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Community Supported Agriculture

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February 27, 2024

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Signing up for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is one of the best ways you can show up to support your local farmer. When you sign up for a CSA box, you pay upfront for a subscription to a local farm or ranch for the season. The farmer uses the funds to pay for production costs, and in return, you get a regular share of the harvest. 

While you may have heard of CSAs for vegetables, there are all kinds of CSAs available locally. We're now offering a CSA beef box that allows you to purchase a share of beef upfront at a discounted price, and get regular deliveries of grass-fed, grass-finished beef from Colvin Ranch.

With our CSA Beef Boxes, you'll get 4 boxes of meat (about 50 pounds of beef total), available for pickup in March, June, September, and December. Each box includes 4 pounds of ground beef, 4 steaks, 1 roast, and a few extras (rancher's choice), so you'll have an opportunity to try some new cuts. By paying upfront, you get our best prices and guaranteed delivery. 

The beef is vacuum sealed in USDA packaging, and flash frozen for freshness. Each box includes about 12 packages of meat - just enough to fit in your standard freezer. Pickups are available in Tenino, Tumwater, or Tacoma. Sign ups are available online year-round.

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