Are you certified organic?
We are in the midst of the certification process through Oregon Tilth for our 38 acres at Red Moon Farm. OT sets the highest standard in certification, and this process might take a while as we complete the transition from our land in Yantis (where we previously operated as organic-certified Texas Daily Harvest). You can count on the fact that, in the meantime, we are utilizing the same organic farming methods we always have.
We’ve made a serious commitment to our land to protect its biodiversity and conserve the soil and water. We don’t use chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. We also minimally process our vegetables—we want to get them to you straight from the garden, as fresh as possible. All of this means that some dirt or even a bug might find its way into your share, just as a reminder that your food is organic and chemical-free. If you’d like to learn more, stop by the market to chat or drop us a line. We love talking shop!
How much does it cost to join the CSA?
Each season, members pay a $25 planting fee at sign-up. This helps to cover the cost of seeds, supplies, and labor as we gear up for the growing season. Then once the season’s harvest begins, the cost of your weekly share depends on the size of produce share you selected (Regular: $30, Large: $38, or Mini: $22), and any additional items you’ve added on to your produce share, like eggs or flowers. Each week there is also a $1 delivery and processing fee.
When is your growing season?
Because Texas winters are so mild, we can grow food almost year round. We’re currently offering CSA shares for three main seasons each year: spring (April–June), summer (June–August), and fall (October–December). Each of these seasons runs for approximately 8-10 weeks, although extreme weather can occasionally cut them short or make for a late start. In 2019 we experimented with a smaller winter season, and it went so well we’re bringing it back for 2020. It will be offered to only our East Texas host locations (not DFW), and will run from Jan–Mar and will deliver approximately every other week, give-or-take (growing patterns are unpredictable in the low-light and cold conditions of winter).
How do I sign up?
It’s easy! Simply click here to join our current season and create your member account. Through your account you will (1) select your pick-up site, (2) choose your share size, (3) select any add-on items you want to subscribe to, (4) confirm your payment method, and (5) enter your contact information.
What will I get in my share?
You’ll find that the contents of your share will vary depending on the season and the weather. We shoot for each CSA share to get six to ten different items. The Regular shares get enough of each vegetable to feed 2-3 people, and Large shares get about 1/3 more, generally enough for 4 people. We’ve just introduced the Mini share this year (2020) as well, and our plan is for it to reflect portion sizes of the regular share (enough for 2 people), but not as many items. The Mini is intended for single folks, or folks just trying out our CSA for the first time who aren’t ready to dive in.
On the whole, when we have an abundance in our fields we share that bounty with you, and when a crop struggles from bad weather or pests you may not see the item much that year. Either way, we grow a ton of different crops, so we’ll always have some good variety in the shares, and we’ll always keep you informed of the growing season if conditions are challenging that season. Check out the farm blog to see what’s growing this week!
Do I get to choose what is in my share?
We make every share the same way. We’re a pretty small operation without the manpower to customize each share, and besides—this way you get to sample each of the sixty crops we grow throughout the year! This is a pretty good deal. And if an unfamiliar vegetable shows up in your box, don’t worry: we’ve got ideas for the kitchen.
Plus, you DO get to choose which extra add-on products you get each week. We’re talking eggs, chicken, grass-fed beef, pork, soap, and more. Learn more about our add-on program.
Do you grow fruit?
In the fall of 2018 we were awarded the Young Farmer Grant by Texas Department of Agriculture and with those funds and some extra financial support from our community we are establishing our orchard throughout 2019. Peaches, blueberries, strawberries and more are all in the works. These plants require a large time investment before you reap the rewards so it’ll be a few years before you’ll see them in the CSA shares.
In addition to our new orchard, we also grow the most delicious watermelon, cantaloupe, wild blackberries, and the sweetest cherry tomatoes you could ask for. We also occasionally partner with our friends at Winona Orchards to bring you delicious, high quality fruit.
Where do you deliver?
We deliver in the DFW area and in Tyler, Lindale, Longview, and Van to pick-up sites hosted by members. On delivery day, our driver follows a route and drops the shares at your chosen host site. There’s no need to meet the driver there—you’ll just pick up your box after delivery and check your name off the list. Our driver is pretty consistent and you’ll get a feel for timing as we go along. We do ask in consideration of our volunteers that you always pick up the same day as delivery.
How do I sign up to host a pick-up site?
If you’d like for us to deliver in your neighborhood, talk to us about becoming a host! We require a minimum number of members for any given pick-up site to “make,” but with your help recruiting your friends and neighbors, we just might be able to add your home to our delivery route. Get in touch with us now to start the conversation.
All of your share sizes are full. Do you have a waiting list?
If our CSA membership maxes out our farm’s growing capacity (what a great problem to have!), we’re happy to add you to our waiting list. This ensures that you get first dibs when a membership becomes available.
Do you have all your questions answered? Great! Click here to join the fall 2020 season.