EpiCurious CSA opens shares for new members

by Emily Sears | March 6, 2013

Locally-grown EpiCurious CSA has openings for new members in the 2013 season!

A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, provides fresh, seasonal produce to consumers from small, local farms. Many consumers would like to have locally-grown produce, but simply don’t have the resources to produce a successful garden themselves. CSAs give consumers the opportunity to experience ultra-fresh food and try new vegetables grown in their own communities, often at a savings from the well-travelled produce sold at the supermarket.

By joining a CSA consumers receive a portion (or “share”) of the farm’s harvest throughout the growing season. Farmers and CSA members often develop a relationship, and CSA members are invited to visit the CSA farm to know where their food is grown and who has grown it.

Friends Joyce Keibler and Karen Conrad both share a love for cooking and gardening, so they decided years ago to combine their efforts on their respective Brownsboro and Goshen farms to offer CSA shares to local residents. They pride themselves on producing healthy, high-end produce from their family farms, operating the successful EpiCurious CSA for many seasons. Due to the nature of CSAs, only a certain number of shares are offered per season; this year, EpiCurious has more shares available than ever before.

EpiCurious CSA offers a mix of everyday produce with a selection of gourmet varieties, including kohlrabi, fingerling potatoes, okra, and chard. Traditional vegetables like broccoli, cucumbers, squash varieties, and potatoes are included in EpiCurious CSA’s growing plans for 2013.  Shares will also contain many varieties of heirloom tomatoes and a number of gourmet lettuces.  Depending on what’s blooming every couple of weeks, members will usually receive fresh flowers in their shares as well.

CSA members pay a flat rate for a share of the entire season’s crop. Each share provides a box of locally-grown vegetables, available for pick-up weekly or biweekly. EpiCurious CSA prices are as follows:

  • Full Share $500 (weekly pick-up)
  • Half Share $300 (biweekly pick-up)

A $25 discount will be applied if paid by March 20.  Deadline to join is April 15.

Typically a full share contains 7-10 different veggies — more than enough to feed 2 adults. Some smaller families will buy a full share and split it with another family, picking up a basket every week and dividing it themselves. This way both families get fresh veggies every week, but also save money. Pick up for either full or half shares is located in Brownsboro off of Highway 329.  EpiCurious CSA season runs mid-May through mid-October.

EpiCurious CSA dollars go directly toward supporting and sustaining these two small Oldham County farms.

Please call 502-228-3860 or email joyce@hemmerhillfarm.com for more information on joining the CSA or visiting the farms.