The Vicarious Ranch/Central Coast Mangalitsas Meat CSA
Why our CSA?
CSA members receive a significant discount for their commitment to our farm. By being a member, you receive meat at lower than market value.
Community Supported Agriculture is a consumer to producer relationship which creates and supports a symbiotic relationship. By becoming a “member” of Vicarious Ranch; in addition to receiving high quality meats and eggs, you become a part of the farm and are invited to spend time with us here for special events, given priority in reserving holiday turkeys, and additional value added items. We will also provide a monthly newsletter outlining the contents of your box along with ideas on how to prepare them.
CSA shares can be picked up in Pasadena, CA or at the farm in San Miguel. Our share price reflects the real cost of raising animals on a diversified and small scale. Our animals are raised humanely, and free range on pasture. We choose to remain a small-holding because it gives us the opportunity to have daily contact with each animal monitoring their health and growth throughout the seasons. The prices you see at the grocery store do not reflect the quality of feed, environment, animal welfare, and breed diversity that we provide.
Our animals graze with our chickens. Our chickens and guinea hens are a great clean-up crew and help with rotational grazing.This is reflected in the quality of eggs you will receive. While this is not a vegetable CSA, you may receive (as part of our value added program) items from our gardens, which benefit from the fertile and aerated soil. Our sheep are 100% pasture raised, with hay supplement during the drier months. Our pigs and poultry are fed a non-gmo, corn and soy free daily ration with a supplement of seasonal fruit and vegetables. They are 100% pasture raised. The nutritional make-up and quantity of the feed we give our animals allows them to grow slowly and healthfully. We find that the slower their growth, the more flavor in the end product. You will find that our meat tastes different. It may have more marbling (pork) than you are used to, or be a bit smaller (turkey) than what you find in the freezer section of the grocery. Those attributes are a result of our breeding program, no hormones, quality feed, fresh air and exercise. Another great result is that the meat taste is exceptional.
We are raising livestock for you. This meat CSA provides for us the opportunity to share, what we believe to be a superior product, and the means by which to continue to do so. It provides to you an opportunity to support the farmer by purchasing direct, and access to quality meat, You also have access to rare and sustainably grown product. This CSA will introduce you to well known cuts of meat as those which are lesser known. You can expect monthly information on how to prepare along with simple recipes. In addition to the meat, eggs and value added product, we will be donating a portion of the CSA share price each month to a food/hunger specific charity. We will provide the name of the charity to you in your box.
All CSA subscriptions must be paid in full regardless of length of plan. Payment may be made by paypal, squarecash, personal check or cash (in advance). Subscriptions are non-refundable, but can be transferable under the pick-up delivery restrictions.
To reserve your share, email the following information to VICARIOUSRANCH@GMAIL.com with the subject line CSA SHARE.
Name, phone number, pick up or delivery, delivery address if requesting, share size (Clarice or Zsa Zsa), length of share, start date requested (march, april, may, june)
Because shares are limited, please wait for a response from us before returning back to this page and paying, via the paypal option. If paying via squarespace or personal check, we will give you process details in the return email.
Please note: We can only accept CSA shares for pick up at the ranch or in Pasadena, CA. Delivery in restricted Los Angeles may be arranged (payment option available) for an additional fee and pre-approval.
9 month program March-November
Minimum 3 month subscription
CSA deadline dates:
BOX SIZE AND PRICES --what you will receive at a minimum
The Clarice-- 5-7 lbs of meat + 1 dozen eggs + 1 value added product
Pricing:* 3 months-$210 6 months-$402 9 months-$585
The Zsa Zsa--10-12 lbs of meat +1 dozen eggs + 1 value added product
Pricing:* 3 months-$360 6 months--$690 9 months--$990
Last Wednesday of every month, except November.
Pick up will be in Pasadena from 3-7pm
If on delivery schedule the dates are the same* (fee applies)
For those on a 9 month plan, or plan that includes a november delivery with turkey, the cost of the box will be applied to the cost of the turkey. In the event the value of the turkey is less than the box price, we will supplement with product or 2nd turkey with advanced order.
in the event we have excess turkeys they will be offered to CSA members on a first come, first served basis. If there are excess turkeys after this process, we will offer to non-csa.
Non CSA or CSA members who wish to guarantee a turkey (in excess of the 1 in the November box) must reserve a turkey by April 1, 2017 with a non-refundable $20 deposit per turkey.
We have a limited number of subscription boxes available for 2017. We will process on a first come first served basis. We cannot hold unpaid applications past the due date. If your application remains unpaid after the due date, we will fill the spot with the wait list. In the event we sell out, we will maintain a wait list and notify you upon availability.