What is a CSA model?

Weekly Produce Boxes Filled with Fruits and VegiesCSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA’s present a great way for the public to access fresh local produce while supporting their community’s farmers. A CSA program is supported by it’s produce box members, who pay upfront for the delivery of produce over a season. Typically, a CSA is comprised of just one farm, but because there are so many smaller producers in the area, Sierra Bounty presents the unique solution of pooling produce from a number of farms. This is beneficial to the produce box member in that it creates a truly “bountiful” produce box, in which the produce travels from a small region but envelops significantly varying microclimates. So, Sierra Bounty isn’t technically a CSA, but we operate using a similar model.

 

How do I become a produce box member?

There are several ways to insure your spot in the produce collective. Start by e-mailing Andrea Walker at stellarbrew@gmail.com to reserve you reservation.

How to pay:

Stop by Stellar Brew located at 3280 Main St (next to Napa) in Mammoth Lakes and pay with Cash or Credit Card

OR send a check to

Sierra Bounty
P.O. Box 9061
Mammoth Lakes Ca 93546

The Cost:

A produce share costs $600.00 for sixteen consecutive weeks of produce deliveries, from June 30th through October 13th. Payments need to be made in full by JUNE FIRST.

The cost for your physical crop box is $10. This is a one time fee that past members do not have to pay if we still have it from last year. The box is durable and will last for years.

WE ARE NOW OFFERING THE OPTION OF PAYING BY CREDIT CARD! If you'd like to take us up on this offer, please make your credit card payment at the Stellar Brew, located at 3280 Main Street in Mammoth Lakes.

If you care to pay by check, payment can be mailed to the Stellar Brew, care of Sierra Bounty, at PO Box 9061, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546. Please make out your check to SIERRA BOUNTY.

How often are produce boxes supplied and how much food do they usually contain?

Produce boxes are picked up by members every Monday at the Stellar Brew from 4-6pm. Our produce boxes are ample, feeding 2-4 people for a week or more depending on the amount of produce consumed per family.

Additional items are for sale including pasture-raised eggs, freshly cut flowers and artisan breads.

The quantity of produce in each box varies throughout the summer...

In the first month or so, boxes may seem skimpy, however, the abundance of produce available in early fall will exceed any produce box members expectations. Such drastic variances reflect the climatic and environmental challenges of growing produce in the Eastern Sierra, where the onset of the growing season can be especially delayed.

Is all of the produce organic?

While not all of the produce in the box may be certified organic, all local growers supplying produce to Sierra Bounty are using organic methods, and likewise use environmentally responsible farming practices. Sierra Bounty emphasizes reducing the carbon footprint associated with non-local produce. Most produce grown in the United States travels an average of 1,500 miles before going to market. This figure doesn’t even take into account the produce imported from Latin America or Asia, so a tremendous environmental impact is made when supporting local agriculture!

Mammoth Locals Picking Up Their Weekly Produce

What can I expect to receive in my produce share?

Produce comes from as far south as Big Pine and as far north as Lee Vining. Items that can be found in our produce shares include:

Apples
Arugula
Baby Spinach
Beets
Bell Peppers
Blackberries
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Broccolini

Butter Lettuce
Cantaloupe
Carrots
Cauliflower
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Farm Fresh Eggs
Fresh Herbs
Garlic
Heirloom Tomatoes
Leeks
Japanese Turnips
Kale
New Potatoes
Onions
Pears
Pole Beans
Radishes
Rainbow And Swiss Chard
Rainier Cherries
Romaine Lettuce
Shallots
Sweet Italian Peppers
Sunburst Squash
Zucchini And More!

What are the benefits of being a produce box member?

Our members gain access to the freshest and most sustainably transported produce available in the Eastern Sierra. Boxes include a wide variety of produce that differs from week to week, allowing members to build meals around the seasonal yields. Our members also have the ability to influence what a grower may plant the following year by providing feedback at the end of the season. Growers benefit by knowing how to align production with market demand. Buying a share supports local economy. Members have a stake in agriculture; they are able to foster its viability, expansion and sustainability for the benefit of their community.

Are there risks involved in being a produce box member?

There are certain shared risks involved in joining any CSA. When snow at high elevation wipes out the primary crop of one grower, his or her loss is considered a loss for all produce box members. Accepting this risk is just one way for a CSA to provide support to local growers. A produce share from Sierra Bounty is unique in that risk is minimized when pooling from a diversity of crops and growing areas. Sourcing produce from multiple growers is advantageous since environmental and pest related crop failures are not likely to be ubiquitous. Pooling crops effectively safeguards our produce box members from extensive losses.