Workplace CSA Program
EC Matthews will be offering a CSA vouchers to all employees interested in signing up for a weekly share of vegetables for the 2020 growing season. Each employee that participates will be able to apply a $200 voucher towards the cost of a weekly farm share and pick it up in the EC Matthews office from May-October.
To learn more about what a farm share is, often called CSA (community supported agriculture), and the benefits, pricing, and options read below. If you are already familiar with this workplace CSA program, click here to view the partner farm and buy a share!
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
CSA is a produce subscription program where members receive weekly deliveries of locally grown, seasonal vegetables for 20-22 weeks during the main growing season.
CSA is focused on community where members get to directly support an individual farm over the course of a whole season. Payment for the CSA share is typically required up front which provides farms with more working capital earlier in the season.
Each farm offers a variety of CSA shares that differ in size, price, and product diversity. Each farm grows more than 40 different crops for their CSA members.
What are the Benefits of CSA?
Easy access to healthy fresh food and the opportunity to try new foods.
Convenience--pick up your share at work of on the way home.
Know your farmer that grows your food. Enjoy newsletters, farm updates and useful recipes.
Experience health benefits of increasing vegetable consumption and eating out less frequently.
Keep you more food dollars local.
All farms provide USDA Certified Organic Produce and grow 100% of the share.
CSA Share Size, Pricing, & Customization
Choose a CSA share that works for your household!
Small Share: 5-7 items/week. Good for households with 1-2 people. Best for first time CSA members.
Regular Share: 7-10 items/week. Good for households with 2-4 people who enjoy cooking.
Customization: All of our partner farms offer CSA shares that are customizable. Members have the option to see what is pre-selected for their weekly share via an online account and swap in items that are available at the farm. Skip a share while on vacation and add extras when you're back.
The pricing chart below offers a CSA share cost estimate for both small and regular share sizes with and without a $200 employee voucher.
Eating with the Seasons
Expect delicious diversity in a CSA share throughout the season! Here is a sample of weekly regular/large shares in spring, summer, and fall. Small shares generally provide about 60% of the vegetables shown.
Pick-up your share each week conveniently at EC Matthews at 1218 South Broadway, Lexington, KY or from a community pick-up listed on the farm's website.
How to Participate
1. Sign-up for a voucher: Look for an e-mail from Polly Matthews with details on your workplace CSA voucher program and submit your interest in a voucher.
2. Receive a voucher code: EC Matthews will share the voucher code with eligible employees.Once you receive $200 voucher code you will have two weeks [insert date] to purchase a CSA share on the farm's website.
3. Purchase a CSA Share: To use your code, visit the farm's website, choose your share size and apply voucher at checkout. No payment is required upfront. EC Matthews will offer payroll deduction for the remainder of the CSA share and start deducting once season starts in May.
Questions about how to participate in CSA? Contact Polly Matthews, CSA site coordinator, or Katie Harvey at the Kentucky Farm Share Coalition, email@example.com.
The following KY Farm Share partner farm
will be delivering CSA shares to the EC Matthews pick-up.
Sustainable Harvest Farm produces USDA-certified organic vegetables, grass-fed beef and pork. It is the culmination of years of dreaming, planning and praying by Ford and Amanda Waterstrat. In 2011 they offered their farm’s first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and became the first USDA-Certified Organic Farm in the region. By 2013 they expanded their operation to include grass-fed beef and pastured pork. They continue to look for ways to innovate and expand their farm to provide quality, sustainable and delicious food to their family and community. They are in their third year of customizable farm shares where CSA members get to make their own choices about what they want to eat based on their preferences and what the farm has in season. If you don’t like beets, you won’t ever see them. If you love zucchini, we’ll make sure you get that!