For 2016 we are accepting reservations for our 2nd annual Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) agreement. If you wish to join our CSA, email us (using this website) with “CSA” in the title and we’ll send you the agreement form.
- To summarize, you promise to support us throughout the season and we in turn will offer you our finest fruits and vegetables at a discount, as well as reserve peaches and Honey Crisp apples if they are in short supply, offer a wider selection, and provide deals on non-CSA items.
The CSA plan is as follows:
- You pay $306 prior to the season ($18/week for seventeen weeks) for $20 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Each week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday (from the first full week in July to the last week in October), you’ll be able to select $20.00 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables at our market on the farm.
- Most weeks we will have a mandatory item or items which will be worth approximately ¼ of your $20 weekly allotment.
How the CSA benefits you:
- You save 10% on $20 worth of fresh produce.
- Additional savings on particular items (i.e. specific varieties of apples and vegetables at 30-50% off when they are especially plentiful)
- Additional deals from time to time on other items or processed goods we carry available only to members of the CSA.
- Members of our CSA will have priority both in terms of quantity and quality, when certain produce is scarce.
- Any pick-your-own produce available during the week can count as part of your allotment.
- You or a family-member might be “forced” into trying fruits or vegetables you normally wouldn’t and might actually like it (and we usually include a recipe for it).
Why we especially value our CSA members:
- We can count on your regular business throughout the season.
- We can broaden our selection of produce and experiment a bit with what we grow, as well as arrange for additional trading with neighboring farmers. The more members of our CSA, the more possibilities.
- It spreads our business out more evenly throughout the week as fruits & vegetables ripen by the weather, not the day of the week.
- You’ll pay by check or cash prior to the end of April (by mail or in person-we’ll be around the market barn the last Saturday in April (30th) from 1:00 to 4:00 PM to answer any questions and accept CSA applications). We’ll maintain a list with your name and number on it, and each week, Tuesday through Thursday, you’ll come out and select your $20.00 worth of fresh produce. You’re free to buy more if you like, obviously. Milk, processed/canned, etc. goods do not count as part of the $20, but we will offer special deals on these types of items to members of our CSA from time to time. The deal is not transferable, you or a member of your household must be the one picking up the produce. Your share is good for one pick-up per week (i.e. missed pick-ups cannot be made-up). All produce is locally grown-nothing from the “Strip District.” We make no promises on what we will have available and when-we cannot make promises, as we do not control the weather. If you have any requests for specific fruits or vegetables, let us know and we’ll see what we can do. As part of our CSA and changing demands (as well as personal tastes) we’re going to try to grow more leafy vegetables than we have in the past (last year the weather did not cooperate with our lettuce-growing efforts).
We wish to provide you with fresh, local, seasonal food and you, the member, wish to receive a portion of our harvest. This agreement outlines our shared commitments to that relationship.
Becoming a Part of Our CSA
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between our farm and you as our customer. Rather than simply purchasing food, our customers become “members” of this CSA farm who receive a portion of the farm’s harvest.
Our CSA runs for seventeen weeks, from the first full week in July to the last week of October. Members are responsible for showing up at the farm every week to pick up their share of fresh produce. You will receive $20 worth of vegetables and fruits for the seventeen weeks we are open.
Our Growing Practices – Sustainable Agriculture
The farm is not certified organic, but instead our growing practices range from non-certified organic to integrated pest management (IPM), although we do occasionally do business with certified organic growers in the area. IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. We as a family are involved in every stage of production of our crops, live on the farm and drink the well and spring water, and consume what we grow, so following safety precautions are as important to us as it is to you. Additionally, we rely on crop rotation, planting ground covers, drip irrigation, and other techniques associated with sustainability. Add to this a drastically shortened food supply chain for our customers and it is easy to see how we all benefit.
The Produce We Expect for 2016
July: peaches, plums, nectarines, sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, green peppers, hot peppers, lettuce, onions, fresh herbs, and apples (Lodi and Pristine)
August: peaches, plums, nectarines, sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, green peppers, hot peppers, lettuce, onions, blue berries, watermelons, potatoes, fresh herbs, and apples (McIntosh, Gala, Golden Supreme)
September: peaches, sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, green peppers, hot peppers, lettuce, onions, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, swiss chard, fresh herbs and apples (McIntosh, Gala, Golden Supreme, Honeycrisp, Cortland, Jonagold, Jonathan, September Wonder Fuji, and Golden Delicious)
October: tomatoes, onions, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, swiss chard, winter squash (acorn, butternut, buttercup, spaghetti, and blue hubbard), pumpkins and apples (Cortland, Jonagold, Jonathan, Fuji, Mutsu/Crispin, Golden & Red Delicious, Stayman & Turley Winesap, and Granny Smith)
*We also carry local Brunton’s milk and ice cream, dry goods, jams and jellies, and expect to open a bakery in the market barn, but these items will not count toward the CSA (although we will occasionally discount items for our CSA members). Additionally, we held a farm/orchard tour last year for CSA members only.
By selling membership in advance of the growing season, CSA reduces the burden of up-front costs for the farmer. Your commitment allows us to plan with some certainty when determining what we’ll plant.
Communicating with Us
The best way to communicate with us is via email (prior to the start of the season) is the email on this website. During the season, our phone number is (724) 375-9568. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please understand that we spend most of our time in the field and do not regularly check the phone messages out of season. We expect email to be the primary means of communicate with you, besides in person each week when you pick up your produce. If you want speak telephonically with us now, let us know by email and we’ll call you.
If you wish to join the CSA, send us an email from the website with “CSA” in the title and we’ll send you the agreement form.