Atelier Farm -- vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower -- grows biologically for a small-scale, year-round, free-choice CSA. Be a stakeholder in our young farm, and a join us for the round of a farming year.
Note that we are limiting our 2020 membership to 20-30 adults, so please sign-up while there is still room.
If the Farmshare CSA is close to your thing, but not close enough, try our Farm Bucks discount program, and support the farm while still getting a 10-15% discount.
Eat Like a Farmer
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), beneath its mechanics, is a relationship between a farm—its land, its farmers, its food—and all the folks who eat from that farm. It is only incidentally an alternative buying scheme, but principally a reinvestment of sense and meaning to land and the food it gives us. It is about making this farm, your farm: your drought, your rain dance, your rain. In each tomato resides an entire summer, and if we do it well, you know this too.
Farmshare CSA members make a commitment to support the farm in the fall, then receive a weekly share of the harvest all year long. Your commitment is very literally our seed money. But one doesn’t just buy, one buys into: the CSA, the farmers, the farm, and the land that founds them all. What comes from these seeds, then, is not just food, but a food weighty with meaning. As a member of our farm, you get freshness, tastiness, transparency, a fair price, and a farm to call your own. You also get to experience the true round of a farming year on a young farm, with all of its risk and its reward. Farming is a journey—from year to year, and in each season—come share it with us.
What Makes Us ... Us
There is no cookie cutter mold for a CSA; each is unique. Here's what makes us ... us:
Free Choice Veggies: We love eating like a farmer, and we want to share the love. Ours is a free choice, buffet-style CSA, meaning that you take what you like in the quantity you need for the week.
Diversity: We grow vegetables, fruits, culinary & medicinal herbs, and flowers numbering hundreds of varieties—enough to have a different one each day of the year.
Year-Round: We grow food 365¼ days a year, because that’s pretty much as often as we eat. We suspect that you do the same. The peak of summer is pretty sweet, but the true wealth from eating like a farmer lies on the backside of the calendar.
Small Scale Biological Innovation: We are an intensively managed farm committed to measuring things—including our lives—by the human scale. We believe in agricultural innovation, ecosystem regeneration, the livelihood of farming, and the possible goodness of our work. We are also not your sister’s Organic, piecing out a regenerative, rainfed, plastic-free, low-energy kind of agriculture.
What We Grow
Greens: Arugula, Asian Greens, Cabbage, Chard, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Spicy Mesclun, Spinach. Veggies: Asparagus, Broccoli, Beans (Snap, & Soy Edamame), Cauliflower, Celery, Corn (Sweet & Popcorn), Cucumber, Leek, Okra, Pepper, Scallion, Shallot, Peas, Summer Squash, Sweet Potato, Tomato, Winter Squash. Roots: Beet, Carrot, Celeriac, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Onion, Parsnip, Potato, Radish, Rutabaga, Sunroot, Turnip.
Fresh when in season, cold storage when out. Most of our orchard fruits are years away from bearing, but in the meantime we have Watermelons, Blackberries, Raspberries, and Strawberries. Please do have a traipse around the farm to see the orchard's development, as it's a large part of the future of the farm. To purchase or mature: Apple, Sour & Bush Cherry, Elderberry, Fig, Kiwiberry, Muscadine Grape, Goumi, Jujube, Pawpaw, Peach, Asian & European Pear, Persimmon, Pomegranate, Rhubarb, Saskatoon, and Seaberry.
Basil (Italian, Thai Sweet, Holy), Chives (Regular & Garlic), Cilantro, Cutting Celery, Dill, Fennel, Garlic & Scapes, Ginger, Hot Pepper, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lovage, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Sorrel, Tarragon, Thyme, Turmeric.
"Tea" & Medicinal Herbs
Fresh when in season, dried when out: Anise Hyssop, Apple Mint, Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Catmint, Chocolate Mint, Citrus Kitchen Mint, Echinacea, Ginger, Holy Basil/Tulsi, Kentucky Colonel Spearmint, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Milky Oats, Moroccan Mint, Mountain Mint, Nettle, Peppermint, Rose Hips, Spearmint, Tea (Camellia; one day), Turmeric.
"We Pick, You Choose" Flowers
Available in season, June to Mid-October. Enjoy our "we pick, you choose" flowers, and make your own bouquet.
Bread from Althea Bread
Althea Bread is a small-scale, one-passionate-baker bread studio. They craft some seriously nutrient dense, aromatic, flavorful, and hearty loaves. If it feeds your soul, then maybe you really can live on bread alone. We are so glad to be able to offer our farm as the nexus between you and them. Sign-up with Althea Bread to receive a weekly or bi-weekly loaf (or more) during your CSA pick-up.
Ferments from Gathered Threads
Gathered Threads, in Nelson County, is a small, diverse family farm focusing on herbs, vegetables, cultures, & holistic health. They use their own recipes and expertise to live ferment Atelier Farm veggies into beautiful krauts, pickles, kimchis, salsas, and the works. It is nearly impossible to overstate the importance of the health of your microbiome to so many facets of your well-being. Veggies and fermented veggies are two of the best things you can do for that health. Plus, they’re so yummy! Looking to ferment rebellion? Or just feel like you could use a little culture? Add this to your share.
Honey from Sublime Bees
Sublime Bees is a family run apiary that puts love into every jar of its honey! They also keep a collection of hives here on the farm, whose bees pollinate our crops, enjoy the flower garden, and otherwise keep us farmers company while we work. We are privy — at cost — to honey from the hives on the farm, as the bees and beekeeper make it available. If you are interested, let us know, and we will do the same for you as the supply arises.
