What is Community Supported Agriculture?
We’re delighted you’re interested in the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) concept.
A CSA farm is supported by the community that buys its produce. Members of the community can purchase a share of that produce, and receive fresh vegetables on a regular basis. Their money is used to pay for seed, fertilizer, equipment, supplies and the labor needed to grow crops on the farm. By investing in a CSA share, you’re spending your money locally, and reducing your dependence on commercially grown food that is trucked or flown in from across the country or across the world.
A CSA farm is not just a farm, it’s your farm.
In Full Harvest Farm's CSA, your investment in the farm is rewarded with either 10 or 20 weeks of delicious, organically grown, seasonal vegetables, herbs and fruit. Our CSA Shares begin at the end of June and run until about the 1st or 2nd week in November. To keep the box interesting, we successively plant 40 or more different, high-quality vegetables during the season. This number does not include all the different cultivars of vegetables and herbs that we grow. We want you to get lots of things you love, like watermelons, sweet corn, carrots and tomatoes, as well as a few you may never have tried, before like fennel, celeriac and rutabagas. The freshness and flavor of your produce is ensured through proper harvesting, washing and cooling. We minimize the impact of agriculture on the environment while maximizing the healthy qualities of our crop by choosing organic growing methods. This way, everybody wins!
As a member of Full Harvest Farm’s CSA, you get more than just great food.
Every week, we put together a newsletter detailing what’s in your box, how the growing season is progressing and a recipe or two to help you use something new, or to expand your current repertoire. We also like to include recipes, stories and feedback from our members.
The produce you receive varies week by week, depending on what is ready and when. Early boxes usually contain lettuce, radishes, spinach, etc. with sugar snap peas, zucchini and green beans appearing shortly after. Each box has 8-9 different items in it that change as the weeks go by. This is truly seasonal eating.
We deliver your Share the same day it's packed to ensure your produce stays fresh for as long as possible.
Each pickup site has a Choice Box where you can leave something you don’t like, or take something you want more of. We often leave extra vegetables, or slightly irregular ones there.
We use food grade wax boxes to pack your vegetables in, which we encourage our members to return so we can reuse them.
If you're not sure you can use up an entire box, or would like to ease into the CSA program gradually, you can share a box with someone else. This cuts your cost in half, and reduces the vegetables you have to use up each week. You and your friend decide how you prefer to split the box. Many members choose this method.
To receive a Share less often, especially if you're one person, choose our 10-week, Every-Other-Week Couple Share. Because you receive a box every 2 weeks, it's easier to make the most of the contents. An EOW box lets you experience the range of produce available over the entire 20-week season. Boxes will be delivered on either odd-numbered (week 1, 3, 5, etc.) or even-numbered (2, 4, 6, etc.) weeks.
If larger quantities of extra vegetables are available, you can buy more from the farm. We’ll let you know via email or our newsletters what it is, what it costs and when we can deliver.
To give you the chance to see just where your food is grown, we invite you to attend our Farm Day in late September.
Consider carefully your decision to join a CSA:
It’s not the right program for everyone. We find that the people who look forward to their box every week love vegetables, love to cook, take the time to cook often during the week and are flexible enough to create meals with what they have on hand. They accept the fact that they cannot choose what goes into their box, and only know the night before what produce they’ll find there. You will need to supplement the vegetables in your box with items that are not included. If you have too much of something, be prepared to can or freeze it for use later. Eating fresh food involves a serious time commitment towards its preparation. We share these thoughts because we want you to be happy with your investment in our CSA.
Vacations, etc.: Going to be gone for a Wednesday or two? Our CSA software makes it easy for you to place a Vacation Hold on your box, then schedule that box for delivery later. Or, email us for a box credit and use those funds to order extra produce. Even better, make arrangements for a friend to pick up your box and experience fresh, organic vegetables for themselves.