Our 2018 CSA pickups started yesterday. The beginning of the CSA season is always a time to reflect on how thankful we are for our members. We love growing food and your support is the main thing that makes Red Wagon possible.
Farming is a fickle business. It’s been a cool, wet spring and we’ve had three hail storms already this year! We are always at the mercy of Mother Nature and have to hope for the best while preparing for the worst.
Our CSA members provide us with a foundation of predictability in the midst of all this uncertainty. The most obvious thing is financial predictability. By committing to our CSA you allow us to make a budget and a crop plan that will get us through the year.
You also help us through the highs and lows of the season. While we try to have your shares be about the same size each week, this doesn’t always happen. We are able to give you a little bit less during tough weeks and a little more in abundant weeks. In this way we aren’t wasting food by always producing too much.
One final benefit is the personal connections we have with CSA members. We get to see your faces and share stories each week at pickups. Then over the years many of these weekly interactions have turned into lasting friendships. We didn’t know quite what we were getting into when we opened up our first CSA to members in 2007, but it has turned into something truly wonderful. Thank you.