Every couple of weeks we’ll feature various CSAs from across the country so you can see what’s growing!
If you’re not familiar with subscription-based Community Supported Agriculture, check out this great explanation from LocalHarvest.org, which has almost 3,000 CSA farms in its directory.
“What our CSA is all about: Community, Health, Environment, Affordability, Commitment” – Brian & Jess Powers, Working Hands Farm, Hillsboro, OR
It’s interesting to see the many different CSA models and especially the diversity of what is being offered from farms across the country. Check out photos and info below from 9 different farms in Oregon and across the country. Follow the links to their blogs and websites to read more about the farm and their weekly offerings and check them out on social media!
Vibrant Valley Farm “are dedicated farmers and passionate educators committed to exploring innovative solutions to enliven the current food system, both locally and globally.” Kara Gilbert and Elaine Walker are also part of the LET um EAT Collective! Located just 15 miles from Portland on the beautiful Sauvie Island, CSA shares from VVF travel a very short distance to their many urban members. Pick ups are set up in a market-style, where members select their own weekly items. They also offer a very unique CSB (Community Support Bouquet) program with weekly or bi-weekly options. Check out this week’s recipe for Shiso-Cucumber Shrub on their blog!
Saginaw Meadows Farm
Pictured: August 7 – Week 4
$24/week for 22 weeks
Box Contents: potatoes, chard, peaches, zucchini, summer squash, peppers, salad tomatoes, an heirloom tomato, green tomatoes, basil, dill, mint, sage and a bouquet of sunflowers
Growing beautiful produce in the Saginaw Valley of Michigan, Neil Frank (@plant_based_guy) uses natural growing methods without synthetic pesticides or herbicides. He offers a small CSA each year to some very lucky members and often has returning customers and a wait list. Read more on their Facebook page.
Golden Earthworm Farm
Pictured: August 4 – Week 11
$22.50/wk for 26 weeks, on farm or other Long Island Pick up options
In addition to their weekly organic CSA shares, Golden Earthworm Farm offers a number of other benefits to their members: weekly newsletters with farm news and recipes, discounted U-Pick strawberries in June, free farm tours for members and their families and an invitation to their annual CSA Harvest festival with tours, cooking demonstrations and other farm activities. They also have the option of adding a fruit share or custom orders of grass-fed meat, dairy, grains, beans and other farm products. Check out their CSA blog for lots of tips, tricks and recipes.
Pictured: August 5 – Week 7
$22/wk for 23 week from June – Thanksgiving or Summer/Fall options
This week’s contents: beets, arugula, spring onions, heirloom cukes, summer squash, broccoli, beans, green bell peppers, parsley
Footprint Farm has lots of options for their CSA members: from different time commitments and various drop points and delivery days to optional egg or salad shares. If you’re a big advocate of the farm and get your friends to sign up for the CSA you can even get a discount on your own share- up to 50%! Footprint Farm also participates in the Vermont Farm Share Program, offering subsidized CSA shares to income eligible families. Donations can be made through their website.
Turnip the Beet Farm
Pictured: August 5 – Week 10
$24/wk for 22 weeks
We can’t help but smile at the name of Turnip the Beet Farm. This farming duo grows on about 3 acres of land outside of Eugene, focusing on heirloom and speciality crops. They consider themselves “consciously uncertified”, sustainably farming without the use of chemicals, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers. CSA pick up in downtown Eugene with home or office delivery options available. Turnip the Beet also sells to local restaurants, retailers and at the Lane County Farmers Market.
Pictured: August 4 – Week 10
$25/wk for 22 weeks June – October
This week’s contents:
Salsa Verdé Basket (includes tomatillos, garlic, onion, jalapeno + recipe!), assorted cucumbers, yellow beans, green bell pepper, black lettuce, beets, carrots, sungolds, nasturtium flowers, herbs
Lindsay and Travis are “the owners, operators, builders, weeders, plumbers, accountants, photographers, cultivators, stewards of soil, composters, egg collectors, transplanters, seed collectors, bouquet composers, website designers, customer service reps, etc” of Kaiser Farm in the Cedar Valley of Iowa. They also do an amazing job with their website, CSA newsletter and Instagram account (@kaiserfarmfresh). They produce fruits & veggies, eggs and honey and have a 50 member CSA in addition to selling at the Cedar Falls farmers market.
Contents: heirloom and cherry tomato mix, fennel, potatoes, cabbage, Asian eggplant, chioggia beets, rainbow chard, escarole, head lettuce, radicchio, slicing and pickling cucumbers, and sunflowers
It’s always interesting to see how farms add value to their memberships and we’ve seen a great variety of ways. Stewardship Farms offers both a straight produce share or a produce and preservation share, which also includes 1 or 2 frozen or preserved items from Stewardship Farms Preservation Kitchen or Hudson Valley Farm Partners. Stewardship Farms also has a Traveling Market using a cool converted school bus and a sweet little trailer. Businesses or individuals can contact the farm to request a stop by the traveling market, which offers fresh veggies as well as items from the Preservation Kitchen and other partner farms.
Lou Roo & Crew Farms
Pictured: August 4 – Week 10
$35/wk for 14-16 weeks
Contents: Heirloom tomatoes, heirloom cherry tomatoes, carrots, Walla Walla onions, loose leaf lettuce, red romaine lettuce head, green beans, jalapeños, bell pepper, Hungarian sweet pepper, beets, Yukon potatoes, cucumbers, basil & sage. Oh and eggplant.
Lou Roo and Crew is in their pilot season of their CSA. They sustainably grow vegetables using intensive and “micro-farming” techniques which minimizes watering, fertilizing and weeding needs. In addition to beautiful veggies, they offer optional add-ons of eggs, farm preserves and goat milk and cheese- something you don’t see so often! From their website: “while we can’t claim organic… we CAN claim that we are kind and sustainable to our plants and soil.” Something everyone can feel great about.
Raleigh’s Hillside Farm
Pictured: August 5 – Week 9
$25/wk for 20 weeks
Half-size and over-other-week options available
Kyle and Lauren of Raleigh’s Hillside Farm have a sweet story and are clearly dedicated to connect people to their food. Over the past few years they’ve grown their CSA membership from 8 to 50 and more than tripled the size of their farm. They sell to restaurants and at the farmers market too. Check out Lauren’s “The Leek & the Carrot” blog for photos, recipes and her weekly “Farm Crush Friday”.