French Farms is happy to be offering our very first CSA style veggie subscription service for the upcoming growing season. The Salad Share!
Designed with greens lovers in mind, this is a weekly share of organic, super fresh salad ingredients for the duration of the winter growing season. Besides the usual favorites like gem lettuce and spring mix, we will also grow you things like parsley, dill, radicchio, cucumbers, purslane, sprouting broccoli & the best cherry tomatoes. Its gonna be fun! Every week, let your salad bowl be your canvas, and a portal to the farm!
Heres an example of a weekly share:
1. half pound bag of mixed salad greens (lettuce mix, arugula & spring mix) 2. more fresh greens! like heads of gem lettuce, radicchio & kale and occasionally adventurous mixes of culinary shoots & micro-greens 3. bunch of salad roots like radishes & turnips 4. portion of salad friendly hard veggies, like cucumbers, cherry tomatoes & sprouting cauliflower 5. 2 bunches of herbaceous greens, like cutting celery, parsley, mint & more
Traditionally we sell to local restaurants & at the Legion Park Farmers Market, but like so many business, COVID has forced us to adapt to a new normal. So the Salad Share will be a continuation of the low-contact pickup we started with the pandemic in March. We are committed to keeping your families safe while keeping our small farm feeding the community.
A little more about CSA.... it stands for “community supported agriculture” and it's a way that farms have been selling their produce direct to their customers (no middle man) since 1986. The CSA model creates a valuable connection between the community and the farm. By paying upfront for produce, the community provides the farm with operating capital at the beginning of the season, when they need it most, as well as the peace of mind that produce is sold. The CSA provides the customer with a guaranteed amount of farm fresh veggies and most importantly, an intimate relationship with their farm and farmers.
Plus, every week we will be putting additional items in our web shop so you can add whatever else you may need to your Salad Share, and we will make the web shop accessible just to Salad Share members for 24 hours before we start selling it to the public! Expect to see local pasture raised eggs, Fioretto sprouting cauliflower, tropical fruit, locally made salad dressings, and fermented & herbalism goodies from our friends at other small farm projects like Little River Cooperative.
Sign up now and receive20 weeks of farm fresh Salad Stuff from November (exact date TBD) through April.Choose a pickup area from our 3 general regions of Miami (exact locations TBD because… coronavirus). All pickups will happen every Saturday during a 6-8 hour time window (also to be determined because... coronavirus).
Thought you were done reading?! NOPE! This year we are offering asliding scale payment optionas a step towards making our produce more accessible. Sliding scale is an economic model that at its most basic makes it so that "people pay as they are able to for services, events and items. Those with access to more resources pay more and thus provide the cushion for those with less access to pay less, creating a sustainable economic underpinning for said services, events and items." -Hadassah Damien. She has a wonderfulguide to sliding scale hereif anyone wants to click and learn more about this pricing model.
The "true cost" of the Salad Share is $520 per member, which is $25 a week worth of produce plus a $20 credit card processing fee, so we've added a lower and a higher bracket, and we are trusting our community of members to use those brackets appropriately when reflecting on their needs & their ability to give. We've also split the cost into two 50% payments, for those of you who would like more time to pay the full amount. By paying 50% now, you are securing your spot in the CSA. Second payments will be due in full before November 1st.
To help with this decision making process we're including an info graphic made by local food justice educational spaceFinca Morada that gives examples for each bracket of the scale. Find the collection of circumstances that you feel most represents yours, and consider paying the amount listed for that bracket. If you would like to pay with SNAP/EBT benefits, pleaseemail usand we can arrange for that.
Ok, now you are done reading! We look forward to growing for you this upcoming season. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may still have.
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