Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

img_20151119_155142-squint

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) projects are a great way for you to support local farmers and get a variety of very fresh, nutritious vegetables and herbs throughout the growing season. You know exactly where your produce come from and the people who grow them for you.

Crops 2017 Winter CSA

What’s better than the crisp crunch of a winter carrot? Or the sweet, candy flavor of frost-kissed spinach? Or a fresh salad mix picked on a cool autumn morning? If you can’t think of much better, then the Crops Winter CSA is for you. Our 2017 Winter CSA will begin October and end mid-December. There will be 7 pick-ups total and we will have at least one break during the week of Thanksgiving. Pickup is on Thursdays from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at our office, 1551 S 2nd St. (map)

 

What Will I Get?

  • Rocking Root Vegetables
  • Great Greens Like Kale, Collards, Swiss Chard
  • Wondrous Winter Squash
  • Delicate Salad Greens
  • Eggs and Honey will be included as a choice, not an add on
  • Newsletters filled with recipes sent to your inbox

How much does it cost?

Thanksgiving Cornucopia $50 This is a one-time drop box happening the week of Thanksgiving. With the Thanksgiving Cornucopia Share you can expect to receive a diverse selection of greens, storage roots, winter squash, and herbs to help make your Thanksgiving feast a delicious event!

Standard Share $200 Designed for a small family with regular vegetable consumption. This share will focus on basic vegetables, often with a twist. Expect staples such as salad mix and carrots, but look forward to some more unusual winter veggies.

Veggie Lover Share $250 Our biggest share, which will help feed a veggie-lovin’ family of four or more. The Veggie Lover Share will have both more quantity and more variety than the standard share.

Who Grows it?

We buy produce from our farmers in training on site at Prairie Pines and off site from around the area. We have a diverse group of farmers to choose from but all of them grow naturally and sustainably! Winter is a challenging season to grow fresh produce in Nebraska. However, nothing compares to the delight of eating fresh food when the sky is gray and the fields are covered in snow.

We won’t have tomatoes, peppers, or zucchini in these winter shares, but we will have salad greens, cooking greens, root veggies, and a variety of other cool-weather crops like snap peas and broccoli. We’re working hard to make sure that your share is full of flavor and diversity while growing the crops you love.

Of course, the standard CSA disclaimer applies – there are no guarantees that your box will be full every week. However, we believe that this is an important step toward local food security and profitability for our farmers-in-training at Prairie Pines and the farmers we are training off site as well. We’re excited to share with you the cool, crisp, sweet tastes that cool weather brings.

Holiday Harvest Farmers Market

Enjoy purchasing from your favorite farmers after the regular markets end at the Holiday Harvest Farmers Market

Community Crops will not have a Summer CSA in 2017

Over the last eleven years, Community Crops has trained hundreds of local farmers, including helping many to start their own CSAs. We’re thrilled to see the growth of local food in the community and encourage you to sign up with another CSA and get to know more local farmers.

This change will allow us to:

  • focus more time on ensuring our beginning farmers are successful;
  • increase the reach and productivity of our community gardens;
  • provide healthy food to low-income families;
  • and teach more young people about the value of good healthy food.

We are grateful to all of our past CSA customers and look forward to sharing fresh produce with the community in many ways this coming year, including through our Winter CSA.

Check out these local CSA options

There are many other quality local CSAs in the Lincoln area. Here are some to explore: