We are excited to be running our very first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programme for the Spring-Summer harvest of 2016.
What this means for you is that you get the opportunity to become involved in supporting our farm and what we stand for. In return, you get some seriously awesome produce picked freshly for you weekly. All our produce is pesticide free and picked especially for your order. It would only be fresher if you grew it yourself.
What is a Community Supported Agriculture programme?
A Community Supported Agriculture programme, or CSA, is a way for a local farmer to have the local community involved in sharing the risks and rewards of farming. The aim is for farmers to be able to provide you a “share” in the harvest at a reduced rate and in return, you are helping to ensure that the farmer has a guaranteed sale of their produce at harvest time.
At Little Field Mice, we will be running a 20 “share” CSA for our first season. This means, up to 20 families can benefit from supporting us and in return will get a box of pesticide free, freshly picked vegetables with added options of tree ripened fruit or fruit and eggs if you want.
The majority of the vegetable produce will be primarily from our farm. Some vegetables, like the larger tomatoes, eggplant and lebanese cucumbers, will come from a farmer down the road. The fruit will be from a neighbourhood grower and the eggs from our farm and another neighbour (if we run out).
What will be available each week?
The harvest season will run from September 10th for 15 weeks until Christmas (December 23rd being the last box date), there will be a variety of freshly picked veggies and/or tree ripened fruit in each “share” box.
The beginning of the season will have winter varieties of vegetables, with variety increasing as the season progresses. Early adopters who pre-pay for the entire season, will get a heavily discounted rate, whereas late adopters will get closer to market rates on produce.
An example of what would be contained in a fruit and vegetable box during the season is outlined below. The option of eggs is for one dozen.
|Vegetables||Fennel, Radishes, Baby spinach, Looseleaf mixed lettuce, Beetroot, Baby carrots, Cauliflower, Kale, Kohl Rabi, Onions, red or green cabbage, 1/4 JAP pumpkin, 1/2 Butternut pumpkin||Radishes, Baby spinach, Looseleaf mixed lettuce, Beetroot, Carrots, Cauliflower, Kohl Rabi, Broccolini, Parsnips, Spring Onions, Snow Peas, Zucchini||Radishes, Baby spinach, Looseleaf mixed lettuce, Carrots, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Spring Onions, Corn, Beans, Shelling Peas, Zucchini, Rockmelon, Watermelon, Eggplant|
|Fruit||Late season harvest apples and pears||Mulberries, Apricots, Peaches and Nectarines||Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Cherries|
How much will a “share” cost?
Each box is essentially a “share” in the harvest. There are three “share” options available:
- Vegetables only from $40 per box
- Fruit and vegetables from $50 per box
- Fruit, vegetables and eggs from $56 per box
|Vegetables Only||Fruit and Vegetables||Fruit, Vegetables and Eggs|
|Early Season Adoption save at least $75||Full season purchase at $40 per week.
|Full season purchase at $50 per week.
|Full season purchase at $56 per week.
|Weeks 1-5 only (if available)||$45 per week. Total $225||$55 per week. Total $275||$61 per week. Total $305|
|Weeks 6-10 only (if available)||$50 per week. Total $250||$60 per week. Total $300||$66 per week. Total $330|
|Weeks 11-15 only (if available)||$55 per week. Total $275||$65 per week. Total $325||$71 per week. Total $355|
Where does the produce come from?
We will be growing the majority of the vegetables and all of the eggs. In the event that we get too many of our hens turning “clucky” (wanting to sit on eggs and hatch them), then we will source the remaining eggs from a neighbour
Our fruit trees are not very mature and so we do not have enough to be able to provide large volumes to customers, but we have a network of local farmers who are already established and can help us out. We can tell you which farm any of our fruit comes from.
All our cherry tomatoes are grown onsite, whereas our large tomatoes are grown by a neighbour down the road, who has the most amazing shade house built just for that purpose! Completely pesticide free and full of flavour. He also grows our eggplants and our lebanese cucumbers.
Everything we sell has its own story, just ask us about it.
Do I need to pick up or can I get it delivered?
Each “share” box will be available for collection directly from our farm every Saturday between midday and 2pm.
If you want the produce delivered, we can do that for a fee (see below). We will commence deliveries from 2pm each Saturday and you’ll need to let us know of a nice cool place for us to leave your box if you are not planning on being at home.
If you want to get involved in the harvest, we will have specific days when you can do this. Once you subscribe, you will get all the news as the time draws closer and can take home some extra produce as a thank you.
Local Delivery: $5
Any deliveries in and around the following suburbs is $5 per week; Austral, Bringelly, Catherine Fields, Cobbity, Currans Hill, Gledswood Hills, Greendale, Kemps Creek, Leppington, Mount Annan, Narellan, Oran Park, Rossmore, Seaton Grange, West Hoxton and Willowdale.
Nearby deliveries: $10
Deliveries in and around these suburbs will be $10 per week; Badgery’s Creek, Bonnyrigg, Camden, Casula, Cecil Hills, Denham Court, Edensor Park, Edmondson Park, Hinchinbrook, Horningsea Park, Hoxton Park, Ingleburn, Kirkham, Luddenham, Maquarie Fields, Miller, Mount Vernon, Mulgoa Oran Park, Prestons, Silverdale and Wallacia.
I’m interested and want to hear more as soon as it’s available!
If you want to be one of the first to get more info as soon as it’s available, fill in the form below and you will be added to our first mail out.
Shares will be sold in order of them being received and paid for via PayPal.