What is a CSA?
A CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The basic idea of CSA farming is a cooperative relationship between the farmer and his customers. Based on an annual commitment to one another, community members provide a pre-season payment to purchase a “share” of the season’s harvest. The member then receives a weekly box of a wide variety of fresh vegetables (or fresh chicken) through the growing season, harvested at the peak of ripeness and flavor. You may print out our order form, and mail it in with your check, and a signed agreement, or pickup a form at the farm store. Credit card payment adds 3% to total.
Produce CSA 2018 CSA form
We do not grow any Genetically-Modified (GMO) crops and follow organic practices. We grow cover crops to protect and nourish the soil and also rotate crops to avoid depleting the soil. While not certified organic, we believe it is important to follow the set guidelines. All of our seeds are none- treated and organically sourced. We select varieties known for great flavor.
Our Produce CSA is broken into three sessions; Spring, Summer and Fall. Members will pickup their shares on Wednesdays, between 3 and 6pm on the farm. Spring we will only have one size available, however Summer and Fall will have two size options: “Hen” size for couples or single vegetarian eaters. This share will come with a minimum of 6 items each week. Our “Rooster” size is designed for families, vegetarian couples, or couples who enjoy cooking/leftovers. This share will come with a minimum of 8 items (larger quantities then Hen size).
Produce you may see in your share…
Spring- radishes, spring onions, zucchini, cucumbers, mint, beans, peas, asparagus, beets, lettuce, mixed greens, strawberries, and herbs.
Summer- peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, beets, squash, beans, onions, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, sweet corn, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, herbs, mint, garlic, watermelons, cantaloupes, celery.
Fall- Butternut/acorn squash, pumpkins, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, zucchini, cucumbers, kale, herbs, carrots, celery, beans, potatoes, onions.
NEW FOR 2018, our CSA will be market-style. Meaning, you will bag your own items in the farm store. This will give you more options on choice, and you wont have to remember to return your crate each week. One of our staff members will be in the store to assist with pickup. We will try to give crowd pleasing items like tomatoes, carrots, peppers, lettuce, and onions often and will not overwhelm you with new or odd items.
Example of “Hen” size shares… (Spring, Summer, Fall)…….
Cost of a share..
Spring: April 4-May 30 2018 ~9 weeks long.
An example share may look like: Spinach (8oz), 1 head Lettuce, Asparagus(1LB), Kale (1/2LB), Radishes (1 bunch).
We are only offering one share size for spring, which will include 5 items (minimum). The cost is $153 for cash/check or $158 for credit card.
Summer: June 6-September 26~ 17 weeks long.
An example “Hen” share may look like: Cherry tomatoes (1 pint), 1 head Lettuce, 1LB slicing tomatoes, 4 bell peppers, 3 slicing cucumbers, and 3 large onions.
An example “Rooster” share may look like: Cherry Tomatoes (2 pints), 2 heads Lettuce, 1.5 LB slicing tomatoes, 6 bell peppers, 5 slicing cucumbers, 3 large onions, 2 bunches Beets, 1 head garlic.
The summer cost for a “Hen” size share is $297.50 cash/check or $307.50 credit card. “Rooster” size is $442 cash/check or $456 credit card.
Fall: October 3- December 19~ 12 weeks long.
An example “Hen” share may look like: Butternut, 1 head garlic, 1 bunch carrots, medium spaghetti squash, arugula(8oz), cauliflower-1 head.
An example “Rooster” share may look like: Butternut, 1 head garlic, 2 bunches carrots, large spaghetti squash, arugula(8oz), 2 heads cauliflower, 2 heads broccoli, 1 head cabbage.
The fall share cost for “Hen” size share is $210 for cash/check or $217 for credit card. “Rooster” size is $312 for cash/check or $319 for credit card.
For consumer convienence we grow the double-breasted Cornish Cross birds. Once they reach two weeks of age they are moved onto pasture, where they will spend their days rooting, eating bugs and enjoying fresh green grass. We move their houses daily to ensure fresh grass and bugs. They are fed a GMO-Free grain, and never given antibiotic’s or steroids.
