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How many people does a CSA share feed?

A sample share

A share is perfect for a very veggie-loving couple that regularly cooks with fresh produce or a family of four that eats meat, dines out a few times a month, and mostly uses veggies for side dishes.  This is hard questions to answer because some very veggie focused couples gobble up their produce each week, while some 4 member households find it ideal for their omnivorous needs.  Vegans or juicers can easily consume a share themselves.

The shares fluctuate with the growing season.  They start out with 5-7 items, heavy on the greens and salad fixings, and grow in abundance as the season progresses, sometimes with 12 or so different items.  As the season moves along, the produce gets heavier from cukes and summer squash in July, to potatoes, tomatoes, and carrots in August, to onions, winter squash, and root crops in the fall months.

IMG_1963Members receive a fair value for their investment.  CSA shares are priced with current farmers’ market prices for local produce and are tracked to insure that the farm provides the proper amount of food over the course of the growing season.  Regardless of how many people eat it,  the Black Kettle CSA share is $500 worth of delicious, fresh and extremely local produce.

Typically, members receive 10% more in produce, the equivalent of $550 in veggies, highlighting the mutually beneficial relationship of the CSA.  Members support the farm in the off-season, the farm returns the wealth when the veggies are really flowing.

It is best to evaluate priorities regarding food, such as commitment and interest in eating locally and supplementing as little as possible (tomatoes in May just don’t happen in Maine), supporting the local economy (snacking on carrots from the CSA share rather then buying pretzels), and willingness to develop new cooking skills (chard quesadillas anyone?).

The food choices outside of the CSA determine how many folks the share feeds, however, the simple answer is a share feeds a big veggie loving, food savvy couple or a omnivorous family of four.

Check out What to Expect and see sample harvest for the season

Can I get half a share?

IMG_0798Black Kettle Farm does one set share of the seasons harvest at $500 for 19 weeks of produce.  If members are still familiarizing themselves with the idea of CSA and local eating, are away a lot, or have a small household, they are more then welcome to buddy up and “share a share” to split the produce and the cost.  These members collaborate and decipher how to split the veggies they see fit amongst themselves.  It is very easy and many members really like this option.

What happens if I am out of town for a pick up?

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If you know that you are going to be away for a pick-up day, you are welcome to have  a friend come and grab your allotted produce.  Just explain to your veggie sub the pick-up time, location and procedure.

Or, if you cannot make a pick-up, but would like your produce held, you are welcome to come and retrieve it from the walk-in cooler at the farm.  The farm must be informed in advance and shares can be held until friday of that week.

It is also perfectly okay to skip if for a week and the produce will be donated to the York County Shelter.

If members know they are going to miss a share, they need to contact Laura Neale, via email at blackkettlefarm@gmail.com or via cell phone at 415-309-6162 as soon as possible so arrangements can be made and confusion can be decreased.  We harvest, wash and prepare all of the produce with great care and we do not want it to go to waste.

What if I don’t like something?

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Not in the mood for summer squash?  Getting overwhelmed by tomatoes?  Have a special recipe in mind that calls for lots of potatoes?  No problem, visit the trade table and swap out another item for something that better suits your needs.  One of the many beauties of CSA membership is experiencing new and different vegetables.

Try it all, even kohlrabi!  You may be very surprised about a new found favorite.  If you aren’t sure what something is or how to use it, just ask.  The Black Kettle crew is a great bunch of chefs and ONLY eats what the farm grows and have lots and lots of recipes ideas for absolutely every thing.

Do you offer meat?

Yes, Black Kettle Farm raises pigs and sells the meat as a Community Supported Pork share. For more info, click here.