Believe it or not, Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary is rolling into its FIFTH Community Supported Apothecary (CSA) program. With 36 participants in our last Fall/Winter CSA (Oct to Feb), we are planning on taking on the same amount of folks for our Spring/Summer CSA (April to Aug). Our participants consisted of people as close as my neighbors in Mississippi to people as far away as Virginia, New Mexico, Florida, and South Carolina.
So, for those of you new to the CSA concept, you may be asking what the heck is a Community Supported Apothecary (CSA)? Basically, we’ve taken the term local foods term “CSA” (which means Community Supported Agriculture where you normally get a weekly box of veggies) and given it a new spin!
In our 5-month CSA (Community Supported Apothecary) program, you’ll receive monthly, seasonally-appropriate, herbal preparations in the mail or you can pick-up at certain MS farmer’s markets or Beaverdam Fresh Farms drop-off locations. If you want to stock your first aid and self-care medicine cabinet with hand-crafted, herbal preparations, then this is the program for you!
Our CSA members prepay for the 5-month program at least one month before the CSA begins (in this case, by March 1st). Each month you’ll receive your herbal preparations along with a newsletter high-lighting certain herbs and their uses as well as describing how to use the preparations we send you!
Here’s a sample of some of what you can expect in the Spring/Summer CSA:
Bugs Be-Gone Herbal Bug Spray
Remineralizing Tooth Powder
Anti-fungal Skin Salve
Spring Tea Blend
Liver & Lymph Tincture
Peppermint Spirits Elixir
Tension Release Tincture
Spring Bud Soul-sap Tonic
Violet Flower Essence
I mostly harvest wild plants from Mississippi and Alabama, as well as some cultivated plants from my garden. I do supplement with organic suppliers and farmers in our network of herbalists and plant lovers for certain herbs not found in my region.
Here’s the basic info for our 5-month program (April to Aug 2016):
– you will receive $40 worth of seasonally appropriate, herbal preparations (we are known for lagniappe, as well)
– you will be sent a newsletter describing each preparation, their seasonal relevance, and information high-lighting the herbs we used
The cost is $250 (if items are shipped) and $225 (if items are picked up in Starkville, Columbus, Meridian, Oxford, or Jackson via Beaverdam Farms drop-off). This includes shipping and taxes. It is best that we are paid in one lump sum as it can be difficult for us to track monthly payments. However, if you are not able to pay this way, we can make arrangements for monthly payments.
Payment must be received by March 1st!
I only have the capacity for 36 participants. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know you are interested in participating. I will send out an email with payment information and a couple housekeeping questions to answer once we reach the 36 participant mark (probably sometime in mid-February).
Testimonials from previous CSA participants:
“I have truly enjoyed my membership to the Sweet Gum Springs Fall/Winter CSA. The perfectly timed herbs have been an amazing way to keep my family healthy through the season’s changes.”
~ Ingrid, New Orleans, LA
“I have enjoyed herbal medicines for years but now the CSA has really allowed me to get up close and personal with the plants in a way that I never thought possible. It was so exciting to open each package and find out what was in the box! It amazed me that each time the box was filled with preparations that I needed exactly at that moment. It was a perfect fit. I also loved the information sheet and referred back to it many times. Thank you Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary!”
~ Brandy in Atlanta, GA
“If you are thinking – should I join the CSA? My answer – you should! The CSA has allowed me to experience the wonder of herbs and it’s healing properties in ways that I would not have in any other form. What a fun learning experience that keeps on teaching.”
~ Ceil in Meridian, MS