A CSA (short for Community Supported Agriculture) is a program in which a customer buys a share of a farm at the beginning of the season. In this kind of program, the farmer benefits by sharing the risks of the growing season with his customers, while the customers benefit by receiving a convenient delivery of produce each week. At Arkansas Abundance, we’re seeking to create a CSA that gives our shareholders both convenience and choice. We’re also committed to giving our shareholders the very best of our crop, giving them their choice of the produce before farmer’s markets.
How it Will Work
Unlike many CSA programs, in which the contents of each weekly share are determined by the farmer, our program allows shareholders to choose what they want and how much they get each week. A few days before harvest, we will share a Google Doc that lists the produce we have available. Our shareholders will then mark on the Google Doc the produce that they would like for that week. After it is harvested, they can pick up their produce at one of three locations on three different days, listed below.
Pick Up Locations
Hillcrest Farmer’s Market
2200 Kavanaugh Blvd
Westover Hills Farmer’s Market*
6400 Kavanaugh Blvd
West Markham Farmer’s Market*
9820 W Markham St.
*Pickup on Tuesday and Thursday will be at the farm until these markets open in May.
The CSA will run from Apr. 19-Jun. 13. Expected produce includes organically grown lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale, swiss chard, cilantro, carrots, turnips, radishes, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, and strawberries!
Small ($100): For 1-2 people. $100 of produce over8 weeks. $0-$20 value and up to 1 of each item each week.
Medium ($200): For 3-4 people. $200 of produce over 8 weeks. $0-$40 value and up to 2 of each item each week.
Large ($300): For 5 or more. $300 of produce over 8 weeks. $0-$60 value and up to 3 of each item each week.
Each week, shareholders will be able to choose the produce they want up to a certain value that depends on share size. They can choose to get more produce on some weeks and less (or none) on others. The amount of each kind of produce they receive will also be dependent on share size. For example, a small shareholder will be limited to one bunch of carrots per week, while a large shareholder can choose up to three bunches of carrots per week. These limitations help ensure that the farm is able to provide everyone with the kinds of vegetables they want.
However, there may be occasions when there won’t be enough of a particular item for everyone. This is most likely to happen near the beginning and end of the season, when crops are still growing or when they’re winding down. It may also happen in the middle of the season if there is a partial crop failure. In these circumstances (and we will do everything we can to prevent them!), those who paid for their share earlier will receive first pick.
How to Sign Up
If you would like to sign up for a share, you can either:
1. Mail us a filled-out form and a check to the address listed below. (Important: Checks must be written out to “Daniel Kiser.”) Forms may be obtained at our booth at the Hillcrest Farmer’s market, or may be requested via email.
2. Email us with the information listed below, and we will send you a PayPal invoice.
-Day on which you plan to pick up your produce (Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday)
Note: The pick up day you select will be your normal pick up day. On any given week, you can pick up on a different day by contacting Daniel Kiser at least 48 hours before pick up for Hillcrest and 24 hours before pick up for Westover and West Markham.
10305 Johnson Rd.
Little Rock, AR 72206