Gathered Threads Herb CSA – Herbs for Health & Wellness

WHAT IS A CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSAs have now become a common business model where customers sign up for a share in advance of the season, and then they receive a regularly scheduled harvest bag or box of goods. The most common model is for vegetables, but others exist for meats, eggs, flowers, herbs, breads, and more! The contents of the share are most often determined by the farmers, but some CSAs are designed where you can select some or all of your share contents.

WHY JOIN A HERBAL CSA?
We are familiar now with locally, sustainably grown food. What about your herbs?!
Get to know your herb farmer, some new herbs, and some new uses for familiar herbs!

By joining the CSA, you are on a journey with herbs. Some years it might be a great chamomile or yarrow harvest. Other years might provide us with more holy basil, lavender flowers, or skullcap. Some herbalists say that the prominent herbs that are present in a given year are the same ones we’ll need the most in the following seasons! However it may be, most herbs have several different actions, meaning they can be used for multiple purposes. So in those abundant years for certain herbs, we get a chance to explore all of their uses!!

The Herb Share is designed to help you begin your alternative medicine journey & stock your cabinets with herbal remedies for all seasons.

CSA Members expand their herbal knowledge and familiarity with herbs. The ‘standard’ culinary herbs are provided in the share, such as basil, parsley, dill, sage, thyme, rosemary, so you can continue cooking with familiarity with the herbs from your share. We also provide some common herbs for teas, such as peppermint, spearmint, lemon verbena. By joining the CSA, you will probably also receive herbs and herb products you are less familiar with, but might have heard of, such as passionflower, calendula, alfalfa, red clover.

Members receive beautiful, hand-made, high-quality, locally & sustainably grown herbs and herbal products.

Gathered Threads is focused on and dedicated to drying herbs for your share. We believe herbal teas and culinary spices are very important to supply you with. We want the dried herbs to be close to 1/2 of the share. Herbal teas can help nourish you with vitamins and minerals essential to our health. Herbal teas are an easy way for our body to assimilate and use the herbs’ constituents. Many of the herbal teas, either simples or blends, can be used daily as a tonic to help support, build, and tone various body systems.

Instructions to use the herbs and herbal products will be given with the share.

Though the CSA you get to expand your herbal medicine cabinet and your knowledge of herbal remedies. Herbs and herbal products are formulated for the time of year in which they are received, but can be stored & saved for later use when they are needed, especially now it is more common to plan vacations ‘south’ or to warmer climates in the winter, get the occasional cold in the summer months, and with the multiple uses of herbs, they can be used in different applications year-round.

Kits in your share!! We want to share the experience of making herbal medicines by asking you to make something once a month or every other month. The herbs will be supplied, but you might need to go purchase oil, vinegar, honey, or other items to make the instructed recipe. You are always welcome to come up with your own version too. I will try to give options with the kits, so you can use what is in your cupboard for some of the kits. Some kits may be more specific though.

What could be in your Share?!
Dried Herbal Teas – blends and simples
Dried Culinary spices – blends and simples
Salves & Body Oils
Liniments (poison ivy itch relief or sunburn care)
Scrubs (salt and sugar to use in bath & shower)
Dried Herbs for external uses – compress, poultice, soaks
Deodorants
Cleaning Supplies
Insect repellants
Extracts
Kits to make syrups, vinegars, dips

Sample Share

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September
1oz dried tea blend – mineral tea
1.5oz dried tea simple – lemon balm
2.5oz dried tea blend – immunity blend
1oz bitters
1/4 oz dried culinary herb – parsley
1/4 oz dried culinary herb – thyme
1oz salve – all purpose
4oz herbal vinegar
luffa sponge
8oz bath salt
kit to make herbal vinegar

October
1oz dried tea blend – circulatory tonic
1.5oz dried tea simple – spearmint
1.5oz dried tea simple
2oz dried tea blend – calming nerves
1/4 oz dried culinary herb – sage
1/4 oz dried culinary herb – chives
kit to make cough drops
8oz body scrub
lip balm
herbal dip or soup seasoning mix

CSA shares are not refundable. By signing up for Gathered Threads HERBAL CSA as an add-on option through Potomac Vegetable Farms, all terms and conditions of PVF’s Vegetable CSA apply. Please read PVF’s CSA terms and conditions.

See Gathered Threads’ Terms and Conditions if signing up for their independent Herbal CSA distributions.

Please Contact Us if you’d like to sign up or if you have any questions!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

*The information and suggested uses of these products is for educational purposes only; it is not a substitute for medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the member’s and reader’s informed judgment. Personal health is too important to place in the hands of someone else; please do research, seek advice from professionals, and make conscious decisions regarding your own health. If you take medication, are pregnant, nursing, or suffer from a chronic illness please seek the counsel of a doctor before consuming herbs or supplements.

Gathered Threads will be offering HERBAL CSA Shares to Charlottesville, VA, Nelson County, VA, Harrisonburg, VA, and Fairfax, VA in 2015-2016. Shares are still available!! Contact us if you’d like to join!

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HERBAL CSA Share Cost – $60/month
Shares will be distributed once a month.
The tentative pick-up schedule will be:
Fairfax, VA1st Week of the month
Nelson County, VA1st Week of the month @ the farm and maybe another location
Charlottesville, VA1st Week of the month – in the Belmont neighborhood
Harrisonburg, VA3rd Week of the month @ the Friendly City Food Co-op

Actual pick-up up times are to be determined at this time as we are securing our pick-up locations at the moment. (If you are interested in hosting a pick-up location, please email us at gatheredthreadsllc@gmail.com)

Contact us at gatheredthreadsllc@gmail.com if you are interested in signing up for the HERBAL CSA!

Herb shares can also be mailed if you live too far to pick-up. Shipping costs will be added to the share cost.

feb box feb herb share

Gathered Threads will be a HERBAL option for CSA members of Potomac Vegetable Farms Summer, Autumn, & Winter Shares 2015-2016! Visit Herb Share @ PVF for more information.
Check out their website to join their Vegetable CSA & Gathered Threads Herb Share
www.potomacvegetablefarms.com

Gathered Threads and Herb Angel will be offering a collaborative HERB SHARE to CSA members of Bellair Farm, a vegetable farm outside of Charlottesville. Monthly deliveries from June-September. $160 ($40/month) Visit Bellair Farm CSA for more information! You will receive exclusive herbal products created by us together!

march box march herb share

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