CSA

What is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms were introduced in the United States from Europe over 20 years ago. Their inception began out of the need for food security and concern for the rapid urbanization of farmland. We are still faced with these same issues today, reinforcing the need for alternative options for consumers outside of our current food system. CSAs provide a model for consumers and farmers to participate together in rediscovering what has been lost in the past century.The CSA model creates a new relationship between the farmer and the consumer. A community of individuals joins together in a partnership with their farmer to share in the risks and benefits of farming. Members pay their season membership upfront to provide the farmers with financial means and a guaranteed customer base at the beginning of the season when expenditures are highest. In exchange for purchasing a “share” in the farm, the members receive part of the weekly bounty. Members and their families can spend as little or much time on the farm as they wish seeing the vegetables grow throughout the season and experiencing the joy that only a visit to the farm can bring. Weekly produce pickups include a variety of locally and naturally grown seasonal vegetables along with herbs and flowers.

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How does it work? In the 2015 growing season, we added market-style flexibility to your CSA membership. As a member of the farm, you are afforded the same benefits as years past—fresh, local, organic produce at a great price – but with more flexibility in collecting and choosing your produce that enables you to come when it suits your schedule best. With the new model, you will not miss out on your tasty vegetables when you go away on vacation, or just can’t make it to the farm on your pick-up day. You have three days a week to pick up your vegetables. We are open Tuesdays and Fridays between 12 and 7 pm and in addition you can use your membership at our stand at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market on Sundays. Pick-your-own herbs and flowers are available for members with no cost associated with them. Membership fees are converted into credits, which you can use as you desire throughout the season.  We keep track of your credits and give you an up to date balance each time you visit us.  You may use as little or as much of your credits each time, and you may shop with us three times a week or not at all.  Every item available will have a credit value assigned to it. The values may fluctuate as we have surpluses and shortages, so members benefit from bountiful harvests. The farm is open to members only, and we will accept enrollments until we reach the membership capacity that corresponds with our crop plan. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to add additional funds to your account if you run out before the end of the season. Our 22 week season runs from the first week in June until the last weekend in October.ImageProxy-27 Examples of a credit include: 1 bunch kale; 1 bunch carrots; 1.5 lbs. potatoes; 1.5 lbs. sweet potatoes; 3 sweet peppers; 1 head lettuce; 3 cucumbers; 3 summer squash; 1.5 lbs. tomatoes; 1 pint cherry tomatoes; 1 cabbage; 1.5 lbs. onions; 1 pint strawberries Why should I become a member? Community Supported Agriculture ensures fresh, naturally grown produce, while providing farm security. There is no substitute for farm-fresh food. Produce in stores has often spent days or weeks in transit, compromising its flavor and nutritious value. Additionally, we can avoid all the excess packaging and pollution that goes into long-distance containerized food production. Synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are doing irrevocable damage to our environmental systems and overall health. In contrast, one of the obvious benefits to becoming a member at a CSA is seeing the full, magical process of vegetables growing naturally on beautiful unspoiled land. Being at the farm every week to pick up your share provides an intimate setting to connect with the land, your farmers, and your food. You can be assured that your produce is grown naturally to sustain healthy bodies, and preserve farms and ecosystems.

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Are you certified Organic?USDA Organic logo Yes, we are certified organic as of May 2012.  We employ farming practices that enrich the soil and surrounding habitats naturally without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or weed control treatments. Using crop rotation, companion planting, cover crops, compost, and minimal tillage, we restore and preserve the soil while reducing the need for insecticides, fertilizers, and fungicides.  In addition we manage our resources on the farm in a manner that works within natural systems to drastically limit waste. Organic certification enforces diligent record keeping and imposes strict constraints on the inputs and outputs of the farm. With that said, there are certification regulations that fall short of our standards of sustainability and stewardship. We support the movement toward organic farming completely but for us, it is ultimately about farming and living responsibly.

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What can I expect to receive?
  • Spring - Strawberries, peas, kale, Swiss chard, lettuce, cucumbers, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, radishes, spring onions, arugula, spinach, broccoli, beets, and herbs.
  • Summer - Summer squash, celery, cucumbers, fennel, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, green beans, eggplant, leeks, watermelon, sweet peppers, hot peppers, herbs and flowers.
  • Fall - Kale, swiss chard, collards, green beans, beets, turnips, rutabaga, winter squash, sweet potatoes, peppers, peas, onions, eggplant, lettuce, kohlrabi, celeriac, parsnips, carrots, Asian greens, cabbage, broccoli, herbs and flowers.
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  • $450=170 credits (average 7.7 credits/week @ $2.65/credit)
  • $550=216 credits (average 9.8 credits/week @ $2.55/credit)
  • $650=264 credits (average 12.0 credits/week @ $2.46/credit)
  • $750=315 credits (average 14.3 credits/week @ $2.38/credit)
  • $850=367 credits (average 16.7 credits/week @ $2.32/credit)
  • $950=422 credits (average 19.2 credits/week @ $2.25/credit)
We ask to receive a nonrefundable deposit of $100 upon application approval and payment in full by June 1st.  The majority of our operating costs are incurred during the slow season when we are purchasing seed and making improvements to the farm. We have expenses twelve months a year, not just during harvest periods.

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Am I required to work on the farm? No.

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What happens if there is a crop failure? One of the beauties of diversified vegetable production is its resistance to overall crop failure.  If one crop succumbs to disease or pest pressure, or another is less than productive due to inclement weather, there is a still a wealth of produce to fill those gaps. This is contrary to the conventional monocrop system where if the crop fails there is no harvest. With that said, as a Community Supported Agriculture member you are sharing in the risk that the farmers experience throughout the growing season.  There are no refunds for underproductive harvests.

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Do you have drop off /pick up sites? Shares may be picked up at the farm on Tuesdays and Fridays between 12 pm and 7 pm and at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers Market on Sundays between 9 am and 1 pm.

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Do you participate in any Farmer's Markets? Yes, you can find us at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers' Market on Sundays from 9 to 1 pm from May through November. We also participate in their winter market which runs on the 3rd Sunday of each month during the off-season.  The Market is located at the Historic Dvoor Farm on the Rt. 12 circle in Flemington, NJ.   You can also find us at the Doylestown Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 7 am - 12 pm beginning mid-April and running through mid-November. ^ top