Who would enjoy a CSA?
Anybody who loves amazing tasting, fresh, chemical free food will fall in love the produce we grow. Because not everybody is used to eating (and cooking) regular amounts of healthy produce each week, certain people would especially enjoy a CSA. Take the following quiz to see if you are one of them!
YES or NO? I love local, fresh, seasonal foods.
YES or NO? I’m a creative cook, and I enjoy figuring out how to use food in new ways.
YES or NO? It’s important to me to support local farmers and build a vibrant local food system.
YES or NO? I want to avoid GMOs and chemicals in my food
YES or NO? I like a wide variety of vegetables, including leafy greens, root crops, and everything in between!
If you answered YES to most of the statements we think you will love joining the Paradise Produce Farm’s CSA family.
A CSA may not be a good fit for you at this time if….
– You/your family have lots of foods they don’t like, have allergies to or simply won’t try
– You don’t cook with primarily whole foods
– You only have time to open a package and use the microwave
– You aren’t comfortable experimenting with or cooking new foods
What are your Farm CSA and Holiday Box share sizes like?.
Large shares are ideal for large families or share splitting -10 items each week, equal to over $31 in produce.
Medium shares fit the small family or a "vegan guru" with 6 items each week, over $19 of goodies.
Small shares are great for individuals or just getting your veggie toes wet -4 items each week, over $13 to chow down on.
The more weeks you sign up for, the better the discount for your share.
What kind of produce will we get?
Our CSA family is fed by the produce in season on the farm. This means in the spring you may get more things like baby greens and salads, radishes, carrots, onions, and cabbages. Later in the season it will switch to things like corn, watermelon, potatoes, squashes, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and more.
Can we visit the farm?
Yes. Please email and set up a time. Due to the massive amount of work that goes in to producing quality vegetables, some times of year may be easier than others. Our location information is here.
Where does the produce come from?
We believe in local, small farm, sustainable produce. This means we care for our plants ourselves from the seedling to finished product. To better serve our CSA members, we occasionally use natural produce from Nashville farms if we cannot provide an item ourselves. This way you will never lack variety and we support other local organic farmers.
Can I choose what goes in my CSA box?
Short answer: Yes!
Farm CSA: Our unique model allows you to choose the produce you want to take home in your share. Large shares get to choose 10 items, Medium shares get 6, and Small get 4. This way if your family hates kale, you can choose something else!
Each item comes in a set quantity. For example an item might be a half lb bag of baby lettuce or a lb of cucumbers etc. Max quantities per share may apply if we have a limited amount of a specific item so that everybody gets some. When the farm has an oversupply of an item, we are sure to set out extra for you.
We also have many wonderful recipes on the website that include the vast majority of vegetables you will be receiving.
CSA UnBoxed: This is the most flexible CSA! Just come to any of our 3 markets located around Nashville and choose what you want when you want it. You can pick as much or as little produce you need each week or even skip a week if you need to!
Holiday Box CSA:
This special holiday CSA is pre-boxed/farmer's choice, but that doesn't mean you don't have options. We set out a Trade Box each week where you can swap out any items you don't prefer.
What if a share is just too big/expensive/often for me?
We have lots of members that enjoy a CSA in a variety of ways. We offer payment options on multi-season passes. Or you can ask a friend or family member to split a share with you. You are responsible for meeting or dividing the shares with whomever you are sharing.
Do you offer refunds?
No. When you purchase a CSA you are not just buying produce, you are supporting the small family farm system. You make chemical-free, sustainable farming possible. Each penny goes to support our farm and family and in turn is converted to sweat, dirt, and occasionally tears. Then, in our turn, we can support your family with beautiful natural produce. By purchasing a share you are also claiming a spot in our CSA which somebody else wanted. The payment is a nonrefundable security deposit to ensure membership goes to those who really want it.
What do I do if I cannot make the pickup?
Farm CSA/Holiday Box: The best choice would be to have a friend or relative pick up your share for you. Please note that it is not possible to change pickup days or times. Produce is picked on an inflexible schedule for maximum freshness. If you are out of town a lot, our VIP Market Card CSA would be a better fit. Any shares not picked up at the time and location that you sign up for will be donated to charity, put to good use or composted.
CSA UnBoxed: No problem! Your CSA card is your pass to produce whenever and wherever you want. If you need to miss a week, that's fine. You're welcome to double up the next week. Just be sure to use up all your funds on your CSA card before the end of summer market so you don't leave your farmer or your taste buds hangin'.