CSA Member Agreement for 2019
Farm Contact Information:
Head Farmer: Meg Paska
2639 State Route 162
Esperance, NY 12066
I, the farmer, wish to provide you with fresh, local, seasonal food and flowers and you, the member, wish to receive a portion of our harvest. This agreement outlines our shared commitments to that relationship.
Section 1. Introducing Our CSA
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between our farm and you, our customer. Rather than simply purchasing food at a supermarket, our customers become “subscribers” to our farm and receive a portion of our harvest each week, available for pick up on site. Customers will reap the benefit of a more diverse array of high-quality products received at the time of harvest..
Meg and Neil have been operating a diversified CSA for over 5 years in Rumson, NJ. As new landowners in Esperance, NY, they are excited to provide fresh, beautiful food and farm-made goods to people in their new community.
Their farm operation is small, with less than an acre in cultivated crops. Everything is tended by hand, without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. To find out what they will be growing, check out the listing of what to expect and when below.
In addition to vegetable crops, they maintain a medium sized flock of egg laying hens and ducks. Pasture raised, non-gmo fed eggs will be available weekly until winter. They are also beekeepers and expect to have honey in the late summer and autumn, first come, first served! On the remaining 45 acres of their farm, a small herd of dairy goats graze and produce milk for their goat’s milk soap enterprise.
To better familiarize yourself with our farm, we recommend that you visit our website and check-in with us on social media.
Our farm market operates during the market season from late Spring (mid-June) to early Autumn. (mid-October) Here’s the way our market CSA works:
Members commit to a dollar amount spent per season to be paid in full at the time of enrollment. In return, you receive an easy-to-use gift card with the amount added to it, plus an additional percentage added as a thanks for your commitment to our farm. The more you commit, the greater the percentage of added $. We have three options available:
Option 1: Pay $125, get $140
Option 2: Pay $200, get $235
Option 3: Pay $300, get $350
The Products We Expect for 2019
The chart below outlines some of the vegetables, herbs and other products we hope to deliver, and when you may see them in your share. This chart is based on our best estimate, but of course weather, pests, and other events can affect actual production.
Arugula, Radishes, Salad Mix, Pea Shoots, Spinach, Kale, Swiss Chard, Beets, Culinary Herbs, Freshly Cut Flowers: Sweet Peas, Mixed Bouquets, Free-Range Eggs, Goat’s Milk Soap, Fresh Baked Biscuits, Granola
July to August
Beets, Salad Mix, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Culinary Herbs, Sweet and Hot Peppers, Summer Squash, Squash Blossoms, Green Beans, Freshly Cut Flowers: Dahlias, Zinnias, Scabiosa, Lisianthus, Sunflowers, Free-Range Eggs, Goat’s Milk Soap, Fresh Baked Biscuits, Granola
September and October
Beets, Kale, Swiss Chard, Culinary Herbs, Salad Mix, Arugula, Radishes, Cabbage, Hot and Sweet Peppers, Turnips, Potatoes, Dry Beans, Winter Squash, Escarole and Radicchio, Freshly Cut flowers: Dahlias, Zinnias, Sunflowers, Amaranthus, Free-Range Eggs, Goat’s Milk Soap, Fresh Baked Biscuits, Granola
Section 2. Our Shared Commitments
A. Sharing in the Risk of Crop Failure (PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY)
We promise to do our best to provide you with bountiful offerings each week. The quantity of produce however, may vary from week-to-week due to extreme weather, insects, or other production factors despite our best efforts. By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share the risk of crop failure with us and other members.
We want shareholders to feel good about their experience with our farm so we will do all we can to ensure that each market offering is abundant, fresh, varied and of the highest quality.
Picking Up Shares
Pick-ups will take place at the farm on Friday afternoon and Saturday am. We will be following a market share model of distribution, meaning that you will be able to shop from the farm store as opposed to being given a specific assortment of produce and flowers each week. This way you can take what you are most likely to use and enjoy.
The planned market start and end dates will follow in an email closer to the start of the season. Please add these dates to your calendar. All credits must be used by the end of the market season.
Section 3. Member Fees
By selling market shares in advance of the growing season, these fees help to reduce the burden of up-front costs for the farmer, ensuring a more abundant growing season.
Your membership fees provide us with money to purchase seed and equipment before the season starts, and to cover the cost of labor. We appreciate your commitment to our businesses. Place a check next to the share type you would like from the list below.
[ ] Option 1: Pay $125, get $140
[ ] Option 2: Pay $200, get $235
[ ] Option 3: Pay $300, get $350
Section 4: Payment
I would like to pay via:
Credit Card (All major cards accepted with 3% fee): __________
Please issue payment accordingly:
All payments should be made out to Farmer Meg’s, LLC and mailed to the address above. Credit card and Venmo/Paypal payments will be invoiced via email.
Section 5. Communicating with Us
The best way to communicate with us is via email. Our emails and mailing addresses are listed above for each individual farm. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please understand that we spend most of our time in the field growing your food and not at our desk. Please contact us with any news of the following: changes to your postal or email address, changed to your pick up schedule or dissatisfaction with your share.
We will communicate with you by email. When you sign up, you will be added to our distribution list. Please read your email from us. We depend on being able to communicate important information such as necessary changes to your distribution schedule or to our farm events. Every month we will email a newsletter giving you information about the crops available that month, recipe ideas, or other farm related news.
Please print and complete this form and either present in-person or mail to the above address.
PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY
Members of the CSA will have a credit on file maintained by the farmers. One aspect of CSA is that members support their farmer by sharing in the inherent risks of agriculture (poor weather, drought, crop failure, etc.) and the rewards (exceptionally fresh vegetables, the bounty of a good season, unique crop varieties etc.). CSA farmers purposely plan for such contingencies; the farmers use growing techniques that protect the harvest to minimize risks and optimize rewards. On the whole, members will have access to a diverse array of farm produced goods in plentiful amounts at designated market stands at a discounted rate. I understand this principle and agree that there is no guarantee on the exact amount or type of produce that will be available at markets at any given time. It’s advised that members come as close to the beginning of market time as possible for the best selection.
By participating in the CSA, I am supporting the local farmer as well as more equitable food distribution, and I am helping to create a more environmentally and economically healthy community.