Supporting Local Farmers Helps Support Our Community.
What is a CSA?
CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a membership opportunity with a local farm to get a fresh box of food every week for the growing season. Choosing a CSA helps local, small scale farmers with the RISK of farming in a bad economy and changing climate.
Sharing the risk makes sure that a farmer still has an income during times when extreme climatic events ruin crops, something farmers cannot control.
Investing in local farmers also helps reduce the CO2 emissions in our atmosphere and keeps our currency in the community. Compared to distant or chain companies, locally owned businesses recycle a larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the community.
Paying for your membership at the beginning of the season helps farmers be able to afford seeds, potting soil, chicken food, and many other supplies needed to start a successful growing season.
Throughout the season, you will receive the vegetables in their natural seasons. For example, radishes are a spring crop, and squash is a fall crop.
Supporting small scale, organic farmers does more good than you initially think! Most small scale farmers are farming more than just food for humans. They are stewards of the land. Creating healthy soil and using regenerative practices to rebuild soil that has been ruined by decades of conventional farming. Some of these practices include reduced tillage, increasing soil organic matter, and using cover crops to add natural nutrients to the soil, reduce erosion, and keep our earth covered- like a blanket!
Rainbow Roots CSA:
We are celebrating our 3rd year of production! This years CSA will contain a mixture of roughly 50 different varieties of vegetables. Each week you will come to the farm and fill your bag with produce--market style! So, if you like buffets, you'll love this CSA.
Check out the links below to get into the weeds!
CSA crops from other local farmers:
Sweet Corn- Miller's Sweet Corn - Parnell, IA
Sweet Potatoes- Organic Greens - Kalona, IA
Onions- Onion Grove - Tiffin, IA
Ginger- Onion Grove - Tiffin, IA
Location: 3167 Rapid Creek Trail, Iowa City, IA 52240
Days: Monday or Thursday
New this year--CSA add-ons:
Flower Bouquets- Over the Moon Farm & Flowers - Coggon, IA
You can expect your bouquet to include 10-15 stems of flowers, and vary week to week. We like to think of our flowers as the "perfect kitchen table bouquet". You'll enjoy a variety of Iowa blooms all summer long! You can expect to see peonies, sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, eucalyptus, and so much more!
16 weeks of flowers- $240
8 weeks of flowers (pickup every other week)- $120
**Bouquets will only be available for Thursday pickup
Microgreens- Urban Greens - Iowa City, IA
Each week you will get a different mix to keep things exciting! Click the button to read more about each mix!
16 weeks of baby greens- $56
Eggs- West Fork Farmstead - West Chester, IA
West Fork Farmstead is located in West Chester, IA, about 40 minutes south of Iowa City. West Fork Farmstead produces meat, eggs, and honey in a pasture-based system. They work to provide the healthiest, highest quality food in a way that treats the animals well, provides for the community, and improves the soil and environment.
These eggs are produced from chickens raised on pasture and fed non-GMO feed. They are happy, healthy, and produce beautiful brown eggs.
1 doz/week for 16 weeks - $64
2 doz/week for 16 weeks - $128
3 doz/week for 16 weeks - $192
4 doz/week for 16 weeks - $256
Bread- Details TBD, stay tuned!
AVAILABLE A LA CARTE AT EACH PICK UP:
Eggs- Rainbow Roots Farm - Iowa City, IA
Certified organic, free range, and happy hens! Beautiful white, blue, brown, and dark brown eggs make for an eye-opening carton.
Eggs available a la carte at CSA pickup $6/dozen.
Honey- Joe's Bees - Iowa City, IA
Hyper-local honey collected from all the produce and nearby flowers at Rainbow Roots Farm. Joe does an excellent job with his nearly 20 hives. Light, sweet, mild flavor perfect for tea, on roasted vegetables, desserts, or even straight from the jar into your mouth (Joe's favorite way to eat it)!
Available beginning mid-August at CSA pickup.
June 6th - September 19th
Accepting 85-100 members
8 weeks (4 pick ups-- every other week)
September 26th - November 7th
Accepting 60-80 members
**Sign-ups will open in July**
To sign up, please fill out the form below. After you sign up, you will be sent an invoice via email. You can pay via Cash, Check, or Venmo.