Summer Market-Style Whole Farm Share
From the beginning of May through mid-November, we host a weekly farmstand on Saturday mornings from 9-11:30 and we attend the weekly Petworth Community Market where we sell our produce, meat, and eggs. While customers are of course welcome to shop week-to-week, we offer a market-style CSA option for those who would like to support our farm for the season and receive a discount in return.
Our market CSA costs $500, and members receive a $555 credit for joining. Credit may be spent on anything we grow (meat, eggs, or produce), and may be redeemed at any point during the season. Going out of town for a month? No problem. Want to stock up because guests are coming through town? Load up. Use your credit when you need it, on what you want to eat. We keep track of your balance and email you each week with a record of your purchases and your remaining balance.
In addition, Market CSA members will receive weekly newsletters with farm news and recipes, invitations to special events on our farm (potlucks, tours, and classes), and occasional special discounts.
Any members who use up their full CSA balance before the close of market season continue to receive a 10% discount on any weekly purchases.
Because our market-style CSA is so flexible, there is no sign-up deadline. Customers can join at any time by paying in full by cash or check; we only ask that they use their balance before May 2018.
As an added convenience, on farm CSA members are welcome to stop by outside of farmstand hours and shop in our self-serve shop. Simply leave us an invoice with a record of your name, what you took, and how much it weighed, and we will deduct it from your tab.
Winter Storage Share
In order to reserve your Winter Farm share, please sign up through our online order form, where you can also pay the $40 deposit electronically.
Or, if you would prefer to pay your deposit by check, please send one, along with your contact information and share choice, to 6600B Roy Shafer Rd Middletown, MD 21769.
Date: 4 monthly pick-ups on the farm: 11/19, 12/17, 1/21, and 2/18. Chevy Chase deliveries are on Thursdays: 11/17, 12/15, 1/19, and 2/16
Time: on farm: 1-5 PM Chevy Chase: 4-7pm
Price: $340 (on farm pick-up), $380 (delivered to North Chevy Chase)
Where: 6600B Roy Shafer Rd Middletown, MD. We hold winter share distribution in our farm shop, which is located at one end of the tractor shed building, across from the large red barn. We deliver to North Chevy Chase Christian Church, at 8814 Kensington Parkway.
How It Works:
All produce and eggs will be displayed with signs indicating the quantity included in that month’s share. The eggs and fresh vegetables in the share will be pre-set, i.e. 8 ounces of lettuce, 1 bunch of kale, 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 pounds per 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 16 lbs of fresh vegetables (carrots, beets, spinach, lettuce, arugula, sweet turnips, radishes, brussels sprouts, kale, collards, and other winter greens) 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.For 2016, due to the limited availability of organic apples, we are reducing the price of our share to $340 (normally $400) and offering local, IPM apples from Kuhn Orchard in PA for purchase at CSA pickups. Because we do only limited veggie growing in the summer (when storage crops are grown) we will be buying in some STORAGE vegetables through the Tuscarora Organic Grower’s Cooperative or other farmer friends whose growing practices we trust. All fresh veg is our own; anything we have not grown will be clearly marked as such.
If you have more specific questions about any of our farm share programs, please consult our FAQs page, or contact us directly. We look forward to speaking with you!
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