Something delicious is ready to "meat" the Midlands!
Spring 2012 was our pilot season, to test the feasibility of Doko Farm being the first Heritage Meat CSA in Richland County (and as far as we can tell, the only meat CSA in Richland County). Each CSA share featured Doko Farm's pasture-raised heritage breeds, many of which are listed on the Slow Food Ark of Taste. The evaluations are in and our pilot season was a HUGE success! We look forward to growing Doko Farm's Heritage Meat CSA and hope that you will join us.
Shares for our Heritage Meat CSA are sold out. If you would like to be added to our CSA wait list, please send us an email with your request. As shares become available, we will offer them to individuals on our waiting list. Thank you.
Doko Farm's Heritage Meat CSA
Autumn 2014: October, November and December
Our autumn Heritage Meat CSA shares will feature our Narragansett Heritage Turkey, Buckeye chicken, Saxony Duck, St. Croix lamb and Guinea Hog pork. We will once again be offering a choice in share size for autumn, so that you can choose the share that best meets your family's needs.
Pick-up dates at Baan Sawan Thai Bistro: Thursdays (6-7pm),
October 30th, November 20th, December 18th
Pick-up at Doko Farm: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays (email or call and let us know what time works best for you) October 27th-31st, November 21st-24th, and December 19th-22nd.
Winter 2014:January, February and March
Our winter Heritage Meat CSA shares will feature our Guinea Hog pork and St. Croix Lamb. Share Price: TBA
Pick-up dates at Baan Sawan Thai Bistro: Thursdays (6-7pm), Dates TBA
Pick-up at Doko Farm: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays (email or call and let us know what time works best for you), Dates TBA
This is an excellent opportunity for adventurous cooks to receive the best our farm has to offer, before it is made available to the general public.
By joining Doko Farm's Heritage Meat CSA you will:
Want to order additional items to pick-up with your share? In your monthly CSA email, you will find order forms with available products and prices. Simply reply at least 24 hours in advance of your pick-up, with what you would like. (No more guessing about what we have in stock!)
This past autumn, we increased the number of shares by 25%. We will continue to grow our CSA slowly, while we maintain our commitment to sustainability and quality. If you are not able to secure a share this season, please join our CSA wait list, by sending us an email with your request.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Doko Farm's Heritage Meat CSA works very much like a more traditional produce CSA. Our sessions run for 3 months each, and shares are picked up once a month. Members purchase a share of what our farm produces, in this case, pasture-raised heritage meats. The total cost of the share is due at the time of sign-up. This enables your farmer to have funds coming into the farm when they are most needed, during the growing season. Doko Farm's major costs are feed, fencing, and USDA inspected processing. In a typical market situation, farmers foot the bill for daily farm costs and then hope to make that money back at the end of the growing season, when they are able to sell their products. The CSA model evens out a farm's cash flow.
Is there risk? Yes. You are purchasing a share of a farm and share in that farm's successes and losses. Farming is a risky business. If something does go wrong, we will let our share holders know. While a particular item may be missing from your share, Doko Farm is diverse and we will be able to make up the value with another item. We have been raising heritage animals on pasture for 5 years. During this time we have grown our farm and refined our practices. Because of our diverse offerings and experience, we are confident that you will be happy with the product quality and variety that comes in your monthly share.
Will I know what is included in my share, in advance? Some of our costumers like to know and some prefer to be surprised. We try to keep everyone happy. You will receive a reminder email when it is time to pick up your share. In this email we will let you know what is in that month's share, but this will be towards the bottom, clearly marked with a "Spoiler Alert." If you prefer to be surprised, simply stop reading.
What if I will be going on vacation? Communication is key. If you will not be able to pick up your share, you can have someone else pick it up for you, or we would be happy to hold your share until you return. Either way, just let us know in advance. Thank you!
What if I don't like lamb? Sorry there are no substitutions for the shares. If you have dietary restrictions, or are not an adventurous cook, then your best option may be to visit our farm during one of our on-farm sales days and select the items that you prefer.
Is your CSA like a buying club, where I can feed my family at a savings? No. You will be receiving high quality, pasture-raised, heritage meat at a fair price (to both the consumer and the farmer). By the end of a season you will have received a value equal, or a little better, to that of what you have paid.
What are the benefits? In addition to those listed above, our CSA members receive a monthly offering of the best our farm has to offer, for one convient price. You also have the option of picking up your share in Columbia (at Baan Sawan Thai Bistro), or at our farm, whichever works best for you. We are at every CSA pick-up, to answer you questions, and chat for a bit. Being able to look your farmer in the eye and know that you are getting a truly exceptional product is priceless. And of course there are the warm fuzzies that come with directly supporting a local, family farm!
Thank you for supporting local food, small farms, and heritage breeds!