Our Chicken CSA runs from June-October, with two different pickup options. A weekly chicken share, which will get you one chicken a week from June 6-October 31 (22 chickens total). A bi-weekly chicken share, which will get you a chicken every-other week (11 chickens total). You may purchase as many shares as needed to suit your families needs.
The average weight of the birds will be 4 pounds. The price will be as follows: $3/LB for 4 pounds, which would equal $12 per bird. Chickens cut in half are an additional $1/each, and chickens cut up is an additional $2/each. Cut-up chickens will come in three packages: Boneless-skinless breast pack, drum/wing/thigh pack, and a bone pack for stock making.
Cost: Weekly share: ~Whole chickens: $264 cash/check or $272 credit card
~Cut in half chickens: $286 cash/check or $295 credit card
~Cut-up chickens: $308 cash/check or $317 credit card
Bi-Weekly share: ~Whole chickens: $132 cash/check or $136 credit card
~ Cut in half chickens: $143 cash/check or $147.50 credit card
~Cut-up chickens: $154 cash/check or $159 credit card
Additional ADD-ON shares…must purchase a Produce CSA to purchase these…
~Fruit Share -Summer season runs June 6-Sept 26 (17 weeks long), $119 for cash/check ($7/week) or $129 for credit card
~Fruit Share-Fall season runs October 3-December 19th (12 weeks long) $84 for cash/check or $91 for credit card.
With this share you will get a weekly assortment of fresh, local fruit. The strawberries are home-grown, and additional fruit will all be local. In June you may see some of our own Strawberries, or local cherries. In July and August you will receive peaches, nectarines, raspberries, and blueberries. The fall months will include Apples, and Pears. You may purchase multiple shares to meet your families needs.
~Mushroom Share (summer season) runs June 6- Sept 26 (17 weeks long), $119 for cash/check or $129 for credit card
~Mushroom Share (fall season) runs October 3- December 19th (12 weeks), $84 for cash/check or $91 for credit card.
With this share you will receive an assortment of mushrooms from Primordia Mushroom Farm. Primordia is located in Lenhartsville, PA and grows their mushrooms without the use of fungicides, pesticides, and artificial fertilizers. You will receive a 1/2 pound of mushrooms each week (quart container). Varieties will include Shiitake, Lion’s Mane, Piopinno, Blue Gray, Gold and Pink Oyster, and Maitake. Varieties will change with seasonal availability. For more info on Primordia please visit their Facebook or Instagram.
Spring season runs April 4- May 30st (9 weeks long) $35 for cash/check or $40 for credit card.
Summer season runs June 6- Sept 26 (17 weeks long), $66 for cash/check or $76 for credit card
Fall season runs October 3- December 19th (12 weeks long) $46.50 for cash/check or $53.50 for credit card.
FARM STORE CREDIT CSA
Not able to make it to the farm store every Wednesday for pickup, want more freedom in item choice, or going on vacation for 5 weeks, the farm store credit is for you!! With a $500 purchase you will receive $600 in store credit, with a $1000 purchase you will receive $1210 in store credit and with a $1500 purchase you will receive $1825 in store credit. Credit will be applied to a “gift card” and will be available for use from April 1st through December 31st. All credits must be used by December 31st. Store credit cards are also available for our West Reading and Bryn Mawr Farmers Market customers. This CSA is great for those that do not carry cash or may not need a weekly CSA box. It is also a great addition to your CSA share if you’d like to purchase additional items like: canned goods, cheese, milk, and other meats not included in the CSA.
To order our CSA, you may do so by printing a 2018 CSA form and mailing it to us with your agreement and payment. Payment plans are available, please email us for more info.
If paying in FULL for all three produce seasons you will receive a $50 gift card to our farm store, orders are due by January 31st for this special.
Need a payment plan? If your CSA total is $500 or greater, you may divide your total into three equal monthly payments. If your total is $1,000 or more, you may divide your total into four monthly payments. First payment is DUE by March 28th. Each additional payment is due on the same date respectfully. Please contact us if you need additional help.
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Thanks for your support!!
—-SPRING PRODUCE and Farm store credit DEADLINE IS March 28th, SUMMER, FALL AND CHICKEN DEADLINE Is May 1st!!!——-