Why Sign Up for a Farm Share CSA Subscription?
Why should you take the chance and sign up for
a Farm Share CSA Subscription with the Genuine Faux Farm? Perhaps you like the
concept of local production, organic and sustainable methods. Or, maybe
you are looking for a source of fresh, tasty produce.
If you would like us to supply you with a reference
or two, please contact
us and we will oblige as soon as we are able. Many of our current
members are able to provide you with the most compelling reasons to
We'd like to take a moment and tempt you to either
give this a try for the first time or return for another season.
TOP TEN REASONS TO SIGN UP
1. We are your personal farmers!
With a subscription, you gain direct access to us. We encourage
feedback and we will do our best to respond to your suggestions.
If you want specific varieties or types
of vegetables, let us know and we will see if we can meet the
request. Rob & Tammy Faux and Jeff Sage grow all of the produce found in these shares. We know what we grow and we can answer your questions as to how they were grown.
Case in point: we added cabbage to our production in
2010 because there were multiple requests from CSA members for
2. CSA subscribers are guaranteed the best of our produce.
If you decide to go to a farmers' market, you must arrive early
to be certain to receive the produce you desire. CSA
members have paid for their produce and they come first. Even
late arrivals are guaranteed their full share of produce! Wouldn't
you like to have a guarantee that you get our best every week?
For any given distribution, we try to pick more of an item
than we need. This provides choices for even the last person to
pick up their share during a given distribution.
3. Subscribers receive more produce for their money.
We are willing to pass savings on to you in return for the certainty
that we will have homes for the produce we grow. In fact, we participated
during the 2006 season that shows a CSA share is potentially a
better value than buying similar items from a grocery store.
And - with food prices increasing, you might have noticed that
our share prices remain quite reasonable.
A large share for $475 is the equivalent of $23.75 per week. Compare
this to other food sources and we think you'll agree that this
is a good buy.
A common STANDARD share list for August 15 might look like this:
2-4 tomatoes, 2 peppers, 2 summer squash, 2 zucchini, 1 eggplant, basil, 1 head garlic, bunch carrots or beets, 1 # beans, bunch kale or chard, 3-4 cucumber, 2-4 onions, broccoli or cauliflower, melon or lettuce, and the choice of taking hot peppers, okra or other spices. A farmers' market value of approximately $34 - all for the price of $16.25/week ($325 for the season).
Even better, we are CERTIFIED
ORGANIC. Try buying organic without paying a premium at
4. Help with recipes, storage and use of your produce.
As members of the community, you can benefit from shared experience
and knowledge. Monthly newsletters
keep members informed. We also maintain a blog
where CSA members can share information in response to postings.
The time spent picking up your share each week can also be spent
gathering useful information from other subscribers and your personal
5. The menu pickup system provides opportunities to
deal with unwanted veg.
We will arrange to arrange for any unwanted produce to go to
the food shelf in Waterloo, church sponsored community dinners or Cedar Valley Friends of the Family.
You may also find that you can execute a trade with other subscribers.
Talk to us, we may know that there is already excess of an item
because someone else opted not to take their portion!
6. Tasty varieties you can't buy at the
Many of our varieties
are grown from heirloom seeds. You will not find Tolli
Sweet Peppers, Moon
and Stars watermelon, Thelma
Sanders acorn squash, Bunte
Forellenschuss lettuce or German
Pink tomatoes at the supermarket. In fact, you won't often
see them from other farmers at market. These varieties are tops
7. We support our community.
We strongly believe that the members of the CSA are an integral
part of an active community that centers around their food production.
As the personal farmers for the members of this community, we
take pride in its growth and vitality.
In addition to our own business, we encourage you to purchase from other local food producers. Even if you don't buy from us, we hope you will consider other fine growers in the area. We
are involved in the North Iowa
Farm and Food Partnership(NIFFP) and Practical
Farmers of Iowa and we serve as mentors to new farmers through
MOSES. We also serve the community by giving presentations on our farming operation and the sustainable growing methods we use.
8. Lots of variety with quality
For each year we have provided the CSA service, subscribers have
satisfied with the variety and quality of our produce. Many
agree that the wide variety of produce
is one of our strengths.
9. Fresh picked produce, sustainably
With the exception of storable items (potatoes, winter squash,
garlic), produce delivered to you is typically picked within 24
to 36 hours of delivery. You will know that your food has not
been sprayed with chemicals and is safe
to eat. The Genuine Faux Farm is Certified Organic by the
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship program.
10. We strive to improve.
We seek to do a better job from season to season with our production
and distribution techniques. There are usually two or three experiments
being conducted in the fields each season and we stay connected
to resources that report on organic
growing techniques. We do our best to communicate with you, our
subscribers, so that you are informed consumers. In return, we
receive quality feedback that we put to use in order to keep you
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