Shares on the farm for 2014

For our renewing shareholders:

Greeting! At this share renewal time, we’d like to offer some of our thoughts about the Picadilly Farm share size and value. Increasingly last season, we heard a repeating refrain in the pick-up barn: “We can’t eat all this food”, and “I’ll share my share next year”.  Of course, your farmers are paying attention. Could too much of a good thing become a problem? Might we lose good farm supporters in those who feel burdened by too much food? Or might we burden our farm finances, as shares that we design with a single household in mind are increasingly shared among multiple households?

Up to now, we have easily allowed folks who pick up at the farm to share a share among multiple households, with few questions asked, and the simple stipulation that the share be picked up in its entirety (rather than partially by several people).This flexibility has been great for a relatively small number of shared shares, with everyone following the guidelines pretty well. We are concerned, though, because multiple households, sharing one share, will typically put a bigger dent in the abundance we create, making it harder for us to keep up, for the price we offer.

We think some of the most-loved features of the Picadilly CSA, for those who pick up at the farm, are the choice and the abundance. To facilitate the choices in our Mix-and-Match distribution style, we plan to “over” produce and “over” harvest in order to provide a wide range of choices to everyone each week. This assures availability of common and well-loved crops, and allows for nice variety in our crop line-up, while also assuring that no one gets stuck with crops that they don’t want to eat. The Pick Your Own garden is another piece of the abundance, with a “take what you can use” share for most crops. Also, our increasing use of a “surplus and seconds” table has been a way to create even more abundance while we highlight another layer of the CSA concept – putting to use edible but imperfect crops that many farms typically leave un-harvested. These very “Picadilly” highlights, though, may be taking us in an unintended direction of “too much food in my CSA share”! To us, it begs the questions: What is a Picadilly Farm share? And, what is it worth?

What is a Picadilly Farm share? Perhaps a share is more than a designated amount of food. At the heart, our shares are designed for each shareholder to satisfy household produce needs from our harvest, hopefully without excess or waste. The intent of our CSA is also to connect our farm and farmers directly to the consumers of the food, and to connect us all with the land and forces that provide for us. The share embodies both a transaction for produce as well as a relationship that allows us to celebrate agricultural community. This is deeply important to many of us, a driving force for our participation in Community Supported Agriculture.

What is a share worth?  We intend that the farm food that shareholders take home be comparable in dollar value – or a better value – to similar foods available in the marketplace. Of course, since we don’t give everyone who picks up at the farm the same set basket of produce, every shareholder goes home with different share contents – different crops, and likely a different dollar value. Is the share a good value for your household dollar? Whenever we take a random week’s full share, compare it to average organic produce prices in our area, that week’s  value climbs well over the share price per week, sometimes close to double. It is our hope that the sliding scale of $21-29 per week addresses affordability, as does the fact that we accept SNAP benefits for share pick-up at the farm. And value, for many, goes deeper than dollars, to include the nourishment of spirit as well as body that comes from eating food to which we have a connection. Worth includes eating with our values in view – local, sustainably-produced, protecting our community’s farmland and natural resources, and more.

It is also our intention that income from the produce sales covers all costs of running the farm for the year. Currently, harvesting from 28 acres of crops, we offer 300 local shares and 500 pre-boxed shares delivered to eastern Massachusetts, with an additional 15% of our harvest allocated to local co-ops and custom cropping for other CSA’s.blackjack skemaAlle toere er jokere i denne version af Video Poker. Overall, though our farm business is well established, the annual finances are always tight. In seven years, we have hardly begun to repay our farm start-up debts. In this sense, it is hard to admit that we are typical American farmers, not quite seeing the light at the end of the debt tunnel.  So, still a bit to figure out regarding our financial sustainability, and fair pricing is a part of the discussion.

How does this all bring us back around to that topic of “too much food”? We encourage you to embrace the idea of a share as enough to meet your needs. Take enough food, even if this is less than is offered. Some weeks, you might take all that is offered and spend hours harvesting in the PYO; other weeks not so much. You can take less, and still get your “money’s worth” for the seasons share! Take home just the right amount for you, and at an average of $23 a week, our share is still an unbeatable value for fresh, local, organic produce.

For shareholders who pick up at the farm, we would like to encourage each household of two adults (or more) to buy their own share. This supports our distribution style on the farm, including the Pick Your Own garden, the Mix and Match set up, variable item sizes in the barn, and the surplus table during particularly abundant weeks. This will allow us all to continue to enjoy the atmosphere of abundance that your Picadilly crew works hard to create. And, at $21-$29 a week, our share is a good value for fresh, local, organic produce for many individual households.

We understand that there may be some circumstances in which a shared share makes sense – single person households, or perhaps a shareholder who travels frequently. We expect that some will share a share in 2014. If you decide to share a share among multiple households, please remember we require that shareholders take their entire weekly share in one visit to the farm – come together, alternate pick up weeks, or split the produce at home. Thanks for your attention to this detail.

And thank you for being a part of Picadilly Farm Community Supported Agriculture!

Jenny & Bruce


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