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Community Supported Agriculture

Update 12/3/17: Taking signups for the Winter Grass-Fed Beef Option (Jan. - April for Bloomington and on the farm only). Also, now taking signups for the 2018 CSA season. Pickup locations include Bloomington, Bedford, Jasper (Grounded, Kimball,Kimball Corporate, Kimball 11th Ave., and Kimball Electronics), and on the farm in Orange County.

Grass-Fed Beef Discount - All current CSA members always get 10% off on Living Roots Grass-Fed Beef.

New Grass-Fed Beef CSA - Now we also have a Grass-Fed Beef CSA option that runs along side our regular produce CSA. With this option, you get 25% more beef than you paid for (based on our market prices). You do not have to sign up for the Produce CSA, in order to do the Beef CSA Option. See below for all new Grass-Fed Beef Options.

Free Range Eggs - you can now add-on a dozen eggs (or more) to your produce or beef CSA pickups. When you sign up, please specify how many dozens eggs you want with each pickup. This option is not available for our Jasper - Grounded Pickup.

CSA Work Exchange Option for 2018 - work 96 hours for a full share for the 24 week season (4 hours per week) or work 60 hours for a half share for the 24 week season (2.5 hours per week). Click here to see more details about this option.

CSA Contact Info - Email: michael (at) indianacommunity.org or call 812-727-5444

Standard CSA (produce)
with Eggs Add-On
Jasper, Bloomington, Bedford or French Lick Pickups for both Main Season and Late Fall
  • Main Season CSA is for 24 Weeks from mid-May to October. Late Fall CSA is for 8 weeks, from late October - mid-December.
  • Pickup for French Lick is on Tuesday evenings from 5 - 7 PM on the Farm.
  • Pickup for Jasper is on Wed. evenings from 5 - 7 PM at Grounded Natural Foods (delivery also available within Jasper City Limits for $125/season - $5.20/delivery). If you are an employee at Kimball, we also have pickups at Kimball Corporate, Kimball 11th Avenue, and Kimball Electronics.
  • Pickup for Bloomington is on Saturday mornings at the Bloomington Farmers Market.
  • Pickup for Bedford is on Tuesday evenings from 3 - 6 PM at Healthy Balance Wellness Center.
  • You will get what's in season each week you pickup and you will have the option to exchange 1-2 produce items for items you would rather have (this option is for Bloomington and Jasper Grounded. (Other locations have pre-packed boxes)
  • Full Share (Feeds 3-4); Half Share (Feeds 1-2) (depending on how much produce your family uses)
  • If your family or organization buys more than one full share, you will get an extra 5% off for each extra share (i.e. Buy 2 Shares - Get 5% off, Buy 3 Shares - Get 10% off, Buy 4 Shares - Get 15% off)
  • Free Range Eggs - you can now add-on a dozen eggs (or more) to your produce or beef CSA pickups. When you sign up, please specify how many dozens eggs you want with each pickup. This option is not available for our Jasper - Grounded Pickup. $4/dozen
  • This CSA model is for those wanting a consistent amount of produce each week.
  • Pricing:
    • Full Share Bloomington or Bedford - $625 ($26.04/week)
    • Half Share Bloomington or Bedford - $350 ($14.58/week)
    • Full Share Jasper or French Lick - $575 ($23.96/week)
    • Half Share Jasper or French Lick - $325 ($13.54/week)
    • Full Share Late Fall Bloomington or Bedford - $208
    • Half Share Late Fall Bloomington or Bedford - $116
    • Full Share Late Fall Jasper or French Lick- $192
    • Half Share Late Fall Jasper or French Lick- $108
  • Payment by Cash, Check or Credit Card (See Payment Instructions below)
Grass-Fed Beef
with Eggs Add-On
Main Season, Late Fall, and Winter
  • Main Season (May - October for all pickup locations)
    • Full Share - 12 Pickups (every other week) - $480
    • Half Share - 6 Pickups (every 4 weeks) - $240
  • Late Fall (Late October - Mid-December for all pickup locations)
    • Full Share - 4 Pickups (every other week) - $160
    • Half Share - 2 Pickups (every 4 weeks) - $80
  • Winter (January - April for Bloomington and French Lick only)
    • Full Share - 9 Pickups (every other week) - $360
    • Half Share - 5 Pickups (every 4 weeks) - $200
  • FREE Beef - Each pickup you pay $40, but get approx. $50 of beef.
  • Beef will include items such as Steaks, Roasts, and Ground Beef.
  • Beef will be frozen. We use Sander Processing in Celestine.
  • Pickup for French Lick is on Tuesday evenings from 5 - 7 PM on the Farm.
  • Pickup for Jasper is on Wed. evenings from 5 - 7 PM at Grounded Natural Foods (delivery also available within Jasper City Limits for $125/season - $5.20/delivery). If you are an employee at Kimball, we also have pickups at Kimball Corporate, Kimball 11th Avenue, and Kimball Electronics.
  • Pickup for Bloomington is on Saturday mornings at the Bloomington Farmers Market.
  • Pickup for Bedford is on Tuesday evenings from 3 - 6 PM at Healthy Balance Wellness Center.
  • If your family or organization buys more than one full share, you will get an extra 5% off for each extra share (i.e. Buy 2 Shares - Get 5% off, Buy 3 Shares - Get 10% off, Buy 4 Shares - Get 15% off)
  • Free Range Eggs - you can now add-on a dozen eggs (or more) to your produce or beef CSA pickups. When you sign up, please specify how many dozens eggs you want with each pickup. This option is not available for our Jasper - Grounded Pickup. $4/dozen
  • Payment by Cash, Check or Credit Card (See Payment Instructions below)

