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The Gentleman's Times - News From Your Farm

Posted 3/10/2016 12:25pm by Jessica and Dominic Green.

 

 


 

 

The Gentleman’s Times

News From Your Farm


In this weeks’ edition -

Farm News - ‘A Fresh Start’

The Conversation

 

Important Farm News - ‘A Fresh Start’

When we started The Gentleman Farmer 6 seasons ago, we embraced Community Supported Agriculture, or ‘CSA’, as the ideal model with which to sell our vegetables. Introduced to the US in 1986 by 2 different farms in New England, there are now an estimated 5000+ Community Supported farms in America.

For us, CSA checked many of the boxes for what it was we were looking to achieve at The Gentleman Farmer. A personal relationship with our customers and community, an opportunity to both learn and educate about the sustainable, local ‘slow food’ movement, a space in which to build trust and friendships…

We cannot tell you how thankful we are to have had your support in this endeavor. From a handful of friends and family in our first season, to 100 full CSA members last year, we simply could not have done it without you. We feel we have made a connection with you, and we hope you feel the same…

Because we have always worked hard to offer our customers the very best that we can - in quality, quantity, choice and flexibility - we now believe that we can do better. Better even than a CSA program.

Which is why, this season, we are making the bold decision to cease offering a traditional CSA.

 

 

Instead, we are concentrating our efforts towards the goal of opening our own Gentleman Farmer Store. Ideally located on the farm, we intend for The Store to sell not only our own produce and products, but also those from other local, sustainable farmers and producers. We will be inviting all past CSA Members and future customers to make regular visits to The Store - and to our Farmer’s Markets in Barrington and Chicago - in a ‘spirit’ of support in line with that of a regular CSA, but with far greater choice, and far fewer restrictions..!

So please continue to watch this space as we keep you updated on all developments. And know that The Gentleman Farmer is not going anywhere, but remains committed to bringing the fresh, local, sustainable food movement to you and your family..!

Dominic

The Gentleman Farmer

 

 

The Conversation

 

You: No more “traditional CSA.”.?? What does this mean..!?!?

TGF: Actually, not as much as you might imagine…

You: Explain…

TGF: Well, imagine a CSA box…

You: Yes…

TGF: That’s about as big as a barn…

You: Umm… OK…

TGF: And filled with all the vegetables that you love…

You: OK…

TGF: As well as other things, like meats, and dairy…

You: Mmmm…

TGF: And eggs, and honey, and breads…

You: I like this box..!

TGF: And instead of a narrow window of time in which to ‘collect’ this box…

You: Yes..?

TGF: You could ‘visit’ it, on any number of days…

You: Yes..??

TGF: And actually choose the things that you want…

You: ‘Choose’…?

TGF: When you want them…

You: It almost sounds like some kind of a ‘Farm Store’..!

TGF: Bingo!

You: Ahh… I get it… But I’m still a little confused.

TGF: Go on...

You: Do I still pay up-front at the beginning of the season..?

TGF: No. You pay for what you want, when you want it…

You: So, how am I ‘Community Supporting’ your ‘Agriculture’..??

TGF: By visiting The Store. By buying your vegetables - and other fresh items - from us, before heading off to your regular grocery store…

You: Got it…

TGF: Just like a regular CSA…

You: Only better..! When will The Store be open..?

TGF: Well, we still have quite a few hurdles to overcome, but we’re (ambitiously!) aiming for mid-summer - so June or July… Watch this space..!

 

 

 


 

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