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.

1.  Where are the pick-up locations?
There are several options for picking up your CSA share once the seasonal vegetables become available.
  • Bryan/College Station
  • Anderson
  • Huntsville
  • Montgomery
  • The Woodlands/Spring
  • At the farm
2. What are your pick-up times?
 
We have designated pick-up times and dates.  Deliveries typically take place Monday and Tuesday mornings.  We have a set calendar with location times/dates/addresses that we will provide you once the season gets started.  If you’d like more details or don’t see your city on our list, please contact us!
 
 
3. Can I choose or substitute what will be in my share?
 
As with traditional CSA, we are unable to substitute items for another.  Same goes for choosing what is in your share.  We are a small farm on a rigorous growing schedule and we plan each share weeks in advance.  At this time, we pick and you eat!  With that said, there will be weeks where you receive a bonus item, or some weeks you may receive a substitute item due to a quality issue upon harvest time.
 
4. What is the cost?
 
We require a $25 non-refundable membership fee. We offer weekly ($25), bi-weekly ($35) and monthly ($50) shares. You choose which share size suits you when you sign up and we ask that you commit to that share size for the season.
 
 
5. Is there a contract for the season?
 
No, there is no legal contract. This is an agreement between our family and yours. We agree to grow seasonal vegetables for you. When those vegetables are available for harvest, you agree to purchase those vegetables we have grown for you.
 
6. How do we pay?
 
You can pay cash, via PayPal, Venmo and Square for membership share fees – it’s that easy!
 
7. Can we visit the farm?
 
Yes, you can visit the farm.  Just contact us and we can arrange a tour and visit.
 
 
8. Can we help out on the farm?
 
If you are interested on helping out on the farm just let us know and we can set something up. Learning about how ones food is grown, to include the labor that it requires, is something everyone should do from time to time.
 
9. How will we know what to expect in shares each week?
 
Each week we send out an email with your share details and photos.