our csa crop-share program
***Please note: our 2019 CSA program is SOLD OUT! We will begin accepting early-bird deposits for the 2020 season in July. It is plausible that a few shares will open for this season if folks who paid early deposits don’t follow through with their full payment by the deadline. For that reason, we are keeping a waiting list. If you would like to be on the waiting list in the event some shares open up, please CLICK HERE!***
Purchasing a CSA crop-share is the SINGLE BEST WAY that you as a consumer can show your support for locally-grown food. With the up-front purchase of a share of the farm's harvest, you are committing to be one of the farm's very best customers, and providing the farm with much-needed cash at the beginning of the season, when expenses are high and farm stand revenue is non-existent. In exchange, you receive the very best of what the farm is harvesting, on a weekly or biweekly basis, for the duration of the growing season.
so how does it work?
This year we are offering two sizes of shares: full, and half. Purchasing a full share means you will receive at least $20 worth of produce, every week for at least 20 weeks over the course of the season. It is very likely that you will receive even more than that, but as a baseline you can expect $20 worth of produce for 20 weeks. As such the cost of a full share is $400. The standard deposit is half the price of the share, or $200. ***For 2019 we are accepting early-bird deposits of $50 for full shares. The rest of your deposit ($150) will be due by March 15th, 2019, and your remaining balance will be due no later than May 15, 2019. Late fees will be instituted if full payment is not received by the May 15th deadline. Prompt payment is required to keep your spot in the program. If full payment (including any late fees due) is not received by May 31st you will forfeit your share for the season.***
Purchasing a half-share means you will receive at least $20 worth of produce, every OTHER week over the course of the growing season: meaning at least 10 times. Just like with the full share, it is very likely that you will actually receive more than that. But as a baseline you can expect $20 worth of produce, biweekly, at least 10 times, and as such the cost of a half share is $200. The standard deposit is half the price of the share, or $100. ***For 2019 we are accepting early-bird deposits of $25 for half shares. The rest of your deposit ($75) will be due by March 15th, 2019, and your remaining balance will be due no later than May 15, 2019. Late fees will be instituted if full payment is not received by the May 15th deadline. Prompt payment is required to keep your spot in the program. If full payment (including any late fees due) is not received by May 31st you will forfeit your share for the season.***
PURCHASING A CSA SHARE OF EITHER SIZE IS A COMMITMENT TO EATING LOCALLY AND SEASONALLY. You do NOT get to choose what produce comes in your weekly share. Generally speaking, you can expect to receive 5-6 different vegetables each week, based on what the farm is currently harvesting. If you are not a big vegetable lover, or feel concerned that you will often end up with things you don't like, purchasing a CSA share might not be for you. If that's the case, please consider purchasing gift certificates to support the farm instead, because those can be redeemed for exactly what you like from our farm stand.
We believe very strongly in the principles of eating seasonally, and we are also a real farm, growing everything we sell ourselves, right here in Erie. People have become accustomed to buying anything they want, all year long from large grocery stores, but much of that stuff is very out of season and had to be imported from thousands of miles away. It was also picked prematurely so that it could be shipped so far, and as a result it often lacks flavor. We are confident that the flavor and freshness of our constantly-changing selection of locally-grown produce will convince you of the merits of seasonal eating.
Sample spring share: sweet peas, radishes, lettuce, baby spinach, baby beets, green onions
Sample mid-summer share: carrots, green beans, lettuce, zucchini, sweet onions, cucumbers
Sample late-summer/fall share: tomatoes, sweet peppers, garlic, butternut squash, kale, leeks
When will you start receiving your shares? It honestly depends on the weather, how soon we can get stuff in the ground, and how soon we are ready to start harvesting. We are shooting for late May, and we will be in direct contact with our share-holders as we get closer and firm up the timing. Regardless of exactly when we are ready to start harvesting, the season will last for 20+ weeks.
How will I get my weekly shares? This first year we have two pick-up locations: The Whole Foods Co-op at 1341 W. 26th, and Ember + Forge coffee shop at 401 State Street. These locations were based on where our 2018 members lived, and are not necessarily where future seasons' pick-up spots will be. Once we know who all of our 2019 CSA members are, we will figure out pick-up spots that make sense for everyone.