Community Supported Agriculture
2016 CSA Program now open.
A major benefit to this program is its flexibility. You select "WHAT YOU WANT ---WHEN YOU WANT IT!
Farmers Mark and Joanie are excited to announce the 2016 CSA. A CSA (Community
Supported Agriculture) is a program where we offer customers fresh-picked USDA certified organic produce by purchasing a share of the season’s harvest in advance. By participating in a CSA, customers become involved in sustaining the farm by supplying capital for start-up expenses (farm labor, seeds, potting
soil, utilities, greenhouse supplies, stakes, etc.) that need to be paid before the first crop is harvested. In exchange, customers choose a weekly supply of fresh produce at a discount from farm stand prices
This year a share entitles our members to fresh produce, and vegetable, flower and herb plants. Members will be able to choose what’s in their share at the following locations:
- Farm Store at 261 Old Mount Tom Road
Sundays (late April through early June & November)
- Bantam Inn (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
- Litchfield Farmers’ Market (Saturdays)
- Collinsville Farmers’ Market (Sundays)
A major benefit to this program is its flexibility. You select what you want when you want it!
We offer different purchase share levels to help you decide the share that is best suited to your needs.
- With a payment of $90 you’ll receive a share for $100 (10% discount-a savings of $10). This share is primarily for plant lovers and early season produce from late April through mid-June.
- With a payment of $178 you’ll receive a share for $200 (11% discount-a savings of $22). This share is generally enough produce for one individual.
- With a payment of $350 you’ll receive a share for $400 (12% discount–a savings of $50). This share is generally enough produce for a family of two.
- With a payment of $510 you’ll receive a share for $600 (15% discount–a savings of $90). This share is generally enough produce for a family of three or more or for a veggie loving couple.
PLEASE NOTE: All CSA members who exhaust their share before the season ends will be able to purchase an additional share, at a 5% discount.
A work share entails an obligation of 25 or 50 hours of farm work during the season. These shares are extremely limited and selected at the discretion of the farmers. Work share choices include field work (weeding, planting, harvesting); greenhouse work (preparing seed trays, seeding, watering); washing and bunching produce; helping at farmers’ markets. A work share is equivalent to $240(for 25 hours of work) or $480(for 50 hours of work). Work shares are mostly needed in the Spring and late Summer-Fall.
Produce and items if available that you may choose to include in your shares are:
EARLY SEASON (late April – mid June) – Vegetable, flower and herb plants;
asparagus, lettuce, radishes, scallions, Napa cabbage, kale, bok choy, swiss
chard, spinach, kohlrabi, garlic scapes, peas, salad mix, arugula, rhubarb,
MID SEASON (mid June – mid September) - Lettuce, scallions, radishes, zucchini,
yellow squash, cucumbers, green beans, fennel, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, herbs, melons, garlic, onions, shallots, salad mix, arugula, artichokes, beets, swiss chard, golden & red raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, carrots, broccoli, brokali.
LATE SEASON (mid September – mid December) - Lettuce, scallions, radishes, tomatoes,
cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, celeriac, carrots, beets, leeks, cabbage, winter squash, kale, brussel sprouts, turnips, parsnips, sunchokes, salad mix, arugula, husk cherries, red & golden raspberries,
collards, spinach, kohlrabi, swiss chard, onions, shallots, garlic, ginger,
How does it work?
Come to the locations mentioned above. Select the products that you want and tell the cashier you are a CSA member. The cashier will total your purchase and
deduct it from your share balance. Any share balances remaining at the end of
the season will be donated in produce to local Food Banks (see policy below*).
How do I sign up?
All 2015 CSA members will be given priority for the 2016 sign up. To enroll scroll down and print the 2016 CSA Share Agreement Form or Work Share Form, complete and send in with your payment immediately. No phone calls please – we
offer our shares on a first come first served basis.
Like the Farmers, by participating in the CSA, customers not only reap the rewards but share the risks in agriculture. However, because of the large quantity of different crops we grow, what will be a difficult year for one item will be an exceptional year for another item. We also do multiple plantings of many crops. Please be aware before committing to the program that we do not refund shares due to any force majeure events, such as but not limited to weather damage or Mother Nature’s whims.
We are optimistic that this endeavor again will benefit both the customers and
the farm and we look forward to sharing a wonderful season with you
*CSA Policy for Unspent Share Balances at the End of the Season: Unspent share
balances at the end of the season are donated in produce to local Food Banks. Each week CSA members are notified by e-mail detailing crops being harvested and available that week. The farmers go to great lengths to offer fresh produce at convenient locations and times from late April through December.