Joining the Millsap Farm CSA was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I love knowing exactly where my produce comes from, who grows it, and how it was grown. The fact that most of it was harvested the same day that I receive it is so cool, and it tastes a thousand times better than produce from a grocery store. The work day at the farm is very fun and a great learning experience. I highly recommend joining. –Amanda
Our experience began several years ago having no idea what CSA was? We love the idea that we are directly supporting local farmer’s and eating local grown vegetables and fruit. Our first year was a massive learning experience. We had no idea there were so many different types of vegetables and didn’t know how we would ever distinguish them much less incorporate them into a recipe. However, we quickly became really good at it. Curtis is always super helpful and willing to answer all of the questions that we have. There are also books and websites with all sorts of ideas and information.
It was really fun to see and smell all the different kinds of colorful fruits and veggies at the pick up each week. Working on the farm with our kids has helped them to better realize where their food actually comes from. It has given our family a greater appreciation for healthy foods and taking care of the world and the bodies that God has given us.
There are always so many innovative projects going on at the farm and Curtis strives to create a better and better CSA experience each year. The shares are a great value and everything tastes so much better having been picked fresh on the farm and not shipped across the country. –Aaron and his family have been share holders for multiple summers
The heirloom tomatoes are fabulous –Melody
Having a CSA this winter meant that I got to share a treasure trove of delicious vegetables with my friends and fellow students every two weeks! As the president of Drury University’s Think Green group, our shared CSA allowed us to come together, make dinners, and enjoy the luxury of having organic, fresh vegetables despite our “broke college student” status. It really has meant a lot to me, and the other members of the organization to have such a privilege this year. — Amy
Great produce, great people. Such a rewarding place to be a part of. –Whitney
Having the opportunity to be an intern on Millsap Farm has been an amazing and educational experience. The farm is a very open and friendly place. Everyday provides an opportunity for another great conversation, learning another technique for growing healthy organic vegetables, or losing one’s self in the many rows and fields of vegetables. Curtis is a great teacher and openly shares his knowledge of farming and farm life, usually while out in the field working with you. –An Intern on the Farm
There is a good balance of hard work and laid back work. There are opportunities to learn about several different aspects of farm work, such as row crops, no-till, high tunnels and greenhouses, fruit trees, cover crops, soil blocking, farm construction, community living, running a 90+ member CSA, and all sorts of other subjects. Curtis is an innovator and he’s always trying some new method or approach to farming in order to increase the abundance and quality of his farm. It’s a wonderful place to live, learn, grow, and make new connections. —
I had always wanted to try a CSA but never quite understood exactly how to go about it. The Millsaps answered all my questions and made joining easy. The fresh vegetables were not only delicious but an amazing feast for the eyes. I couldn’t wait to pick up my weekly share and delighted in planning my meals. I enjoyed working on the farm, it was relaxing and physically fulfilling. I enjoyed my conversations with the Millsap family and their interns. It felt like I was family. —
Jessey Harrison had this to say on National CSA Sign-up Day 2015, and even put together these pictures
When I moved to Springfield after college, I had many fears: Would I be able to make friends? Would I be able to afford eating good food? How would I stand being so far from family?
Finding Millsap’s CSA put all those fears to rest. Over the last 3 years, I’ve been nothing but blessed by these wonderful people. They’ve been my family-away-from-family, my friends, and my teachers. I can’t imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t joined that first fall, and for that I will forever be thankful. smile emoticon #nationalcsaday#millsapfarm #thankful #eatlocal