"Community-supported agriculture (in North America sometimes known as community-shared agriculture) (CSA) is an alternative, locally-based socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme, and also sometimes herbs, cut flowers, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat, as well. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labor in lieu of a portion of subscription costs."
KAI KAI FARM considers itself within the CSA definition with some modifications. First there is no work requirement. It is logistically difficult for many customers to make the trip due to the rural location. Second, the membership is usually open because the farm has significant reserve capacity. Yes, box contents do vary in content and quantity during the season reflecting what is being harvested. Only very limited items are stored and distributed more than a week (or more) after harvest. A good example would be calabaza and Seminole pumpkin. Thus as a KAI KAI CSA member you can rest assured that your produce was just picked from (only) our farm. Items KAI KAI does not grow, like free-range eggs, honey, and sprouts are sold separately. Third, CSA shares can be weekly but this is only one option. Bi-weekly and on-demand plans are also available. How does it work?
CSA membership costs $30 for the season which commences approximately in October and ends in May. The remaining five months of the off-season have limited vegetable production but KAI KAI often serves those willing to forgo things like tomatoes and kale for example. Membership is not required to purchase produce from KAI KAI but the cost savings are significant depending upon which box plan is purchased.
Members pre-pay for 4, 8, or 16 boxes with the discount increasing for larger plans. For those willing to trust us and the bank KAI KAI will provide the 16 pricing to those members who agree having their bank account direct debited in advance each month.
If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase KAI KAI will gladly replace the produce or for those wishing to withdraw entirely refund the balance of the boxes purchased.
CSA boxes can be delivered to your door or you may pick them up at several locations:
**CSA PICKUP POINTS 2013-2014 SEASON**
Martin Downs Equestrian Center
6780 SW MARTIN HWY PALM CITY FL 34990
Stuart Green Market : we arrive 10/27 Sunday 9am - 1pm
PALM BEACH COUNTY
Jupiter Green & Artisan Market: Friday 5 - 9pm
Jupiter Medical Center Green Market: Wednesday 7am - 2pm
Gardens Green Market: Sunday 8am - 1pm
West Palm Beach GreenMarket : Saturday 9am - 1pm
ST. LUCIE COUNTY
Fort Pierce's New Green Market Food CO-OP: Wednesday 2pm - 6pm at Marina Square on Melody Lane 772-465-5658.
**DELIVERY OF CSA BOXES**
Martin & St. Lucie Counties: EATS DELIVERED restaurant meal delivery
Northern Palm Beach County: Diane by arrangement
Finally it should be said there are numerous distributors of produce masquerading as CSA's. These folks assemble produce but rarely (if ever) grow it. The logistics of this often mean the produce is not as fresh compared to KAI-KAI's. Also some distributors may not have a cold-chain produce storage and delivery system. Some produce is extremely temperature sensitive. Some distributors do not understand ethylene gas emissions and the damage caused by fruits and veggies in close proximity to each other. Wherever you purchase your produce compare its shelf life to KAI KAI's. We guarantee ours will outlast the competition. In the long run this saves you $ because less rotten produce goes in the trash.