FACSAP -Fredericksburg Area CSA Project

whole food for a whole community

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Week 1 – 2015

It was cold and soggy, but at least the rain moved out in time!  Thank you to our growers for the first of many beautiful and nutritious harvest deliveries.  We will try to have our member meeting and potluck next week.  This week, your share included the following:

  • Collards from Hartland Natural Farm
  • Buttercrunch Lettuce from Hartland Natural Farm and Mount Olive Organics
  • Vates Kale from Hartland Natural Farm
  • Leeks from Hartland Natural Farm
  • Romaine Lettuce from Rock Run Creek Farm
  • Radishes or Scallions from Mount Olive Organics
  • Sugar Snap Peas from Hartland Natural Farm
  • Handmade Soap from Folk City Soap
FACSAP Organizers prepare the harvest for members

FACSAP Organizers prepare the harvest for members

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It’s not too late to join!

When you join our Community Supported Agriculture project:

  • you receive a weekly supply of ultra-fresh, vitamin-rich produce that is grown using organic standards
  • you enjoy a variety of produce that is chosen and harvested for its vitality and flavor
  • your produce comes directly to you from your farmer
  • you help sustain local organic farms
  • you practice environmental stewardship, reduce food miles, and support bio-diversity

There are still shares available for our 2015 season.  Contact us via e-mail at facsap@yahoo.com to purchase your prorated share in the harvest.  Read the FACSAP 2015 Prospectus, for more information about what to expect this season.

Our CSA was started nearly twenty years ago with the purpose of establishing and supporting local organic farms. Before we entered the picture, there was no “local organic scene.”  Our founder, a mother of two young children at the time, was perplexed at the reality that the organic produce on her table came from California, while her family lived in the midst of an agricultural area of Stafford County. She learned about the CSA concept and worked for two years in establishing the Fredericksburg Area Community Supported Agriculture Project (FACSAP),  the first in the region and the eleventh in Virginia.

Members who support FACSAP growers are directly involved in keeping our local organic farms economically viable.

Over the past several years, nearly a dozen local CSA projects have emerged, however, almost all of them grow without using organic practices–applying synthetic inputs to crops and soils, using genetically modified seed, etc.  Folks sometimes get confused—just because something is grown by a local farmer does NOT mean it is grown using organic methods.

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2015 Harvest Season

harvest There are still shares available for our 2015 season. To purchase a share in the harvest, print the membership commitment form included in the  FACSAP 2015 Prospectus, and mail it with your payment. (Please disregard the original membership deadline that appears on the form.)








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Prospectus Update

There was a misprint in the FACSAP mailing address included in our 2015 Prospectus commitment form. If you downloaded a form and sent it in prior to January 7, it’s possible that it will be returned to you by the postal service as undeliverable. The form has been updated to  include the correct address. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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FACSAP 2015 Harvest Season


We’re excited to share with you the FACSAP 2015 Prospectus, in which you’ll find membership details, information about our participating farms, and the 2015 membership commitment form.

This year, 65 harvest shares will be offered at a cost of $680 per share (that’s just $34 a week). A share is enough for 2 to 4 people (2 very enthusiastic vegetable eaters or a typical household of 4). We have a 20-week harvest season—May 21 through October 1, 2015. Members pick up their share on Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. at Hurkamp Park in historic downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The Season Commitment Form can be found on the last page of the prospectus. FACSAP membership is available on a first come first serve basis, so if you would like to join for this coming harvest season, we encourage you to fill out the form and submit with payment (payable in full or in 3 installments) as soon as possible. Please email us at facsap@yahoo.com if you have any questions.






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Growing with the Seasons

DSC_0072Community Supported Agriculture isn’t just about growing vegetables. Among the many things that CSA cultivates is an understanding of our growing seasons and what foods can be produced in our region.

Each harvest share that our FACSAP distribution team bags on Thursday evenings is a record of that particular week: the temperature, the field conditions, the amount of rainfall, the intensity of the sun.

This rare connection with the seasons is something we sometimes take for granted.

Recently, while wandering the produce aisles at my local supermarket, I was reminded of a television series I stumbled upon about five years ago. The 100-Mile Challenge followed several families living in a small town in British Columbia—they’d agreed to only eat food produced within a 100-mile radius of their homes, for 100 days. One family didn’t even make it through Day One of the challenge, but the others persevered. Not only did they connect with local farmers and a local family-owned grocery store, they also learned valuable lessons—how to forage for wild foods, for example.

The series was inspired by a book titled The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating (or Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally) by Canadian writers Alisa Smith and J. B. MacKinnon, published in 2007. I have yet to read this book, but I imagine it includes some of the same sorts of experiences that Barbara Kingsolver shares in her memoir Animal Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (2008).

Books like Kingsolver’s, as well as Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006), inspired folks to think seriously about where our food comes from and the miles it must travel before reaching our tables. I’m sure these books boosted CSA memberships nationwide, at the time—planted a seed—but how deep-rooted is their message, years later?

Would you take the 100-mile challenge?



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