The CSA

The ReFarmery is a two acre semi-urban farm in the northwest end of Sacramento County. We provide a wide selection of eggs, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers to our families, friends and community every week.

Welcome.

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA members invest in their local farm at the beginning of the year and receive a weekly share of the produce for the length of the growing season. CSA membership fosters a strong connection with your food, the soil where it is grown, and the people who tend it.

Decades of mechanization and corporatization of farming has changed the way small farms survive in the market. CSA farms and farmers markets are springing up in every corner of the country as in response to the deafening call for local food.

Our CSA members receive a weekly share of foods that are exceptionally fresh, bursting with flavor, nutrient-dense, ethically-produced, and less expensive than at the farmers market. In return, the CSA farm is insulated from risk and loss by the strength of support from its members; if a crop struggles or fails the loss is absorbed among the larger community, and the farm survives to grow again the following season. Likewise, when crops are plentiful, we all share in the bounty.

In addition, working as a group allows a CSA to diversify a garden in a manner unavailable to most home gardeners and conventional farmers; we grow smaller amounts of more diverse crops. This not only ensures that there is a variety of tasty produce, but also promotes biodiversity on the farm.

Past shares have included:

  • Lettuce, Kale, Chard, Mustard, Green Onions
  • Heirloom Tomatoes, Hot and Sweet Peppers, Eggplants, Cucumbers, Zucchini
  • Cilantro, Dill, Parsley, Thyme, Rosemary, Lemon Verbena, Basil, Fennel, Lavender, Savory
  • Pumpkins, Squashes, Melons
  • Carrots, Beets, Radishes, Rutabagas, Shallots, Potatoes
  • Grapes, Peaches, Plums, Cherries, Pomegranates, Mullberries, Grapefruits, Lemons, Figs, Olives

 

All shares include an invitation for the whole family to our Annual Summer Solstice party. Please  join us for homemade food, drinks, and farm tours on the longest day of the year to thank our members and supporters. Activities vary year to year, but past functions have included arts and crafts for the kiddos, local craft brews for the adults, and live music for all.

How do I become a member of The ReFarmery CSA?

-Follow the link here or at the top of the page to *Membership*

-Choose your share type:

  • Family (feeds 3-4) or Individual (feeds 1-2)
  • Season: 26 weeks (full season) or 10 weeks
  • Egg Share Size
     

-Select your preferred method of distribution.
Members are invited and encouraged to utilize our farm pick up for their shares.  We understand that everyone is busy, but the intimate connection to one’s food is such an important part of joining a CSA. For your convenience, we also offer the option to pick up your prepacked shares at our market stand location.
Delivery is available with an additional fee.

-Select your payment method.
We have added a half-payment option to our online store. (Use Discount Code: HALFPAYMENT)
If a share member chooses half-payment, it is the responsibility of the member to return to our website and make the second half-payment before the final due date of the season.

Final Date for 2018: 04/14/18

-Check your email for membership confirmation.
Confirmation email will contain the terms and conditions agreed to in the checkout process. Please retain a copy for your records.

-Pick up your shares.
Farm pick-up hours are 3-6pm on Saturdays at:
The ReFarmery
7313 2nd Street
Rio Linda, CA. 95673
Members who pick up their shares from the farm will be able to pack their own shares by hand choosing their items from pre-harvested produce bundles.
If possible, we will accommodate special requests for alternate pickup times.  Please contact us with requests for rescheduling via email or a text message with at least 48 hours notice.

Farmers Market pickup hours are 8am-12pm on Saturdays at:
Natomas Farmers Market
3637 N Freeway Blvd
Sacramento, California 95834
(Market pickup is available May 12, 2018 through September 29, 2018. May 5th and end of season shares will be available for pick up from the farm, directly.)

Deliveries go out late Saturday afternoons. If you will not be home to receive your shares, please provide a cooler in a shady place with ice packs to protect your food from the summer sun.

If a member cannot use a week’s share, we invite all members to send any family member, friend or co-worker to use their share. Send them over, we will welcome them and walk them through the selection of their share. If a member cannot give away the week’s share, we encourage the donation of the share to prevent waste. Members can choose to donate back to the farm or to their local food bank. Please contact us for donation ideas so that our tasty, nutritious fruits and veggies can be enjoyed by others. The ReFarmery will happily deliver an unused share to Elverta/Rio Linda Food Closet on your behalf.

 

-A note on refunds:
In the CSA farm model membership funds are immediately reinvested in the farm in the form of supplies, feed, labor and utilities needed at the beginning of the season. Farms are therefore unable to offer refunds for shares. However, our members are friends and family and in extraordinary circumstances, a partial refund can be issued at a prorated amount based upon the number of weeks remaining in a share, less a $35.00 non-refundable fee. If you find yourself struggling, please contact us.
We are all in this together and we will help however we can.

 

-Feeding the Hungry in Sacramento:
By some estimates more than 240,000 people live on the brink of hunger in our county. In 2018 we at The ReFarmery are increasing our efforts to combat food insecurity in our community. We will be stepping up our own donations and attempting to facilitate donations from others. Please stop by our market stand and contribute whatever you can to the crate marked “food closet donations” All of your donations will be delivered by our staff to the Rio Linda/Elverta Food Closet.
Please help. Too many of our neighbors do not have enough to eat.

 

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