CSA Member Bag
Changes on the horizon for 2019
We are looking for people interested in supporting local food systems to buy shares in our 2019 CSA. Buying a share will help us to keep producing good food during a time of year when it is hard to generate income on a farm. We are restructuring our CSA this year to reflect changes in our growing number of products available.
Starting this Fall, we will offer "CSA membership cards" which will basically be a pre-paid card which can be used at any of our market locations and at our store. We will scan the card at each purchase just like a credit card. The card will be good for any items that we are selling which will include produce, cheeses, milk, baked goods, meat, maple syrup, and more! The major change for members, or card-holders, from last year will be that there will be no weekly pre-set shares. It will be up to the card holder to decide when and where they would go to shop and what they will purchase at that location.
This helps us by eliminating some logistical challenges in trying to organize shares for a large number of people and also allows us to offer a much wider array of products. The benefit for you, the card-holder, is that you have complete freedom to choose your weekly goods. As a card-holder you also get discounts on all purchases made with your card, giving you savings of up to 20%.
Due to the possibility of selling out of certain items at markets by the time some members are be able to get to the market we will allow pre-ordering on some products so that we can hold them back. Which products we can do this for would depend on the availability of that product by week.
This would cover an individual or a small family supplementing their gardens. You receive a 15% discount with this membership, meaning you can purchase up to $295 worth of goods.
Small Family: $500
This would cover the needs of a small family. You receive an 18% discount with this level membership, meaning you have $610 worth of purchasing power.
Large Family/ Home preservation: $1,000
This level membership is for a large family or a smaller family looking to preserve food for the winter or meet a larger percentage of their food needs. This level membership gives you a 20% discount on all goods meaning you can purchase up to $1,250 worth of goods.
It is worth noting that if you spend all of the money on your card you can refill it at any time. These memberships are based on a six month usage, but the cards are good for a year from their purchase dates. If you plan to use your card for more than six months you may want to consider the next level of membership. Cards will be good from the date of purchase. If the balance is not used within a year it will be lost.