CSA The Basics
- CSA supports our family farm – sharing in the risk & the rewards of the season to benefit of everyone!
- CSA is a way to connect yourself and your family to a farm and the land. To know the people and place behind your broccoli!
- CSA is a way to eat healthier and have support from a farmer in cooking, preservation and seasonal eating.
- CSA is a way to learn to love new vegetables in the peak of freshness and flavor.
What Is CSA All About?
CSA is a system of shared risk and reward where eaters (customers) commit to a full season of produce from a farmer helping the farmer to plan, to provide seed money (avoiding seasonal debt common in our agricultural system) and allowing farmers to grow what eater want and like the most within a seasonal calendar.
Our CSA provides eaters with highest quality organic food as well as educational resources, chances to connect with the farmer and farm and a larger community around the farm.
Cattails CSA offers three seasons of CSA – Spring, Summer and Fall/Winter and 3 options for delivery: Every week or Every Other Week or Monthly. This allows people to plan CSA membership best around your food needs specific to your family. Our boxes are about the size of a large paper grocery bag (3/4 bushel) and the weight and composition changes with the seasons.
Cattail Organics offers several things unique to our CSA
- Semi-customized boxes: In 2019 we started packing boxes for each member/family specifically. In 2020 we are expanding this system where families can opt-in and opt-out of vegetables based on their needs/preferences. Once you join you will have the option to opt out of upto 5 vegetables for the whole season based on your tastes or dietary needs (for example lots of people don’t love cilantro and people with diabetes or special diets can opt out of vegetables they cannot eat). You will also be given a list of “Opt-in” vegetables with a choice of up to 10 which you would want extra of or would like in place of anything you opt out of. Given these parameters your family will get a box of seasonal produce. This model keeps with the spirit of CSA allowing you to try new things, to eat in season and to embrace changes weekly but to avoid waste or products you simply cant use. NOTE: If you have severe food allergies or a specific diet (keto, low carb etc) we can work with you to figure out a CSA box that can work for you!
- Intentionally structured boxes focused on foods most people like! Some people have had negative experiences with CSA or box programs by being flooded with strange or less desirable goods each week. We use our infrastructure, planning, knowledge and focus to bring CSA members a box which regular families can love and embrace and foodies continue to love!
Background information: Cattail Organics builds on Kat Becker’s 15+ years of farm ownership and management of vegetable production to bring you exceptionally clean, high quality organic vegetables, healthy cooking food education with a commitment to customer and community service.
By keeping my CSA intentionally small we flexibility, regular communication and extensive cooking and recipe support. We also partner with local food banks, provide produce to local schools and build pricing around providing a living wage to our employees.
Cattail CSA shares are perfect for both foodies and people new to CSA with recipes for different skill levels, laid back events for all ages, and a place where we can build and deepen community. Because CSA is our main focus and we are focused on a small community of 100 of fewer member families, you can expect the very best quality and support.
Using season extension methods we hope to bring you the standard favorite vegetables regularly for as long as we can grow them like broccoli, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, onions/garlic, cabbage, salad mix and head lettuce, sweet peppers, zucchini, potatoes, beans/peas and to expand your horizons through 1-2 unique vegetables per week (with lots of recipes to help you use them). We will include weekly verbs with occasional mushrooms and special items.
Spring May (4 Weeks) – a greens heavy season with several type of salad and cooking greens, onion family crops like wild ramps and scallions, mushrooms (2 weeks), and micro greens. You can also expect radishes, spring turnips, and pea greens and in 2020 honey and maple syrup! Regular Every Week Share $140 (no every other week shares sorry!)
Summer Season Early June-Mid October (20 weeks = 5 month) – Your standard CSA with a focus on quantities and types of vegetables that families in the area use most (plus some other common and uncommon featured veggies on occasion). Regular Share $565 (less than $28.25/box); Ever Other Week Share $315 (10 deliveries – 31.5/box); Monthly $175 (5 deliveries $35/box)
School Year Only Share (September-December 15 weekly Deliveries)– Designed for people who travel often in summer or to compliment garden season. $450 ($30/box)
Fall/Winter November and December (7 weeks) – A mixture of fall roots, cabbage family crops like broccoli, cabbage, winter squash, onions, potatoes and more with a hearty number of weekly greens like spinach or kale; micro greens. The final delivery is a larger one. $240 (34/box)
Flower Shares – In 2020 these will feature their own newsletter and we will have two options for delivery. Weekly $200 for 20 weeks ($10/delivery)and Every Other Week $125 (12.50/delivery). Flowers are a bouquet of seasonal flowers which fit into a large mouthed ball jar with some special items like wreaths and door hangers seasonally. Delivered to all CSA sites.
CSA provides the literal seed money for farms like mine so we can avoid seasonal debt and put energy into planning and preparing for the season as best we can. If you are able mail a check for a full amount OR mail two checks (one for at least $50 downpayment and a second check dated before the season starts for the remainder).
If you need a payment plan please email or call I am happy to work with you! We offer subsidized shares and can process foodshare (food stamps/EBT) in collaboration with Fairshare CSA coalition – to apply for financial help or to use EBT follow this link and call or email https://www.csacoalition.org/affordability/partner-shares/
Worker Shares We are offering 3 worker share positions for 2020 which requires a weekly commitment of 4 hours in exchange for a regular share. See position descriptions below. If you have other skills like bookkeeping, accounting, art design, building etc and want to talk about a formal exchange just email or call.
Field Work (2 position)– Monday-Friday only either 8-12 or 1-5pm. A variety of physical labor including harvest, washing and weeding.
Housekeeping Share (1 position) – Its not glorious but we need help with basic house keeping such as laundry, floor cleaning, organization. Any day between 8-5pm will work.
Pick Up Wednesdays from 12-5pm (we extended hours at several locations) in Wausau, Medford, Stevens Point, Marshfield, and at the Farm.
Wausau: Downtown Grocery (downtown Wausau), Westside Wausau – Near Marathon Park ,Sconnies Ale House and Eatery (Schofield), Site in Weston TBA
Medford : Marilyns Fire Station
Stevens Point TBA
Workplace Picks Ups: Employees at Eastbay and Marathon County have business workplace picks ups (contact Kat for specifics on these sites and sign up forms).
Farm Pick up: At Cattail Organics Tuesday Evening-Wednesday Evening. All On-Farm pick ups receive a $25 discount.
Member Cooking Support
I will be providing weekly newsletters with recipes, shopping list for the current and following week, short online videos teaching you about the veggies of the week, quick cooking and storage tips, and will offer several classes (CSA 101; Stocking your pantry; and other TBA based on preseason survey). Beyond these venues I can pair any new member with a more experienced CSA member for ideas and support if you are new to seasonal eating. You can access a member tool kit here
Farm Events 2020
CSA members will receive a calendar with all pick up days, events and community days market.
Spring Open house (First Week in June)– Pot herb plants, dwarf tomato or flower pot and decorate it if you like. See a CSA demo, collect eggs, and see the farm. Designed for all ages. Casual farm tour, coffee, tea and rhubarb bars.
Summer campfire night (July)– Join us for a potluck and s’mores and a campfire by our pond. Potluck, farm field sports, wood walks and other fun will be planned.
Fall Harvest For Local Food banks (October)