Full Farm CSA

Red Acre Farm offers a year-round free choice share

We are offering a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share that provides food for 12 months of the year, for all diet choices.

This is for a diet of 3 meals a day, not food storage.

Members are invited to come to the farm once a week and take what they need in any quantity or combination they choose.

Shares include a wide variety of nutrient-dense vegetables, herbs, fruits, raw goat milk, raw cow milk, cheese, yogurt, and eggs from happy hens, as well as free-range: beef, pork, goat, and lamb, pasture-raised: chicken, turkey, and rabbit, as well as grains: spelt & whole wheat (ancient varieties).

Members choose what to take each week and are encouraged to take extra produce in peak season for preserving. We sometimes limit scarce items like prime cuts of meat, honey, certain fruits, or the year’s first tomatoes but most food is available on an all-you-can-eat basis.

We do not intend to entirely replace the grocery store; this program offers the ability for members to eat most of their food from the farm.

When members join our farm share it will require a level of awareness about seasonal foods that would seem radical for most American diets. In practice, the share provides enough food not to eliminate all grocery store shopping, but to reduce it to a supplement.

Less then 75 years ago these foods were the norm, home grown, locally sourced  and organic the way food should be!
“The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.”
Questions? Feel free to email howdy@redacrefarmcsa.org, text or give us a call 435-865-6792.

Cost Per Week, Per Person

Memberships are renewed in January, but new members may join at any time (if there are openings).

  • Adult $63
  • Child (13-15 years) $36.75
  • Child (6-12 years) $26.25
  • Child (5 years and under) Free

Discounts

  • We offer a 5% discount on an annual and bi-annual payment. 3% discount on quarterly payments.
  • Lacto-Ovo shares are available at a 10% discount, and Herbivore available at a 30% discount.
  • 10% off for each additional adult share

What’s in the share?

  • Free choice of vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy, grains, eggs, and herbs in any combination.
  • Enough food for the entire family to enjoy 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, in the diet of your choice, not for food storage.
  • Weekly Weed (a farm note and recipes).
  • Occasional special items from Red Acre Farm & neighboring farms we consider gems in our region: i.e. honey, canned or frozen products, flowers, bread, microgreens, and mushrooms.
  • The opportunity to take extra produce during the peak season for drying, fermenting, freezing, or canning.
  • Classes at no charge for those who this is a new adventure, or want to learn how to best prepare and cook the food we provide.

Vegetables

Arugula, Asparagus, Asian Greens, Beets, Broccoli, Broccoli Raab, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Cherry Tomatoes, Chicories, Collards, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Garlic Scapes, Cabbage, Hakurei Turnips, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce (head & mix) , Mustard Greens, Onions, Pakchoi , Peas (sugar & snap), Peppers ( weet & hot) Potatoes , Parsnips, Pumpkins, Radishes, Rhubarb, Scallions,  Sorrel, Spinach, String Beans , Summer Squash, Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes ( Heirloom), Turnips, Winter Squash, Zucchini.

Many vegetables we grow often have several varieties.

When temperatures are still freezing will be harvesting greens grown in unheated high tunnels as well as offering crops from storage.

Fruit

What the farm can not offer due to the climate in this area we forage for and partner from two very small family orchards just far enough south that they can grow what we cannot. Apples, Apricots, Blackberries, Cherries, Citrus (because of our California roots we have a resource), Cranberries, Figs, Grapes, Melons, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Pomegranates, Raspberries, Strawberries.

Herbs

Basil, Chamomile, Chives, Cilantro, Cress, Dill, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Shisio, Stinging Nettles, Tarragon, Thyme.

These are often u-pick.

Dairy and Eggs

We provide raw Jersey cow and raw Snubian (Saanen and Nubian mix) goat milk on tap. Members who choose whole milk have the opportunity to make butter, kefir, yogurt, and cheese. When there is an abundance of milk we will offer soft cheese and yogurt. We partner with a local raw dairy and small artisans to provide additional cheeses.