Adults: $30 Per week for the First, $25 for each additional
Children: $9 Per week (5 and under are free)
Everyone in the household must sign-up. Thank you.
The CSA year runs 52 weeks, January through December. One may either pay in full, or by post-dated checks assigned to each quarter: Jan 1, Apr 1, Jul 1, and Oct 1. All payment is due at sign-up.
Eat more? Pay more. If you think you eat—or, particularly, juice—a lot more than the average member, please add a commensurate amount per week to balance the load.
15% OfF — Early Bird & Drought Discount (before Jan 1)
15% off — April Start Discount (Before Jan 1)
5% off — Loyalty Discount (continuing members, Before Jan 1)
5% off — payment In full (Before Jan 1)
5% Farm Credit back for every Dollar you refer into the CSA
All discounts sum: For instance, if you chose an April start, you will have 15% Early Bird + 15% April Start = 30% off the 52 week total.
The 2019 Drought: 2019 was a droughty year for us here on the farm, which made it difficult to germinate and/or grow our winter crops, including the fall-seeded carrots and spinach. We are upping the “Early Bird” discount to 15% to compensate for this lack, and adding the option of an April 1st CSA start-date to reduce the rate of drawdown.
Add-ons: Bread from Althea Bread, Honey from Sublime Bees, Ferments from Gathered Threads, and Cooking Classes with Cecelia are all priced as additional costs to the CSA total, piecemeal, at time of purchase.
Front-loaded production: Farming is heavily front-loaded in its production costs, with the vast majority of expenses occurring in the fall prior to the growing year. For this reason, we not only greatly value early commitment, but need it. The time-sensitive nature of our discounts reflect this.
Logistics & Details
Stakeholders: To clarify: In a CSA, one does not buy vegetables. By joining, one pays for the operation of the farm—your farm!—and then receives a share of the production. In a way, you are not simply a shareholder, but a stakeholder, enjoying all the risk and reward of a farm year.
Timing: The Farmshare CSA follows the calendar year, beginning on January 1st and ending on December 31st. We welcome new members at any point in the year, so long as there is space. Once signed up, your membership will extend through the end of the calendar year. Members renew their contracts each January.
For 2020, only, we are also adding a second start date of April 1st, one quarter of the way into the year, to compensate for the 2019 drought and its attendant lack of winter roots and greens production.
Pick-ups: Wednesdays, 3-7pm on the farm. If you are early, feel free to wait in the parking lot at Preddy Creek Park, 1.5 miles from the farm on Burnley Station Rd.
Summer: Every week, May through October.
Winter: Every other week, November through April.
No Shows: If you can’t make it on Wednesday, come to the Farmstand, Thursdays, 3-7pm, May through October. The selection is not as full as a Wednesday CSA pick-up, but otherwise has all of the perishable remainder from the CSA. Beyond that, what we harvest generally cannot be carried from week to week, and so you may consider your share like your favorite team’s season tickets: if you miss a game, you do not get extra tickets at the next one.
Quantity: Take what you like for the week. A “pickle pile” will be available for preserving into the future.
Limits: Limits will appear if we hit them. From year to year, particular crops may fail to thrive, and so we might bump into a limit with them. Also, if the $ out:in ratio looks excessive—by gaming, or otherwise—we will find a solution. Eat/juice crazy amounts of veggies? Let's set a new rate that seems fair.
Seasonality & Availability: For some, this bears noting: A farm is not a supermarket. Produce is available in its natural season, subject to its particular success. This is also a young and experimental farm that you are supporting, which means 1) that some experiments on the path may fail, and 2) that we may not do certain things—black plastic mulch, plastic row cover, irrigation—that others might in order to push crops out of their natural bounds.
Winter: We freeze fruit, dry herbs, store a variety of roots—like carrots, potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, radishes, turnips, etc.—and grow winter spinach. While we aren’t growing summer produce in winter (of course), you may avail yourself of the “pickle pile” to freeze or otherwise preserve them for the winter months.
Household Size: By membership contract, you are expected to sign-up and pay for everyone in your household. Exceptions are possible—spousal pilots out of town, college children home for the summer, etc.—when first discussed with the farm. When your household size changes, please talk with the farm about the possibility of increasing or decreasing your share size to match your household. If you do not pay for everyone in your household, Atelier Farm reserves the right to terminate your membership without refund.
Travel Speed: To respect your fellow members, and our neighbors, we ask that you please drive slowly and carefully both on the farm and while nearing it. Thank you so much!
Private Property: Atelier Farm leases its land from a private landowner, and the land, as such, is private property. Please do not come to the farm except during the pick-up hours, or during a prearranged meeting time.
Refunds: Because we buy, plant, weed, irrigate, nurture, and harvest a seed just for you, and this process begins months before the growing season begins, backing-out of your commitment leaves us in a tight spot. Your payment is illiquid, bound into the physical being of the farm. We cannot guarantee a refund—whole or partial—but if we have someone to take your share, then, yes, absolutely, you get your money back. That's what you want. That's what we want. Notify us that you would like to sell your share—as in the stock market—and we will notify you when we have someone to buy it.
Though we have never had need to do so, we do reserve the right to terminate your membership and refund the remainder of your share at any time and for any reason. The farm is a small family, and we are all in this together; a lack of understanding the nature of this communal venture could be one path to that end.