What is a CSA? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It's an 8 week produce and/or floral subscription service many small scale specialty crop farmers offer. The customer pre-pays for their 8 week subscription, and pick up their sack of goods (CSA) at a designated time, and location.
CSAs are perfect for people who enjoy cooking, juicing, pickling, canning, and trying new foods, as you are not able to choose what goes into your sack. It's a grab bag of the best locally grown food we harvest from our farm.
At Whitton Farms, we harvest your food and flowers within 24 hrs of you receiving it. We also grow heirloom varieties of produce and flowers that cannot be found in your big name grocery stores. The flavor and shelf life of products from our farm, or any local specialty crop farm, is truly remarkable! Get ready to cook, juice, jam, pickle, or store your goodies for the winter months.
We grow the following: apples, asparagus, beans, beets, carrots, lettuce, radishes, peas, cantaloupe, cabbage, watermelons, tomatoes, okra, peppers, squash, cucumbers, zucchini, kale, chard, onions, potatoes, figs, pumpkins, gourds, herbs, honey, pecans, flowers, and more!
Your CSA sack will be full week after week!
PICK UP LOCATIONS.........
The Grange / Wednesdays 11 to 5 pm
Memphis Farmers Market | Saturdays: 8 am - 1 pm
Cooper Young Farmers Market | Saturdays: 8 am til noon
We understand spring and summer months often mean vacation time. As long as we receive an email or text about your trip, prior to pick up, we're happy to extend your CSA a week. Although we do not customize CSA sacks for participants, we understand some of you may have a food allergy, and in those cases we will swap an item out at your discretion.
Please note, if you're a no call, no show for your CSA sack, we will donate it to someone in need.
What does "Certified Naturally Grown" mean?
CNG farmers don’t use any synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms.
Is your program for farmers who are ‘almost organic,’ but don’t qualify for the USDA Organic Certification?
No! CNG participation requires a full commitment to robust organic practices. Our standards for produce and livestock certification are based on the standards of the National Organic Program. We developed from scratch our standards for Apiary certification, based on organic principles.
Why create a whole separate program?
Certified Naturally Grown provides a much-needed complement to the National Organic program. While the NOP is an important program that primarily serves medium and large-scale agricultural operations, CNG is tailored for direct-market farmers producing food for their local communities. These farmers often find the NOP’s heavier paperwork requirements are not a good fit for their small-scale operations. CNG enables them to get credit for their practices while offering accountability to their customers. Some CNG farmers become certified organic after a few years with CNG, and we think that’s just super.
So how is CNG different than Certified Organic?
CNG is a private, non-profit organization that's not affiliated with the USDA's National Organic Program. CNG's certification approach is based on the participatory guarantee system (PGS) model that relies on peer reviews in which inspections are typically carried out by other farmers. The PGS model promotes farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing about best practices and fosters local networks that strengthen the farming community. This model minimizes paperwork and keeps certification dues affordable.
Another difference is that Certified Naturally Grown’s certification process is transparent and open to the public. Every CNG producer has a profile on the website. On it you will find the information they submitted in their application, as well as scanned images of their inspection reports and signed declaration.
When was CNG started?
CNG was founded by farmers in the mid-Hudson Valley in 2002, the same year the National Organic Program took effect.
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