Are you certified organic?
We are trained in organic growing practices, and we used to be certified organic before we transitioned from our land in Yantis (where we previously operated as organic-certified Texas Daily Harvest), but now we no longer fill out the extensive paperwork nor pay the substantial fees for certification.
In fact, over the years we’ve come to learn all the ways that many organic certification organizations have watered down their standards to accommodate mono-crop & mega-farms (which are terrible for the environment) wanting to jump on the bandwagon for higher profits. Ex: Can you believe you can actually have CAFO [Confined Animal Feeding Operation]-raised beef be certified organic? We think that’s so wrong! Because of this, we are no longer interested in going through the organic certification process for our farm. To learn more, listen to the Real Organic Podcast we thoroughly enjoy.
You can count on the fact that our high standards have not wavered, and in fact, we’ve continuously improved upon the way we do things to be even more environmentally conscious and even more safe for your health and our ecosystem than the organic standards we used to follow. If you ever have any questions, please ask!
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: $33, Large: $41, or Mini: $25), and any additional items you’ve added on to your produce share, like eggs or beef.
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. Since 2019 we’ve been experiment with a smaller winter season. It’s only offered at a few of our host locations, and runs from Jan–Mar and delivered 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 coming Spring season, and/or our Summer season and create your member account. First you will (1) choose your pick up site, (2) select your share size, (3) select any add-on items you want to subscribe to, (4) confirm and save your payment method, and (5) pay for your planting fee.
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 crop items, all grown at Red Moon Farm, and based on what is available in the garden that week.
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 introduced the Mini share in 2020 as well, and it’s intended to feed a single person, or perhaps 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. Peaches, blueberries, 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 their 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.
I tried to join but the website says the CSA is 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. Email us to set that up for you.
Do you have all your questions answered? Great! Click here to join the coming SPRING 2023 season or SUMMER 2023 season!