CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA is a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm and a community of supporters which provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. Supporters cover a portion of a farm’s yearly operating budget by purchasing a share of the season’s harvest. CSA members make a commitment to support the farm through the growing season by assuming a portion of the costs, risks, and bounty along with the farmer. In return, the farm provides, to the best of its ability, a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season. Becoming a member creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it. CSA programs offer an opportunity to support local agriculture, to connect with your food source, to help protect farmland and to enjoy produce that is fresher and more nutritious than most grocery store offerings.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Each week you pick up a box of the freshest and best our farm has to offer at a designated location; the season starts around June 15 and runs for 15 weeks. Most weeks there will be 8-10 different items in your share. We try to include a fruit item in each week’s share as well as a newsletter and possibly a recipe or two. Most weeks you will see a mixture of salad items and cooking vegetables. Wee also try to include a few items which will appeal to the more adventurous eater or stretch your horizons a bit. A double share is about right for an average family of 4. Most couples purchase a share although couples who are vegetarian or simply enthusiastic vegetable eaters may find a double share is more to their liking.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
Our CSA participants assume only minor risks. We are fortunate to be farming in a climate and on soil where many crops grow very well. In addition, we have extended our growing season and crop mix by growing some crops in our greenhouses. In a very poor growing season or extreme weather conditions, our CSA customers may experience a slight reduction in a variety or in the number of weeks that a favorite warm weather crop (for example, sweet corn) or a very perishable crop (strawberries) is available. We have never had to adjust total quantities delivered or the length of the season.
PRODUCE FROM OTHER FARMS
Some things we do not grow but are too good to pass up – Ripe peaches, for example. We may occasionally include an item from other farms. These items will always be from farmers with whom we have personal relationships and whose practices and philosophy closely match our own. These items will be organic or pesticide free.You will always be informed of the organic status of all items in your weekly pickup.
WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE A PICKUP?
We will have two makeup weeks at the end of the season. If you are going to miss a pickup you can go to your online account and schedule a vacation hold for that week. You may also opt to have a friend pickup your box any time – no notice necessary – just have your friend ask for your share.
All payments are due before the first pickup. If you are paying in installments any outstanding balance will be due before your first pick up.
We do offer make up weeks at the end of the season, and try to make every accommodation possible to help you get your vegetables, but we need to know before the shares are packed. All vacation holds and pick up site adjustments must be made 24 hours in advance.
All shares not picked up at our drop sites are returned to our farm stand in LaConner. If you miss the scheduled pick up time you can still get your box at the stand. We generally hold them for 24 hours. At that point the boxes will be broken down and the produce either composted or sent to the food bank.
All shares not picked up at the stand before closing or returned from drop sites are left out on the counter and are accessible for pick up after hours, or until noon the following day. However we cannot guarantee the quality of the produce past the scheduled pick up time. Most things hold well, but more perishable items will suffer. We strongly suggest that you reschedule if you cannot pick up your share in a timely fashion to ensure you get the highest possible quality of produce.
QUESTIONS? MORE DETAILS?
Contact us anytime. Ask for Lauren or Serena. Phone: (360) 466-3977 or contact us by email at hedlin (at) hedlinfarms (dot) com
NO MORE QUESTIONS, WHERE DO I SIGN UP?
Right here. Just select your pickup location, share size, and payment method and you’re all set!
Certified Organic – All of our field-grown fruits and vegetables are WSDA and USDA certified organic.
Pesticide Free – Our greenhouse vegetables, (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and cucumbers) are pesticide free. These crops are not Certified Organic because we do use some conventional fertilizer for our greenhouse vegetable production.
Salmon Safe Certification – This is a whole-farm certification that requires adherence to practices that safeguard salmon habitat. For more information, visit: