Community Supported Agriculture
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It's designed to create a partnership between the local farmer and consumer. The consumer, known as the shareholder, purchases a share during the farm's off season from the farmer in exchange for fresh produce during the growing season.
What is a Berry Patch Farms CSA? First and foremost we are a Certified Organic farm which means our produce is grown without synthetic pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics nor GMOs. The produce you will receive each week is picked at its peak freshness. You will receive a weekly e-newsletter that describes what will be in your share that week as well as helpful cooking tips. Additionally, you as a shareholder will
What are the risks? Each shareholder assumes the same risks as does the farmer: drought, crop failure, insect infestations, hail storms......which could lead to lower crop yields which would be reflected in the share.
Policies: You will decide what pick up point best suits your needs and should you find that you will need to make a change your permanent pickup point; you will be able to do so up until the third week of delivery. The pickup times listed are fixed unless arrangements are made twenty-four hours ahead. If you are unable to make your pick up day please make arrangements with others to pick up for you.
If this is your first time with us, we ask that you come and visit the farm and talk with Claudia, Anna or Tim first, before enrolling in the program, for we want to be sure that a CSA share is right for you. This can be done on Saturdays from 10-4pm.
Our winter CSA will include a mix of fresh greens, cellared crops, dried and frozen crops. Our fresh greens are grown in our unheated greenhouse. The schedule of the CSAis a reflection of the growth pattern of the hoophouse crops. Due to the lower light levels in November through mid-January, growth is slower and production is less. As the angle of the sun rises and the days lengthen, the hoophouse crops are much more productive and available and thus, we can include more in your share. The crops being grown in the winter hoophouse include arugula, kale, salad mix, mustard greens, spinach, heirloom Italian chard, radishes,scallions and cilantro. Your winter share will also likely include some micro-greens which are tiny , intensely flavored and nutritious baby plants.
The cellared (stored crops) include carrots, onions, beets, leeks, sunchokes, turnips, rutabagas, winter radishes, cabbage, celeriac and parsnips. Certified organic potatoes from local Strohauer Farms will be included at times.
Dried crops include our six varieties of dried beans and our flavorful dried peppers for seasoning.
Frozen products are various types of roasted peppers, both chilies and sweet types; tomatillos, okra and tomatoes.
The winter share will not typically include fruit although we may elect to include Ela Family Farms certified organic dried fruit and/or jams and fruit butters.
Eggs will not be included in the winter share but typically will be available for purchase at the time of pick-up.
Pick-up will be on Saturdays at the farm from 10 am until 1 pm. Our market is also open during those times.
Dates of pick-up:
Every Saturday from Jan. 20 through April 7.
Cost is $450 for 14 weeks.