Farm Share Details

In order to reserve your share, please use our online order form. If you would prefer to use a paper copy, please contact us at openbookfarm@gmail.com or 240.457.2558.

We offer a choice of two meat share programs, Prix Fixe or A La Carte, both at the farm and at the Petworth Community Farmers Market, in DC.

We also offer a Winter Storage Share, starting in November of 2014 and running through February 2015.

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Below you’ll find information about the various ways you can participate in one of our Farm Share (aka Community Supported Agriculture or CSA) Programs.  Please check out our Testimonials page to see what our members have had to say.

If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to contact us!

Winter Storage Share

Date: 4 monthly pick-ups on the farm or in Chevy Chase.  11/23, 12/21, 1/25, and 2/22 (on farm) or 11/21, 12/19, 1/23, and 2/20 (Chevy Chase and Petworth)
Time: 1-5 PM (on farm) 4-7 PM (Chevy Chase), 5-7 PM (Petworth)
Price: $400 (on farm pick-up) OR $440 (Chevy Chase and Petworth pick-up)
Where: EITHER on the farm at 10430 Rum Springs Road in Myersville, MD (follow the gravel driveway as it curves around the barn and park in front of the milk house) OR in Chevy Chase at North Chevy Chase Christian Church OR at Centro Evangelistico Church in Petworth.
How It Works:

All produce, apples, and eggs will be displayed with signs indicating the quantity included in that month’s share. The apples, eggs, and fresh vegetables in the share will be pre-set, i.e. 8 ounces of lettuce, a peck of apples, etc. For the storage vegetables, you will be able to choose however much you’d like of each vegetable (sweet potatoes, onions, etc.), up to a total of 10-12 lbs/share.

Each month we will create a “suggested share” of meat for you to take home. These will for the most part comprise the less expensive, more familiar items like whole chickens, sausage, and ground beef. Members are encouraged to make substitutions if so desired. Please note that choosing our more expensive cuts as substitutes will result in a reduced quantity of meat in your share (with the value held constant). For instance, if you choose to take boneless skinless breasts instead of whole chicken, you would receive 1.5 lbs of boneless breasts instead of a 4 lb chicken. We will strive to make all chicken, pork, and beef cuts available as options, but we may run out of some items as the winter progresses.

We (the farmers) will be available for the duration of distribution to answer questions and restock.  Members should bring bags and a cooler with which to transport their food home.

Prior to distribution, we will send out a reminder email, which will also include farm news, recipes, and the details of that month’s share.  Over the course of the four pick-ups, members will receive a total of 8 dozen eggs, about 30-40 lbs of meat (chicken, pork, and beef), approximately 1 bushel of storage apples, approximately 20 lbs of fresh vegetables (carrots, beets, spinach, lettuce, arugula, sweet turnips, radishes, bok choy, kale, collards, and leeks) grown in our high tunnels as well as approximately 40 lbs of “storage vegetables” (potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, cabbage, parsnips, jersusalem artichokes, garlic, and winter squash).   We do not expect the share to provide all of the fresh vegetables and meat that a family would eat in a month.  It is designed to be a fresh, local supplement to your diet for the months when it is hardest to eat local.

N.B.: We source our apples from several different local orchards.  We will offer a certified organic apple option (which will probably have surface blemishes), but we will also offer local, IPM apples from Kuhn orchard.  Because we lack the storage facilities and the field space to produce all of our own storage veggies, we will be buying in some STORAGE vegetables through the Tuscarora Organic Grower’s Cooperative.  All fresh veg is our own; anything we have not grown will be clearly marked as such.   All products will be labeled at distribution as to their origin.

Winter CSA Add-Ons: We offer several share add-ons of products we personally love from farms which we think are doing a fantastic job.  This year we will offer a milk add-on share from Woodbourne Creamery and sauerkraut add-on share from Sweet Farm Sauerkraut.  Woodbourne Creamery raises Guernsey cows on rotationally-grazed pasture, and they low-temperature pasteurize their own milk on-farm.  Members may purchase either one or two gallons per month ($30 or $56, respectively)  Sweet Farm Sauerkraut produces real, raw, naturally fermented sauerkrauts made from only organic vegetables, sea salt, and spices.  We eat a lot of their kraut!  Kraut shares can be either 1 or 2-15 oz jars per month, for $32 or $60, respectively.

Pastured Meat Shares

Chicken and Eggs

Our Meat Share programs allow us to offer to our committed customers a discount for purchasing our meat in bulk and for paying up front.  As farmers, we accrue all of our costs while raising our animals, before we have anything ready for sale. Pre-paying for your meat share helps us to gauge how many animals to raise, and it evens out our cash flow over the course of the year.  In return for your commitment to our farm, Meat Share members receive our chicken, pork, and eggs, as well 100% grass-fed beef from a neighboring farm, at 10% off market prices.

Our Prix Fixe Meat Share offers maximum convenience and is designed for those who prefer the simplicity of of receiving the farmer’s selection of meat cuts each month, with our favorite recipes to guide you in meat cookery.

Our A La Carte Meat Share offers maximum freedom and is designed for those who would prefer to choose all the meat cuts they will receive.

Prix Fixe Meat CSA

Our Prix Fixe Meat Share is new this year, and more along the lines of traditional Farm Share programs.  For $500, our Prix Fixe Meat Share members receive one pre-made selection of meat cuts per month for seven months.  Over the course of the season, from April-October, members receive $555 worth of meat.

Share pick-up occurs either at our Bethesda Market on the first Saturday of the month or at the farm on the second Saturday of the month.  Please select one option on our sign-up form.

