What is a CSA?
Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) is simply that – a farming model built around you, the consumer, and your community. Angell’s Farmstead & Apiary isn’t part of NAFTA, we don’t sell nationally or internationally – we sell locally…very locally to our surrounding communities. CSA members commit to buying fresh farm produce for a season, so that we, your farmer, know how much to grow. This is called your share—and your farmer commits to growing that food for you. This agreement ensures a steady stream of freshly harvested vegetables for you and a livelihood for a small family farm.
Why Angell’s Farmstead & Apiary?
Here on the farm, we sell what we grow. This might seem obvious, but many CSA’s actually supplement with vegetables from other regions or farms so that they can have a CSA year round. We don’t do that. If we sell it, we grew it. If you buy from our farm, we grew it on our farm. With that said, our vegetables are seasonal. We don’t sell zucchini squash in January because zucchini – a warm weather vegetable – simply doesn’t grow in southeast Texas in January. At Angell’s Farmstead & Apiary we do not use chemical pesticides or unnatural fertilizers. We grow your food using organic, sustainable methods, although we have not gone through the certification process. That process is simply too expensive and time consuming at this time. However, we are researching the certification and considering it in the future. Regardless of the bureaucracy behind certified organic, we grow your food using sustainable, natural methods. Please feel free to contact us and tour our farm.
How does Angell’s Farmstead & Apiary CSA work?
Compared to many, our CSA is different. The standard CSA model requires members to purchase the veggies in advance of the season. That way the risk is shared by all CSA members and the farm. That’s not how our CSA model works. Prior to the season, all members pay a small, non-refundable fee of $25. This helps with the purchase of the required seeds and essential items needed for the season. As the seasonal vegetables are harvested, members agree to purchase the weekly vegetable share. Upon sign up, Members will have a choice of a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly share for the season.
A weekly share will feed 1-2 people for the week. A bi-weekly (every other week) share will be slightly larger than a weekly share and if stored properly can last 1-2 weeks. The monthly share will consist of an extra large share intended to give you a good amount of vegetables that you can meal prep with or store properly, and/or freeze throughout the month. Occasionally, we will have add-on items available. These add-on items might be eggs from our chickens, a 1/2 pint of our delicious honey, or possibly scratch-made bread. As of now, we won’t ask for you to sign any contract. We just ask that you commit to a share size option and honor your word – one family to another.
Where do CSA members pickup their share?
We have a pick-up locations in the Bryan/College Station area, Anderson, Huntsville, Montgomery, and The Woodlands/Spring area. Additionally, you can pickup your share on our farm. Don’t see your city on our list? Let us know where you are and if we can garner more members in your area we will add it to our destination list!
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding our CSA.
- Bryan/College Station
- The Woodlands/Spring
- At the farm