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!
Wobbly Cart Farm
Pictured: July 7- Week 4
$29/week for 18 weeks
Large share: French lavender, lettuce, cucumber, purplette onions, carrots, Italian parsley, red cabbage, chard, shell peas
Wobbly Cart Farm is a diverse, certified organic farm South of Olympia, WA. They partner with their neighbors August Farm to offer CSA members free-range chickens, whey fed pigs, grass fed sheep and specialty cut flowers. Weekly deliveries to Chehalis, Centralia and Olympia, WA and Portland, OR. LET um EAT Collective members Ned Ludd and Pastaworks also carry Wobbly Cart Farm produce.
2 lb. Potatoes
The Gathering Together Farm CSA started way back in 1996 and continues to offer their members a great diversity of produce, with over 40 different crops in over 100 varieties. Pick up locations all over Portland, Corvallis and the Oregon coast. Options for “Salad Lovers” or “Salad Addicts” add-ons. When members sign up they can also choose to donate $15 to the GTF CSA Scholarship Fund, which will be used to buy up to 50% of shares for low income families.
CSAs come in all shapes and sizes. Nicole and Nick Mattingly of Double N Urban Farm are homesteaders in East Nashville with a small CSA to support their 1/2 acre urban farm. Nicole also has an Etsy store offering her handmade tea, tinctures, syrups, and salves using herbs from the farm. Check out their blog for some fun weekly posts including “Monday’s Motivation” and “Farm Crush Friday” which includes beautiful photos!
This week’s contents:
Sweet Pepper Mix*
Hot Pepper Mix**
Yellow or Red Onions
Purple, Yellow, or Green Wax Beans
* Two varieties of sweet peppers: Corno di Toro, Red Ruffled Pimiento
**Jalapeños, Serrano, Cherry Bomb, Hot Carrot
Just 13 miles south of downtown San Diego, Suzie’s Farm is a 140 acre oasis of certified organic vegetables, flowers, fruit, herbs and a happy “farm-ily” of 300 laying hens, 85 employees and a handful of farm dogs. Suzie’s started their CSA is 2010 and it is now the cornerstone of the business. Members receive a weekly box bursting with freshly harvested produce, a weekly newsletter, two complimentary tour passes, as well as special pricing and access to various Suzie’s events. “What more could you want?”
Clockwise from top left: kohlrabi, red Russian kale, chioggia Beets, parsley, green beans, savoy cabbage, zucchini, bulb onions, garlic, and carrots (orange or yellow).
Rootbound Farm “is the passion, business, and homeplace of Ben Abell and Bree Pearsall.” You can tell that Bree and Ben are in it because they love it. Now in their 6th year, Rootbound Farm is recently certified organic and continues to grow by selling to their CSA, restaurants and farmers market and have now added a herd of Katahdin sheep (for meat) and two Great Pyrenees puppies. They’re great about updating Facebook on farm happenings so you should follow along.
Sauvie Island is just 15 miles from downtown Portland and has a rich history in farming and agriculture. Sauvie Island Organics was established in 1993 on just one acre with two hardworking women and is now 25 acres and employs dozens of workers. Their CSA offers two different share options at $20/week and $37.50/week or a salad share at just $5.50/week. The Sauvie Island Organics CSA blog has specific comments on the vegetables in the share, for example describing when they were planted, how they have been growing and harvested.
Contents: Parsley, Dill, Cilantro, Chard, Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Green Bell Peppers, Fresh Onions, Yellow and Green Zucchini, Orient Express Eggplant, Garlic Scapes, and the first Sungolds
Village Acres Farm offers on of the longest seasons we’ve seen so far: 28 weeks from the beginning of May through November and Thanksgiving! Members can choose from full or medium share sizes and then opt to add eggs, a Thanksgiving turkey and/or chicken, beef, lamb or pork from a partner farm.
This week’s share: radish, white salad turnips, arugula, kale, beets, red and green oakleaf lettuce, red and green mini cabbages, green onions, and mixed zuchinnis.
First Light Farm’s website has a great explanation on what a CSA means to both the farmers and the members (you can read the full piece here):
“With Community Supported Agriculture, farmers know that their crops are already sold. We can devote more energy to growing food and less energy trying to sell it. Because we know who will be eating our vegetables each week, we have strong incentive to do our best for them. CSA is a relationship based way of doing business. People matter. It is a lot more rewarding to grow and share vegetables with our dedicated members, than it is to grow produce to send off to the warehouse. Really, the way I see it, CSA transforms our crops from saleable commodities into shareable gifts. Your appreciation is our motivation.”
Pictured: July 9 – Week 7
Contents: purple haze and scarlet Nantes carrots, heirloom tomatoes, green beans, red sails and romaine lettuce, basil, onions and garlic
We found Rural Resources through Farm Manager Melissa Rebholz’s instgram (@smokymtnfarming_tn). This non-profit organization recognizes their “region has traditionally been one of small scale subsistence” and “In recent generations, we’ve seen a growing disconnect between our families and the food we eat”. They are challenging that and are doing their due diligence to connect people with their food and truly experience it. In addition to the CSA and farmers markets, Rural Resources supports their community through a range of programs including a Mobile Farmers Market, Farm & Food Teen Training and Farm Day Camps.