What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture sometimes referred to as “CSA” is when one, or many, partner with a local agricultural producer. These members receive a weekly, bi weekly or monthly “share” of food. Each member supports their local agriculture directly and helps to ensure that the freshest quality of food is on their very own plate.
Why choose a CSA?
-Healthy quality foods. Foods are picked ripe, usually same day as receiving.
- Economical. Budgeted to your families needs. Each share cost less than purchasing at markets and ensures you get what you need, when you need, without the hassle of scurrying to look for something that they sold out of minutes before you arrived.
-Diverse. Many offer new varieties of old foods. Sometimes it may be foods you never even heard of or an old favorite you haven’t had in awhile. Recipes and cooking techniques may also be offered.
-Interactive. Meet your growers and other members during farm visits or at pick up locations. Many share members have opportunities to visit farms for special events.
-Buy local. Each share helps to support local commerce.
-Go Green. Eco friendly. Cut the carbon footprint…shipping containers and interstate travel are not commonly used by your local farmer to get your food to you.
-Each share helps your local grower by making it possible to secure seed, maintain equipment, cover fees associated with their programs and maintain quality staff.
Purchasing shares also ensures your grower’s sales throughout the season, giving them the ability to project which crops to sow and how much to grow of them.
Things to Know:
Black Paw Farms is an organic producer. Our professional, courteous and conscientious staff specialize in producing high quality heirloom produce in multiple “New” and “Old World” varieties. Members enjoy CSA family days at the farm as well as recipes and cooking techniques for all Black Paw Farms products. Think you are ready to join our CSA? Heres how it works.
Choose the size:
-How many people will this be serving?
-Does your household cook frequently?
-Are you looking for fresh, healthy choices in your diet?
-Do you like to try new foods and recipes?
-Does this work within your food budget?
Choose the frequency:
-Weekly (starts week of May 31st)
-Bi-weekly (starts week of May 31st, then every other week)
Choose the pick up location and date:
-Select which works best for you most of the time. If on occasion it
needs to be changed we will do our best to accommodate.
Personalize your 2022 Black Paw Farms CSA produce share:
CSA Schedule is based on a 20 week cycle:
Begins week of May 31-June 4 Ends week of Oct 11-15
What comes with your share?
Each member is assigned two collapsible baskets. They are washed and sanitized prior to packaging your share. When you come to pick up your weekly share simply return the one that was used from the prior week. Whether weekly or bi-weekly, your share will provide you with fresh, quality, seasonal produce that is harvested just prior to packing your basket (which is done on the day of your pick up). As the seasons change so will the size of your share. Watermelons quite frankly are larger than strawberries so as more fruit and produce becomes available get ready to expand your basket! We do understand that not everyone likes everything but we do encourage trying some new varieties as they become available. Please let us know if there is something that you absolutely do not like or if there are any food allergies that we should know of. We offer cooking suggestions and recipes. All items are labeled. You may also add to your share by ordering through our store or contacting us prior to pick up day. We also offer exclusive CSA member events at the farm!
Traditional serves 1-2 people (5-10 servings)
Abundant serves 3-5 people (15-25 servings)
Weekly = 20 weeks
Biweekly = 10 weeks
We offer a budget friendly payment program of four equal installments:
1st payment due at sign up
2nd payment due April 1st
3rd payment due May 1st
4th payment due June 1st
Pick up day/ Location*
Tuesday, Thursday- At the Farm 5-7pm
Wednesday- Lexington Area TBA 5-7pm
Wednesday- Middletown Area TBA 5-7pm
Saturday- Simpsonville Farmer’s Market 9a-noon
Tuesday - Day Care Centers, K-12 schools, banks 9a-noon
Thursday- Retail Shoppes and Salons 9a-noon
*If your area is not specified please contact us to see if we are able to accommodate.
**If a home delivery is needed please contact us directly so we can do our best to accommodate your schedule. This service is provided for those who may have health or mobility issues.
Commitment of a CSA
Our CSA is a season long commitment between the shareholder and Black Paw Farms. Your payment commitment begins at sign up. Upon sign up you are participating in the purchase of seed, supplies, qualified trained staff and fees associated with bringing you quality local organic foods over your 20 week share season. If for any reason you choose to drop from the program please contact us and we will discontinue your weekly shares. In doing so, please understand that your payment commitment has already been used to provide for the items listed above and is non refundable.