acac Community Partner: Bellair Farm - Why a CSA Might Be Right For You!
a note from one of acac’s Community Partners: Bellair Farm
Bellair Farm’s Vegetable Share & Why It Might Be For You!
As a member of acac, you’re someone who is thinking about your health. You’re finding time in your busy life to get to the gym and take care of yourself. It’s a choice you make because it’s important and good for you and your loved ones. This is exactly why joining a vegetable share, or ‘CSA share’ might appeal to you.
My name is Jamie Barrett and I manage Bellair Farm. We grow certified organic vegetables on the farm, and we raise livestock in the woods and on the pastures in a humane, ethical manner. We grow our veggies and raise our livestock in the manner we do because we believe that it is good for us to eat food that isn’t treated with chemicals or jacked up on antibiotics. It’s not the easiest way for us to produce food, but we make our decisions based on what we think is best for our loved ones and our community. We share the fruits of our farm through a CSA program.
What is a CSA and how can it fit into your life? It’s a good question. The idea is that you sign up for a season of veggies right from the organic farm down the road. For you, it’s a way to connect to where the food on your plate is being produced. You can visit the farm, take tours, enjoy the Pick Your Own fields, visit the chickens, and experience the seasons changing. The farm can provide all this to you at a reduced cost to what you would pay for a season’s worth of organic veggies at the store because you’re getting it all right from us—there’s no middleperson involved like a retailer. It’s great for the farm because we get a guaranteed customer for the whole season (and, if we do our job right, many seasons beyond). It’s a win-win relationship. The farm nurtures the community, and the community, in return, supports the farm.
Here are the mechanics: For 22 weeks, starting in May, you come out to the farm or to one of our pick-up spots in town and you fill a standard grocery store bag with the 10-15 different crops that we’ve harvested for you that week. We set up our distribution like a farmer’s market—each week there may be one or two limited items, but besides those items you take as much or as little of the items you like. In addition to the bag, you are able to come to the farm and visit our Pick Your Own fields each week. We want this to be an easy choice for you! We have 3 pick-up locations in town:
– Waldorf School on Mondays (4:00-6:30pm)
– St. Anne’s Bellfield Falconer Drive Campus on Tuesdays (4:00-6:30pm)
– Meade Park on Wednesdays (3-7pm)
Additionally, we’re open on the 1,000-acre Bellair Farm for share pick-up on Wednesdays from 10:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am-2:00pm (8 miles south of town). You don’t have to tell us which location you’re picking up from; just show up to the one that’s most convenient for you on that particular week. Once you’ve collected your bag for the week, try and get out to the farm on any day of the week to enjoy the Pick Your Own fields.
In addition to the veggies in the CSA share, our members have access to the farm for picnics, walks on our trail, free children’s programs that explore the farm on Saturdays at 10:00am, and workshops like canning, pickling, and flower arranging. Bellair eggs and meats are available to our members at discounted prices and bulk prices. Best of all, acac members receive a 10% discount on the full share if you sign up before the end of 2017!
Check out our website, Facebook page, and Instagram feed (@bellairfarmcsa) to get a better sense of who we are. To sign up for a 2018 CSA share and receive your 10% discount, just give us a call anytime at 434-262-9021 before the end of the year. We would love the chance to grow for you and to welcome you to our farm community.
Feel free to email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call with any questions, and thanks so much for your time!