An Update for past Good Life Spring CSA members!
I write in the midst of a truly weird spring full of jump starts and jolting stops, weather-wise. Possibly this is how the Spring CSA communication has seemed to go as well, and I want to reach out and explain ourselves :)
Good Life CSA Summary
We decided not to run the Spring CSA this year, as I am sure you've surmised. We tried an experiment back at the beginning of March (deliveries March 9 to be exact). That experiment is about loading up the van with a whole lot of food to fill your larder and pay for free delivery/staff time. It was successful! And as we move towards our grassfed beef herd producing more, we're going to look to this bulk buying model for meat, fruit to keep our relationships with you intact.
For us, the March 9th experiment worked, and that those of you who ordered enjoyed the mix of larder supplies and CSA+ add-on's. We would like to continue to work with our CSA+ Kindred Farms to offer that full diet range of preem-o FLX food, raised in a way we are sure of and can pass along to you.
Why no Spring CSA?
I think we've talked about the relative expense of running a Spring CSA versus the Summer/Winter CSA models. By committing to fresh Spring vegetables in the share, rather than stored roots, we felt we were filling an important niche in the local food scene. However, most of those crops take 3-5x longer to get to harvest size than they would during the May-November growing season. We found it difficult to charge for the CSA package accordingly and to fill the shares to a point we felt comfortable, thus finding the Spring CSA a challenging economic model. From 2011-215 we tweaked and tweaked, but this year needed to take a step back to find what will really sustain the Good Life Farm on its path.
We still value, very much, our connection to you and your family.
We hope you will stay in touch with us! Thanks to the Cider House, there are a lot of ways to do so! Come out for a Friday night date, come taste on the weekends, come to Asparaganza! (PLEASE come to Asparaganza on May 28th! More Info Here)
More info on our next Bulk Delivery will go out over email, social media and will be posted here!