TEN MILE FARM                   
community supported agriculture


We are sold out of CSA’s for the 2014 season. 

Looking for something outside the box?

Asheville’s first Market Style CSA - Shop for your share!


Instead of us selecting your veggies each week, you get to pick out exactly what you want!  We keep track of your balance at market, so you always know what you’ve spent.  Shop at both of our markets each week or skip a week.  Looking for the best deal?  Split a share with a friend to get a higher percentage and we can keep track of your CSA’s separately, no problem.  When trying to decide which size share to purchase, consider the average per week that you spend on vegetables.  We included that as a guideline, there is no obligation to spend a certain amount each week. 


We are at the Asheville City Market on Saturdays and the Montford Farmers Market on Wednesdays.





Ready to sign up?

Click on the buy now link to pay with PayPal.  Or, email us if you would like to send a check.


What is a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture is a seasonal contract between the farmer and the member.  You purchase a share of the season’s harvest in advance.  Your investment helps the farmers pay for the seeds, soil amendments, and tools at the beginning of the farming season, when a majority of the spending happens all at once. We commit to providing you with healthy, locally grown food throughout the growing season.  This interdependence helps to ensure the longevity of small farms, while also reconnecting people to the land that helps to sustain them.


The Rewards

Being a CSA member is extremely rewarding.  You get to appreciate all the benefits of fresh picked (chemical-free) produce.  There is no comparison to farm fresh locally produced vegetables!  The flavors are so intense, sometimes you feel like you are tasting something for the very first time.   You also get to enjoy each vegetable in it’s prime season.  The juiciest tomato you’ve ever eaten has certainly been picked vine ripe in the hottest part of the summer. And the only way to find fresher is if you picked it yourself!  By being a member, you get to participate first hand in a delicious seasonal ride through a wide range of vegetables - Ten Mile grows over forty varieties! 


We as farmers really enjoy being the first farm in Asheville to offer a Market Style CSA.  Having offered a traditional box share in the past, we can say from experience that we really love how much more personal our relationships are with our members!  Instead of recognizing a face and handing off a box, we get to know everyone by name and really develop a kinship.  The whole experience feels really special.  Because we are a small farm with high standards, one of us is always at market.  You will certainly get the chance to know your farmers! 


To Join

We take shares on a first come first serve basis. The best way to secure your share is to pay in full once we confirm there is space available.  We strongly encourage those folks who can pay in full to do so.  If some extra time is needed, we are open to some payment options.  We do not offer refunds, but your credit is available until the end of November, 2014.


Please send us an email or call 828.236.1822 if you are interested in joining.  We will confirm space availability and provide information on how to make payment. 


The Details of Asheville’s first Market Style CSA

For the past four years, Ten Mile has offered something a little different, a Market Style CSA. Turns out our customer’s vegetable desires don’t all fit into one box!  We have been amazed at how diverse our members choices are.  Traditionally, a CSA share consists of pre-payment by members for a box of vegetables of the farmer’s choosing, provided each week throughout the season.  Instead, A Market Style CSA provides you with the ability to shop for your share each week.  Like all CSA’s, you pay in full for your share at the beginning of the season. In addition to your CSA investment, we add a percentage to your credit, based on the amount you invest (see chart below).  Once market starts, you have the entire season to spend your Market Style CSA share.  But, instead of us choosing the vegetables for you, you are able to pick and choose to your liking.  There is no obligation to how much or how little you spend each week. You will have exclusive discounts on certain items throughout the season.  For example, when we have an abundance of pole beans, we will offer them to you for a discounted price.  You also have the flexibility to shop at one or both of our Farmers Markets each week, or even skip a week.  This gives you much more freedom, and time, to spend your share.  We keep track of the amount you spend, all you have to do is shop! 


The Risk

There are risks to participating in a CSA.  You experience our hardships as well as our bounty.  There are many factors to producing a single crop from start to finish.  Seed, weather, workers, timing - all of these contribute to the success (and sometimes the failure) of a crop.  One of the benefits of how we farm is the wide variety of vegetables that we grow.   Consider it crop insurance.  Because of the diversity of growing over forty varieties of vegetables, the ratio of crop failure is low, and only a few crops ultimately suffer through the year (i.e. ground hogs ate it, pest infestation, poor germination of seeds, to name a few that we have experience). Another benefit is that we do succession plantings of numerous crops. We are continuously planting these crops throughout the season, so if something happens, there’s another planting on the way - lettuce for example.  There are natural occurrences such as hail, floods, and drought that can have a greater impact on the availability of all the crops, as a whole.  Yes, a flooded field would strongly affect your share.  This is ultimately the risk that you agree to take with us, as a CSA member of a small vegetable farm.


Considerations

Your CSA share is for the 2013 growing season, it will not transfer over into next year.  Please be aware that there may be limitations placed on certain items at certain times of the year.  For example, if we only have twenty pounds of strawberries, you will not be able to take ten pounds.  We will limit you to a certain amount. Also consider the fact that our intention is to offer you a weekly share of vegetables, with some flexibility.  If you are not committed to coming each week, and might possibly miss a month or two worth of shopping, a CSA might not be for you.  We have decided to place a $50 limit per week for shopping. This is not meant to limit you as a customer, but to encourage you to come each week so that you don’t have more than you can spend left over at the end of the season. 


A Market Style CSA share is a great alternative if you find yourself giving away certain items from your share because you or your family don’t eat them.   Shop for what you want each week!

                 

  1. BulletMarket Style CSA - shop for your share!

  2. BulletTwo markets a week, Wednesday and Saturday

  3. BulletFlexibility - skip a week or shop twice in one week

  4. BulletChoices - you are in control of what you get each week

  5. BulletLonger share season, 28 - 30 weeks

  6. BulletNo weekly obligation - spend a little or a lot

  7. BulletThroughout the season, we will offer select items that are discounted in price exclusively for CSA members

  8. BulletBest value - you get what you pay for

  9. BulletTen Mile offers the most variety at market - lots to choose from



Quotes from CSA Members

“The chief of many things that we love about the Market Style CSA is that it allows us to be seasonal but retain a bit of control - instead of shaping our meals around a mystery box every week, we shape our market trip to our meals. A little more of this, a little less of that. It's a tab at the best place in town.”  - the Rule family


“When you look around the market you see a special stand that holds more colors and variety of fresh produce then any other. That's Ten Mile Farm! The market share works great for me and my family. We always get what we want in the quantity that is right for us! Thank you Ten Mile Farm!” - Sincerely, Emily Sansbury


“I love the CSA program you offer.  It allows me to hand-pick the vegetables based on my ever changing nutrition needs from week to week without me saying, "Ah, more kale again!  I'm getting burnt out on this stuff!".  This also allows me to see the most loving and friendly Kevin and Christina each week which helps develop a bond between farmer and consumer.  I thinks it's important to get to know the farmer on a personal level in order to get a feel for their energy that they knowingly or unknowingly pass onto the vegetables ... and their produce really shows the loving energy!  I'm extremely happy to support and build my body with nutrient-dense biodynamic produce.”  A very gracious consumer Benjamin



Markets

Our market season is 28 -30 weeks.  We will email you to let you know when we start market.  We usually start in mid May and always go until the weekend before Thanksgiving.  You are welcome to shop for your CSA share in Asheville any time during our Montford Farmers Market, located in the parking lot of the Chamber of Commerce from 2 - 6 pm, or on Saturday at the Asheville City Market, located at the Public Works building on Charlotte St from 8 am - 1 pm.  



 

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