CSA - Community Supported Agriculture
CSA refers to a mutually beneficial arrangement between a farm and its customers:
Customers pay upfront, providing the farm with vital capital before the growing season gets going. In exchange, you receive a regular and diverse share of the harvest, usually every week, until the end of the growing season at a price that is better than retail. When you purchase a CSA share, you are securing the freshest the season has to offer while supporting the viability of a local farm.
Farms growing for CSAs generally diversify their crops so that a failure of one or a few crops doesn't impact their bottom line as drastically as a farm growing a single crop. Customers who support a farm by purchasing a CSA share acknowledge this risk of potential crop failure. Generally, diversity is an agricultural safety net that ensures there will be plenty of food on the table!
2020 projected produce list:
mixed greens, head lettuce, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, red and green cabbage, napa cabbage, Brussels' sprouts, onions, leeks, scallions, chives, garlic, snap and snow peas, string beans, carrots, radishes, beets, summer squash, winter squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, potatoes, turnip, tomatillos, fennel, celery, rhubarb and radicchio
chives, parsley, cilantro, dill, sage, basil, oregano, thyme, lovage, mint, anise hyssop, horseradish, edible flowers and other herbs used for teas
strawberries, plums, currants, blueberries, apples and pears
beef, lamb, eggs
prepared seasonal foods
herbal products (dried tea and and culinary herb blends, salves, fire cider, etc)
What We Offer
Our CSA provides a diverse offering of vegetables and culinary herbs. We also offer eggs, grass-fed beef and lamb, and seasonal fruit as weekly add-ons as available.
Expect a full share to feed a family of four moderate veggie eaters or two veggie-loving adults. If you are a single person or a couple who eats fewer veggies, consider the bi-weekly share, which provides a pickup every other week.
A share will include 6-8 different produce items from early June to mid-July and then 8-10 items mid-July through the fall. Each week, we will send out an email with the week's offerings and you can select what you like. For example, you could get 6 different items in early June or double-up on a particular piece of produce that you really like!
**We are no longer taking CSA customers for the 2020 growing season. Please join our mailing list for updates for the 2021 season!
Full Share: $450
18 weekly shares from early June through early October
Half Share: $225
9 shares from early June through early October:
bimonthly shares June through September and a final share in early October
A minimum of 25% is due as a deposit upon signing up.
Another 25% payment is due by your first pickup, or you can pay the entire remaining balance at that time.
We offer several options to cover the remaining balance:
Monthly payment: Pay 15% in July, 15% in August, and the final 10% in September
Pay-as-you-go: Starting on your second week of pick up, pay a portion of your remaining 50% at each pickup
CSA Pick-Up Locations:
Fledgling Farmstead, by appointment
Chelsea Farmer's Market, Fridays from 3-6 pm
Other locations and times TBD