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A CSA is a great way to eat fresh every week, get your kitchen in tune with the seasons, and directly support small scale sustainable agriculture.

 

 

CSA members will receive a basket of seasonal produce and artisan bread from our farm every week during the season. Our CSA runs from April through November and you are welcome to join anytime!

All that you need to do to reserve your spot is fill out our CSA application and submit your $30 membership fee.  This commitment helps us to plan for our crop rotations, buy seed, and cover the cost of our CSA members only events during the season. 
Please see below and the FAQ's section for more info regarding sessions and payment options.

Sessions & Payment Options:

Full CSA Session (all 35 weeks)

Cost for 35 weeks: $875 + $30 membership
You may choose to pay in two installments of $437.50

OR 

You can give us your credit card information which we can charge monthly or weekly, whatever works best for your budget!

OR 

You may choose to pay the total upfront and receive a $55 discount for a total of $820 + membership

 Half CSA Session (20 weeks)

Cost for 20 weeks: $500 + $30 membership

You may choose to pay in two installments of $250 each

OR 

You can give us your credit card information which we can charge monthly or weekly, whatever works best for your budget!

OR
You may choose to pay for all 20 weeks up front and receive a $30 discount for a total of $470 + membership.

Quarter CSA Session (10 weeks)

Cost for 10 weeks: $250 ($25 week)

You may choose to pay for all 10 weeks upfront

OR

You may choose to pay in two installments of $125

OR 

You can give us your credit card information which we can charge monthly or weekly, whatever works best for your budget!

CSA Tryout Session (4 Weeks)

Cost for 4 weeks: $120 ($30 week)

You may choose to pay for all 4 weeks up front

OR 

You may choose to pay in two installments of $60

OR 

You can give us your credit card information which we can charge monthly or weekly, whatever works best for your budget!

 

 

 

 

 

CSA Pickup Locations

~Banner Elk, NC
Base Camp BE

~Johnson City, TN
JC Farmers Market

~On Farm Pickup
 

~Contact us about
  Home Delivery options! 

  (extra fees apply)

What to expect for each Season:

Spring

Salad Mix, Kale, Swiss Chard, Carrots, Radish, Turnips, Beets, Green Onion, Spinach, Asparagus & Artisan Breads

Summer

Heirloom and Cherry Tomatoes, Squash Zucchini, Salad, Kale, Cucumbers, Peppers, Swiss Chard, Herbs, Green Beans, Beets, Carrots, Berries, Radish, Green Onions & Artisan Breads

Fall

Butternut Squash, Garlic, Potatoes, Heirloom and Cherry Tomatoes, Squash Zucchini, Salad, Kale, Cucumbers, Peppers, Swiss Chard, Herbs, Green Beans, Beets, Carrots, Radish, Green Onions, Spinach, Apples, & Artisan Breads

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 

Q: How much does it cost?

A: There is a membership fee of $30 to reserve your spot for the season.  That commitment helps us to plan our planting rotations, buy seeds, and cover the cost of our CSA members only events for the season.  Each box costs $25/per week (or less if you use our upfront payment discounts!).   The Tryout Session box averages to $30/per week.  Overall, we tend to give out about 15- 20% more food than this money would buy at a market like Earthfare or Publix when averaged out over the year!


Q: How much food do I get in my box?

A: Each box offers 5 to 8 different items, usually with  herbs and bread. The food in the box is whatever is at the peak of harvest during that week and that season. Some boxes might be fairly light weight and full of hearty greens while other boxes will be quite heavy from pounds of tomatoes, fruit, or winter squash.  We also try to include some ready to eat items to make sure your value is in every box.  Every week is different with some weeks having a tremendous harvest and other weeks a more slender harvest. Some people complain of too much food while others  finish off the box by the weekend and buy even more from us at Farmers' Markets. Everyone’s eating habits and cooking styles are different, but we assure you: you will eat a lot more veggies when you join our CSA - and your body will thank you for it!


