One of the most fun things about having a farm is when you get a visitor who really loves farming, growing crops, eating fresh and just basking in the vibe of your farm. We met a wonderful lady who walked on the farm and stayed for the day. She even made her very own hammock to relax under the shade structure. Looking forward to seeing more of her!
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and CSAs are an excellent option for people who want locally grown, fresh produce without battling the big box stores or the corner store that have very little to offer when it comes to fresh food.
As the name suggests, a local farmer is supported by the community who usually buy shares in a program that provides weekly or bi-weekly produce boxes for customers. The produce boxes are filled with the farmers produce and our model provides crops that we grow. Customers buy shares in the project and will generally pay in advance for 13 week, 26 week or 52 week produce boxes.
The CSA model helps support local farmers, communities and the local economy.
There is no one size fits all CSA but here are some advantages to the CSA option:
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At BUFA we sell what we grow and grow crops that are in season for our area. Located in the Central Valley we are in Zone 9 so we grow for maximum freshness & quality for the Stockton & French Camp areas.
We sell what's in season because it makes it easier for us to guarantee flavor of each crop. While we can grow carrots & beets year round, these crops taste sweeter when exposed to cool weather. The same is true for greens, especially collard greens. Nothing tastes better than collards that have matured in cool/cold weather. The greens form natural sugars to keep them warm and this offsets the sometimes bitter taste that collards have.
To help our customers know what we are growing, we created a simple seasonal grow chart. Check it out here. If some of your favorites are missing from our list shoot us an e-mail.
In the Spring of 2015, a group of friends met Dr. Gail Myers a cultural anthropologist doing a documentary on Black Farmers in America. We learned that the average age of a Black farmer was 60 and that more and more Black families were selling their land or leasing it and not farming at all.
Dr. Myers introduced us to a Black farmer his 80's with 219 acres who badly needed help to keep his property going. A team of us met this charming man, put on an event for Dr. Myers to help get the word out about her documentary and formed an Association to bring Black farmers together.
We were blessed to be able to lease some land owned by a Black female rancher in French Camp and our farm was born.
WHAT INSPIRED US TO GROW OUR OWN FOOD