What is CSA?
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a direct connection between
our farm and you as a customer. CSA members make a commitment to our
farm by purchasing a “share” of the harvest in advance of the growing
season. This commitment provides us with the capital we need early in
the year to buy seeds and supplies, and get the growing season underway.
In return, members receive a weekly “share” of the farm’s harvest —
fresh, in-season, high quality, organic vegetables grown and harvested
right here on our farm.
2017 will be our sixth growing season at our farm in Brentwood. As we gradually expand our production, we are able to include more families in our CSA and Farm Store Credit programs. We have 65 CSA shares available for the 2017 growing season. In our first few years at the new farm, we have hit the ground running, making significant investments in farm infrastructure, equipment, irrigation, and perennial crops – while also setting up new systems for growing, harvesting, and marketing. The support of our CSA and Credit Share Members is helping us to make steady progress toward building a viable, sustainable farm business. We thank you for your commitment to our farm!
What’s in a Share?
Each week, our vegetable shares contain 8 to 10 different seasonal crops. To get a sense of the vegetables available in spring, summer, and fall, you can view last season’s CSA shares on the Farm Blog. Our shares are designed for one household, and typically feed 2 – 4 people. Our CSA runs for 18 weeks, beginning in early to mid June.
CSA Member Benefits include:
- A weekly supply of fresh, organic, in-season vegetables grown here at our farm
- Flexible share contents: CSA Shares are pre-boxed for you, but you are welcome to swap items in your share for any vegetables available at our Farm Store on pick-up day.
- Weekly email updates from the farmers with links to recipes, storage tips, and news from the farm.
- Invitations to farm events including our Annual Tomato Tasting, Spring Plant Sale, Happy Hours at the Farm, workshops, and other events.
- Farm Store: Our store will be open on CSA pick-up days so you can supplement your share if you wish. We’ll be selling our own vegetables, herbs, seedlings, and eggs, as well as products from other local farms.
Frequently Asked Questions about our CSA
What are your farming practices? Our vegetable fields and greenhouses are Certified Organic by the USDA National Organic Program. Our certifier is the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food. Read more.
What’s in a share? We plant a diversity of crops in order to provide a wide variety of vegetables and herbs to our CSA members. Shares contain 8 to 10 different items each week, depending what’s ready for harvest. To get a sense of what we’re harvesting throughout the season, check out the past CSA shares described on our Farm Blog.
Can I pick up my share early, or change to a different pick-up day? Sorry, we cannot accommodate requests to change pick-up days, or to pick up shares earlier than 2:00pm. We are already keeping track of many
important details in order to get your shares ready for you, and we want to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.
How do I swap items in my share? When you pick up your share, it will be pre-boxed for you. If there’s
anything in your share you’d like to swap out, you may exchange it for other vegetables available for sale at the Farm Store (of the same value). You may swap for vegetables only. Other Farm Store items are available for purchase.
What if I’m going to be out of town? If you are not going to be able to pick up your share, it is best to have a friend or relative pick up for you. If you know ahead of time you are going to be out of town, and you can’t find someone to pick it up for you, you can take a “Raincheck” – as long as you let us know ahead of time by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org OR entering your name and date to be missed on our “Raincheck” list at CSA pickup. We allow each member to take one Raincheck per season. If you sign up for a Raincheck ahead of time, you’ll automatically get a double share the following week.
What happens if I miss my pick-up? If you are not going to be able to make it to pick up your share, it is best to have a friend or relative pick up for you. With all that’s happening on the farm, we are not able to keep track of forgotten shares. Unclaimed shares will be forfeited. If you know you are going to be away and cannot find someone to pick up your share for you, please notify us by email so to get a “Raincheck” (see previous question).
Can I share a share with my friends? Splitting a share among two households is okay with us, BUT we ask that shareholders take the entire weekly share in one visit to the farm. Please do not come to pick up your share and take a “partial” or “half” share. Keep in mind that our shares are designed for one household, and the contents can’t always be divided equally. If you decide to share a share, we suggest that you either come to pick up your share together, alternate pick-up weeks, or split the share at home.
Do I have to volunteer on the farm? No, there is no volunteer work requirement for CSA members. For those who are interested in spending some time working on the farm, we will occasionally organize volunteer work days in order to tackle big projects like weeding onions in the summer or harvesting potatoes in the fall. Volunteer opportunities will be announced in the weekly CSA email update.
How do I find out about other CSAs in the area? So many choices! There are many local farms offering lots of different types of CSA shares. For a searchable list of CSA farms in the NH seacoast area, go to www.seacoastharvest.org. For a nationwide directory, visit www.localharvest.org.