Flexible CSA (produce)
with Eggs Add-On

Bloomington Main Season CSA Only
  • Choose to Pickup Any 12 or Any 18 Weeks During the 24 Week CSA Main Season from May to October. Only a few days notification is required if you intend to pickup a certain Saturday (talk to Michael about more specifics if you need more details).
  • Pickup is at Bloomingon Saturday Farmers Market.
  • If you choose 12 weeks, you will get $52 or more of produce if you are a full share, and $29 or more of produce if you are a half share. 
  • If you choose 18 weeks, you will get $34 or more of produce if you are a full share, or $19 or more of produce if you are a half share. 
  • You will get what's in season the week you pickup and you will have the option to exchange 1-2 produce items for items you would rather have.
  • If your family or organization buys more than one full share, you will get an extra 5% off for each extra share (i.e. Buy 2 Shares - Get 5% off, Buy 3 Shares - Get 10% off, Buy 4 Shares - Get 15% off)
  • This Flexible CSA gives you more choice as to the number of weeks you pickup and doesn't force you to lose a week if you are out of town!
  • Free Range Eggs - you can now add-on a dozen eggs (or more) to your produce or beef CSA pickups. When you sign up, please specify how many dozens eggs you want with each pickup. $4/dozen
  • Pricing:
    • Full Share - $625
    • Half Share - $350
  • Payment by Cash, Check or Credit Card (See Payment Instructions below)

Payment/Signup Instructions
  • To sign up for the CSA, please email michael (at) indianacommunity.org (we need your name, address, phone, email, share size, pickup location, CSA season (Main Season, Late Fall, or Winter (Beef Only), type of CSA (Produce and/or Beef and also whether Standard or Flexible), and if Flexible, how many weeks you are picking up (12 or 18). Please let us know if you also want Free Range Eggs as an add- on (and how many dozen). You will be added to our list. To secure your spot, please pay Cash in person, mail a Check, or pay by Credit Card (below).
  • If taking advantage of multiple full share discounts as referred to above, please contact Michael to get exact amount of payment
  • If paying by Cash, please pay at Farmers Market or make arrangements with Michael
  • If paying by Check, please mail applicable payment to:
    Living Roots CSA.
    5907 W. County Road 375 S.
    French Lick, IN 47432
  • If paying by Credit Card, you will be charged a bit extra to pay for the credit card fee. To pay now with credit card, please click on the relevent option(s) below. You can pay with PayPal or if you don't have an account, just click, 'Don't Have An Account' and you can just pay with a credit card.
 
 
Choose Main Season Produce CSA Option
 
Choose Late Fall Produce CSA Option
 
Choose Grass-Fed Beef CSA Option
 
Choose Main Season Flexible Produce CSA Option(Bloomington Only)
 
When you order Eggs below as a CSA Add-On, you are only ordering one dozen. When you go into the shopping cart, you will need change the quanity of eggs to match the number or weeks you are in CSA. For example, if you join the Main Season Produce CSA, then you should change the quantity of eggs in the shopping cart to 24. If you want dozen/week, you would change it to 48.
One Dozen Free Range Eggs Add-On
 
 

CSA Work Exchange Option - work 96 hours for a full share for the 24 week season (4 hours per week) or work 60 hours for a half share for the 24 week season (2.5 hours per week). This is real farm work so please expect to work, if you choose this option. You will be working along side our farm team. Work hours need to be completed during regular farm work hours:

Monday - 10 AM - 7 PM
Tuesday - 9:30 AM - 7 PM
Wednesday - 11:00 AM - 7 PM
Thursday - 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday - 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM

You can lump more than one week's worth of hours into one trip to the farm. However, you must not fall behind in work hours (no exceptions). So this means that you must have completed at least 4 hours of work before your pickup happens each week. Sometimes you may also get extra produce (in addition to your CSA share) if the farm has extra (but please do not expect it). Please let Michael know if you have any questions or would like to sign up for this option.

