Lone Duck Farm CSA Shares (and Prorated Shares) Now Available!
Some people know all about CSAs (and might even school us!) and others are left scratching their heads about what this acronym could possibly mean. So just in case you're wondering, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture (a buying agreement between the farmer and his or her community). CSAs provide pre-paid "shares" of the farm's produce to individuals/families, who then pick up their box of produce on a set day (usually once a week). This allows the share holder to get to know his or her farmer, to have a stake in the growing process, and to have access to the freshest food available; it also allows the farmers to know how much and which types of food to grow, guaranteeing them a market for their hard work. Financially, shareholders/members pay less than they would if they bought each item individually, though there is some risk involved- CSA farmers may sometimes need to substitute one item for another, depending on growing conditions. And did we mention that when you pre-pay for your veggies (and can plan for a set amount of produce to enter your house each week), you might just find it easier to actually eat the recommended amount of vegetable servings? :)

Lone Duck Farm has embarked on the whole CSA adventure, and we'd love it if you came along!  Share holders can sign up for a three month season at a time; we're currently in our January-March season. Want to join mid-season? Prorated shares are still available- meaning you'll only pay for the number of weeks left in the season (really, it's only fair!). At the end of the season, shareholders can decide whether to commit for another three months, let their share expire, or to extend their share for even longer than just the next season! So what can you expect from each option?

Full Shares ($25/week) include:
4 heads of living lettuce
1 bunch of kale OR swiss chard
1 bunch of watercress OR endive OR arugula
1 head of pak choi OR celery OR endive
2 bunches of fresh herbs (basil, oregano, mint, chives, parsley, or cilantro)

Half Shares ($15/week) include:
2 heads of living lettuce
1 bunch of kale OR swiss chard
1 bunch of watercress OR arugula OR purslane
1 head of pak choi OR celery
1 bunch of fresh herbs (basil, oregano, mint, chives, parsley, or cilantro)

*Interested in the CSA idea but concerned you can't eat that much produce? Some members have found that they can share their box with a neighbor, family member, or friend to help spread the lettuce love. Still not a good option for you? You can also contact us to set up an individually-designed CSA share. You decide which items you'd like to receive each week (maybe for you it would be one head of lettuce, a bunch of kale/chard, 2 bunches of herbs, and a seasonal item), and we'll give you your individual share price (at both the weekly rate and the seasonal total).

**As an added benefit, we're also offering a discount on tilapia to our CSA members- about 15% per fish! And members get first notice of any other products that may be available, such as eggs, chicken, or honey.

At this time, we're offering CSA shares on-farm, meaning that you'd need to stop by the farm between 3 and 6 p.m. on Tuesdays to pick up your share for the week. If we happen to have multiple shares headed to the same area of town, we can discuss setting up a delivery option.

So does this sound interesting to you? We'd love to answer any questions you have or send you a sign up sheet! Drop us a line or give us a call- we're excited to hear from you!

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