Join our Fall 2020 CSA
Welcome to Bear Branch Farms' Fall 2020 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 long will Fall CSA run? The Fall CSA is 12 weeks long. Pick up will be weekly and it will run from October 3rd to the 12th of December. This start date +/- 2 weeks depending on weather or other unforeseen circumstances!
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, late tomatoes, late cucumbers, late summer squash, kale, collards, kohlrabi, fennel, lettuce, beets, 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.
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 are aiming to have a variety of 9 or more types of produce in each share.
- A bi-weekly share- This share will accommodate 1-2 people who like their veggies or a busy family who doesn't eat as many veggies. $175-225
- A weekly share - This share will accommodate 3-5 people who eat veggies regularly. $325-400
Meat Eaters Shares:
These Shares consist of a Bear Branch Farms' pasture raised chicken along with a veggie share. Our birds are raised during the most beautiful time of year in Oregon on fresh grass, sunshine, certified naturally grown vegetables, and a non GMO corn and soy free feed.
- A bi-weekly share with a chicken and veggies at each pick up- $325-375
- A weekly share with a weekly chicken and vegetables- $625-700
Where do I pick up my CSA?
- On Farm 10-1
- Salem Saturday Market 9-2 through October 31st. When Market ends, we will have a Salem pick up near the market each Saturday from 10:30-11:30 am.
- On Farm 4-7pm
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 October 3 through December 12, 2020.
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 3% 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 541-829-8429 to set up a time to come to the farm and become a 2020 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. Cash, Venmo Google pay or Facebook Pay is preferred.
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 20 days of signing up. Half the remaining balance should be paid within 30 days. The other half within another 30 days or take the time to set up an alternative payment plan, just try to have your shares paid off by October 1st!
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.