Second Helpings: Community Supported Agriculture Subscription Farms
How to join community supported agriculture subscription farms.
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Hairston Creek FarmGary & Sara Rowland
4300 County Road #335
Burnet, Texas 78611
Burnet County farmers Gary and Sara Rowland often participate in local farmer's markets, where their certified organic produce and Sara's homemade jams and jellies are always in demand. They also offer subscription shares for a season that runs from April through November for $25 per share. They offer custom drop-off for five or more subscriptions.
Milberg FarmTim Miller
737 Opal Lane
Kyle, Texas 78640
Tim Miller operates a certified organic dryland farm near Kyle where he's won regional awards for his water conservation techniques. Miller offers subscriptions shares for seasonally available produce, which he will deliver in the Kyle and Manchaca area. When crop abundance permits, he also sells at the Westlake Farmer's Market.
Oasis Gardens Community Farm7651 Delwau Lane
Austin, Texas 78725
This certified organic-farm cooperative on Austin's far east side offers weekly subscription shares for $30 plus five hours of labor per share. Shareholders commit to five hours of farm work and receive good exercise and radiantly healthy produce in the bargain. The workday is Sunday from 1-4pm. A share will feed two to three people.
Tecolote FarmDavid Pitre
16301 Decker Lake Road
Manor, Texas 78653
Dave Pitre's organic produce is so popular there's a waiting list to purchase subscriptions to his Manor-area farm. Shares cost $20 per share for a season that runs May through August and "Best of Austin"-award-winning home delivery is available. The farmers request you use e-mail to put your name on their waiting list.
Tierra Antigua FarmCarlos and Suzanne Santos
605 Opal Lane
Kyle, Texas 78640
Both the Tierra Antigua farmstand and subscription share operation re-opened in October. Out of the 10 shares available for the fall season, six are already confirmed at press time, so sign up quickly. The cost is $20 per share, and it's possible to sign up on a weekly basis or for the whole season. Tierra Antigua is organic in practice but not certified as yet. Shareholders are encouraged to attend a potluck at the farm on October 27.