WHAT IS A CSA?
For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer (or group of farmers).
The farmers offer a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
When is your CSA season?
2017 Season: May 31 - October 25 (22 weeks)
WHAT CSA SHARE OPTIONS DO YOU OFFER?
We offer three different share options for the full season:
- REGULAR SHARE is perfect for 2-4 people. These shares include more produce than the small shares and typically more variety as well. This is the perfect option for a family, shared house or apartment, group of friends, etc.
- Cost: $560 for the full season (22 weeks). This comes out to about $25/week.
- SMALL SHARE is perfect for 1-2 people or a larger family that eats out often.
- Cost: $400 for the full season (22 weeks). This comes out to about $18/week.
- STAPLES SHARE is the size of a REGULAR share but will include more of the "staple" vegetables: potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, etc. This is a great option for those who prefer consistency over variety!
- Cost: $410 for the season (20 weeks). This comes out to about $20/week.
* We will also be offering a fall share from August 16 - October 25 (11 weeks) for those who are out of town during the summer.
*** Our total prices might seem a bit higher than last year, but this is because our season is two weeks longer this year!
We also offer several ADD-ON options from local producers:
- Pastured Eggs
- Garden Flower Bouquets
- Farm Fresh Goat Cheese
- Local, Homemade Granola
- Local, Homemade Pasta
- Raw, Local Honey
- Pastured Meat *available only to members who choose Boone Food Hub as their pick-up location*
What if I can't afford THE COST?
HCCSA is proud to support a limited number of members in our Cost Share Program. This program, funded by community fundraising and grants, is designed to increase access to high quality, local foods for our low-resource community members.
Members who qualify are those who are receiving an income-based service, such as EBT/SNAP benefits, WIC participation, or income-based medical services. Cost Share members must be approved in advance so please contact us if you think you may qualify.
Can I split my share?
Absolutely! You can join the CSA with a friend or family member – just make sure to include their name & email on the registration form too and you both will receive an invoice for half of the total amount due!
What are the benefits of JOining a csa?
There are many benefits of purchasing a CSA share. Read about them here!
Will I get the same foods every week?
Nope! You will get a variety of different foods each week.
What types of food will I get in my CSA box?
Some examples of foods you can expect include: potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, spring onions, collard greens, kale, spinach, radishes, snow peas, carrots, fava beans, broccoli, okra, and lots of others!
We also offer several add-ons that you can purchase to be included with your weekly CSA box: pastured eggs and meats, homemade granola, raw honey and farm fresh goat cheese.
What if there is something in MY CSA box that I don't like?
We encourage members to keep an open mind and try as many new foods as possible! That said, if there is a food you really don't like, you can always try to swap with other CSA members.
Where is the food in my CSA box coming from?
All of your food will be coming from within an hour of Boone, NC! Click here to learn more about the four farms who are part of the High Country CSA. The benefit of a multi-farm CSA is that we are able to provide CSA members with an extremely diverse selection of food over the course of the season.
What are the CSA pick-up times and locations?
Pick-ups are WEDNESDAY afternoons (exact time varies by location).
We offer multiple pick-up locations for your convenience:
- Food Hub @ Watauga Agricultural Extension - 971 W. King St., Downtown Boone (free)
- FARM Cafe - 617 W. King St., Downtown Boone (free)
- Samaritan's Purse - 801 Bamboo Road, Boone (delivery fee: $1/week) *employees only*
- Watauga Arts Council - 377 Shadowline Drive, Boone (delivery fee: $1/week)
- Rivercross Store - Valle Crucis (delivery fee: $1/week)
- Blowing Rock Bites and Brews - 1132 Main Street, Downtown Blowing Rock (delivery fee: $1/week)
- Erick's Cheese and Wine - 4004 Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk (delivery fee: $1/week)
What if I can't pick up my CSA box at that time?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Depending on your pick-up location, we may be able to work with you to find an alternate time. Keep in mind that you can always send a family member or friend to pick up your share for you if you know you won't be able to make it.
What if I have additional questions?
Email us at email@example.com! We'd love to hear from you.