It is our belief that if we follow these practices, our fresh-air distribution of locally-grown organic produce will be one of your best shopping options. We have a very small team, so you can be guaranteed that fewer hands will have handled your produce than at the grocery store. Furthermore, we have a strict Food Safety Plan in place at the farm, which ensures safe handling practices of your produce. We hope that you consider supporting us during these unprecedented times! Thank you!
CSA: Community Supported Agriculture
Big Branch Valley Farm's CSA is a symbiotic relationship between the farm and its members. The members of a CSA are able to play an active role in the production of their food - they understand where and how it's grown, they can participate in its production, and they have a voice in the farm's operation. On our end, a CSA helps us to create a much more diverse farm, focus on growing great produce, and allows us to form lasting relationships with our customers.
Each week, members come to their pick up location to find an assortment of vegetables, harvested only a couple hours prior to their arrival. Members are then able to fill their basket with whatever catches their attention. In order to accommodate various household sizes, we offer different share sizes, which correspond to members' basket sizes.
Community is an important keystone to our CSA. We send out a weekly newsletter to help keep our members abreast of the farm's activities, as well as organize a recipe exchange for all of our members.
Our CSA runs for 20 weeks from early/mid May to late September/early October. For those who love the fall bounty as much as we do, we offer a 6 week extension program. We also offer a flower CSA (1 mixed bouquet per week), which runs for 8 weeks for the length of July and August. Prices are as follows:
Full Share Season: $705 ($35.25 / week)
Half Share Season: $420 ($21 / week)
Full Share Extended Season: $210
Half Share Extended Season: $125
Flower Share: $100
Our pick up days and locations for 2020 are as follows.
Union County Farmer's Market on Saturdays between 7AM and 11:30 AM (*** Please note that the early pickups and latest season pick ups may be at the farm once the farmer's market season is over***)
2020 CSA SIGN UPS ARE FULL. WE WILL LIKELY ALLOW MORE MEMBERS IN AFTER THE FIRST COUPLE WEEKS. SIGN UP NOW FOR OUR WAITING LIST BY CLICKING THE BUTTON BELOW!
We are presently accepting applications for CSA Workshares and CSA Captains.
CSA workshare members are asked to work four hours on the farm, once per week, in exchange for a full share.
CSA Captains are individuals who are willing to help us find CSA drop off locations, distribute the produce during CSA, and find other members in the area. In exchange for their help, they will receive a full CSA share.
If you are interested in either of these options, please email us at email@example.com. Please note that workshare members must be physically fit and comfortable out in the heat of the sun for extended periods of time.
How does Big Branch Valley Farm's CSA work? In our CSA, members choose a volume size and then fill their baskets with produce of their choosing. Each week, members will find all the best produce available that week laid out and then can simply fill their basket with whatever they want for the week.
Are you certified organic? Yes! How big is each share? Big Branch offers both full and half shares. Full Shares receive a half bushel basket full of produce. These are designed for households of 3-4 people or households of 1-2 very vegetable intensive diets. Half Shares receive a peck basket full of produce. They are designed for households of 1-2 people.
How full should my basket be? For new members, this is one of the hardest parts to understand. We encourage members to fill their baskets very full. You'll know it's too full if you need an extra hand to balance the items on top. And if you are not sure, just ask!
Are their limits? Yes, occasionally certain items are limited and quantities will be restricted. Should I wash my produce? Yes. While most items you pick up have been gently cleaned, none of it has been washed thoroughly and should be before consumption.
I like to grow my own garden. Why should I join? Many of our members are expert gardeners! Because we have more space and allot all our time to vegetable production, we are able to produce a larger variety than most home gardeners and keep items available for long stretches of the season. Many of our members use our CSA program as a supplement to their home gardens. The growing season is very long and this way you can focus on growing what you love to grow and count on us to do the rest. And we are happy to sell you seedling starts to get your home garden started early!
Do you have payment plans? Yes! You can either pay in full or in three installments. While we ask for $50 to hold your space, full payment is not due until May 1st. If you choose to use the installment plan, please be aware that we charge an additional $5 processing fee. The payment plan follows the following schedule: Full Share:Half Share: May 1: $246 May 1: $151 June 20: $235 June 20: $140 August 7: $234 August 7: $139 Extended Fall Full Share:Extended Fall Half Share: September 1: $210 September 1: $125 Flower Share: May 1: $50 June 20: $50
What is the basket fee? Each member receives a wooden basket at their first CSA pick up. This basket is theirs and they are expected to bring it back each week to fill up with their produce. The fee covers the cost of the basket.
What if I can't pick up my share one week? You are always welcomed to give your share to someone else. Perhaps you have a friend who is interested in the CSA or would like to thank someone for picking up your mail? Whatever the reason, all we need to know from you is their name and they are welcomed to your share for the week.
Big Branch Valley Farm 302 Loughter Rd. Blairsville, Ga 30512