Q: Are you certified organic?

A: We are not certified organic. Organic farming allows for the use of toxic organic pesticides, organic herbicides, and organic fungicides. While they generally don’t cause harm to us humans, these organic sprays are very detrimental to pollinators, especially bees, as well as to the entire community of beneficial insects in an ecosystem. Organic pesticides still kill indiscriminately, just like conventional pesticides! We practice what is often termed “Beyond Organic,” or "Organic 2.0." Organic farming also still encourages the use of plowing, discs and other tillage equipment which has proven to be highly detrimental to soil health and soil biology, and increases greenhouse gas emissions. While we support the organic movement - it is far better than the conventional alternative - we also believe that the organic movement needs to adopt even better management practices. At Trosly Farm, we meet or exceed all organic standards, but we also strive to create a healthy, vibrant, natural ecosystem that is strong, bio-diverse, and resilient... and that also happens to produce food for us humans! For more information on organic farming and our farming practices, join us for one of our fun, inspirational and informative Farm Tours or events that we have planned for this season!


Q: Do you provide recipes?

A: We love providing recipes with every newsletter. Our recipes focus on the foods in that week’s box.  We also love to hear from our members what they have been cooking up!


Q: What do I do if I’m on vacation?

A: Since our food keeps growing regardless of the lives of us humans, your box will still be prepared for you. You may choose to have a friend or neighbor pick up your box while you are gone - in this case please let us know who it is and what date(s) they will be claiming your box. Otherwise, we will donate your food to a local Food Bank or to our farm crew.


Q: What happens if I forget to pick my box up?

A: At most pick-up sites and at the farm, we are working hard to make sure that you have a large window of time to pick up your box at your convenience.   If you do pick your box up after several days, it is a good idea to let all your leafy greens soak in cold sink water for 20 minutes to an hour before washing, drying, and storing them. If you still forget to pick your box up by the end of the week,  your food will either be donated to a local Food Bank, to our farm crew, or to our pigs.


Q: What if I forget to return my empty box?

A: This is a big one, as it affects our ability to pack everyone's food from week to week if we don't have enough boxes back in our possession! Our boxes cost us upwards of $3 each, so please do remember to bring ALL of your boxes with you.


Q: How can I pay? 

A: Currently, we accept cash, check or credit card.  We prefer cash or check since we have to charge extra to cover the credit card processing fees if you choose to pay with a card.  

To reserve your spot, we need your $30 membership fee.  You can then choose to pay for your session right away or wait until your first pickup date.  
 By your first pickup date, we require an upfront payment in full or you can choose to pay in two installments.  You can pay either of those options with cash, check or credit card.  Check method for two payments: writing two checks and post dating one for later deposit.  
You can also choose to pay by credit card and be charged monthly/weekly from a card that we will keep on file.  
We will work with you individually on what payment options are best for your budget!


Q: Can I visit the farm?

A: We will be offering several gathering for our members this season!  We are looking forward to getting to know everyone!


Q: Can I buy a gift membership for someone else?

A: Yes, you are more than welcome to do so. We will work with you to arrange all of the details for your “Gift Membership.”


Q: I am not planning on becoming a member of your farm. Can I still stop by your farm to buy some products?

A: This is typically very challenging for us as we are busy operating a farm. We schedule all of our harvesting so our products will be as fresh and possible, and have decided to close the farm store during the 2019 season.  
However, we are always happy to do our best to make our products available to you. Please call well ahead to schedule a pick-up or to place an order.   Thank you!


Q: Can I sign up for a trial box?

A: Yes, you may arrange for a 4 week , Tryout Session at a cost of $120.

Buying a CSA share means that you share in the risk of farming. Trosly Farm will do its best to provide you with quality food. Each week you will receive a share in our harvest. However, there is no guaranteed refund for crop failure due to extreme weather (drought, flood, etc.) or any other act of God.