Our laying hens are happy! They free range and are fed custom blend of whole grain containing no corn, soy, or animal by-products. We never give them antibiotics or hormones. Their eggs are fertile, and they drink from untreated well water.

Meat

Free-range beef, pork, goat, rabbit, and lamb. Our chickens, turkeys, and rabbits are raised on pasture.
Not all cuts or every type of meat is offered every week. We sometimes limit prime cuts. Turkeys are only available at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Because we raise and have whole animals butchered for our members, we all eat from nose to tail. There will be nutrient dense organ meats and bones as well as pure tallow and lard!
Our cows, pigs, goats, and lambs are raised off-farm where there is plenty of room to range. For more information on what cuts we offer and how we raise our animals. Visit Chickens,Turkeys,Pork, Beef, Lamb  for more information.

Grain

Spelt grown in Iron County, whole wheat is grown in Utah. We will have a grinder for you to grind your grain if you so choose these are ancient grain varieties.

Occasional

Occasional items from Red Acre Farm & neighboring farms we consider gems in our region
honey, canned or frozen products, flowers, bread, microgreens, and mushrooms.

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Q & A


Q. What is a CSA?

A. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA members pay up front for a share of the farm’s production.

Q. How is a free choice, full farm CSA different from the traditional vegetable CSA?

A. There are very few free choice, full farm or full diet CSAs in this country. This model makes eating as if you lived on the farm possible! Membership offers free choice of vegetables, fruit, herbs, meats, eggs, dairy, grains, and more. For members who are dedicated to cooking whole food in season, the share provides enough food in enough variety for you to eat most of your food from the farm. A dietary lifestyle – one tied closely to the land and community.

The traditional CSA model has members shop at the store and supplement from the farm – we are offering the majority of your diet from the farm, so you need only supplement from the store.

Free choice means that instead of the farm dividing the harvest up equally among many CSA members, or receiving a box or basket that has been packed for you with things you may or may not use, you can choose any quantity or combination of items each week.

Members also get to take extra produce during the peak season for preserving for greater variety in the winter months.

Q. What does free-choice, unlimited access to the foods really mean. Can we take absolutely anything?

A. Free-choice means you choose what you want to take each week. Inherently, there may be times of limitation and times of great abundance, as is the nature of life, crops, and seasonality. We are asking you to share in the farm’s bounty with multiple individuals and families. We share in peak season enough for preserving: canning, fermenting, pickling, freezing, and drying.

Q. When do I pick up my food and how much do I pick up?

A. Members come to the farm on Tuesdays, from 3 pm to 6 pm, and take what they need for the week, in any quantity or combination they choose.
Winter months pick up is not every week but you will have enough food to get you through as well as opportunities to stock up.
Members are encouraged to take extra produce during the peak season for drying, freezing, fermenting or canning for the colder months.
We sometimes limit scarce items, like prime cuts of meat, honey, certain fruits or the year’s first tomatoes but most food is available on an all-you-can-eat basis.

Q. What about vegetables in the winter?

A. We harvest crops that can be stored from the field through late fall. The selection in late winter and early spring comes from storage.
We continue to grow year-round in unheated high tunnels. Harvesting fresh greens weekly. We encourage members to freeze, ferment, dry and can extra produce and herbs in Summer for variety in late winter and spring.

Q. What is raw milk?

A. Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized. We encourage all members to become familiar with the risks and benefits of raw milk. Membership includes ownership of a Herd Share (where you legally own a share of the herd) so that you can have access to raw dairy from the farm. Please familiarize yourselves with the possible risks and the certain benefits of raw milk before you commit to being a member. Raw milk and yogurt are extremely probiotic and help create a good microbial community in our guts, which is essential to our health and immunity.

