2013 ELFM CSA information is here!

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The ELF Market Cooperative CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) provides the East Lake community (and surrounding areas) with a stronger and more direct farm connection. The CSA will give you more access to fresh food while supporting local farmers.

What is a CSA? 

In our CSA, you can choose from our participating farms, each farm offers a unique weekly basket of produce. Your commitment lasts for 14 weeks, or longer if you choose. Our session dates are  listed below:

                        Spring-Summer I:            13 weeks (May 4, 2013 – July 27, 2013)

                        Summer-Fall II:                 13 weeks (August 3, 2013 – October 26, 2013)

              

Share Sizes: While each farm provides a varying amount of food we use the following as our general rule of thumb. Keep in mind that your cooking & and entertaining habits also come into play with how you use your food… and if you do end up with a little extra around its usually easy to find neighbors to share with;)

Half Share = 2 persons’ veggies for a week = 1 vegetarian’s for a week

Full Share = 4 persons’ veggies for a week = 2 vegetarian’s for a week

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2013 Session Details:

Pickup: Every Saturday 9AM-1PM at East Lake Farmers Market at the corner of 2nd Ave. and Hosea Williams Blvd.

Membership Fee: $30 per week for a full share; $15 per week for a half share.

Down Payment: We cannot hold a place in the CSA without the down payment, as such, we suggest that you  send your down payment to us as soon as possible.

• Full share: For 13 weeks of a full share per week down payment is $250.
• Half share: For 13 weeks of a half share per week down payment is $125.

Balance due: Your membership fee tentatively reserves a spot with a farmer and the entirety is applied toward your total 13-week balance. The balance due will be communicated after your farm selection has been confirmed. For example if the weekly cost is $30, then the balance due will be $140 ($390 total cost – $250 down payment = $140 balance due). See below for each farmer’s specific weekly share costs and see application for more details.

Membership/Payment: To become a member, download the CSA Member Application (click to download PDF file). Complete the application (applications can be mailed or emailed to info@elfmarket.org) and submit your down payment of $250 (full share) or $125 (half share) to:
East Lake Farmers Market c/o Doug Williams
2632 Memorial Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30317

Or pay in person during Market days, see Market Manager, Corinne Coe, for payment submission. We accept cash, check. We can accept debit and credit cards at Market only  (additional fees may apply).

SNAP/EBT: We are also making the CSA available to those using food assistance (SNAP/EBT). Since SNAP guidelines prohibit the pre-purchase of food, the ELF Market will pre-purchase select shares to be made available to SNAP participants on a first-come-first-serve basis. The pickup time is 9am to 1pm on Saturdays, during the session dates listed above. If you are interested in participating in this program please contact us at: info@elfmarket.org

To be a part of the first sessions Spring-Summer CSA, your completed application form and full membership fee are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013. If you are submitting before this date only your down payment is due and the remaining balance due will be communicated to you along with the farm preference you have received.

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Farms participating in the 2013 ELFM CSA:

Back River Farm

Farmer: Ricky Brown

Offering locally and naturally grown fruits and vegetables, Back River Farm is  a family owned and operated farm with community ties for over 18 years.  This year Farmer Brown made the leap to be a full-time farmer and has started working with a local middle school to share his knowledge and farm with young people. His farm is Certified Naturally Grown and does not utilize any chemicals, insecticides, or synthetic fertilizers. Farmer Brown will start the season with a selection of spring onions, radishes, salad greens, carrots, turnips, collard greens, mustard greens, and kale. Later in the season look for strawberries and potatoes, among other delights!

       Spring-Summer I:  CURRENTLY ENROLLING

      Summer-Fall II:        CURRENTLY ENROLLING

        Full Share Weekly Cost: $30.00
        Half Share Weekly Cost: $15.00

Brightside at Oakleaf Mennonite Farms

Farmer: Erin Cescutti

Farmer Erin Cescutti worked at Love is Love farm in Decatur for three years before starting her own project this year at the Oakleaf Menonnite Farm in East Atlanta. ELF Market is so pleased to include ‘Brightside at Oakleaf Menonnite Farm’ in this year’s CSA. Brightside’s CSA will start off with carrots, beets, peas, chard, kale, arugula, Asian greens, lettuce, radishes, and turnips. Visit the Brightside website for more information at www.thebrightsidefarm.com.

       Spring-Summer I:  CURRENTLY ENROLLING

      Summer-Fall II:        CURRENTLY ENROLLING

        Full Share Weekly Cost: $30.00
        Half Share Weekly Cost: $15.00

East Lake Urban Farm & Community Learning Garden

Farmers: Khari Diop, Uwezo Akili Flewellen, Marcie Ogle, Green Works GROW Training Program Participants, and a host of dedicated volunteers

Of course, we’re thrilled at the continuing progress at the East Lake Urban Farm- it’s right next door to the Market! Right now, the new team is seeding in the greenhouse, planting out starts in the Farm’s raised beds, and renovating their composting area. The Farm isn’t able to participate in the first round of this year’s CSA but they will be a part of the second round (begins August 3rd). Stop by the corner of 2nd Avenue and Hosea Williams Drive to see what’s growing! And find more information about our partner, the Southeastern Horticultural Society here!

      Spring-Summer I:    CLOSED

      Summer-Fall II:        CURRENTLY ENROLLING

        Full Share Weekly Cost: $30.00
        Half Share Weekly Cost: $15.00