Brown Family Farms consists of 4th generation farmers Patrick and Aleah Brown. While a lot of their focus lately has been growing their HempfinityUS Brand, one of their true callings is to bring sustainable produce back to their farm.
“We know that hemp has many benefits, but part of our goal is to establish a fully functioning farm that not only supports us year-round, but provides the local community with better access to high quality produce”, says co-owner Patrick.
One of the avenues for this business involves a Community Sponsored Agriculture box, or CSA boxes for short. CSA boxes have been growing in various communities throughout the world over the past few years. A lot of their popularity can be linked with the recent farm to table movement that swept across the country.
A CSA box is a monthly subscription to various locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables. Most farms offer a variety of flexible services that you can cater to you and your family’s personal needs and preferences. Boxes can be filled with just about anything: fresh produce, healthy grains and delicious eggs and dairy products. It can create an interesting assortment of produce for families, often creating a fun challenge for the family chef!
Here is how CSAs typically operate: A smaller, local farm will offer a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
This type of arrangement can be mutually beneficial to both the farmer and the customer.
Advantages for farmers:
- Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
- Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
- Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
Advantages for consumers:
- Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
- Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
- Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
- Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
- Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
We hope that you will be able to join us at Brown Family Farms at the event (information below). If you’d like more information email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org.