What is a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture, generally called "CSA" is a growing new trend in agriculture in which farmers sell directly to consumers, thus forming a unique community and partnership. In a CSA, subscribers help support small regional farms by paying in advance for fresh produce and/or meats delivered weekly for part of, or the entire duration of, the season. Since CSA members pay at the beginning of the season, they share with the farmer the benefits and risks of farming that result from yearly variations in the weather. Also, by paying in advance it allows your farmers the freedom to focus on producing high quality food. Our CSA near Greenville SC provides both pastured protein and USDA Certified Organic vegetable shares serving the communities of Spartanburg, Pickens, Easley, Travelers Rest, Anderson and more.

Why a CSA?

The benefits of participating in a CSA are many. As a member you will not only enjoy all of the food but also a few of the following benefits:

  • USDA Certified Organic produce grown using sustainable methods- no pesticides, herbicides or chemicals of any kind.
  • Produce that tastes better because it is straight off the farm and only hours old.
  • Sustainable farming- eating food grown with minimal impact on the environment.
  • Supporting local farming business, which in turn brings more money to local community.
  • Developing a mutual trust and friendship with a farmer.
  • Eating ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits.
  • Convenience - A great selection of produce in one stop.
  • Recipes and Store Tips that will accompany your weekly shares.

In a time of increasingly industrialized food production and the environmental problems that accompany it, wouldn't it be nice to know where your food is coming from? Besides receiving a weekly bag of fresh, high-quality certified organic produce and/or pastured meats, shareholders also know that they're directly supporting a local farm. CSA's allow shareholders to re-establish a connection with the land people feel they have lost.

Is Greenbrier Farms produce organic?

Yes.  Our produce is USDA Certified Organic.

What are the risks to me as a shareholder?

Our CSA is a partnership between us and our shareholders in which we share the risks and rewards of the growing season, and in the process become more deeply connected to and appreciative of the land that sustains us all. Bad weather and pests pose the greatest threat to our crops. Generally, the consequence of such threats is a less diverse harvest. The potential rewards, of course, are a season of fresh and delicious vegetables! As a shareholder you agree to take part in the adventure of this CSA, sharing with us the risks and bounties of small-scale, local agriculture.

Can we split a share with someone else?

Yes, but the share needs to be in our database under one name, though we will email the weekly newsletters to all parties involved. We will not be able to split the share for you so it will have to be split at your own discretion.  We sometimes include value added items the weekly share – however there may only be one.  You will have to decide amongst yourselves who receives this item or how it is split up.

What happens if I’m late? What happens if I forget to pick my share up?

Any food that is not picked up at the end of the day that is still in prime condition is donated. We close our CSA promptly at the prescheduled closing time (Usually the drops are from 4pm-6:30pm).

What if I go on vacation for a week?

If you're out of town on the pick-up day, you have two options: 1) have a friend pick-up your box and enjoy it for you; or 2) notify us that you'll be gone and we will donate your bag.

Can I choose my drop point?

You can let us know which drop point works for you and we will try to accommodate that, but we cannot promise it will be that location.

How much produce do I get in my share?

You will receive a Greenbrier Farms reusable canvas bag of vegetables each week (same size as reusable bags from most grocery stores). Some weeks the bag is nearly full and some weeks the bag is only half full depending on size of veggies being picked and what part of the season it is. Example: in the spring and fall bags are more bulky because the veggies are heavy on greens and veggies with big tops, but in the middle of summer we are picking peppers and tomatoes and eggplant so those veggies aren’t as bulky. We try to make the bag equal to or a little over what it would cost to buy it at market to make sure you are getting a good value.

How many people will my share feed?

We have found that it depends entirely on your lifestyle. If you cook at home with fresh vegetable every night then a two adult family would be able to consume the entire bag each week. But if you eat out a few times per week, you may want to consider sharing with someone. Most families with two adults and two children who cook at home more than they eat out will find the share fitting.

What kind of vegetables can I expect in my bag?

The first season starts out with lots of greens like kale, collards, swiss chard, and boc choy.  Also items like lettuces, arugula, radishes, cabbage, fennel, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, beets, and carrots.  Then as the weather heats up we'll have squash, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans and potatoes.  Tomatoes will start coming in right at the end of the first season.  

The second season starts out with tomatoes, squash, zucchini, okra, eggplant, and quite a few varieties of peppers and then transitions back to fall greens, lettuces, sweet potatoes, winter squash, carrots, beets, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.  

***Please keep in mind that these are generalizations.  There will be more items than the ones listed here that pop up throughout the season as well as items that we don't grow from one year to the next.  Growing a wide range of vegetables and changing varieties every few years is one way we organically stay ahead of pests and disease.

How much and what kind of proteins will we receive weekly?

Each week you’ll receive a wide variety of grass fed/grass finished beef and pastured pork. These are functional meats great for everyday meals. The share yields 3-5 meals worth for a smaller size family. The meats are frozen which provides an opportunity to use that week or save for future meals. Throughout the season you’ll receive: a variety of grass fed/grass finished beef cuts such as roast, ground beef, stew meat, skirt steak, short ribs, stir fry meat, cubed steak, etc. (Since the cow doesn’t produce as many steaks as the number of our shareholders, we typically don’t include those cuts in the CSA); pastured pork sausage varieties, chops, tenderloin ham steaks and roasts from time to time. We try to mix the bags weekly so that over the season, you receive a nice variety of each type of protein. Some weeks you may receive all of one protein or a combination of two proteins. 

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