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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 CSAs actually supplement with vegetables from other regions or farms so that they can have a CSA year round. We don’t do that, nor do we believe in 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 lettuce in August because lettuce – a cool weather vegetable – simply doesn’t grow in southeast Texas in August. At Angell’s Farmstead & Apiary we do not use chemical pesticides or unnatural fertilizers. We grow your food using organic methods, although we have not went through the certification process. That process is simply too expensive and time consuming at this point. However, we are researching the certification and considering it for 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 advanced 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 fee – $25. This helps with the purchase of the required seeds. As the seasonal vegetables are harvested, members agree to purchase the weekly vegetable share. Members will have a choice of a small share or large share. Depending on the harvest, the large share will cost anywhere from $35 to $40; the small share will cost about $20 to $25. Occasionally we will add-on items available. These add-on items might be eggs from our chickens, maybe 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 honor your word – one family to another.
Where do CSA members pickup their share?
We have a pickup location in College Station, Anderson, Huntsville, Montgomery as well as The Woodlands. Additionally, you can pickup your share on our farm.
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding our CSA.
- College Station
- The Woodlands
- At the farm
6. Is there a contract for the season?
No, there is no legal contract. This is an agreement between our family and yours. I agree to grow seasonal vegetables for you. When those vegetables are available your share is a large or small. You agree to purchase those vegetables we have grown for you.