Growers and practices

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.

The Romans Family near Vevay provides much of our spring and early summer produce, including heirloom and less-common vegetables that can’t easily be found at the grocery store. The Romans family has a multi-generational tradition of small-scale, biodynamic farming.

Sean Cox and Ann Craig of Wild Pansy farm near Crothersville have been supplying for us since 2020. They provide some of our early spring produce and hope to grow their fields each year in both yield and variety.

Jesse Ernst of Splinter Ridge Farm is just across the county line in Switzerland County. Jesse has been growing a wide variety of vegetables for several years for the farmers market, and we’re excited to add him to our roster in 2023!

Our blueberries come from Rykers Ridge Blueberry Farm, an all-natural berry farm just over the hill from Madison. Our strawberries come from Chandler Strawberry Patch in Cross Plains.

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.

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!