Our CSA is a collaboration of farming families within about 25 miles of Madison.
Sue Keyes near New Marion selects hybrids that grow particularly well in our region and provides the bulk of our summer produce and winter squash.
Our blueberries come from Rykers Ridge Blueberry Farm, an all-natural berry farm just over the hill from Madison. Our strawberries come from nearby Starrberry Farm.
Sean Cox and Ann Craig grow on Nightfall Farm near Crothersville, and are new farmers for us in 2020. They will be providing much of our spring produce and hope to grow their fields each year in both yield and variety.
Nathan Romans near Vevay provides our sweet potatoes and some onions, carrying on his family’s tradition of small-scale, biodynamic farming.
Long Acres in Deputy provides herbs, flowers (both edible and decorative), and vegetables. Sara Long is a dedicated seed saver and organizes the Jefferson County Seed Library.
This season, like last year, we are working with Eaton Farm to supplement the balance of our spring produce until Sean and Ann are able to grow enough to cover our CSA. We are grateful for their willingness to share with us! Eaton Farm is just northeast of Madison.
All of our produce is grown without synthetic chemicals (with the exception of Sue’s corn, which uses conventional fertilizer. And some years, we include peaches and apples from Salatin’s Orchard, which are sprayed.) Some of our farmers are fully biodynamic (going above and beyond USDA organic standards to regenerate the soil each year), while others practice a more conventional style of growing (with USDA certified organic products). None of our growers are certified organic, which requires significant fees and careful paperwork submitted to the USDA – something our growers aren’t able to do given their small scale. But all of them are committed to sustainable practices and petrochemical-free food.
The assured customer base of the CSA allows growers who have transitioned from fully conventional growing to experiment with organic practices with less financial risk. Committed CSA membership helps our local farm fields lose the petrochemicals and move toward healthier land and water – which is better for all of us!
Please let us know if you have more specific questions about growing practices. We’re happy to get in touch with our growers about any questions!