Community Supported Agriculture
Why participate in a Sprout CSA?
Strengthening the Community
Locally grown and delivered locally, our farm seeks to foster, support and empower everyone to have access to healthy foods and enrich our local economy.
Specializing in Living Food!
Sprouts are one of the most complete and nutritional of all foods tested. Sprouts are real ‘Life Vitamins, Minerals, Proteins, and Enzymes. Their nutritional value was discovered by the Chinese thousands of years ago. Have you ever heard of a vegetable that continues to gain vitamins after you harvest it? Sprouts do! Sprouts are living foods. Even after you harvest your sprouts and refrigerate them, they will continue to grow slowly, and their vitamin content will increase. Contrast that with store-bought fruits and vegetables, which start losing their vitamins as soon as they’re picked and often must be shipped a thousand miles or more in the winter. You can pick, rinse and eat when you want! The smaller size of the living food container makes an excellent centerpiece for the dinner table!
Natural and Healthy
Our Sprouts are grown indoors-organically, using USDA organic, non-GMO seeds. Our seeds used are tested for diseases such as Salmonella and E.Coli to ensure that you are buying food-safe seeds. Our seeds are also tested for germination, so that they will produce plenty of healthy sprouts.
Convenient for you and your family
Our Sprout CSA food is available via subscription for monthly or weekly delivery. If you won’t be home during your delivery, leave a cooler outside and we’ll leave a bag of ice with your order. If you live outside of the current designated delivery areas, please send an email to request services. Within a short time, we’ll be at local farmer’s markets, restaurants and grocery stores!
Welcome to Castoponics Farm CSA
Pricing and Delivery
We deliver within a 10-20mile radius of the 30180 zip code. Our sprouts are sized in 32oz. containers. Choose frequency of delivery by SHARES: Monthly or Weekly. Order as many shares as you wish. Consider our membership opportunity for discounts, delivery cooler storage, and other benefits!
With our deliveries, you can get wonderful recipes for the various uses of sprouts to your dishes and a special gift to enhance your sprouting journey! Eat well and learn more how to cook with sprouts in your daily meals, family salads, lunch time sandwiches, soups and more. Enjoy!
Deliveries are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only; you will get a set delivery day/time including a pre-delivery notification of when driver is in-route to your home and an arrival notification when your delivery has arrived at your home.
Please note: Due to various grow cycles of seeds, it can take 1-3 weeks to begin regular fulfillment.
Choice of Seed: Broccoli, Alfalfa, Mung
(1) 32oz. clam shells = $17
(2) 32oz. clam shells = $34 (retail) $31(sale)
(3) 32oz. clam shells = $51 (retail) $47(sale)
(4) 32oz. clam shells = $68 (retail) $60(sale)
Deliveries on Tuesdays/Wednesdays
Example: Ordering one (1) share weekly, means that you’ll receive one (1) 32 oz. container of live sprouts every week, on Tuesday or Wednesday to your door.
Example: Ordering one (3) shares weekly, means that you’ll receive three (3) 32 oz. containers of live sprouts every week, on Tuesday or Wednesday to your door.
Example: Ordering two (2) shares monthly, means that you’ll receive two (2) 32 oz. containers of live sprouts, every month on the 1st Tuesday or Wednesday delivery date of that month to your door.
Example: Ordering four (4) shares monthly, means that you’ll receive four (4) 32 oz. containers of live sprouts, every month on the 1st Tuesday or Wednesday delivery date of that month to your door.
Refrigerate your Sprouts
Keeping your sprouts fresh is very important and refrigerating them is a key ingredient in that process. While there are many varieties of sprouts, the key elements discussed here are good guidance for all sprouts (alfalfa, clover, broccoli, daikon radish, mung bean, etc.). Use these best methods to care for your sprouts when you are not eating them!
Sprouts are living food. They are freshly picked from our sprouting farm, and immediately sent out for local delivery. This is because sprouts MUST be fresh! They contain the highest level of enzymes and vitamins. If they are immediately refrigerated, the “life force” will stay in the seed as they remain fresh and slowly continue to grow.
If they are not immediately refrigerated after harvest or put in a cold climate, they will stop growing and the enzymes and vitamins will start decomposing. As that happens, the enzyme and vitamin content will decline rapidly. Even several hours of sitting in room temperature will cause a rapid loss of enzymes and vitamins. But what’s even worse is that to long of high temperatures (60 degrees or higher) or low temperature exposure (40 degrees or below) will destroy the sprouts nutrients and make it unsafe for human consumption; mold and bacteria will form. Those long, white, Mung bean sprouts seen in the store or at a salad bar have probably been treated with inhibitors so they could be grown to that length and preserved at room temperature. To really get the rejuvenating value of sprouts, you need to grow your own using our Miracle Glass sprouting jar kit! Or be sure you know their source, time since germination and eat them fresh with delivery from our local Sprout CSA.
There is no quicker way to kill produce than to refrigerate it wet, so make sure that your sprouts are reasonably dry before you refrigerate them. You can transfer them to a Ziploc plastic bag, use a special produce bag or you can use a glass or plastic container. When you refrigerate sprouts, don’t suffocate them. You want to keep the sprouts fresh and safe, so they put them in a sealed Tupperware container or something similar. The key thing to remember: Sprouts are alive and breathing. If you make an “air-tight” seal on their container, they can’t breathe anymore. This creates an anaerobic situation, and they immediately start to break down, and eventually die. Air-tight will kill your sprouts!
How to Store Sprouts in the Refrigerator
- Rinse the sprouts well with cold filtered water (NO TAP WATER USE!)
- Shake off the excess water…
- Then put them back in the refrigerator…
- Repeat this process daily to extend their shelf life…
How do you keep sprouts fresh longer?
Wash bean sprouts after purchasing or growing. Wash them in cold filtered water to remove seed coats, roots and other residue that may be present. If you are using them within a day, store them in the refrigerator at 38 to 42 degrees. Place the sprouts in a plastic bag with a wet paper towel to keep them moist.
When you refrigerate sprouts, don’t put them under high air flow. Sprouts do best in a cold environment without air flowing over them. Air flow can lead to freezing (yes even if your thermostat reads above 32 degrees) and can lead to excessive drying of the sprouts.
How Long Should Sprouts Last?
Depending on how you wash them, and store them, sprouts should last at least two weeks in the fridge. Remember, they are not like any other produce you could buy off the shelf. They are alive, still growing, and full of nutrition. We grow with organic, Non-GMO seeds and give attention to every detail of growth that will make them green, nutritious, and delicious. Refrigerating sprouts is just one aspect of the hundreds of variables that make a wonderful addition to your plate.
Does Refrigerating Sprouts Make Them Safe?
Refrigerating sprouts keeps them in a range of temperature that slows or minimizes growth of food pathogens if they exist. It does not eliminate food pathogens. It is important to get high quality sprouts or sprout seed that is lab-tested and cleaned in accordance with recognized food safety standards. All our seeds have undergone these mandatory requirements for assured USDA safety and consumption. Always wash your sprouts and know where your food and seed come from.
How Do I Know If My Sprouts Have Freezer Damage?
One of the easiest ways to tell if your sprouts are getting freezer damage is by looking at the stalk of the sprout. Alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts all have a white stalk when they are healthy and edible. Sprouts that have freezer damage start to have a translucent look where it was once the normal white stalk.
How do you know if bean sprouts are bad?
Check to make sure they are not too moist, slimy or have a bad aroma. Since the Bean Sprout is very perishable, it is best practice that the sprouts should be kept refrigerated between 38ºF-42ºF for only a few days before discarding, as they will wilt or become too moist and slimy for use.