CSA

What is Community Supported Agriculture?

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Picking beans with the CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an association between farmers and eaters who join together to build a sustainable local food system.  Eaters pay for their share of produce in advance of the growing season, thereby protecting the farm from the erratic nature of weather and market forces.  In return, the farm provides weekly shares of fresh, seasonal, organically-grown vegetables, fruits, and herbs to the membership. The CSA members and the farm share in the risks and rewards of organic farming, from hail storms to bumper crops. Families and individuals who join the Fair Share Farm CSA receive a share of produce every other week during the growing season from mid-April through mid-November. CSA members sign a contract for the season, agree to pay in advance, and help with some of the work of harvest and distribution of the food. Fair Share Farm grows a diversity of produce, including many heirlooms known for their wonderful flavor.

CSA members also receive:

  • Information on storing and preparing the season’s harvest on our blog.
  • An opportunity for you and your family to connect to the land, soil, and people who grow your food.
  • The chance to connect with fellow CSA members who share a concern for local, organic agriculture during farm shifts, distribution, and our annual farm potluck.

What is a Share?

Shares will consist of 6 to 8 items for 16 weeks (every other week distribution) running from mid-April through mid-November. Every week the share of produce will be different depending on the season. Below are examples of what might be in a share each season.

  • Spring: lettuce, chard, kale, green onions, green garlic, spring turnips, strawberries
  • Summer: cabbage, potatoes, carrots, onions, sweet peppers, basil, garlic, tomatoes
  • Fall: lettuce, kale, Asian greens,  onions, garlic, spring turnips, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, leeks

Distribution Sites

There are four locations to pick up your share of the harvest. Members choose one location & time for the season. Specific distribution site info is here.

The Farm:

18613 Downing Rd Kearney, MO 64060 Wednesdays: after 1:30 pm or Saturdays: after 1:30 pm

Liberty:

at the Anderson’s, 414 N. Missouri, Liberty MO 64068Saturdays: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Midtown, Kansas City:

at Lifted Spirits, 1732 Cherry St. Kansas City MO 64108,Wednesdays: 4:45 – 6:30 pm

Brookside, Kansas City:

at The Legacy Center at St. Peter’s Catholic Church 815 E Meyer Blvd Kansas City, MO 64131 Mondays: 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Prices

Share cost for 2018 is $375 for 16 weeks.

We offer three payment options based on a sliding scale, which allows for more families in our community to pay based on their ability, while maintaining a fair wage for the farmers.  The center of the scale ($375) is what it costs the farm to grow a share of produce.  Those that can afford to join at the $425 end of the scale allow for others to join for $325.

Member Participation

Each member household contributes by assisting with the harvest of the shares during the year. This farm work takes place on Saturday mornings (8am to 12 noon) and includes harvesting, washing, and packing that day’s CSA shares with the farmers, or otherwise assisting in farm work. In addition, members who work on the farm on Saturdays are asked to assist in bringing the produce to the Liberty distribution site after their mornings at the farm. Members will schedule these shifts on-line after purchase of their share.

Join

To join go to our signup page and set up an account. Returning members may use their account from last season..

Partner Vendors

Fair Share Farm CSA seeks to benefit both its members by connecting them with local sources for healthy food not available through Fair Share Farm and to help local farmers who follow sustainable and/or organic practices reach those consumers who most value their products. Our Partner Vendors supply CSA shares to FSF CSA distribution sites. Members sign up for these add-on shares with the Partner vendors directly.

Parker Farms Grass-Fed/Pastured Meats

Parker Farms offers CSA shares comprised of their grass-fed beef and lamb and pastured pork and chicken.  They have a year-round CSA option or a share that is just for the FSF CSA season.  Click here for a deposit form.  Visit their Facebook page:  Parker Farms Natural Meats.  Contact the Parker family for more information:

Tom and Paula Parker
Jessica, Tiffany, Brittany, Kimberly
(816) 470- FARM
(816-470-3276) 
http://parkerfarmsmeats.com

Goatsbeard Farm Cheese

The Fair Share Farm CSA Core Group coordinates a cheese share that is comprised of two of our area’s best dairies:  Goatsbeard Farm and Skyview Farm and Creamery.

