Saint Louis University


Fresh Gatherings Harvest 2015
Start date: Thursday, May 21
End date: Thursday, October 29

 

What is Fresh Gatherings Harvest?

This is a community supported agriculture (CSA) program that will partner with local farmers to supply you with quality, local produce.

 

What is a Community Supported Agriculture Program?

Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

What is the cost of Fresh Gatherings Harvest?

A share consists of a crate of produce harvested weekly by local farmers. The variety and amount available each week depends on seasonality and the farmers' yield. A full share is $850 ($35.41/week) and a half share is $550 ($22.91/week). Keep in mind that the idea of this program is to support local farmers who practice agriculturally sustainable methods.

When can I pick up my weekly share?

Every Thursday between 4pm and 6pm, shareholders will pick up their CSA crate of fresh produce in Fresh Gatherings Cafe. Shareholders will be sent a newsletter outlining what will be in their crate as well as recipes they can make with the produce they will be receiving. If you are unable to pick up your crate on Thursdays, you will have until Friday at 4:30pm to claim your crate.  Any non-claimed CSA produce will be donated to a local charity - such as Campus Kitchen.

What makes SLU's CSA different from other CSAs

Our CSA will offer a surprise every week in the shares.  This can range anywhere from local honey to local strawberry jam.  We also strive to ensure you receive the best value for your money by providing you with a large variety of beautiful produce.  The Fresh Gathering's CSA strives for great customer service and allows you to switch out produce your family does not enjoy for an item of equal value from the Farm Stand.  

What produce can I expect in my shares?

Here is a list of the produce we provided in shares in the 2014 season. 

Acorn squash
Apple cider
Apples
Arugula
Asparagus
Baby patties
Black radishes
Black-seeded Simmons lettuce
Blackberries
Blueberries
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Butterhead Lettuce
Butternut squash
Cabbage
Candy Onions
Cantaloupe
Carmen peppers
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Celtuce
Cherry tomatoes
Colored peppers
Corn
Crab apples
Criminis
Cucumbers
Delicata squash
Edamame
Eggplant
Fennel
Garlic
Garlic scapes
German white garlic
Golden delicious apples
Green beans
Green cantaloupe
Green garlic
Green tomatoes
Habanero peppers
Heirloom tomatoes
Italian squash
Jalapeños
Jam
Kale
Leeks
Okra
Orange carrots
Pawpaws
Peaches
Pears
Pelour Beans (purple filet)
Persimmons
Pickling cucumbers
Potatoes
Purple sweet potatoes
Radish
Raspberries
Red beets
Red cabbage
Red delicious apples
Red onions
Red tomatoes
Rhubarb
Roma tomatoes
Sage
Salad mix
Serrano peppers
Spaghetti squash
Strawberries
Sugar snap peas
Sweet corn
Sweet potatoes
Tomatillos
Torpedo onions
Toscano Romance
Turnips
Watermelon
White carrots
Yellow bell peppers
Yellow corno di toro peppers
Yellow squash
Zucchini

Example of the difference in the shares:

 

How do I sign up?

If you are interested please contact the department by email at ciezzi1@slu.edu or call 314.977.8523 and ask for Carolyn Iezzi.

Commitments and payments may be made no later than Friday, May 8th. Payments must be submitted in full up front, along with the signed contract, and turned in to Carolyn Iezzi in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department, Room 3076, in the Allied Health Building.

If you have questions or would like to know more, please call the department at 314.977.8523.

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