Once the flowers start to bloom, the CSA season begins at Save the Bees Flower Co.
A ‘CSA’ stands for Community Supported Agriculture and has been practiced in the United States in the 1980s. A CSA is a seasonal subscription that allows customers access to some of the best locally grown, fresh, high quality goods around while supporting local growers.
For the 2020 season, my urban flower farm will be offering full season CSA bouquets to a LIMITED number of participants. Detailed below.
I sold out often last year, so signing up for a bouquet subscription will ensure you have fresh blooms all season! If you are unable to snag a CSA then follow my Instagram for the occassional extra bouquet alert.
4 SPRING CSA Bouquets
(Approximately Between: April through May)
Blooms in Season: Peonies, ranunculus, anemones, tulips, daffodils, Iceland poppies, roses, foxglove, bee balm etc.
4 SUMMER CSA Bouquets
(Approximately Between: end of July through mid-September)
Blooms in Season: Sunflowers, zinnias, snapdragons, dahlias, globe amaranth, celosia, lemon basil, delphinium etc.
Full CSA Cost: $160 (8 bouquets total)
Once registration opens for 2020, I will send an email to my newsletter subscribers and post on Instagram. I anticipate opening registration in February. Note: There are no half season CSA subscriptions offered this year. Only the full season.
Once the applicable season begins, you will get an email notification. CSA members will then pick up their bouquets weekly from my porch on Tuesdays between 1-4pm for the spring season. There is about a two month gap between the end of the spring round and the start of the summer CSA bouquets. (See aproximate dates above under season descriptions).
The weather might delay one week, but the goal is to provide 4 bouquets by the end of the season. I will refund $20 per bouquet that cannot be filled.
Also, there will be times that I am out-of-town and will need to change the pickup day/time. I will let CSA members know in advance if that is to happen. Similarly, there may be times that you are out of town and unable to pick up your bouquet. If that happens, you can “gift” that week’s bouquet to a friend or family member.
Any late pickups or no shows cannot be held. As you know I am raising a little family and must balance my side hustle with their needs. I’ve found that rescheduling pickups or waiting for someone to show was too chaotic for my family. Please arrive within the designated time frame. If you or a friends does not show, your bouquet that week will be forfeit.
There are no refunds on CSA bouquet subscriptions. However, you may gift your subscription to someone by contacting me.
CSA members understand that bouquets are made based on what is blooming. I cannot customize bouquets due to the size of my space. I try to give you a general idea of what is blooming in each season, but note that Mother Nature has her own ideas sometimes.
Once the flowers have been collected, Save the Bees Flower Co. assumes no responsibility for flowers that wilt or die due to poor handling (i.e. left in a hot car, stems not immediately re-cut and hydrated after brought home, etc.).
I grow thousands of blooms on my urban flower farm each year and each variety plays a part in the design. If Mother Nature decides to wipe out one crop then I may need to mix in substitutions from other sources. I will try to source from other local farmers first. However, I may need to source a few blooms from the local wholesaler to guarantee a beautiful full bouquet.