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Rita’s Roots and Thackeray Farms present:

2009-2010 Fall and Winter CSA

A Great Way to Support Local Sustainable Agriculture

What is CSA?  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  It is a program designed to help preserve and support small farms, while bringing the community the bounty of each season’s harvest.  It can be a great way to receive healthy, sustainable food at a value to the customer.  Our customers purchase a “share” in the farm at the beginning of each season (Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter), and receive a ¾ bushel portion of the harvest each week for the duration of the CSA.  With the purchase of the CSA share, the customer also accepts the risks associated with farming- hurricane, wind, water, pest, and disease destruction. Should a natural disaster occur, that could mean no harvest (and no refund!)  We will strive to provide each shareholder with vegetables aplenty.  We want you to come back year after year!

Rita’s Roots and Thackeray Farms formed a partnership in the Fall of 2008, forged between a landless organic farmer, and an experienced conventional flower farmer. Rita’s  Roots works  intricately with Thackeray  Farms to heal the soils and design a sustainable organic farming system for the benefit of the consumers, the Earth and all of the creatures living and working on the farm.  Even the flowers are grown using organic amendments!

What to expect for the Fall/Winter session:  The ¾ bushel box each week will contain 8-12 different kinds of vegetables, fruits or herbs, enough for a family of two to four.  The crops planned for Fall 2009 include Radish, Arugula, Onions, Lettuce, Spring mix, Broccoli Raab, Kale, Turnips, Carrots, Beets, Spinach, Swiss Chard,  Red Mustard, Broccoli, Red and Green Cabbage, Cauliflower, Bush Beans, Edamame, Snow and Snap Peas,  Summer Squash, Cucumbers, Okra, Heirloom Tomatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Eggplant, Peppers, Sweet Corn, Winter Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tat Soi, Bok Choy, Grapefruit and fresh Herbs such as Basil, Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Cilantro, Sage, and Dill.

Each week will include a farm update listing the contents of your box as well as cooking and preservation suggestions.  We have a blog which permanently lists many of our recipes, too.  We are also offering a 6 week flower share running from October 11-November 21 in which you receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers from our farm each week.

Dates, Costs, etc:  The CSA will begin the week of October  11th and run through the last week in January for a total of 15 weeks.  We will be taking the latter part of Thanksgiving week off and the whole week between Christmas and New Years.  The cost is $375 for the season, which also covers the costs for packaging, fuel and administration, to be paid in full before the start of the CSA.  The flower share is an additional $60.  Please mail your checks and the sign up form to reserve your spot early.   Registration is open to current members and wait-listers as of July 16 and will be opened to the public on August 15, 2009.

Totals:                                Vegetable share: $375

Vegetable share picked up at Thackeray Farms: $350

Vegetable and Flower Share: $435

Vegetable and Flower Share picked up at Thackeray Farms: $410

How it works:

As the customer it is your responsibility to select a pick up location you can make it to every week to pick up your share of vegetables.  We are unable to make special arrangements or change pick up locations for travel, forgetting, etc.  We recommend having a friend pick up your share if you are unable to make it.  Any shares remaining after the pick- up time will be donated.   You must pick up at the same location each week– we pick each share to order!  It is our responsibility to grow the produce to the best of our ability and deliver it to your location on time each week.

Fall 2009 Pick up Location Options:

>Tuesday afternoon from 3pm-8pm “Bring Your Own Bag” to Edisto Ave. in Riverland Terrace on James Island to select your produce from large bins.  The produce in this location will not come in a box , so bring your own reusable bags to cart it home in.

>Wednesday from 12pm-7pm at Ted’s Butcherblock on East Bay St.  in downtown Charleston

>Thursday in Mt Pleasant from 4pm-7pm, with an emergency rollover to Friday morning until 12pm at the Sprout next to Eco-Fitness.

>Friday at Thackeray Farms on Wadmalaw Island from 10am-5pm.  We are offering a special discount to those who come to the farm to pick up their boxes- $25 off!  Thackeray Farms is a 10 minute drive from the intersection of Maybank and Main/Bohicket Roads on Johns Island.

Please print out the small form and sign below to agree to the terms of the CSA and mail your checks to Rita’s Roots P.O. Box 12568 Charleston, SC 29422.  The first 150 checks and forms received will fill up the CSA.  If you need to work out a payment plan or have any questions feel free to contact Rita or Riad at vegitup@yahoo.com.

NAME:

ADDRESS:

PHONE NUMBER:

E-MAIL ADDRESS (one that is checked regularly and any additional addresses to receive weekly CSA updates):

PICKUP LOCATION:  James Island                     Ted’s Butcherblock

Sprout                                 Thackeray Farms

FLOWER SHARE:         YES       NO

I have read and understand the above information about the risks and rewards entailed in participating in a CSA program.  I also understand that it is my responsibility to pick up my produce each week at my specified pick up location.

X______________________________________________ Date_________________

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