Each share will contain a variety of our meats, as well as simple, delicious recipe suggestions for everything included in the share.  The Prix Fixe share is ideal for someone who wants to cook with meat, but would appreciate suggestions about cooking techniques and recipes.  In selecting the contents of each share, we strive to include cuts that are, for the most part, familiar.  Members also receive a monthly newsletter with farm news and are invited to attend special on-farm events.

A La Carte Meat Share

This is our original Meat Share.  Our A La Carte plan allows members maximum flexibility in terms of what they receive and when they join.  A La Carte members pay $500 upon joining at any time of the year.  Upon subscription, your membership becomes activated for 12 months.

That $500 becomes a “tab” with us, which a member draws down every other week at our meat share pick-up.  Members come either to the farm or to our Bethesda stand, pick out whatever they want from our chicken, pork, beef, and eggs, and we keep track of the total.

As a member of our farm, you are entitled to a 10% discount on our all chicken, pork, beef, and egg prices, so your initial $500 will garner you $555 worth of meat.

In addition to discounted prices, all members receive bi-weekly newsletters with recipes and farm news.  We also host several on-farm events for our CSA members over the course of the year, and we are always happy to provide advice, assistance, or recipes.  If you are ever unable to make it to a CSA pick up, you are welcome to visit our market on Friday or a non-meat share Saturday.

New for 2014: Nose-to-Tail Add-on

For adventurous gourmets who would like a guided tour of the less familiar (though no less delicious!) cuts of pork, beef, and chicken.

Did you know that The Joy of Cooking has three different recipes for pigs’ feet?  Beyond the chops, breasts, and steaks, all meat animals have a variety of cuts that rarely make it to the supermarket meat counter anymore.  These lesser known parts, which cookbook author Jennifer McLaughlin calls “the odd-bits,” were once familiar to and loved by diners and cooks.  Generally, the odd-bits look “funny” or require a longer cook time than common cuts, but though they have fallen out of favor, they are no less scrumptious.

Each month, members will receive 2-3 unusual cuts, as well as carefully vetted recipes that maximize flavor while minimizing prep.  Learning to prepare “everything but the oink” is not only healthy (liver, for example is a fantastic source of iron and vitamin B12), but it also helps prevent wastage of wonderful pasture-raised food.  If you are up for an adventure, you will be pleasantly surprised!

Over the course of the season, the share will include: chicken feet, livers, backs, and hearts, pork tongue, jowl, feet, ears, tail, liver, and lard, as well as beef liver, marrow bones, soup bones, shanks, and tallow.

The nose-to-tail share costs $100 and can be purchased on its own, or as an add-on.

Sweet Farm Sauerkraut Add-On

Our friends at the Sweet Farm produce real, raw, lactofermented sauerkrauts made from local, organic produce.  We are happy to offer our CSA members a kraut add-on to our meat shares, since meat and kraut go so well together!

Members may choose to receive ONE or TWO 16oz jars of sauerkraut along with the CSA box each month, April-October. For the “Variety Add-On”, flavors will vary from month to month and will include their four original krauts as well as new, seasonal creations. We also offer the “Classic Only Add-On”, for sauerkraut traditionalists.  For more information about the Sweet Farm, visit their website or Facebook page.

Small Kraut Variety Add-On: $45
Large Kraut Variety Add-On: $85

Small Classic Only Add-On: $50
Large Classic Only Add-On: $95

CSA members who opt for the Kraut Add-On also save $1 off their purchase whenever they buy two jars of kraut at the Bethesda Farm Women’s Market or the West Frederick Farmer’s Market.

If you have more specific questions about any of our meat share programs, please consult our FAQs page, or contact us directly.  We look forward to speaking with you!

Roasted Chicken

One final note…We recognize that a lump-sum payment of $500 may be a challenge for some families.  If this is the case for you, please contact us to discuss the possibility of an alternative payment schedule

Summer Vegetable Share–NOT OFFERED IN 2014

Date: 20 weeks, from the beginning of June until the end of October
Price: $500 (on farm pick-up); $575 (off farm pick-up)
Time: On farm pick-up Saturdays from 8 AM – 11 AM
Where: Our farm is located at 10430 Rum Springs Road in Myersville, MD Follow the gravel driveway as it curves around the barn and park in front of the milk house.
We offer one off-farm pick up location, at North Chevy Chase Christian Church (NC4).   Our off-farm pick up is also run as a free choice volume share, rather than a more typical pre-boxed share.  Off-farm pickups are Tuesdays from 4 PM – 7 PM.

How It Works: In the spring, all members receive a canvas bag which they are to bring each week to CSA pick-up. Our CSA is a “free choice volume share,” which means that you may take whatever you want to fill your bag. Don’t like turnips? You’ll never have to eat them! Really, really like carrots? Go for it! Take home a few pounds! While we will occasionally place limits on certain items (first tomatoes, for example) we aim to give you maximal choice in the contents of your share. At the height of the season, there may also be “out of bag specials” for members who wish to can or freeze additional food.  Our CSA season runs from the beginning of June until the end of October, 22 weeks.  Members are invited to pick up a share any 20 weeks within that time period.

Open Book Farm meat (chicken, turkey, and pork) and eggs are available for separate purchase each week.

How Much Food is in a Share?
Our Summer CSA share is designed to fill all the vegetable needs of two people who love veggies and cook most of their meals, or a family of four that cooks at home several times per week.  Because the share is a free choice volume share, you will never be saddled with vegetables that you don’t like.  If you are unsure that you will have the time to use a full share’s worth, we suggest that you consider sharing a share with a friend.  Members are invited to U-pick certain crops, such as cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, herbs, and green beans (if you have a physical difficulty that prevents you from picking your own, however, we are always happy to pick some for you!)  Off-farm members will also receive u-pick crops, though not more than one per week.

Rows of Vegetables