CSA is most definitely an adventure in local seasonal eating. There are no strawberries in July, sweet peppers in March, nor sweet corn in November. There are no bananas or oranges... at least not in piedmont North Carolina. Agriculture is inherently tied to, indeed a part of, Nature - weather especially. While we make every effort to grow the quantity and quality of food and flowers for your family as well as ours, there are times when crops fail or do poorly. Weather may accelerate or delay harvestů or destroy a crop entirely. No matter how well we plan and nurture our crops, the very unpredictability of farming, especially considering the constraints associated with organic production methods, therefore makes it impossible to guarantee that any particular crop will be available at any particular time, or in a specific quantity, if at all.

Here is some guidance in choosing which share is right for your family. Full shares are intended for a family of about 4 who eat a vegetable or two at each family meal - or 2 people who eat a mostly vegetarian diet. The half share is intended for a family of 2 or 3 with a well-rounded diet or a single person who is a vegetarian. You definitely will not be able to feed your family for a whole week on the contents of a share, but you should be able to have ingredients for many meals through the week.

CSA cooking suits those who can plan a menu from what is at hand, rather than the cook who plans a menu then shops. CSA cooking is also a means of eating healthier and more flavorful food. If you are looking to change your eating habits, you should hone your "cooking from scratch" skills before the first share arrives.

The shares will vary in size and content from week to week depending on harvest schedule and crop success. From season to season, in any given week, shares may contain less than a proportioned weekly amount for the cost of your full year's share. Yet, the very next week, the shares may be brimming to the top. Be warned, there may be times when you receive a LOT of one particular item!

Also, please remember that you are buying a share of a community family farm, not a home delivery of groceries.

Some sample "vegetable share" sizes are estimated below. These are only samples, not guarantees. Please also check out our expected vegetable harvest schedule.



At the beginning of the season, an average week's share may contain many, but not all, of these...

Full Share Half Share
a pound of strawberries a half-pound of strawberries
3 heads of lettuce 1 head of lettuce
a bunch of kale, Swiss chard or mustard a bunch of kale, Swiss chard or mustard
a pint of sugar snap peas a half-pint of sugar snap peas
a bunch of green onions a bunch of green onions
a head of pac choi or Napa Cabbage a smaller head of pac choi or Napa Cabbage
a bunch of beets a bunch of beets or turnips
a bunch of turnips  
a bag of spinach  
a bunch of herbs (dill, parsley, cilantro, oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme or chives) a bunch of herbs (dill, parsley, cilantro, oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme or chives)


As spring progresses, an average week's share may contain many, but not all, of these...


Full Share Half Share
a bunch of broccoli or cauliflower a bunch of broccoli or cauliflower
a bunch of Swiss chard or kale a bunch of Swiss chard or kale
2 heads of garlic a head of garlic
a head of cabbage a head of cabbage or some kohlrabi
some kohlrabi  
a bunch of beets a bunch of beets or carrots
a bunch of carrots  
a bulb of fennel a bulb of fennel
2 pounds of summer squash 1 pound of summer squash
a pound of snap beans a half-pound of snap beans
a pound of onions a half-pound of onions
a bunch of herbs a bunch of herbs


During summer, an average week's share may contain many, but not all, of these...

Full Share Half Share
2 pounds of tomatoes 2 pound of tomatoes
a pint of cherry tomatoes a pint of cherry tomatoes
a pound of cucumbers a half-pound of cucumbers
a pound of onions a half-pound of onions
2 heads of garlic a head of garlic
2 pounds of snap beans 1 pound of snap beans
2 pounds of "Irish" potatoes 1 pound of "Irish" potatoes
a pint of edamame a half-pint of edamame
1 or 2 pounds of summer squash a pound of summer squash
a pound of eggplant a half-pound of eggplant
a large cantaloupe a small cantaloupe
a half-dozen hot peppers a couple of hot peppers
a bunch of basil a bunch of basil


Late summer, an average week's share may contain many, but not all, of these...

Full Share Half Share
2 pounds of tomatoes 1 pound of tomatoes
a pint of cherry tomatoes a pint of cherry tomatoes
a half-pound of cucumbers  
a half-pound of onions  
2 heads of garlic a head of garlic
a pound of snap beans a pound of snap beans
a pound of "Irish" potatoes a pound of "Irish" potatoes
a pint of edamame a half-pint of edamame
a pound of summer squash  
a pound of eggplant a half-pound of eggplant
a pound of ripe peppers a half-pound of ripe peppers
some hot peppers a couple of hot peppers
a half-dozen mildly hot Anaheim peppers a couple mildly hot Anaheim peppers
a bunch of basil a bunch of basil
2 pounds of sweet potatoes 1 pound of sweet potatoes
a winter squash a winter squash
2 heads of lettuce 1 head of lettuce