CSA Share Price and Schedule
In 2013, a regular-sized share costs $440, or $22 per week for 20 weeks. One regular share should be enough food for two adults and two or three children, or two good vegetable eating adults. To get an idea about what kinds of vegetables you might find in a share each week, look at this link. (Actually, this is the link to see the likely harvest schedule. We'll try to get some lists of what was in the shares from a few weeks last year on the website pretty soon.)
In response to popular demand from the people who live alone, we're going to offer a smaller share in 2013, called a "single" share. We hope to make it about the right amount for one person for one week. The single share costs $270 for the 20 week season. Expect it to have something less than half of what will be in the regular size shares. (It's really going to be for one, single person. If two people try to share a single, I'm sure fisticuffs will break out because there won't be enough! If there are 2 or 3 of you, just go ahead and get a regular share. Don't risk a food fight!)
The 2013 season will begin as soon as possible in June, likely the week of June 3. The last pickup of the season will be 20 weeks later, probably Saturday, October 19. Pickups are Mondays and Thursdays, 4:30 until 7:00 from the beginning of June until the end of September. In October, everybody picks up Saturdays, 10:00 until 2:00.
There is also an out-of-town-half-the-summer regular share option for families who will be traveling over the summer . The half-season shares are $260. Since most of the garden's production is concentrated in the fall, these shares cost slightly more than half of the full season price. The half-season shares will begin the week of August 12/15 and go until October 19.
You can pay some or all of the share price when you register. A payment of at least $100 is necessary to start the season, but payment plans for the balance of the share price can easily be arranged. Please talk about this with Laura when you register.
Scholarships and Discounts Available
It is very important to Laura that everybody have access to good quality food. If you are a returning shareholder who is having financial difficulties right now, we don't want to exclude you from again being a shareholder in the CSA, and will be happy to offer you a discount, the opportunity to pay in installments, or a small scholarship to subsidize your share. Please just let Laura know and she will see what we can do to help.
Donate a Scholarship
Alternatively, if you are a person who is financially secure right now, you may want to pay a little extra for a scholarship for somebody who can't afford to pay the full price. If you want to make a gift to the scholarship fund, just please make a note on your registration form.
We like to donate food to those who need it. Planting extra is pretty easy, but sometimes we need help with weeding, harvesting, and delivering food donations. If you want to help, please let Laura know what you would like to contribue. We don't need lots of help, but when we need you, we really NEED you. Sunday school groups, college organizations, 4-H clubs and other groups can volunteer, too, to help with projects that fit your schedules.