CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a collaboration between consumers and farmers.
The Benefit of a CSA
Each year, individuals join Sunrise Farm, purchasing in advance a season’s worth of the freshest vegetables money can buy. The farmers, meanwhile, know exactly what to grow and can tailor the harvest to best suit their members’ needs.
Besides bringing people together to celebrate local food and strengthen local agriculture, a CSA farm offers a strong financial incentive to consumer and farmer alike. At Sunrise Farm, we price our farm share so that it represents a 30 percent discount over the equivalent basket of food at the market - a great savings for the consumer. As farmers, meanwhile, we are receiving 70 percent of the food dollar, which is seven times what the typical wholesale farmer receives in the United States these days.
Just as much as it is about fresh food, Sunrise Farm is also about rural life. Shareholders come to the farm each week to gather their vegetables, pick fresh herbs, baah at the sheep, sit on the tractor, or walk the miles of trails that start at the farm.
Sunrise Farm's CSA
Our CSA is market-style, meaning more choice for you (and no packing up boxes for us!) When you walk into the barn for pickup, you'll see that morning's harvest on display as if you were at a farmers' market. We'll let you know how many items to choose, and you get to decide which vegetable to take home. We use organic practices, and our greenhouses are currently certified through NOFA-VT. We're working in the spring and summer of 2017 to certify all of our vegetable production.
The 2017 CSA season runs from May 8th through late October, aiming for 25 weeks. We have two share sizes: a full share consist of 8 to 12 items per week; and a half share is 4 to 6 items. The price for a full share is $599 and a half share is $299. Pickups are Mondays and Thursdays any time between 11:00 AM and 6 PM. You can decide each week which day is most convenient for you.
June 1 update: We still have shares available, and if you'd like to join us this year, we'd gladly pro-rate the share price. For people starting the week of June 5th, the prices are $519 for a full share and $259 got a half share.