Windcrest Farm Market Advantage CSA - an alternative to the traditional CSA
What is a Market Advantage CSA?
The 2013 Market Advantage CSA at Windcrest Farm combines the benefits of a Community SupportedAgriculture (CSA) share with the flexibility and convenience of shopping at a farm stand. Unlike traditional CSAs where you receive a pre-packaged box that must be picked up on a specific day and time, you get a FARM BUCKS credit for your prepaid option. Use your FARM BUCKS to purchase produce, plants, cut flowers, herbs, garden products and event tickets at our market booths and farm. Use your FARM BUCKS to buy USDA Certified Organic plants for your garden, pay your registration for a class, purchase your weekly organic produce, or attend one of our special events. There is no more worrying about being on vacation and trying to find someone to pick up your CSA box and there’s no risk of receiving products that you might not care for.
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
Community Supported Agriculture is a community of individuals who pledge support to a local farm by purchasing farm shares. Share funds collected in advance cover anticipated costs of a farm's operation,including supplies, equipment, and labor. In return, members enjoy a share of the farm’s productsthroughout the season, as well as the satisfaction of knowing and supporting the people who grow theirplants, food and create farm products.
Benefits of a Windcrest Farm Market Advantage CSA:
- $110 of product for every $100 FARM BUCKS purchased
- No need to carry cash to the market
- FARM BUCKS are good for one year, not one season
- Free Windcrest Farm Learn & Grow class (up to a $40 value) for every $200 in FARM BUCKS
- Coupon for a free herb bunch for every $200 in FARM BUCKS
- Coupon for a free flower arrangementfor every $200 in FARM BUCKS
- You choose the products you want, including produce, products and classes!
What our Market Advantage CSA Customers have to say...
"It was very convenient to have an account and not have to get extra cash before visiting the farmer’s market. Plus your produce, herbs, plants and teas are wonderful. As I’ve mentioned before, the broccoli & kale are the best I’ve ever grown, I’m sure because I got such good transplants (and Mary’s Mineral Mix!)." -Laura B., 2012 Market Advantage CSA subscriber
"Being part of your CSA was a great experience. I liked having credit to shop with throughout the summer. The coupons were a fun addition and I felt I received my moneys worth. You are always so helpful with gardening questions and I appreciate how you share your knowledge with everyone! You also did a great job keeping me posted on the amount I had left in my account. Your produce is always beautiful and fresh and I am thankful for you and the other organic farmers at the market. I would definitely like to sign up again for the upcoming year." - Cindy A., 2012 Market Advantage CSA subscriber
Q. How much does it cost?
Purchase FARM BUCKS in $100 increments to get $110 in value.
Q. What do I get with my share?
In addition to a discounts and benefits list above, you will receive more discounts on certain items
through-out the season and a member's only newsletter with recipes, news and tips.
Q. What products can I expect to find at your market booths throughout the season?
- USDA Certified Organic vegetable, herb, flower and fruit plants
- USDA Certified Organic seasonal vegetables, herb, fruits and cut flowers
- Specialty produce such as baby ginger
- Organic gardening supplies
- Farm crafts
- Value-added products such as fresh summer salsa, fresh baby ginger pickles, dried soup mixes, etc.
Please note: Some products will not be available at all the markets.
Q. How long will my share last?
It's up to you. Buy a little for a year or buy quantity for a special occasion. While there is no limit to how much of your credit you can redeem each week, we do recommend that you let us know if you are looking for a large quantity of an item. FARM BUCKS are good for one year from the date of purchase.
Q. How do I know how many FARM BUCKS I have remaining?
Just ask! We will have the balances available at the markets or you can email us at anytime.
Q. Can I reserve produce for pick-up?
Produce will be offered, and reserved, on a first‐come, first‐served basis. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.
Q. What if the season is ending and I still have FARM BUCKS ?
FARM BUCKS are good for one year from date of purchase. Sorry, but we can’t give you cash back for unused FARM BUCKS.
Q. How will I know your market schedule?
Our market schedule varies throughout the season. Our market schedule is included in our newsletter and on our Facebook page - "Windcrest Organics".
Q. Is the farm open to the public?
Windcrest Farm will be open to the public on Thursday afternoons from 3:00 - 7:00 pm, April 5th - Sept. 6th and by appointment onTuesdays.
Q. What happens if I’m away on vacation?
When you use your FARM BUCKS is your choice. One benefit of the Market Advantage CSA is that you can use the funds whenever you choose for one year.
Q. Can I let someone else to use my FARM BUCKS?
Treat your credit the same way you would treat your debit card. We hope to get to know all of our Market Advantage CSA members, but we will not be checking IDs. It is up to you to tell your friends how much they’re allowed to spend.
Q. Can I give away or sell my coupons and FARM BUCKS?
Your membership includes coupons for flowers, herbs, veggies and a class. If you can’t use them all, feel free to give them to a friend. Or return them to us and we’ll give them to one of the many nonprofit organizations that ask us for donations. You may not sell your coupons.
Q. Are there any restrictions on using my FARM BUCKS?
FARM BUCKS can be used for one year from date of purchase at our Charlotte Area farmers market booths and at our on-farm store. FARM BUCKS cannot be used at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Plant Sale, at retailers that carry Windcrest Farm products or for ordering supplies with our Co-op Order. We reserve rights to limit quantities on specialty items in order to give all share holders an opportunity on such products. Our goal is to give you, our CSA member, a market advantage and the flexibility and convenience of getting the products you want at a discount. Please feel free to talk with us about how you want to use your FARM BUCKS.