1. HOW DOES IT WORK?
The CSA will run for three seasons of 11 weeks each: fall, winter, and spring. Summer is too hot for those tender greens here in Yolo County. The CSA schedule is designed to roughly follow the academic calendar of UC Davis:
October 2 through December 13, 2017
January 8 through March 22, 2018
April 2 through June 14, 2018
The shares will be available for pick-up each Monday and Thursday from 5pm onward; you can choose your day. Pick-up will be at our house on Loyola Drive in Davis. The share will come pre-packed in a Gillyflower-labeled tote bag for you to take home. You'll be in charge of two tote bags; each week, return the previous week's empty bag, and we'll fill it up with the following week's produce. Simple!
A note on Gillyflower Farm's CSA:
This is a fairly low-frills CSA, meaning pickup days are self-serve, and you may not see my shining face too much during the season. Because Gillyflower Farm is largely solo-operated (by a socially awkward farmer), I direct my focus toward growing the best veggies for you. While I do send out an e-mail each pickup day detailing what's in your share, I've found that I don't have the capacity for weekly newsletters with recipes, farm notes, etc.
I aim to host regular on-farm open house days to share the joy of the farm with subscribers and community members, and I am always available by phone or e-mail. Thank you for your understanding and support!
2. what's in it?
The Gillyflower CSA share will vary with the seasons, with some common themes. All veggies are double-washed before going into your bag. Each week will feature some combination of the following:
- A salad mix consisting of looseleaf lettuce, frisee, and/or arugula
- A braising mix of cookable greens including spinach, kale, mustard greens, mizuna, tatsoi, swiss chard, etc.
- Specialty greens such as microgreens, pea shoots, cress, sunflower shoots, etc.
- Bunches of herbs including cilantro, basil, parsley, cutting celery, and/or dill
- Salad "accessories" changing with the seasons: new potatoes, cherry tomatoes, baby root vegetables, hot and sweet peppers, cucumbers, spring onions, or snap peas.
At the end of each season, we'll survey our CSA members to see what was liked, disliked, or could be added to increase CSA joy.
3. what does it cost?
We estimate that each share will feed either a voracious couple, or side-salads for four, for the week. After comparing prices at local grocery stores, we've priced the CSA at $176 for a 11-week season. This works out to $16/week.
If you would like to purchase a CSA share, you can sign up right here (thank you in advance!). If you'd prefer offline payment methods, or if you have any questions, I'd love to discuss. Please feel free to shoot me an e-mail at Gillyflowerfarm@gmail.com.