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What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? A CSA allows farmers and their local community to share the risks and benefits of local food production. CSA Members pledge to support a farm for the entire growing season. In our case ¼ of the year per contract, in return, you get a bi-weekly share of fresh meats and honey. Read one of our blog posts, "Why Join a Meat CSA?" for more info and details on how the process operates at Spring House Farms.
How long is the CSA season? Each CSA season consists of 6 packages available for pick-up every two weeks for two and a half months. PRORATED SHARES ARE AVAILABLE for those that join during the CSA season. Email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org about prorated shares.
Where are the pick-up locations and times? We offer pick-up locations in Loudoun and Fairfax - see a full list of locations and dates/times here.
What foods might be included in the share? Our Gourmet Meat CSA includes pork, beef, goat, lamb, local sustainably raised chicken and honey. CSA package contents are carefully selected by our farmer, and contents vary week to week. We often include preparation tips, and our Facebook community is an excellent resource for recipes and information. We offer several sizes to fit every budget and family size.
• Family Share: (between 11lbs-14lbs bi-weekly)
• Lovers Share:(between 5lbs-7lbs bi-weekly)
• Sampler Share:(between 3lbs-4lbs bi-weekly)
• Family Shares are $672 (+if in Virginia sales tax of 2.5%)
• Lovers Shares are $354 (+if in Virginia sales tax of 2.5%)
• Sampler Shares are $220 (+if in Virginia sales tax of 2.5%)
Do I get to choose what products I get? No, we pack all the bags with more or less the same contents. We try to accommodate as much variety as possible. Not knowing ahead of time what will be in the share should encourage creativity and resourcefulness. You’ll be trying a lot of new recipes! Many people share their food with a neighbor or co-worker. If you have a question about how to prepare something ask us or post your question on our Facebook Page. We have Chefs from all over the East coast posting on there. Check out some of the recipes we have created for our products.
Am I required to work on the farm? No, we don’t have any work requirement. But we hope you will want to come meet your farmer and see how your food is grown. And it’s fun for us to meet all the folks who eat our foods! Dress appropriately, come with your most cheerful attitude, be prepared to follow instructions, work hard, and get really dirty and sweaty!
What if I can’t make a pick-up date? This is important! The shares must be picked up by the time listed for your location. Any shares remaining will be given away to someone who could use them. They will not be available for pick-up other than the specified day. If you know you can’t come on time, arrange to have someone else come for you. If you can’t do that, let us know and we’ll give it to someone who could use it. Please don’t just leave the share unclaimed. None of us want any food to go to waste. So please remember to come pick-up bi-weekly or make arrangements if you can’t come!
Can I cancel my membership in the CSA? By joining the CSA, you are committing yourself to be a member for the entire 3 months, thus providing us with a secure market – a very welcome thing in the uncertain world of farming! We, in turn, dedicate ourselves to being your farmer, providing you with nutritious, naturally grown, high quality products. If you are moving away or something drastic happens, we will consider refunding the balance of your share. But first consider transferring ownership of your share to a friend or co-worker.
What happens if there is a crop failure? One of the fundamental principles of Community Supported Agriculture is that the shareholder shares both the bounty and the risk of the farm. In farming, there are many things that can go wrong; there are definitely no guarantees that a crop or livestock will succeed. We do everything within our means to try to make each animal and honey harvest a success, but it doesn’t always work. Growing many different animals and hives helps insure that, even if some fail, there should be enough of others to fill the gaps.
What are your livestock management practices? Each animal type requires a different management practice and this changes throughout the seasons. We encourage customers to contact us and come out to see how we operate.
Do we give our animals steroids and/or antibiotics? We do not give any medication without just cause. If we have a sick or injured animal we consult our veterinarian and come up with a treatment plan. Just as any parent would do for their child that is sick or injured. However, due to our unique management practices we have very few sicknesses or injuries. We believe a low stress environment helps make for happy animals, and happy animals are healthy animals!