Below please find info on our CSA. New members and renewals accepted late November through March. In the meantime, our farm stand is open to the public!
How our CSA works
Our CSA has a unique system. Shareholders can purchase four levels of debit cards: $300 card that costs $275 (8% discount), $600 card that costs $550 (8% discount), $800 card that costs $725 (9% discount), and a $1,000 card that costs $900 (10% discount).
When you join our CSA, you are telling us that you plan to come out to the farm to buy what we grow. By putting your money up front, you demonstrate your commitment to our farm and help us to buy seeds and supplies and pay our hard working staff to plant, water, and weed the our organically grown crops. CSA works for you, local agriculture, and the environment!
You can choose from any of the three distributions on the farm per week, and our distribution season runs 23 weeks, from early June through early November. Most of our crops are harvested and displayed farmstand style in our barn, and CSA shareholders select their share from seasonally available crops. Some crops, such as beans, strawberries, herbs, and flowers, are available as Pick Your Own crops in our fields.
You choose the produce that you want, subject to availability as crops go in or out of season. Produce is priced at our farmers market prices, and you automatically reiceve your discount when you use your harvest card. After you have selected your share, our staff checks you out, and you use your CSA card to debit the share from your account. Your funds roll over to the next season, and we also accept CSA cards at the New Milford summer and winter farmers market.
Our CSA has lots of benefits for you!
*discount on our farm stand prices, no penalty for missing weeks
*lots of choices on what crops and amounts make sense for your family
*get out into the fields for our PYO crops
*get a free bunch of flowers and perennial herbs (sage, thyme, chives, oregano) each week
*use your card for any locally produced food we sell at the farm (meat, syrup, honey, etc) as well as Fort Hill Farm transplants for your garden.
Please note that not all Connecticut CSA’s use organic growing practices, and you should ask the farmer of any CSA you are considering to describe their growing system.
The main limiting factor to getting more CSA farms and more local, organic produce is that new farmers have a hard time renting or owning high quality land (flat, fertile, stone free, well drained, and loamy) due to extremely high land costs and rapid development of Connecticut farm fields. There are organizations that are working to preserve Connecticut farmland, please go to www.workinglandsalliance.org to find out more.
Thank you for your support of local, organic agriculture!