All About Our CSA
Jud is a third generation farmer. His Papaw has raised pigs, cattle, and even managed a pepper station in LaRue County. His Mom and Dad created Lee’s Garden Center in the 90s. So, when Jud returned to the farm after graduating from WKU, he began brainstorming ways to make his impact on farming in LaRue County. He took his experience of growing vegetables and raising animals and envisioned a way to provide those farm fresh products to families in our area. This is how Cedar Valley Farm’s CSA was created in 2016.
Over the last six years, our CSA has evolved to meet the needs of our farm members. We offer payment options, multiple share sizes, home/business deliveries and pickup locations in three counties, partnerships with farms from across the state to offer a variety of farm products, and even have an online store so our members can choose the exact products that they want (think Walmart pickup, but directly from a local farmer).
Cedar Valley Farm’s 2021 CSA Season will begin in May this year and continue for 18 consecutive weeks!
Community Supported Agriculture: Traditional CSA vs. Cedar Valley Farms CSA
In a traditional CSA model, farmers offer a number of shares from their farm, interested customers purchase a share, and in return receive a weekly box of farm fresh products. Payment is typically expected at the beginning of the season as farm members buy into the rewards and risks of the farm. Shares in traditional CSA models are typically the same size. Although this model works great for farmers across the country, Jud wanted to make sure that our farm member families had options: payment plans, share sizes, and the option to skip weeks if needed!
We started with offering payment options. Farm members can opt to pay for the CSA season in full before the season begins or weekly upon pickup. Members who pay in full receive one week free and a free farm gift (last year it was a t-shirt...we are still brainstorming for this year). This is a great option for members who want to purchase a Half or Essential Share and do not want to remember to pay each week. (Let’s be honest, I never have cash on me!) However, we know that paying in full is not for everyone. That is why we also offer paying weekly upon pickup or when you order through our online store. This is a great option for our members who want to customize their share each week or those who want to include buying farm fresh products into their family budgets.
Half Share: Our Half Shares are the perfect size for family or a couple who loves farm fresh vegetables! There are 8-10 varieties of products in each week’s Half Share box. Traditional produce like tomatoes, squash, and green beans are mixed with non-traditional produce like purple potatoes, swiss chard, dinosaur kale, and bok choy. On Sundays we walk the fields and greenhouses to choose the types of produce that are seasonally available for each week's share. Limited substitutions are available upon request.
Essential Share: Our Essential Shares are the perfect size for an individual or couple who just want the essentials! There are four varieties of farm fresh products in each week’s Essential Share box. We focus on providing seasonal essential produce like lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers and squash.
Build Your Own Box: Our Build Your Own Box is 100% customizable! In 2019 Jud built our online store. This is like an online farmer’s market. As of today, we have over 150 products that are available seasonally for our farm members to add to their carts and build their own customized share. This is a great option for members who want to select produce, meats, eggs, and other Kentucky Proud products (cheeses, mushrooms, microgreens, jams, jellies, etc.) from our farm partners.
Produce varieties in all of our shares depend on the season, so you will definitely see sweet corn in the summer months but not in the early spring. Take a look at our Facebook & Instagram Pages - Cedar Valley Farms CSA to see past pictures of our Half, Essential, and Build Your Own Box Shares.
Pickup Locations, Home Deliveries, & Business Deliveries
-Lee’s Garden Center in Hodgenville (Wednesday & Saturday)
-Fort Knox on Base - Commissary Parking Lot (Saturday)
-Walmart Parking Lot
-HMH Parking Lot
-Logan Street Market in Louisville (Thursday)
Wednesday in LaRue & Hardin Counties ($5.00)
Wednesday in LaRue & Hardin Counties
-FREE with three or more members
We will be showcasing our individual farm partnerships in our next All About Blog Series!
-Lee’s Garden Center - value added products (sweet corn)
-Prayer Mountain Farms - mushrooms
-Wildcat Mountain Cheese - cheeses
-S&B Bell Farms - microgreens
-VanMeter Family Farms - strawberries
-James Bennett’s Orchard - apples
-Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market - strawberries & apples
Each week we send out a Weekly Newsletter from the farm! This newsletter includes our Weekly Menu - the produce items that are seasonally available and included in our Half and Essential Shares. We highlight our pasture raised meats (pork, chicken, and grass fed / grass finished beef). We include tidbits from around the farm - updates about our livestock guardian dog, behind the scenes pictures, links to research about farm products, etc. The best part of the Weekly Newsletter, in my opinion, are the recipes at the end. I research recipes from the Kentucky Proud website and my favorite bloggers that use produce items from each week’s share! I try to provide inspiration for your family’s meals using farm fresh produce.
We would LOVE for you to join us this year!
To sign up and purchase in full (click the link to purchase directly on our online store OR reach out to pay by cash/check):
To sign up for weekly payment (click the links below):