As we reach the end of block 1 we wanted to write a blog clarifying some things about CSAs in general, and 47 Daisies CSA, more
specifically. Due to some specific negative feedback that we have had during block one, we thought we
would address the entire group and make sure that we were all on the same page. We want to keep our
customers informed and happy!!
-When you buy into a CSA you are purchasing a
share of the harvest. As we all know, weather conditions and plant productivity
dictate how much produce comes in any given week, and even year to year, thus
quantities vary greatly. This
means that we cannot guarantee any set quantity any given week.
As we move into warm
weather crops, quantities will increase.
As we move into the heat of the blazing summer, things like tomatoes will
begin to fade and quantities will drop off again.
As noted on our website, and discussed at the CSA meeting, we target 6-12
items per week. Those items are
harvested and split among active members. That being said, we take pride in the
fact that we have never been below six items or below what you would pay per
week (market value) for the CSA share, nor do we expect that there ever will
be. If you were expecting large,
wholesale type quantities of vegetables, that is not what a CSA model is
-Upon buying into a CSA you share in the risk of
crop failures and bad weather. We
are currently in the midst of the second season of the most extreme drought
conditions this area has seen in its history. When conditions are as they are,
irrigation or not, plants don’t produce as they would under normal weather
conditions. Irrigation cannot
simulate a natural rain. It is
keeping the plants alive, period.
Thus, any production we get in this 50+ day stretch with no rain (which
we are currently experiencing) is a
-CSAs are not designed to provide preservable
quantities. CSAs are designed to
provide fresh, just picked produce for your immediate consumption, which is why
you pick up every week. If you
need quantities to preserve, you will have to seek other outlets, as this is not
what 47 Daisies CSA is designed for.
-Due to the fact that we grow organically, there
are certain things that you as a customer must understand.
In Louisiana it is very difficult to grow organically.
In the event of a very warm winter (like we had this past year) insect
pressure is much higher, thus more crop losses. Also, it is much more expensive to
produce crops organically. If this is not something you and your family are
concerned about, you should not be a member or 47 Daisies CSA.
We do not price our produce on wholesale prices.
We price our produce based upon an average national price of organic
produce on a retail level direct to the consumer (i.e. farmers market
-We value each and every one of our customers concerns and
praises. We encourage you to come
to us personally vie email, phone or in person should you have ANY feedback,
negative or positive, regarding the CSA and its operation.
CSAs are only as strong as its members make it.
Should you have any questions, concerns, comments, or anything
else we can help you with, please contact us.2.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
I say that we're still here, because if you follow our blogs, you're probably wondering. We've been so incredibly busy this spring/early summer that we really just haven't had time to write!! In the fall and winter months, we sometimes write a blog every other day.
We are one week away from finishing with block 1 of the CSA. Kind of hard to believe!! Block 1 has gone well. We changed the CSA pick ups from prepacked boxes to letting members choose their own produce from a variety of things, kind of like a market set up. This seems to be working okay, to a point, but still has some kinks to work out. We may be going back to the old model for the time being until we can figure it out completely. We would love to hear feedback from anyone involved regarding this. :)
We haven't had rain at the farm in over 50 days. This is the second season we've had to deal with this kind of drought condition. If you know anything at all about farming, you know how unbelievably frustrating this is. We're having to irrigate every single day already, and that's not doing much more than keeping our plants alive. We're hoping for rain...and soon...but not so much that we have erosion problems. :) That's not too much to ask, is it?
Other than dealing with no rain (which means soil that impossible to till, etc) and the CSA, not a whole lot new has been going on. We're just farming, and loving it...and hopefully will have more time soon to write more blogs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
See you soon.
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )