Our C.ommunity S.upported A.griculture Program
Out of a desire to connect with his local community, Pat Herbert—a fourth generation farmer in the Herbert family—started the Herbert Family CSA program in 2000 by offering weekly boxes of his farm’s bounty. Two years later, his daughter, Becky Herbert, left her job in publishing to help Pat market the farm’s produce.
What started out as a temporary job quickly became permanent when Becky recognized her deep love for the reverence of this lifestyle, and the food that comes from such a labor of love. Understanding that people have different food preferences, Becky expanded the structure of the CSA program from a standard share model where members received pre-selected food to providing members with the option to select from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables each week. Thus the first customizable CSA was born in 2002.
After a decline in his health, Pat cut back his farming business in 2006, which meant letting go of his commitment to grow a variety of produce for the CSA. Becky, however, couldn’t imagine closing the CSA. She had developed close relationships in those early years, while also igniting a passion for cooking and sharing food with others. Her business model was unique, and she was determined to keep the CSA alive.
Becky reached out to farmer friends in San Benito County to see if they would be willing to supply food to her customers. All agreed and Becky went on to establish Eating with the Seasons.
Today, Farmhouse Foods has established many wonderful partnerships with local, organic farmers and food purveyors that share the same values as Becky’s father—foods that are high in quality and dense in nutrients. Farmhouse Foods, Eat with the Seasons is proud to serve the many members who have been supporting the Herbert’s CSA for 17 years, and we look forward to serving them for many years to come.