Turtle Bend Farm is a sustainable vegetable farm in Polk County, Georgia. Adam and Mecca Lowe are growing vegetables on approximately 7 acres of family farmland using ecological methods without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides. Our goal is to produce clean, healthy, fresh vegetables for our local communities while protecting and enhancing our local natural and social resources.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

2011 CSA Information

We are taking new members for our 2011 CSA (Vegetable Subscription). Please read below and contact us for a copy of the application and more information.

What is CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and represents a unique relationship between local farmers and the community in which individuals pay in advance for a seasonal share of the farm’s harvest. Farmers benefit by having a more secure market for some of their crops and having money at the beginning of the season for costly inputs such as seeds and fertilizers. Members benefit by gaining access to the freshest, highest quality vegetables in their community.

What is included in this CSA?

Our program includes weekly shares of seasonal vegetables for 26 weeks from mid-May until mid-November. The amount of vegetables will vary slightly depending on the weather and other variables inherent in farming. We will provide a weekly e-newsletter that includes description of the vegetables along with recipes. When available, we will also introduce you to some locally, naturally grown fruits and vegetables produced by neighboring farmers we know and trust.

What do you mean by “seasonal” vegetables?
Our program will span three seasons: spring, summer, and fall. In the spring and fall, you can expect to receive more root vegetables like radishes, carrots, turnips and beets as well as greens like lettuce, salad mix, spinach, kale, mustards, bok choi and other greens. You will also receive broccoli, cabbage, sugar snap peas, fennel, parsley and dill. In the summer you will receive more “fruity” vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, squash, corn and melons as well as green beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, okra and basil.

Sample spring/fall box
½ lb sugar snap peas 1 bunch kale
2 heads lettuce 1 lb broccoli
1 bunch radishes 1 bunch fresh dill
1 bunch beets with greens

Sample summer box
3 lbs tomatoes 2 slicing cucumbers
4 ears sweet corn 1 lb green beans
1 lb crookneck squash 1 watermelon
1 bunch Genovese basil 2 bell peppers

What is the cost?
Each weekly bag will have an average value of $25. The cost is $25 per week for 26 weeks for a total cost of $650. A down payment of $100 is due with application by April 1st. There are several payment options listed on the application.
*Customers picking up locally in the Rockmart area will receive a discounted price. Email for details.

How do I receive my weekly share?
There are several methods for receiving your share. We deliver locally around Polk, Paulding and Bartow counties as well as Cobb county and the greater Atlanta area.
◊ Sunday, 10am-2pm, Grant Park Farmers Market, Atlanta
◊ Wed. 12-5pm OR Thurs. 2-6pm at Parsley’s Catering, 1120 White Circle, Kennesaw
◊ Wed. 12-5pm Kennesaw State University Student Center, Kennesaw
◊ Wed, 2-7pm, Decatur (2 residential sites: email for address)
◊ Wed. 2-7pm, Vinings (1 residential site: email for address)
◊ Howell Station/Berkeley Park (2 residential sites: email for address)
◊ Virginia Highlands/Inman Park (2 residential sites: email for address)
◊ Thursdays 4-7pm at the Rockmart Farmers Market behind 1st National Bank
◊ Wednesdays 10am-5pm at Elrod’s Garden Supply in Dallas, GA.

How do I join a delivery site?
Please contact us if you are located in one of the areas mentioned on the application and want more information about joining a drop site. Please contact us about forming new delivery sites.

When does the program start?
We are currently planning for our 26-week program to start during the week of May 15th. The program will run continuously with a possible one-two week break during the heat of summer, in late July (to be determined).

We will be gone for a week in the summer. Can I receive a make-up box?
You can choose to pay for 25 weeks instead of 26 if you will miss a week during the season. Total cost would be $625.

I’m ready to join! What do I do now?
Please fill out our application form on the following page and mail it to us along with your down payment. We will send you a confirmation email.

Still have questions? Please contact us anytime!

Adam & Mecca Lowe
678-986-9776 (Mecca)