 

Q. When do shares start and how long do they last?

A. It’s a year-round CSA. The 2018-2019 program starts Tuesday, March 20 and is a one-year commitment and ends January 29, 2019. When you become a member you are joining for the entire year- and our farm and farm-family count on your commitment. We welcome new members at any point in the year, as long as we have openings. Current members have first option to renew their agreements each January before opening to the community.

 

Q. What happens if I miss a week?

A. We account for members to take off 4 weeks, if they choose.

 

Q: Is this membership for me?

A: Can you answer yes to these questions?

  • You like to cook at home, have some experience with whole ingredients, often focusing on seasonal vegetables and recipes, or you are at least willing to learn how to do it. This means learning how to eat seasonally and meal prep would consist of more than ripping the plastic off of food packages. This would require a radical lifestyle change for some, so it’s not for everyone; the hardcore locavores will fair well.
  • It is important for you to support local, sustainable agriculture and small family farming
  • You appreciate nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables, and grains, and/or pasture raised meats, eggs, and dairy and you see the health and environmental benefits of them.
  • You have or are shifting your diet towards whole ingredients
  • You want to know who your farmer is and how your food is being grown and raised
  • It is convenient to make it to the farm for pick up on Tuesday 3 to 6 pm
  • You are able to make the financial commitment to the farm for the entire year.

If you can answer ‘yes’ to most of these questions we think we’d likely be a great fit!

Q: Can I just sign up for 1 share for multiple people?

A: No. Everyone in the household that’s eating the food should be signing up as a member. The program is best suited for a family or household that eats together and all joins into the program together. We do not offer single shares for families that want to try out the program without fully committing to it.

Q. Why do I commit to a full year and pay ahead?

A. A free choice CSA creates a close relationship between farmers and members. Farming is a slim-margin business with a lot of inherent risks. The CSA model, with an upfront payment, helps with high front-end costs long before harvest time, purchasing of seeds and what it takes to start seedlings, livestock plans, and a commitment to a full year helps to balance our yearly budget. It also allows farmers to focus less on sales and marketing, and more on growing seriously good nutrient dense food. Finally, it gives members a connection to what they are eating and feeding their families and a deeper sense of partnership with the farm and the farmers.

Q. What payment methods are accepted?

A. We accept checks, PayPal, or credit cards, with a surcharge.

Q. When do I have to pay?

A. Paying annually is the most affordable, but there are options to make payments bi-annually, quarterly or monthly. Member agreements are renewed in January, but new members may join at any time. (if there are openings)

 

Q: Does everything in the CSA come from your farm?

A: For some items, we partner with other small farms that we know personally and share our same values. Pork, Beef, Goat, and Lamb are raised off-farm where there is plenty of room to range, the fruit we do not grow is foraged for or we partner with two small family orchards south of us. We source our grain from farms in Utah that we have a relationship with. We supplement eggs in peak season with a farmer who we have an intimate relationship with and has more pasture then us! We have had bee hives on and off on site currently we have a friend who is harvesting honey from hives less than two miles away. Mushrooms ( grown right here on the farm) and microgreens are from Life Cycle Gardens here in Cedar and the owner is our beloved farm manager, TK!

Q: How about growing practices?

A: First of all, we don’t use chemical pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. We grow our vegetables on a small-scale. We do a lot of work by hand. We practice a diverse crop rotation. Most importantly we strive for regenerative agriculture. Fertility and our soil are the foundation of everything we do. We do not buy or bring in any fertilizer. Using whatever practice is best we are a constant student of what is best practice for agriculture that will be best for us our land planet and for future generations to come. We have been and will renew our Demeter biodynamic certification.

Learn more about how we raise all our meat. Chickens,Turkeys,Pork, Beef, Lamb

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We can not promise to have everything!

This is what is planned, hoped for and expected but a farm is a living organism and due to weather, acts of God, etc,  everything doesn’t always go as planned. If there is one thing we have learned you can’t control mother nature.




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