Our Summer 2017 season sign ups are started for our early bird customers. Sign up today and get one of these discounts:
$50 off large share, Full Season Share
$20 off large Summer 1 or Summer 2 Share
$30 off medium Full Season Share
$12 off medium, Summer 1 or Summer 2 Share
$20 off small, Full Season Share
$8 off small Summer 1 or Summer 2 Share
Coupon Code: ILOVEVEGGIES
Limited discounted shares available! Click on Summer 2017 CSA
What is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal, non-GMO 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, organic practices. 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.
How will this CSA differ from the summer CSA? The winter CSA is only 10 weeks long, but consists of 12 shares. It will run from the first week of November to the first week of January. It will entail a double share the week of Thanksgiving plus a Bear Branch Farms free range turkey. The week of Christmas will bring another double share with 2 Bear Branch Farms free range chickens.
What produce is offered in your CSA? We will offer a wide variety of produce this fall/winter including; carrots(several types/colors), onions, herbs, winter squash in many different varieties, kale, collards, kohlrabi, fennel, lettuce, beets, arugula, spinach, chard, pac choi, turnips, chinese cabbage, radishes, celeriac, celery, rutabaga, potatoes, brussels, quinces, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and more. Of these types, we are growing many different colors and varieties of each.
We are aiming to have a variety of 6 or more types of produce in each box. Unlike our summer CSA, there will only be two box sizes.
- A half share- This share will accommodate 1-2 people who like their veggies or a busy family who doesn't eat as many veggies. $260
- A full share - This share will accommodate 3-5 people who eat veggies regularly or a large family who doesn't eat tons of veggies. $400
Where do I pick up my CSA?
- Foothills Church Stayton Tuesday evenings between 5:30 and 6:30
What if I miss a share? Please arrange for an alternative person to pick up your share if you're unable.
What are the CSA dates this year? The season will be November 1st through the first week of January.
How do I join? Fill out the member agreement form and choose a payment method. To send a check:
Bear Branch Farms
40929 Huntley Rd SE
Stayton Or 97383
To pay using Paypal or a credit card: there is a payment button above the agreement form. There will be a 2.9% extra charge for this service as that is what they impose on the farmer.
To pay using cash: You can email Janis@bearbranchfarms.com or call 503-769-3025 to set up a time to come to the farm and become a 2016 CSA member! You do not need to pay immediately to reserve your share, however, you do need to fill out the agreement form to reserve it as shares are limited.
When is payment due? Paying in a timely manner helps your farmer with upfront costs for the growing season. A minimum payment of $100 is due within 10 days of signing up. The remaining balance should be paid within 30 days.
What does your farm offer for my restaurant? we have two options:
- Restaurant can come enjoy a U-Pick experience on the farm at varying prices depending on quantities needed
- We can drop off vegetables you choose for a small extra fee.
Are there any risks to joining a CSA? We want to do best by our customers so you keep coming back and tell your friends. If we had a crop issue with pests or a crop failure for some other circumstance, we would do all we could to provide extra of another crop. In turn, when crops are abundant, you will reap the benefit of extra harvest.
SNAP members: Per SNAP rules, you will pay weekly for your share as its picked up. For this reason, we ask that you pay a refundable $40 deposit for the season in good faith to the farmer that you will pick up your box each week for the 15 weeks. The deposit is only refundable if you miss no more than 1 week the entire season. Your deposit is due within 10 days of signing up.
Payment: Online payment option requires a 2.9% charge. This button has a drop down menu for payment choices.