Visit our farm in Waddy, Kentucky on scheduled days during posted hours to pick up your share of fresh produce. May include. More information on specific produce as available
Community Supported Agriculture
Not Just Peppers – Our tiny homestead farm started as a sustenance garden for our family. It grew into offering fresh produce to the public. Eventually we brought our produce online with rare and unusual peppers and seed stock. For the 2018 season, we are again offering our fresh produce for pick up on our farm between Waddy and Shelbyville Kentucky. We will also be delivering to cast, crew, patrons, and other participants of the Kentucky Renaissance Festival.
Twenty Seats for Twenty Weeks
Most CSA’s call their shares ‘boxes’, kind of funny because your share most often comes in a bag. We are calling our shares ‘seats’ for a couple reasons. The first is that we have never attempted to organize a CSA so this is going to be a wild ride. Don’t worry, we are not charging extra for seat belts. But we are limiting shares to 20 seats.This being our first year, we do not expect to sell all 20 seats, but that is what we are planning for.
What is Community Supported Agriculture?
“CSA is a fast growing movement in which a community of individuals share both the bounty and the risk of a farm or group of farms. Typically, members of the CSA pay the farmer(s) in advance for weekly shares of the farm’s harvest. Different from many other agriculture marketing plans, the members reconnect to the land and participate directly in food production. By direct sales to community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing.” – From the Kentucky Department of Agriculture
Where & When Are Shares Available?
Shares may be picked up on our farm during posted hours Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Saturdays between Noon and 6:00 PM. Please check the Full Schedule and use only the Farm Entrance which will be marked CSA Pick Up.
What is at Risk?
Give a guy a chance. As the Kentucky Department of Agriculture advises, there is a risk with any CSA. Crops can do poorly or fail entirely. When they do, your shares are not refunded. You assume much of the risk more traditionally assigned to the farm. Because our CSA effort is new this year, you can assume added risk.
After another partial amputation of my foot, I was stuck in a hospital, nursing home, and then chair for nearly three months. I am being completely honest when I say due to my physical challenges, there are additional risks. I could fall down and not get up. I could wind up in the hospital again. But I am betting none of these things will happen. When you purchase shares in our harvest, you are doing the same. You are betting we will succeed. You are betting on me and my family. If we sell enough shares, you can also bet the kids will be earning their keep this season.
What Does it Cost?
We have struggled with setting a price. Researching other CSA’s in Central Kentucky, we found full season prices as high as $750.00. Surely they offer a much wider variety and larger quantity than we can offer this first year. So we have decided on significantly lower prices with the understanding that we need not just the financial support of our patrons but are desperate for your input as well. We promise to do our level best this year, hope you will participate and then tell us if you got the value you expected from these prices.
$300.00 for a Full Seat – That is $15,00 a week for 20 weeks paid in advance. Our goal is to provide a minimum of one full paper grocery bag of absolutely fresh produce per seat each week. However, we have 10 years of experience growing produce and seats are limited, so with any luck we will offer much larger shares.
$175.00 for a Half Seat – That is $8.75 a week for 20 weeks paid in advance. A half seat will contain approximately half what a full see provides. If there is extra each week, you will be welcome to it.
$105.00 for a Spring Seat at the Kentucky Renaissance Festival – That is $15.00 a weekend for 7 weekends aid in advance. This is a special offer for cast, patrons, and other participants at the Kentucky Renaissance Fair where we are the demonstrating blacksmiths.just down the hill from the Great Hall. If you can’t find us, you can follow the black smoke or ask about any of the cast members where A.J. Drew’s booth is. Each Saturday we will bring your share to the fair. Because it is fairly early in the year, your share will begin heavy with potato, onion, and other cold crops. By the end of the fair, chances are good we will have later season crops like bell peppers. We will do our best to make sure these shares are focused on items easily prepared over camp fires..
Support Folk who Can’t Support Themselves
Most of us have been there.Most of us have needed help from family and friends. Some folk can’t find help there. So each pick up day, we will offer any excess first to folk with the price “Take what you need. Leave what you can.” After that, any excess or uncollected shares will be donated to our local food pantry.
Thank You For Your Consideration
If you made it this far, thank you for the time it took to read and consider our CSA efforts as part of your family food plan for 2018. Yes, there are risks with Community Supported Agriculture programs. Yes, ours has a couple extra risks. But we promise to do our level best to make our CSA well worth your investment. Give me a chance and I will work my rear end off for you.