Fall Produce and CSA
Photo Credit: Anne Kingma
Fall Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Our Fall Produce program follows the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, which is a partnership between a farm and a community of members who choose to share the risks and enjoy the rewards of the farm.
Here’s how it works. You purchase a “share” of fall crops, and we provide you with fresh, naturally grown produce. Because you’re sharing the risks and rewards, you get to experience the ups and downs of the season just like we do. For instance, one fall we might have a bumper crop of spinach but a poor showing of radishes, so you get lots of spinach and not so many radishes. The next season, carrots may steal the show while baby salad greens do so-so, so you get lots of carrots and an average amount of salad greens. Rewards of being a farm member also include access to pick-your-own items and enjoying the beauty of the farm.
Another part of being a CSA member is that you’re part of a community made up of your neighbors and fellow townspeople, all who come from different life situations. We want our produce to be accessible to all, so we use a sliding scale for payment, which you can find out more about in our storefront. (Click here for why we’re using a sliding scale.) If the cost of the share is still a barrier, contact us about the option of working off part of your share here at the farm.
Our Fall CSA runs for 7 weeks, from the first or second week of October through the week before Thanksgiving in November. You’ll receive a weekly portion of produce (listed below). Each week will be different, depending on which produce is ready to harvest.
|Arugula||Farm members asked for this delicious green, so we're making it a regular part of the share--yum!|
|Beets||Enjoy the Red Ace and Guardsmark Chiogga varieties. After these tender and sweet beets you will never go back to canned beets, ever.|
|Brussels Sprouts||Toss these delicious little orbs with olive oil, sea salt and garlic, roast in the oven, and enjoy!|
|Candy Carrots||We call these Napoli carrots "candy carrots" because these are the sweetest carrots you'll ever eat. Carrots won't show up until week 3 or 4 of distribution because they only turn sweet after a frost.|
|Fresh Herbs||We offer portions of oregano, parsley, and thyme.|
|Green Onions||Parade and Red Baron green onions are the perfect complement to your salad or stir fry.|
|Kale||We grow Vates kale, a dwarf curly kale. Baby kale leaves can be used in a salad, while fuller leaves can be cooked or used in green smoothies.|
|Leeks||Similar to an onion, the leek adds subtle flavor to soups, casseroles, or salads.|
|Baby Salad Greens||We believe a salad shouldn't have to be cut with a knife, so we pick small, tender greens for an enjoyable, easy-to-eat salad.|
|Specialty Greens||Various mustard and Asian greens add a spicy kick to any salad or stir-fry.|
|Baby Spinach||Frost breaks down the starchs in the spinach into simple sugars, making the leaves taste sweet. Spinach is usually ready size-wise by week 2 of distribution, but it won't develop its incredible sweetness until after a frost. We have yet to meet someone who doesn't love this spinach, and we've often found our six-year-old and four-year-old snacking on it in the hoophouse. (Corvair and Giant Winter varieties)|
|Surprise Items!||Over 30 items can be grown in the hoophouse. Each season we trial additional vegetables, so you may find some surprises in your share.
How to Become a Fall CSA Member
When you place your order, you choose from the options below. To sign up now, visit our storefront.
|Share Type||Approximate Portions||Farmer's Share Price|
|Full Share||Feeds 4-5 omnivores per week.||$285|
|Half Share||Feeds 2-3 omnivores per week.||$155|
|Quarter Share||Feeds 1-2 omnivores per week.||$90|
|Perkins' Good Earth Farm in DeMotte, IN||Choose between Monday or Thursday. Pick-up time 3-6 pm.|
|SWCD Office in Rennselaer||Choose between Monday or Thursday. Pick up time between 11 am-2 pm.|