How our CSA works
Our CSA has a unique system. Shareholders can purchase four levels of debit cards: $100 card for $95 (5% discount), $300 card for $270 (10% discount), $600 card that costs $525 (12% discount), or a $800 card that costs $685 (14% discount).
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: a discount over our market prices, no penalty for missing weeks, lots of choices on what crops and amounts make sense for your family, and you get out into the fields for our PYO crops.
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!