Workplace CSA Program
EC Matthews will be offering CSA vouchers to all employees interested in signing up for a vegetable share for the 2021 CSA season. Each employee that participates will be able to sign up for a share and pick it up in the EC Matthews office or a nearby community pick-up.
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 CSA program, click here to view Sustainable Harvest's CSA options and buy a share!
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
A local produce subscription program where members receive weekly deliveries of seasonal vegetables and some fruit for 22 weeks during the main growing season (May-October).
A model of buying food that is focused on community where members can directly support a Kentucky farm over the course of a whole season. Partial payment for the CSA share is required up front which provides the farm with more working capital earlier in the season.
Vegetables that are fresh, KY Proud, and certified organic. The items in a CSA share are harvested for members at their peak ripeness and will often store longer and have more flavor.
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 or on the way home.
Know your farmer that grows your food. Enjoy newsletters, farm updates and useful recipes.
Eat healthier-- members often increasing vegetable consumption and eat out less frequently.
Keep more food dollars local.
Produce CSA share is USDA Certified Organic and 100% grown on-farm.
CSA Share Sizes, Customization, & Pricing
Small Share come with 5-9 items per delivery. Good for individuals and couples who enjoy cooking with vegetable a few times a week.
Large Share comes with 6-12 items per delivery. Good for families of 3-4 or more who enjoy cooking with vegetables several times a week.
Customizing your share:
Participants have the option to select their vegetable preferences at sign-up.
Each week members can view their share via online account and swap in and swap out items and add additional items.
Ability to pause while on vacation and use credit in future weeks.
No upfront payment is required. EC Matthews employees will be able to use CSA voucher code at sign and only be responsible for 25% of the share cost that will be taken out as a weekly payroll deduction once the CSA season begins in May.
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 at EC Matthews, 1218 South Broadway, every Thursday from 3:30-5pm or a convenient community pick-up location. See list of CSA pick-ups here.
How to Participate
Look for an e-mail from Polly Matthews with details on the 2021 EC Matthews workplace CSA voucher program.
EC Matthews CSA Sign-ups will be February 2nd through February 16th. Employees will be able to signup for a CSA share during this time with their voucher code.
View step-by-step CSA sign up instructions here.
Questions about how to participate? Contact Polly Matthews, CSA site coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EC Matthews will be partnering with Sustainable Harvest Farm
to bring participants weekly vegetable shares for the 2021 growing season.
Ford and Amanda Waterstrat own and operate a first-generation family farm that produces a wide variety of USDA certified organic, high quality produce grown in an environmentally sensitive manner. They offer individuals, families and businesses highly customizable, nutritious and delicious farm shares that are easy to pick up and are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Ford and Amanda have a passion to help people eat better, reduce food waste and improve their overall health and well-being.
Sustainable Harvest Farm strives to provide their customers with peace of mind knowing their produce is grown locally in a manner that enhances our ecosystem yet ensures food safety.