Whether you are just learning about cheese or you are already a dedicated Yellow Springs Farm cheese enthusiast, we invite you to join us as a CSA member.
WHAT IS A CSA? A CSA is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between local farmers and community members who pay the farmer an annual membership fee to help cover production costs of the farm. In return, members receive a regular share of the production - for Yellow Springs Farm members, this is a share of local artisanal cheese. A cheese CSA operates much like a vegetable or fruit CSA. As a CSA member you will enjoy regular deliveries of artisanal cheese while helping support diversity, sustainability, and small scale innovation in farming. Your food choices are helping shape the future of our food systems.
WHAT DO YOU GET? Yellow Springs Farm members will receive a cheese share two times per month. 13 pickups for 2013. Each Regular Share is usually 3 varieties of Yellow Springs Farm cheeses total-ing 12 oz. Plus Share includes 4 cheese portions totaling 16 oz. Plus Share is perfect for split shares and larger households. Everything But Chevre includes 2 cheeses - 6 oz. each!
Both fresh pasteurized milk cheeses and aged raw milk cheeses are included. Members also have unique opportunities to try new products and place special orders for extra cheese. Some CSA cheeses are exclusive varieties only for members.
CHEESE PICK UP Cheese shares will be delivered every two weeks. Depending on your pick-up site, you will receive cheese either for first and third weeks, or second and fourth weeks of each month. If you will miss a pickup, please ask a friend or relative to come in your place. CSA membership is similar to theater or music subscriptions—if you miss a “performance,” you forfeit cheese for that week. That said, if you contact YSF or your pickup site with a special schedule need for a given week, we will try to accommodate you. Each pickup site disposes of unclaimed cheese on Saturdays—it is perishable, and we need room for the next week’s orders.
Cheese CSA Test Drive
Are you unsure if the Cheese CSA is right for you? Do you travel in August, and prefer to have the CSA for only the early weeks of the season? Or, is the full share CSA beyond your budget?
If you answereed "yes" to any of these questions, the CSA Test Drive is right for you! Get 4 Cheese CSA pickups every two weeks from mid-September to mid-November. $100. Select one of 15 pickup sites around the region. You will receive three cheese portions-- about 4 oz each-- or a total of about 12 oz per pickup. You will also receive tasting notes, recipe, and Farm news from us via email each week that you pickup your cheese share.
ABOUT OUR CSA Yellow Springs Farm proudly offers both fresh and aged Artisanal Goat Cheeses. The most important part of our award winning cheeses is the exceptionally good milk our goats produce. We breed and raise Nubian goats, with occasional genetic crosses, carefully selected for their naturally nutrient rich milk. Our herd browses pasture, cleans up invasive plant species in the woodland, and basks in the sun. Our goats also eat local hay and organic grains.
Al and Catherine Renzi make Yellow Springs Farm cheeses using age-old processes borrowed from both French and Italian traditions. Our original interpretation of these recipes, and inclusion of farm-raised herbs, nuts, and honey make many unique Yellow Springs Farm Goat Cheeses. Each small batch is handmade, and never includes preservatives or anything artificial. We use only vegetable rennet and sea salt.
We love to select palette-pleasing trends to pair with local, fresh foods. There is always a new cheese to try. CSA members receive email newsletters with tasting and cheese pairing notes so that you can enjoy all the good flavors of Yellow Springs Farm.