2020 Summer CSA
Full Share examples from our 2019 season
What is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal, non-GMO, Certified Naturally Grown produce directly from a farmer in their community. It is basically a farm share. A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public in the form of a box or bag each week.
Why should I join?
Joining a CSA enables you to have fresh produce each week that is grown locally using safe, higher standards than organic certification practices. Certified Naturally Grown requires us to follow the National Organic Program standards, but we go above and beyond using row cover and other alternatives, using organic spray rarely and as a last resort. It provides you with healthier, fresher produce for a much better price per pound than the local grocery store. The produce doesn't travel thousands of miles, therefore it is fresher and contains more nutrients. It supports small local businesses, boosting the local economy. It also enables you access to the farmer and farm for exclusive events and so much more.
What produce is offered in your CSA?
We will offer over 80 types/varieties of veggies, fruits, herbs in our CSA!! We plan to offer carrots(several types/colors), onions, herbs, Summer squash, winter squash in many different varieties, kale, collards, kohlrabi, fennel, lettuce, beets, pac choi, turnips, Chinese cabbage, radishes, celery, rutabaga, brussels, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplants, green beans, sweet corn, sugar snap peas, bell peppers, varieties of other peppers, and more. Of these types, we are growing many different colors and varieties of each.
What about produce I am not familiar with, how will I cook it?
We send weekly emails out to all our members with recipes for any new or odd veggies and old beloved ones too. The email gives farm updates, tells you what produce you will receive in a given week and a reminder about pick up. It will be labeled with which week we are on to keep you updated as to how many pick ups are remaining for the season as well. You can also join our facebook group to swap recipes and chat with other CSA members along with farm owners for tips and tricks.
The 2020 season runs 20 weeks. We are focusing on the best quality and attention to those who become part of our farm family through our CSA! The season runs May 30- October 3.
Cost for 20 weeks:
- A weekly share will provide for a family who eats a healthy amount of vegetables. Full Share $550-650.
- An every other week share will provide for about 2 people depending on how many vegetables they eat. Half Share $300-350.
- The SLIDING scale pricing this year is new. We want it to be affordable to everyone. Please pay between the upper or lower end what your family feels they can afford in order to be part of our CSA. If you are able to pay the upper end, it helps cover extra for those who can only afford the lower end. Either way, we want everyone to have access to fresh produce especially during a time like now when our immune systems need fresh produce the most.
We try to have 9 or more varieties each week, though this may vary to include a lot more, especially during the mini season. Where do I pick up my CSA?
- On Farm 10-1
- Salem Saturday Market 9-3
- On Farm 4-7pm
Pick up dates:
- May 30-October 3 (plus or minus 2 weeks, but you will receive 20 full weeks)
August 22 baby is due, we plan to do a double share the week before baby is born and skip the week baby comes, but we will keep you updated as that gets closer of course.
How does CSA pick up work?
Members bring a bag/box/laundry basket of their choice and produce will be in bins with labels that will instruct members to take a certain amount of each item based on box size. There is typically(though not always) a swap/extra bin to trade or just take extras which enables you to semi-customize your share each week. Come early for the best selection.
What if I miss a share?
Please arrange for an alternative person to pick up your share if you're unable. If you cannot make your pick up please let us know Thursday the week prior(We harvest Fridays and by then its too late to change) if you need to change days. Please consider donating you box to a family in need that week if you just can't make it.
How do I join?
Fill out the member agreement form(located at the bottom of this page) today to reserve your share and choose a payment method. You will then receive an invoice reflecting your payment choice. The Paypal option will reflect a 3% extra charge. Cash payment is preferred. Next preferred method is facebook pay(zero fees) sent through messenger.
When is payment due?
Paying in a timely matter helps your farmer with upfront costs for the growing season.
You will be invoiced shortly after filling out the Member Agreement Form. A deposit of $100 will be due within 15 days of signing up and the remaining balance can be divided into payments between when you sign up and first pick up. We prefer it be paid before first pick up.
All PayPal payments reflect a 3% charge due to Paypal's fee schedule. Google pay enables you to pay online with no fees! This is an awesome new choice we found. You can also send a check or bring cash to the farm which is preferred by your farmers.
INVEST IN YOUR LOCAL FOOD SYSTEM!
Amazing to think we are well into our 5th season growing already! 2020 will be our best season yet with so much more experience and knowledge gained. Join now and make a meaningful investment in your local food system when it matters most. Sign up today below!