What is a CSA? The idea of community supported agriculture (CSA) originated with a community's desire to support local agriculture. A farmer grows shares of produce, fruit, or other agricultural products, in our case finished wine. Shares are purchased before the growing season and the community and farmer shared in the risks that came with agriculture. They also shared in the joys of locally grown fresh products.
Why does Lost Acres Vineyard have a CSA? We grow about 50% of the grapes that go into our wines. Owners, Kevin Riggott and Michelle Niedermeyer live in the community. Our CSA fits the intention of supporting local agriculture, good local food, preserving local farms and decreasing our carbon footprint.
Is Lost Acres Vineyard CSA right for me? This question is answered with several other questions. Do you like wine? Do you like supporting local agriculture? Do you enjoy the viewing of art and the listening to music in a beautiful country setting? Do you like treating friends to a tasting for free? Are you interested in learning more about wine, and getting a behind the scenes view of grape growing and wine making in general, and Lost Acres Vineyard specifically? If the answer is yes to these questions, then the CSA is right for you!
What are "Pick-Up Parties," are they different from distributions? Pick up parties are the distribution method for the Lost Acres Vineyard CSA. The terms pick-up party and distribution are used interchangeably. Three times a year, Lost Acres CSA members can visit the winery and vineyard to pick up their CSA share (8 bottles of wine per pick up). During the party, Lost Acres Vineyard will provide a state of the vineyard update and light hors d'oeuvres and various cheeses for customers to enjoy.
What is my risk in joining Lost Acres Vineyard CSA? The risk is minimal. In our model, we have already grown and harvested the crop, so we know we are going to make wine. The only risk is if a bottling is delayed or we determine not to bottle a particular wine. In this case we will substitute another wine of equal value.
What do I get for my membership? CSA members receive two cases of wine, either picked up 3 times per year. They also receive a 20% discount on all wine purchased throughout the year. Members also receive the chance to buy advance tickets for select music events and behind the scenes vineyard tours.
How much does a share in the Lost Acres Vineyard CSA cost and when is payment due? The total cost of a Lost Acres Vineyard CSA share is $370 which includes sales tax and a 20% discount on wine. To secure a spot in the CSA, a $100 deposit is required. Two additional payments of $135 are due April 1 and June 1.
Can I select the wines in my CSA share? The short answer is yes. While the winemaker will select wines to be in each of the distributions, members can substitute wines if they prefer. Any differences in cost will be billed or credited in at the final distribution.