What is a CSA membership?
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 fresh, locally grown goods while supporting local growers. In the simplest terms, a CSA membership is like a bouquet subscription in which you pick up a seasonal bouquet every other week.
For the 2020 season, my urban flower farm will be offering full season CSA bouquets to a limited number of participants. Due to the limited number of memberships available, I will also be able to offer a few extra goodies and gifts throughout the season that were not previously available.
What does a CSA Membership Include?
There are two options for CSA memberships this year. First, the Regular CSA which includes a full season (8 bouquets) of flowers to pick up every other week and a gift from me. The second option is the Deluxe CSA which includes everything the regular CSA has, plus the below garden kit and member-only workshop.
- Bi-weekly Bouquets (every other week) Pickup during the growing season (scroll down for date details).
- Pickup Location: My home in Lehi near Snow Springs Elementary (address sent after purchase)
- Pickup Time: Bi-weekly Wednesdays between 3-6 pm
- A Cut Garden Starter Kit: (Only available in the Deluxe CSA Membership) At the time of your first pickup, I will provide a vase and pin frog so you can practice your garden-to-vase skills all season. This kit will also include a packet of summer annual seeds for your own cutting garden and one of my favorite floriculture books to add to your home library (Options to choose from: Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein or Color Me Floral by Kiana Underwood or a gorgeous Botanical Calendar from Robert & Stella).
- Harvesting Workshop: (Only available in the Deluxe CSA Membership) A member-only tour of my cutting garden where we will harvest a bucket of blooms together for you to take home. (The bucket of blooms will act as a substitue for one of the CSA bouquets.) During this private tour, you can ask me your cutting garden questions and leave with enough blooms to create 2-3 bouquets at home! Date: TBA (I will try to accomodate schedules, but expect it to be on a Saturday in May, August or Septmeber.)
The 2020 CSA Dates & Blooms:
4 SPRING CSA Bouquets
Blooms in Season: Peonies, ranunculus, anemones, tulips, daffodils, Iceland poppies, roses, foxglove, bee balm etc.
4 SUMMER CSA Bouquets
(Approximately: end of July-mid-September)
Blooms in Season: Sunflowers, zinnias, snapdragons, dahlias, globe amaranth, celosia, lemon basil, delphinium etc.
CSA Membership Cost (with Taxes):
Regular CSA Membership: (Pickup Only)
$200 $180 Valentine’s Day Sale!
Deluxe CSA Membership: (Pickup Only)
$420 $396 Valentine’s Day Sale! (Valid through February 15th)
I sell out of blooms every week during the growing season and priority is given to CSA member orders. Extra bouquets are pretty rare. By signing up for a CSA you will cut out the hassle and ensure you have fresh blooms all season long!
You must DM me on Instragram @savethebeesflowerco to request a 2020 CSA membership. Please read the policies below before messaging me.
Once the season begins, you will get an email notification. CSA members will then pick up their bouquets bi-weekly (every other week) from my porch on Wednesdays between 3-6pm. 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 8 bouquets by the end of the end of fall. If mother nature does not cooperate, 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.
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 in previous years. 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 subscription memberships. However, if circumstances change and you cannot participate, you may gift your membership 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 schedule.
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.