Get to Know the Region’s Only Local Fruit CSA
Farm Founder Anne Geyer, members and others talk about the Agriberry Farm Fruit CSA.
Weekly Pre-Made Fruit Shares from Agriberry Farm
With Agriberry Farm’s Fruit CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) members receive weekly pre-made shares including six “units” of fresh, local fruit. Two to four units per week will feature berries. (The Richmond and Northern Neck CSAs offer Half Shares, which have three units per week.) The make-up of each week’s share is determined by our harvests. We ask that our members plan to “go with the flow” of what’s in their shares each week, keeping swap requests to a minimum. (Swap options are available for families with severe food allergies.)
What Are CSAs, Anyway?
Community Supported Agriculture programs are often called “CSAs.” This general term describes many types of farm-direct, pre-season payment agreements between farmers and their customers. The particulars of the agreement can vary widely. Importantly, CSA programs enable farmers to raise vital cash during the off season, and in addition members gain a deeper relationship with the farms they choose to support. Learn more about how the CSA benefits members, the farm and the community. Across the season, weekly shares include as much diversity of flavor and texture as the mid-Atlantic region can offer. Some items with limited availability may only be offered for a single week, and some fruit–especially berries–will be included several weeks in a row.
Part of being a CSA member involves embracing the challenges of seasonal eating, which can mean experiencing scarcity and abundance. Many feel this is a concept that has been lost from modern diets with the rise of year-round availability of perishable produce. Once the initial cravings for a particular fruit have been satisfied and the novelty has worn off, receiving subsequent additional units of fruit provides the opportunity for freezing or otherwise preserving some fruit for use later in the year, or for exploring new uses and recipes.
While we try to vary the content our weekly boxes as much as possible, if we are harvesting a particular fruit or berry it will likely be in your share, and we ask that, barring severe food allergies, that you receive your shares as built.
CSA Members Share the Risks and Rewards of Farming
The Geyers are a family of experienced, professional farmers, who know how to grow delicious, nutritious fruit, and their carefully selected Partner Farmers are equally skilled. All field-grown produce, however, is subject to the effects of regional weather patterns and other growing conditions.
These unpredictable elements can directly affect–both positively and negatively–the quality and availability of the fruit available for a week or for an entire season. Because our our harvest areas are localized to specific fields, the impact of weather is greatly magnified because it’s not diluted across multiple regions, states or even countries, as we are used to with the year-round produce supplies in grocery stores.
Bottom Line: CSA memberships are not a guaranteed purchase of a specific amount of fruit, but rather an investment in the farm and community. This complex, multi-faceted relationship is enjoyed each season by more than 400 area families, many of whom renew year after year.