A WHOLE DIET OF LOCAL FARM FOODS FROM HEALTHY SOIL
We will open registration for our 2023-24 CSA membership on February 13. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our waiting list for all the details!
Whole Diet CSA Details
WHOLE DIET CSA MEMBERSHIP
We offer a whole diet, year round CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share. As a member, you come to the farm each week and choose from a wide variety of sustainably grown vegetables and fruit, 100% grass-fed unpasteurized dairy, whole grain flours and dry goods, 100% grass-fed beef, and pasture-raised organically-fed pork, chicken, and eggs. We offer free choice access to everything the farm provides—YOU choose what you take each week.
When you join our farmshare, you are committing to eating from one place, wholly and seasonally. You are committing support to a small sustainable family farm. We do not intend to entirely replace the grocery store, but this program offers the ability for you to eat most of your foods from the farm, with the exception of out-of season produce, hard cheeses, fish, oils, processed foods, etc.
WHAT'S IN A SHARE?
50+ types of seasonal vegetables
- unpasteurized 100% grass-fed milk, yogurt, and kefir
- 100% grass-fed beef (steaks, roasts, ground, short ribs, bones, organs)
- pasture raised, organically-fed pork (chops, roasts, sausage, bacon, ribs, etc)
- pasture raised, organically-fed chicken
- pasture raised, organically-fed eggs
- seasonal fruit
- select whole grain flours, beans, lentils, and rice
- pick-your-own herbs and flowers
The fee for membership is $325/month/person which gives you the free choice access to year round vegetables, meats, all of our dairy products, fruits, eggs, and flours. Adults and children age 13+ are considered full shares. Children age 6-12 are a 1/2 share. Children under age 5 are free with the family membership. To be fair, we want all members in the household that are eating the food to be included in the program.
PICK-UP DAYS AND LOCATION
Pick up is at the farm only. You choose Tuesday or Friday pickup, between 2-5 pm. If you aren't able to make your pickup window in a given week, you can place your order with us online and we will pack your share for you to pick up at your convenience over the next 3 days (for a $10 packing charge).
The CSA season starts the first week of June and runs for a full year, through the following May.
Q: Is this program for me?
Yes: You like to cook at home with whole ingredients, often focusing on seasonal vegetables and recipes
Yes: It is convenient to make it to the farm during the pickup hours
Yes: It is important for you to support local, sustainable agriculture and small family farming
Yes: Pastured raised meats, eggs, and dairy are important to you and you see the health and environmental benefits of them.
Yes: You have or are shifting your diet towards whole ingredients and don't buy as many prepared foods, snacks, or processed foods from the grocery store.
Yes: You want a connection to your family's food supply and the people that produce it. You are excited to eat following the natural course of the seasons.
Yes: You are able to make the financial commitment to the farm for the entire year.
Q: What's available?
A: Vegetables: kale, collards, mustards, Swiss chard, leaf lettuce, head lettuce, salad mixes, boc choys, Asian greens, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, rutabagas, peas, beans, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplants, sweet peppers, hot peppers, tomatillos, okra, onions, garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, melons, watermelons, winter squash
Meat: Beef (steaks, roasts, ground, short ribs, stew cubes, bones and organs); Pork (7 sausage flavors, chops, roasts, ground, spare ribs, tenderloins, bacon, jowls, hocks, fat, bones and organs); Chickens (whole birds, organs, and feet)
Dairy: raw milk, yogurt, cream, and seasonal soft cheeses
Herbs: basil, dill, cilantro, fennel, thyme, oregano, sorrel, chives, sage, parsley, marjoram, lemon balm, etc.
Flours: whole wheat, oat, buckwheat, millet, rye, barley, and cornmeal
Dry goods: rolled oats, black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, chick peas, lentils, rice
Fruit (limited availability): strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, hardy kiwis
Q: Can I just sign up for 1 share for multiple people?
A: No. Everyone in the household that's eating the food should be signing up as a member. The program is best suited for a family or household that eats together and all joins in to the program together. We do not offer single shares for families that want to try out the program without fully committing to it.
Q: How long is the commitment for?
A: It's a year-round CSA. The 2023-2024 program starts the first full week of June and is a one year commitment. When you join the membership, you are joining for the entire year- barring any major unforeseen circumstances- and our farm and family count on your commitment.
Q: What does free-choice, unlimited access to the foods really mean. Can we take absolutely anything?
A: Free-choice means you choose what you want to take each week. Inherently, there may be times of limitation and times of great abundance, as is the nature of life, crops, and seasonality. We are asking you to share in the farm's bounty with a membership of 105 people . We share in the summer abundance for canning, pickling, freezing and preserving. As for meats, we hope you'll limit yourself to a reasonable level, since they are our most expensive item to produce. Our guideline is that for one share, you may take an average of 3.5 lbs of mixed cuts of beef or pork, or 1 chicken per share per week. You are always welcome to take organs, bones, feet, and fat in unlimited amounts.
Q: How do you take payment?
A: The fee is $325 per share per month paid by check or cash. When you join, you commit for the whole year, with payments due bimonthly. Monthly payment can be arranged if necessary. Many members set up an automatic payment with their bank.
Q: Is the dairy raw (unpasturized)?
A: Yes. You will join our herdshare where you legally own a share of the herd (no extra cost) so that you can have access to this raw dairy. Please familiarize yourselves with the possible risks and the certain benefits of raw milk before you commit to joining the program. Raw milk and yogurt are extremely probiotic and help create a good microbial community in our guts, which is essential to our health and immunity.
Q: Does everything in the CSA come from your farm?
A: We produce nearly everything ourselves, however, we buy in some items to supplement our offering. We raise some of our own beef, but over half we buy in from a 100% grass-fed, certified organic producer. In the winters we may supplement our veggie offering with additional purchased certified organic storage crops. All of our purchased vegetables and meats come from producers that meet our same production standards, often certified organic, and are all located nearby in Maryland or Southern PA. The whole grain flours and dry goods we offer are purchased from a certified organic mill in Pennsylvania- many are Pennsylvania grown, all are American grown.
Q: How about growing practices?
A: First of all, we don't use chemical pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. We grow our vegetables on a small-scale. We do a lot of work by hand. We use composts and minerally-rich stone dusts, and we practice a diverse crop rotation. Additionally, we spoon feed vitamins, minerals, and homeopathics to our vegetable and fruit crops for enhanced nutrition. We put great emphasis on well mineralized, biologically-active soil to grow healthier crops and animals.
Livestock are on grass and have year round access to pasture and clean air and water. The dairy herd does not receive hormones and would only receive antibiotics in a life-or-death situation. All other livestock does not receive hormones or antibiotics. Beef and Dairy are both 100% grass fed. We rotate our pastures with long rest periods, which give the grasses the ability to recover from grazing, develop root systems, and maximize photosynthesis. Our pigs and chickens are fed only certified organic grain in addition to the heavily rotated pastures they are on. We do our best to keep our livestock comfortable and happy, and we rely on good nutrition, herbal remedies, and homeopathics for our health care program.