General CSA Information

Living Roots has provided 110 families with produce the 2017 season and plans to continue with a similar numbers of shares for 2018. Please contact us to see if memberships are currently available.

The produce is grown at Living Roots market farm. Our produce is never sprayed with chemicals and though isn't certified organic (we were for two years and aren't anymore due to too much paperwork and $), you can be assured we are growing according to very high eco-friendly standards. In addition to receiving produce (click here for list of produce), extras will include herbal products, recipes pertaining to the particular weeks produce, and at least one free class on organic gardening or cooking.

During the previous seasons, the CSA has averaged giving members between 10% and 25% more than they paid for (all seasons - even in the drought year). We can't always guarantee this abundance; however, we are confident our farming knowledge and work ethic will constantly provide, even when others are having a challening season due to weather or other farming challenges.

If you are like me, you love to eat good food! Joining the CSA is one way you to can do that. On a regular basis, we often eat healthy, gourmet meals - in our opinion better quality than one might find at most restaurants and only find at upscale restaurants. The key is using extremely fresh and organic ingredients, including fruits, vegetables, and culinary herbs. We help guide those members in the CSA down a road of not only much healthier eating, but also much tastier cooking - we welcome those who share our culinary passions!

CSAs have become extremely popular in the past years (according to Local Harvest, there are at least 2,500 in the US). By joining a CSA, the member gets the opportunity to develop a closer relationship with their farmer and their food. Saving them time shopping in a grocery store, they get a very reasonably priced weekly box of very fresh produce straight from the farm. What a wonderful way to make your life more healthy and at the same time, support local sustainable agriculture! For more information on the CSA concept, please see:

Community Supported Agriculture

Our CSA also includes multiple opportunities each year to attend a potluck at the farm. One of the intents to this CSA is to form networks and community with other like minded individuals. This event will also include a tour of the gardens. In addition, we will have a work day at our farm (it's optional but strongly encouraged), which will also include a tour. You will be notified of these dates by email.

 

A List of Some of the Produce Items You Might Receive in Your Weekly Box

- No Certain Items are Guaranteed As Some Years Some Crops Do Better Than Others
- An Average Weekly basket contains 7 - 9 produce items
- We are always trying new varieties (many heirloom - never GMO) of many of the below vegetables, so you will receive many different varieties for many of the items below.
- An overall trend is that you will receive more of items that are more common and versitale in dishes (such as tomatoes, peppers, or greens) as opposed to newer ones to the American palate (such as something like a parnsip though this happens to be one of my personal favorites). This varies from year to year, as the growing seasons are different and we take into account feedback we receive.

Spring

Strawberries
Salad Mix
Mesclun Mix
Lettuce
Mustard Greens
Bok Choi
Napa Cabbage
Swiss Chard
Kale
Collards
Green Cabbage
Red Cabbage
Broccoli
Radishes
Green Onions
Green Garlic
Turnips
Carrots
Beets
Potatoes
Sugar Snap Peas
Snow Peas
Kohlrabi
Fennel
Cilantro
Parsley
Herbal Products

Summer

Garlic
Onions
Summer Squash
Zucchini
Cucumbers
Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Tomatillos
Sweet Peppers
Eggplant
Green Beans
Swiss Chard
Potatoes
Sweet Corn
Green Cabbage
Red Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Watermelons
Okra
Salad Mix
Basil
Herbal Products

Fall

Fall and Winter Squash
Pumpkins
Leeks
Sweet Peppers
Hot Peppers
Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes
Garlic
Summer Squash
Zucchini
Cucumbers
Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Green Beans
Swiss Chard
Kale
Salad Mix
Lettuce
Napa Cabbage
Green Cabbage
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Mustard Greens
Bok Choi
Radishes
Turnips
Parsley
Herbal Products

For more information or to sign up, please call Michael Hicks at 812-727-5444 or email at: michael (at) indianacommunity.org

What CSA Members Are Saying About Living Roots CSA
"We are enjoying the CSA so much.  We believe that the way we spend our food dollars is more than just for food.  It's a political statement and a vote for a healthier world.  Thank you for providing the CSA and all the work & dedication that goes into it." Candice and Ed Cook, Jasper
“The quantity and variety of produce was especially good.  The quality was also consistently good, and some of the squash and cucumbers were some of the best I've ever had.” Bill Coulter, Bloomington
"Thanks for all you do for our "little" town. You make it seem, well, not so small." Laurie Becher, Jasper
“Rich and I both feel that participating in your CSA was one of the most positive things that we did in 2011 for ourselves, our family, and our community.  Every week we eagerly anticipated our Wednesday delivery, and you did not disappoint.” Debbie T., Jasper

 
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