Ken and Jen Muno at Goatsbeard say, “Here at Goatsbeard Farm we specialize in cheeses made from both pasteurized and raw (unpasteurized) goat milk. These are all known as “farmstead cheeses”, which means they are made on the farm where the milk is produced. We, as farmer/cheesemakers, control quality all along the way – from feeding and handling the goats to making, aging and packaging the cheese. Our standards are very high. We offer the following cheeses at Goatsbeard Farm: Fresh Rounds, Fresh Tubs, Soft-Ripened Cheese, Feta, and Raw Milk Cheese.”

The cheese share will consist of a variety of 8 cheeses for $50 offered every-other CSA distribution (once every four weeks). Cheeses will include fresh Rounds, fresh Tubs, soft-ripened cheese, feta and aged raw milk cheese.

Payments should be made directly to Goatsbeard Farm.  Once you have completed your online signup you will be contacted by them to arrange payment.

Skyview Farm and Creamery

Skyview Farm and Creamery handcrafts a variety of aged, natural rind, raw milk cheeses.  All of them are made from the milk of their own Jersey cows.

Skyview offers a 16-week cheese share for the Fair Share Farm CSA members for $95.

Payments should be made directly to Skyview Farm and Creamery.  Once you have completed your online signup you will be contacted by them to arrange payment.

Companionship Breads

Companionship Breads offers two different shares: pain ordinaire and pan extraordinaire.

Pain Ordinaire breads:  Whole Wheat French, Pain Au Levain, Golden Semolina, 7 Grain, Pain de Campagne, French.The bread shares consist of 12 loaves of wood-fired breads made with organic flour.

The bread share consists of 12 wood-fired breads made with organic flour.  Pain ExtraOrdinaire breads:  Rosemary, 3 Seed:1 Bread, Kalamata Olive, Onion and Poppy Seed, Fennel/Golden Raisin, Jalapeno and Garlic.

12 weeks of bread correspond to our 16 week season minus 4 weeks for the baker’s family vacation.  There will be no bread made 6/30, 7/14, 7/28 and 10/20.

**Please Note: bread shares are only available for Saturday and Monday distributions.  The baker only bakes bread once per week, so if you want bread you will need to pickup in Brookside (Mondays 5-6:30 pm), Liberty (Saturdays 2-3:30 pm) or Farm Weekend (Saturday 1:30 pm – Sunday).

Payments should be made directly to Companionship Breads.  Once you have completed your online signup you will be contacted by them to arrange payment.

Read all about them at the Companionship Bread blog.

Fair Share Farm Eggs

We are offering egg shares of 1 dozen per week for 16 weeks at a cost of $90.

Our two flocks of chickens are free to roam within fenced yards, hunting for bugs and enjoying the open air as is their natural habit.  We feed them certified organic grains, natural minerals and vegetable scraps.  We rotate their moveable coops around the farm to provide them with fresh forage while improving the fertility of our soil.

*Our flocks are getting older and may not produce enough eggs for everyone that wants them.  A new flock of chicks will be arriving at the farm this Spring, but it will be a while before they start laying.  We may double up the egg share in the Spring to cover the time in the Summer when the hens are less likely to lay.  

It may be necessary to supplement the egg share with eggs from other local farms that raise their birds similarly.  If we use eggs from another farm, we will let the membership know at the time.  Price includes the extra cost of buying eggs from other farms.

Fair Share Farm Ferments

One 16 oz jar of Fair Share Farm fermented vegetables for 10 weeks.

Enjoy the flavor and nutrition of fermented vegetables. We produce a variety of ferments including sauerkraut, kimchi, green kimchi, cucumber pickles, jalapeno en escabeche.