  On weeks when we give beef and/or eggs, vegetarian shares will get more produce to make up the difference in cost.  We ask that you tell us when you sign up that you would like a vegetarian share.


Pick up Days:

We will have two options for pick up days for 2014. 

You must CHOOSE ONE for the entire season!


Tuesday afternoons between 4:30 and 6:30 at the Agricultural Extension Building in Boone, NC or between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. at our farm in Creston, NC. 


Saturday mornings at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market between 8:30 a.m. and noon.


Going to be away one week?

We understand that summer is prime vacation time.  With this in mind, we are offering the chance to make up ONE week if you have to miss.  If you let us know at least 4 days in advance (so we don’t pick for you that week), we will give you a voucher worth the price of your weekly share ($25.00 or $15.00) to use at our booth at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market. 


Want to join?

Please email us (creeksongfarm@gmail.com) or call us at (336) 385-6302 with any questions or to reserve a share!


Our mailing address is: Creeksong Farm,  2901 W. Brushy Fork Rd., Zionville, NC 28698.

 

Creeksong Farm’s CSA:

Farm Fresh Food Shares

Send us an email!  creeksongfarm@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions:


1. If you are new to our CSA, you may be asking yourself, “What will I get?”


Lettuces, spinach, spring onions, bigger onions, tomatoes, potatoes, a connection to our farm, beets, swiss chard, sugar snap peas, apples, basil, beef, the knowledge that you are helping to preserve local farmland, corn, carrots, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, eggs, green beans, kale, delicious recipes from our kitchens, parsley, pumpkins, a few radishes, summer squash, zucchini, winter squash, and due to popular demand, our best efforts to grow SWEET POTATOES!


Here’s what you won’t get:  pesticides, antibiotics or hormones in your beef or eggs, food that has traveled too many miles to get to you, or a lot of unusual produce that you don’t know how to cook. 


  1. 2.What if I realize I’m going to be late or miss the pickup time?


CALL US!  We give out our cell phone # in every weekly email.  If you are going to be late, give us a call and we’ll leave your food at the Ag Extension loading dock for you.  However, if you don’t call us, we cannot save your food for you, even if you are willing to come out to the farm.  We simply do not have the storage space for that.  Sorry!


  1. 3. What if we are going to be out of town for several weeks this summer? 


We will give you a voucher for 1 of those weeks if you let us know at least 4 days in advance (so we don’t pick for you).  For the other weeks, we suggest you find a friend or neighbor who might want to pick up your food -- many vegetables will keep if stored properly, and our beef is always frozen and can be put back in the freezer.   Also, a week’s share makes a nice treat for someone watching your house while you are gone!


  1. 4. What is different about the Creeksong CSA?


Creeksong Farm has been around a long time, since 1979, and has been organic since day one.  We were certified organic in the 1980’s, and are considering being re-certified, but nothing on the farm has changed, just the cost of certification.  We are a family owned business.  Will & Jeff Thomas make all of their income on the farm.  We grow everything right here on our farm, and we invite our members to visit us for an open house in July or August. 


  1. 5. Why do we (the farmers) like the CSA?


Farming is a tricky financial business.  We need money in the spring to buy materials and seeds, but with the typical farmers’ market model we wouldn’t make any money until the summer.  With the CSA model, customers give us the money we need up front to start our operation for the year without going into debt, and in return they get the first and best selection of our fine produce.


  1. 6. How does Creeksong Farm figure out the value of the vegetables each week to add up to the total amount?


We use the same prices for the CSA that we use at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market.  Occasionally, we charge the CSA a little bit less than market prices, but never more.


  1. 7.Can I switch from Tuesday to Saturday pick up after the season has begun?


There is a lot of planning and organization that goes into delivering this much food each week on the appropriate day.  We plant and harvest produce with certain numbers in mind, and switching throws us off, making it difficult to provide everyone with the best produce.  Therefore, please do not ask to switch your pickup day! 

A full share mid-summer 2013.  All of the produce, eggs, and beef for our CSA is grown by us on our farm.  We are a two-generation family farm working on 105 acres in Ashe County, NC.