CSA Frequently Asked Questions
All about Southgate Farm's CSA
What is CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a way to encourage and support local food production and sustainable land management practices.
CSA members prepay for their food for the growing season. By making this commitment to the farm in advance, you help the farm's cash flow when things are tight with springtime investments in seeds, fertilizer and tools. Your membership also helps buffer some of the uncertainty of the season, as some crops inevitably perform better than others due to unpredictable weather, pest, disease and market patterns.
CSA can be a great tool to deepen your relationship with your plate, learning to eat with the seasons. If you enjoy cooking and trying new vegetables, it can be an exciting culinary adventure. Members rejoice in the bounties of the season alongside with the farmer.
How does Southgate Farm's CSA differ from others?
In the original CSA model, members receive a weekly box of whatever produce is available. We use a Market Share CSA Model instead.
This means that members pick up their produce at our farm stand just like other customers. As a CSA member, you start the season off with an account credit that reflects your initial CSA membership cost. We will have a book where you can keep track of your running CSA account.
In this model, you have the flexibility to spend $15 of your veggie credit when you know you'll be out of town part of the week, and $35 the following week when you know you'll have company. You can decide whether to shop every week or every other week or whatever schedule works for you. You can choose to double down on cucumbers when you want to make pickles or to skip whatever vegetables aren't your favorite.
Is your produce chemical free?
Yes, our produce is free from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. We only use supplies that are approved under organic certification.
What do you grow?
We grow more than 50 types of vegetables & herbs. Availability changes over the course of the season. From December through May, there are only a few different products available. From June through November, there is a greater diversity.
Mini Share: $250 ($265 of produce)
Take home an average of $12/ week produce for 22 weeks*. Great for people who eat outside the home several times per week or a family of 1-2.
Standard Share: $400 ($425 of produce)
Take home an average of $19/ week produce for 22 weeks*.
Mega Share: $550 ($600 of produce) Take home an average of $27 / week produce for 22 weeks*. For the robust veggie eaters among us, anyone who enjoys canning & preserving, or for those who plan to shop with us year-round.
Expect produce prices to generally reflect those that you would see at a local farmers market or in the organic section of the grocery store.
*22 weeks refers to the period between June and October when maximum produce is available. You are welcome to spend your market share outside of this time period too if you wish. We are currently bringing carrots and microgreens to North Canton Farmer's Market
When and where do members pick up?
Members can opt to spend their account credit wherever we sell our products.
Farm Stand Hours:
Wednesdays 3-6 PM at the North Canton Farmers Market. Bi-weekly January-April, weekly May-December.
Saturdays 9 AM-12 PM at the farm, May-September. 10AM-1PM in October. Our on-farm stand is set up near the Mount Pleasant entrance to Southgate Park, just past the gate at the end of the parking area. It runs every Saturday during the main growing season.
We highly recommend that CSA members try to make it to the farm stand or market within the first two hours. After this point, we can no longer hold limited-supply perishable products back for CSA.
Can my account roll-over to next year?
We ask that members use their account credit within one year of date of purchase. We are always happy to give pointers toward recipes or preserving the harvest. If you can't make it to regular farm stand hours that week, we can help pack an order for you to pickup at the farm another time.
Members are also welcome to reload a depleted account with whatever amount they choose.
Benefits to Members
We appreciate your investment in the farm and commitment to our success! We offer Farm Share members a 5-10% "return" on their investment. For example, if you spend $250 on a share, $265 is your starting balance in your produce account.
We also make every attempt to reserve products that we have in limited quantities so that CSA members have first dibs on popular items, harvested at their highest quality.
Lastly, we hope to build community through CSA. To this end, we plan to host an annual summer CSA potluck in the barn, and we frequently share recipes. We can grow together in learning to enjoy new and exciting varieties along with old favorites.
So how do I sign up?
If you are interested in joining, please see link here to fill out our membership form. Checks can be made out to Southgate Farm LLC and mailed to the farm:
6521 Mount Pleasant St NW
North Canton, OH 44720
We also accept Venmo payments @SouthgateFarmLLC. (Credit card reader is coming soon.)
Please reach out through our contact form if you have any questions!