CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In this model, members pay the farmer at the beginning of the season, helping them cover the up-front cost of seeds and other growing supplies. The farmer then provides members with a selection of the harvest over the course of the growing season. In our case, we offer vegetables, annual fruits, herbs and flowers for 20 weeks.
It depends on how many vegetables you eat. Some four-person families come every other week, while some two-person families come weekly. Both tell us that they are using their vegetables. We recommend the weekly share for plant-based/vegetarians and those who eat lots of veggies. If you’re just trying to incorporate more vegetables into your diet, the every other week share may be the best fit. Is this your first CSA? Start off with every other week.
Yes! Each week, you can harvest some vegetables yourself. The u-pick is exclusive to members, and includes peas, beans, cherry tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, pumpkins, and gourds. We clearly mark the field, provide you with harvest tools and have staff available to help you find what you need. There is also a bountiful cutting garden beginning in June.
Only if you want to. We also allow payment in monthly installments. We’ll charge your debit or credit card once a month through October. The payment amount depends on in what month you join the CSA and which share you purchase.
Yes to both. Our website accepts credit cards, and you can write a check as well. Please make it payable to Gwenyn Hill Farm, and mail it to N130W294 Bryn Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188.
Yes; contact the Partner Shares Program. For those who qualify there is assistance between 25 and 75 percent of the cost of a share, up to $350. They can also assist with using SNAP benefits to pay for the remainder of the share.
To use the Partner Shares Program, purchase a share on our website using the “Pay in Installments” option and then select “Pay by Check.” Next, contact the Partner Shares Program and tell them you would like a share with Gwenyn Hill Farm. They will walk you through the rest of the process.
Yes! We receive our certification from MOSA (Midwest Organic Services Association).
The concept of a CSA means that members share in the bounty of the harvest. This also means you’ll be affected by potential crop failures. Our farm is purposefully diversified so that when one crop fails, the others will thrive. Our experienced farmers build resilience and prepare well for common pests, but sometimes nature reminds us who’s really in control. Much like in any backyard garden, every year is different. We take every precaution to mitigate risk.
Yes, of course! We offer cooking demos and tastings at the pickup each week (currently postponed during the COVID-19 pandemic). The weekly newsletter contains our favorite recipes, all of which will be archived on the private Facebook page for CSA members. We also have a recipe collection and two CSA cookbooks for sale.
Email. Each week, we will send you an email containing the weekly newsletter and links to that week’s recipes. You can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Text message. If you provide us with a phone number and permission to text you, we will text you a reminder the day of your pickup.
Facebook and Instagram. We post regularly, and maintain a private Facebook group for CSA members where you can find our recipe archive, the share items for the upcoming week and a community of like-minded individuals learning to cook seasonally.
Have no fear! We’re so sure that you’ll love the quality and flavor of these vegetables that we are offering a money-back guarantee, prorated for the number of weeks that you are a member. All we ask is that you give it a chance for at least eight weeks.
Have Additional Questions?
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