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Jessie's Cosmic Garden: 'Top Picks' CSA

Market Boxes and Gourmet Groceries

for the Gastronomically Sophisticated Locavore!

Home Delivered—All Local Food —Online Ordering

'Top Picks' CSA has been established to bring the very best local, pesticide-free, organically-grown produce to your doorsteps once a week. Home delivery is not mandatory — pickups can always be arranged. In addition, we source local food producers who take exceptional care with the products they offer for sale. Most of your local shopping can be done online, whilst letting us shop for you and bring it to your door. We have visited most of the farms and food production companies, know the farmers, bakers, cheese makers and we have a lot of experience growing, processing and eating local food.

We are a unique type of CSA, a hybrid market box/add-on service that is part of Jessie's Cosmic Garden, in Mount Shasta. However we reach out to procure the very best, the 'Top Picks', of our region, which, mileage-wise and heart-wise, includes the Rogue Valley region of Southern Oregon (GMO-free) as well as our Far North growers in Siskiyou County and now periodic group orders from the Chico Farmer's Market for regional fruit, nuts and staples.

What is a CSA? It is Community-Supported Agriculture, wherein the farmer is paid ahead by community members to grow food for the members. These supporters are typically called subscribers. If the farmer has a lean year the CSA supports him/her regardless, and when the year is bountiful beyond imagining, the veggie boxes are overflowing. Our CSA will be a bit different, less risky, since we are not the only farmer, but represent many farms, and we have access to farms that are proven reliable producers, some of them year-round. For a lot of reasons, it makes sense to support food grown in our region.

Our hybrid CSA is not just about veggies and fruit, though produce is at the heart of the project. We propose to procure local food for you, including the best, freshest veggies, most cold-hardy fruit, Old-style Artisan breads and pastries, pastured eggs, Gluten-free bread, flavorful Artisan Goat cheeses, homegrown mushrooms, farm grown and made jams, fresh and frozen berries, savory and sweet pies, locally grown grains/flour, dried beans, grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, buffalo, chicken, and fresh-frozen ocean seafood and deliver it all to your doorstep or a nearby drop site in your community (McCloud, Dunsmuir, Mt. Shasta and Weed).

We want to start small and stay exclusive with the best food and service around. That means we personally shop the markets and farms for you, giving you options aplenty, and make sure you get the best local produce within 24 hours of picking. All the veggies will be organic (certified or non-certified) and some will be biodynamically grown (not Demeter certified). If we do, on occasion, have conventionally grown fruit or veggies or one of our vendors uses non-organic main ingredients, we will post that on the market page and/or vendor page. For example, Coquette Bakery doesn't use organic flour but it is very high quality flour from our region.

How does it work? Read all of our web pages to get the whole picture of 'Top Picks' CSA but in a nutshell, you will subscribe (prepay for a season) to a market box by value. Our Online Marketplace is open from noon Sundays until noon Mondays). Each weekly cycle begins when you receive our weekly newsletter with updates from our farmers and important notices from the CSA.

On the Online Market page, you will find the available veggies, fruits and additional local products offered for the coming week. If an item or vendor is unavailable the item or vendor name will be struckthrough. All members shop the Online Market during that open window. The value of your box can be spent however and whenever you want over the weeks of the season. When and if you exceed your subscription market box value purchases can be debited from deposits to your Personal Member Account (PMA), which you can initiate on the subscribe page and top up as needed on the Online Marketplace page or arrange for a cash of check deposit.

On Monday evening, you receive a copy of your order to review and correct, if necessary. We place orders with the farmers/producers on Tuesdays to fill our member's boxes, then we pick up the produce/groceries on Thursday mornings. You will receive or pick up your local food on Thursday afternoon. By Saturday, you will receive a statement of your account with your new credit balance and a revised order if it had changed. If you are away on vacation, you can double-up your orders when you get home or spread the missed boxes over the whole season. Either way, taking a vacation doesn't result in a loss and we understand some members need to take whole seasons off.

You will become a member when you sign up for a market box(es). That is when our contract begins and you pay-it-forward for the upcoming season (the essence of CSA). A small additional fee when you first sign up will be used to hand-build your sturdy wooden delivery boxes (one to stay with you and one for us to pick up empty with each delivery). If you leave the CSA we'll buy them back from you at a used price, depending on condition.

Our extraordinary program for Winter Saturday deliveries (barring blizzards) gives you access to fresh lettuce, micogreens, and other fresh greens, standard stored root crops, asian greens, aged cheese (goat and cow) all of the meats and seafood and most of our non-farm producers 10 months of the year (January/February we break). And, our upcoming 2017 program for Seasonal Special Orders through our CSA 'Fruits and Nuts' Club (when numbers support it), opens up the bountiful fruit and nut harvests of Northern CA to us now. All seasons are maximum 8-weeks in length to make local food easy to acquire. We have a Spring Break without orders one week in March/April and a Fall break one week in November. There are no markets the two weeks around Christmas and New Years and in 2018 we will begin taking January and February off with one Winter Market stock up delivery mid-January to early February.

You will always have cash, check and paypal options (those qualified can arrange no interest payments using their paypal accounts but we need to cover their service charges with your payment). Use the menu at the top and bottom of each page to thoroughly explore the options, to sign up, pay membership and order your first season — Fall Season — with deliveries beginning on September 21st – orders due in by noon September 18th. You can always jump in during a season with a prorated box subscription so don't put it off. Bookmark this page as your CSA home page and bookmark the Online Market to quickly get to your order page.

We are constantly resourcing, adding new vendors, producers and products to our Online Marketplace. What our subscribers want, really matters.

Cheers!

Jessie's Cosmic Garden

 

 

Stumped? Email: TopPicksCSA@heartofthesun.com

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