We have recently extended our pick up hours and added flexible payment options in an effort to make Community Supported Agriculture more accessible. Traditionally, payment for a CSA is collected early in the year, in order for the farmer to raise capital to cover the expenses of planting. This model has provided critical support to help sustain small farms. But we understand that the payment can be prohibitive for potential members. By allowing members to spread the cost over several months, we hope to make CSA membership possible for those people.
Members can divide their balance into four payments:
25% due at sign up
25% due before June 1
25% due before July 1
25% due before August 1
Our hours in Norwalk and Ridgefield have been extended to 6:30 and 6:00 pm to accommodate the schedule of our working members. We also offer delivery to offices and community groups with several members. The Temple Beth El in Stamford is an example of a semi-private pick up location.
We still have room in our schedule to add more delivery locations. To make arrangements, contact Megan at email@example.com or (203) 431-7166.
Our CSA Host Locations make it possible for us to reach our Fairfield County members with the freshest Connecticut Grown produce delivered from our West Suffield farm, often the same day it is picked. We are very excited this year to be hosted by a few of the area's very best farm-to-table restaurants. Elm Restaurant in New Canaan, Bailey's Backyard in Ridgefield, and Bar Sugo in Norwalk have graciously offered to provide the hubs where we connect with our members each week.
Chef Luke Venner of Elm, Chef Forrest Pasternack of Bailey's Backyard, and Chef Pat Pascarella of Bar Sugo will be cooking with many of the same ingredients that our members are taking home in their CSA shares. The chefs have promised to share some of their best recipes!
Restaurant staff have embraced the partnership as well, and have volunteered to assist with distribution. They have been helping us bring in new members by promoting the CSA to their customers, and some even have decided to become CSA members themselves.
THANK YOU, PARTNERS! We look forward to sharing this experience with you.