- Do you want the bulk of your table’s ingredients to come from local, sustainable sources, letting your menus change as the harvest changes?
- Would a home delivery that provides all your produce, meat, eggs and milk save you time and energy?
- Do you want to invest in a high-quality transparent food system where trust is the foundation of relationships?
Two Henry County farms – Valley Spirit and Pink Elephant – are partnering together to offer a full array of intentionally and sustainably produced items, all delivered to you in one convenient package.
This is a Full Diet, Free Choice, Nutrient Dense CSA.
Let’s break that down. . .
Full Diet: Between our two farms, we are able to offer a wide assortment of produce, herbs, fruit, beef, pork, raw dairy, eggs, fats, fermented items and more! We are also exploring supplementing with other locally-available items such as honey, grits and flour along with other pantry items. While we probably won’t supply you and your family with 100% of your diet (you still may want some coffee or a bag of chips ;-), a person or family could build a robust daily menu around what we offer. You can order items for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Plus we will be sending along recipes and cooking tips!
Free Choice: The number one complaint across the country of a CSA is “too much of one item and not enough of another.” But often times those items are different for each customer! With this CSA, you will get to build-your-own box each week from an online ordering system, choosing from all items available. We will then deliver your customized box. No more receiving an item you know your family won’t eat! See a sample order form here.
Nutrient Dense: We believe food is a powerful and essential component to good health. Strong plants grown in healthy, alive soil means you are maximizing the nutrients available in each item — every calorie is packed with as much good stuff as possible! The same is true with products from healthy animals: when they get to thrive in their natural environment, it means there is a wider range of of vitamins and minerals and a higher supply of good, essential fats. For us, this means all animals are on pasture and produce is raised within Organic and Biodynamic growing standards.
CSA: Like a traditional Community Supported Agriculture model, we ask our members to commit to joining us for at least one month at a time. (Discounts are available for longer commitments.) This helps immensely with two giant challenges for small farms: managing high upfront costs and securing a predictable income. By becoming a member of our farm, you pay one flat rate and gain access to the full bounty of the harvest! While we’ve learned nothing is guaranteed in farming, we promise to plan well, work hard and communicate transparently, and being a CSA member means riding some of the unpredictable waves with us. Partnering with our two small farms in this way means supporting three farming families.
Ultimately, joining any CSA means shifting the perennial dinner question from “What do I want?” to “What is available?”. It’s an opportunity to partner with a farm to experience flavors at their peak of both taste and nutrition.
FULL DIET PRICING
All pricing includes home delivery. This system is highly flexible and ultimately dependent on you ordering only what the registered members in your household will consume each week (or delivery period). There will be no prices listed on your order sheet.
Base Price (First Adult) – $110 / week
Each Additional Adult – $55 / week
Each Additional Child – $20 / week
(Children under 5 – FREE)
16 weeks from December – March, you can join at any time!
8 deliveries, coming every other week starting on Thursday, December 7th.
*limited spots available
Vegetarian Discount: 10% off your membership price
WHAT’S MY PRICE?
You let us know how many people need to be included in your membership package. Please take into account who in your household will be eating on a regular basis with you. Below are some scenarios to offer you an example of how to assess your needs.
I am a one adult household with three small children, one under the age of 5. My membership price will be for 1 adult and 2 children: $110 + $20 + $20 = $150 / week.
Monthly (4 week) price: $150 x 4 = $600
Price per day: $21 ($5.36 per person per day)
I have a household with two adults, one child in high school, one in middle school, and one in elementary school. We cook a lot and my oldest child is constantly hungry and often eats more than I do! My membership price will be for 3 adults and 2 children: $110 + $55 + $55 + $20 + $20 = $260 / week.
Monthly (4 week) price: $260 x 4 = $1040.
Price per day: $37 ($7.42 per person per day)
- Pay for 4 weeks at a time, with first payment due at joining
- Prepay for 16 weeks (the full Winter Season) for a 3% discount.
If you aren’t quite sure about committing to the full season, that’s okay! Signup for one month and give it a try…
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A SAMPLING OF UPCOMING AVAILABLE ITEMS
You pick your desired items each time. Remember, the winter is a leaner time and options are more limited than the summer, but not any less flavorful!
- Kale, Collards, Salad Mix, Arugula, Spinach, Beets, Carrots, Celery, Sweet Potatoes, Cabbage, Turnips, Radishes, Green Onions, Tatsoi, Winter Squash and more!
- Ground Beef, Chuck Roasts, Steaks, Ground Pork, Sausage, Bacon, Ham Roasts, Pork Chops, Soup Bones
- Raw Milk and Pastured Eggs
- Lard, Tallow (we can help you learn how to use these essential fats!)
- Lacto-fermented vegetables
- Occasional bonus items from fellow farmers
How do I order my food?
Each delivery period we will send out an email with a link to an order form. You will select which items your family would like to enjoy. Keep in mind during the winter season, you will be ordering for two weeks at a time. Your order will need to be placed a few days before delivery to allow for harvest and packing time! But don’t worry, there are no prices on the order sheet as your membership package covers your selections. Items will only be limited if the harvest requires it for that particular week.
How does delivery work?
We will deliver all of your items to either your house or office. If no one is available to receive it, a large cooler with ice packs will need to be left on the porch for us. Ideally it can be left in a shady, covered spot. If you have a fridge/freezer that is accessible in the garage, that is ideal!
Is the price per week or per delivery in the winter?
You pay based on the total number of weeks. Since the winter time is generally a slower pace (i.e. plants grow slower therefore needing more time between harvests), we are only delivering every other week. But the pricing is weekly since we assume you won’t be taking a week off from eating in between deliveries! It also allows for an easy transition to the full season in April. We really hope that we can provide a significant amount of your grocery list each week, plus giving you the convenience of having it delivered right to your door.
Can I get any items more often than every other week?
If you so choose, milk can be delivered weekly. Given that grocery store eggs are typically at least one month old, your eggs should be just fine for two weeks. Cold-hardy crops are storing champions. We harvest right before delivery and they should keep well. Be sure to store any greens in a plastic bag to help them retain their moisture.
What if I already receive deliveries from your farm?
Joining the full diet CSA means everything will be made available to you through one order form and come in one delivery. A big goal of this CSA was to help folks exactly like you who may be managing multiple accounts/markets/deliveries/pickups/etc just to supply everything you need for the week! This will roll everything into one easy ordering system and one convenient delivery.
What if I don’t eat meat?
We offer a 10% discount for vegetarians. Order as many vegetables, milk, eggs and other bonus items as you desire!
What if I am going on vacation and need to skip a week?
Just let us know and we can coordinate a better delivery time for you so you have food for when you return!
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We are so excited about pioneering this model in Louisville. No matter whether it’s a big industrial or small family farm, farming brings the constant push to grow more, get bigger. We see this as a way for us to stay small and intentional, to develop and deepen relationships. Ultimately, we hope it allows us as a family to focus our efforts and have some financial stability in what is otherwise a pretty wild, unpredictable environment. Your direct investment in not only your own health and taste buds, but also the local food system and environmental movement, means you become our highest priority. We are grateful.
– Jenny & Justin, Joseph & Abby (Valley Spirit), Caleb & Kelly (Valley Spirit)