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Community Sponsored Agriculture

We are proud to support this important concept of “community sponsored agriculture”, which creates a direct relationship with local farmers and the consumer with the intent of sustainability. Once a month, the Farm sends a share of their seasonal produce, enough for the week, in a carefully packaged box and the customer picks it up at a given drop off point—i.e. Julienne.

It is a win-win situation for all involved—the farmers gain a new audience for their products, the consumer is introduced to really fresh, organic, possibly new produce and Julienne benefits simply by having new customers come to our store. We do not make a penny from being the distribution point, but just believe in being conscientious about our food sources.

This idea of somehow getting involved with “CSA's” had been floating in my head for some time, ever since I heard people speak with great enthusiasm over their weekly “box”. I was intrigued that vegetables could elicit such a response. I contacted our own produce vendors, talked to customers about their interest in such an idea, tracked down other CSA's in neighboring states, scoured the internet and The Slow Food Movement….ultimately, I settled on Tierra Miguel Farms, located near Fallbrook. I was impressed that they’ve been in business for over nine years, and had such a deep commitment to sustainable growth. Mel, the farm manager, came up to see me the next day and we immediately agreed that Julienne would be an ideal distribution point. I thought it fitting that Julienne host these boxes of wonderful, fresh, organic produce….and perhaps sell some wine or olive oil to complement the contents!

Here’s how it works:
~Sign up for either weekly or biweekly delivery on the Tierra Miguel website.
~The contents are a “surprise”, based on the farm’s discretion. You do not get to “cherry pick” your contents.
~Julienne does not take the orders or the payment.
~Recipes are posted on-line weekly as a means to encourage new ways of preparing foods.
~If you have any concerns about the quality or the contents, contact Tierra Miguel directly.

If you are interested, please make all arrangements directly with Tierra Miguel.

I hope you will take advantage of this new way to enjoy the pleasures of the harvest.
Thank you!

Site Coordinator

Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA)
(excerpt from Tierra Miguel Foundation )

In the early 1990's a small group was formed to explore the potential for setting up a socially responsible community that would work together on the premise of building a site for agricultural renewal, healing and contemplative practices. This group searched for land and direction for ten years. With the sad loss of a Southern California biodynamic farm in late 1999 and the subsequent loss of biodynamic produce for many community people, the group pressed into action. >> Sign up now

Slow Food Movement
(excerpt from the Slow Food website)

Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food has over 80,000 members in 100 countries. Its headquarters are in Bra, Italy. Slow Food organizes large-scale biennial events, including Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto, as well as publishing books on food and wine, running the University of Gastronomic Sciences and supporting the growth of the movement around the world. www.slowfood.com



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