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Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to support your local farm while feeding your family the most delicious, organic produce. It’s like a subscription to fresh food! As a CSA member, you purchase a subscription in the spring in exchange for a weekly share of the season’s harvest at a reduced price. These early season investments allow us to plan for the season, repair equipment, buy seeds, and pay staff during a time of year when our expenses are high and our income is low.

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Why join a CSA?

  • The Food

    As a member of our CSA, you get to partake in the bounty of the most delicious, organic veggies and berries, straight from our fields.

  • Healthy and seasonal eating

    Having a refrigerator full of fresh, organic food from the farm is great way to get more veggies into your diet. It also means that you can really enjoy the fun of eating with the seasons. Scallions in spring, tomatoes in summer, kale in the fall.

  • 10% discount at the farmstand

    Summer and Full Season CSA members receive a 10% discount on everything they buy in the farmstand all season long. This includes bedding plants, extra veggies, grocery items, gardening tools, and more.

  • You get to try new things

    Our CSA always includes lots of veggies that you recognize and already love, but it might also introduce you to some new favorites: crisp kohlrabi, aromatic fennel, or potatoes that are purple all the way through!

  • Create a viable community and local economy

    When you join a CSA you’re helping to strengthen the community, support a local business, support local jobs.

  • It’s fun

    You get to come to our farmstand every week, chat with our staff, hang out in our coffee shop, meet up with friends, and spend time with other people who love good food.

  • It gets you cooking

    Having a CSA can help you to become a more creative and confident cook. And don’t worry, we have recipes to share!

  • CSA members help us out

    When you sign up for a CSA in the spring, that money helps us to plan for the season, repair equipment, buy seeds, and pay staff during a time of year when our expenses are high and income is low.

  • Kids love to eat veggies from a CSA

    We’ve seen a lot of kids get pretty excited about picking up their CSA and eating their veggies. We’ve found that when kids engage with “their farm”, they’re much more likely to enjoy the veggies that are served to them.

What CSA options do we offer?

  • Full-Season Share

    May 27–Dec 20  30 weeks of delicious, certified organic vegetables and berries. This share is our best value and provides a great selection throughout the full growing season, from tender spring greens to hearty fall roots. Full season CSA members receive a season-long 10% discount in our farmstand. Choose to pick up at the farmstand or, for an additional packing and delivery fee, choose workplace delivery.
    Pick up at the farmstand $725
    Workplace delivery $875

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  • Summer Share

    May 27–Oct 7  20 weeks of delicious, certified organic vegetables and berries — a great variety of seasonal vegetables, plus PYO crops, like berries and pumpkins. Summer CSA members receive a season-long 10% discount in our farmstand. Choose to pick up at the farmstand or, for an additional packing and delivery fee, choose workplace delivery.
    Pick up at the farmstand $500
    Workplace delivery $600

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  • Fall Share

    Oct 15–Dec 20  10 weeks of delicious, certified organic greens, plus staples such as onions, garlic, potatoes, winter squash, and carrots. This share also includes frozen veggies and berries that we put by during the summer months, plus dry beans, and, depending on the season, other goodies from our kitchen. A fall share is a great way to extend the season and eat locally later into the year. Choose to pick up at the farmstand or, for an additional packing and delivery fee, choose workplace delivery.
    Pick up at the farmstand $250
    Workplace delivery $300

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  • Winter Share

    January-March  6 pick-ups of fresh greens from our greenhouses, products from our kitchen (krauts or other lactoferments, frozen pestos, frozen berries and frozen veggies), a selection of storage vegetables, plus items such as dry beans and our own organic and cold-pressed sunflower oil. All winter shares are pre-packed and available for pick-up at the Norwich Farmer’s Market from 10am-1pm. Space is limited to 20 shares.

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  • Friday Night Dinner Share

    NEW! Oct 30–Dec 18  8 weeks of nourishing and flavorful meals in a box. Includes a hearty soup or stew, salad greens, and a dressing, plus brown bread or gluten-free crackers. A local, organic, farm-made alternative to take-out on Friday nights. Vegetarian or meat options. Pickups are Fridays at our farmstand.
    Combine with a Full-Season, Summer, or Fall Share and get $30 or $60 off:
    Box for 2, $240; $210 when combined, use coupon “dinnerfor2”
    Box for 4, $480; $420 when combined, use coupon “dinnerfor4”

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  • Bouquet Share

    July 1–Sept 19  12 weeks of beautiful, freshly cut flowers. Come to the farm to pick your own 20-stem bouquet, or chose workplace delivery to have your bouquet delivered to you. A bouquet share is a great Valentine’s or Mother’s Day gift!
    Pick-your-own $100
    Workplace delivery $150

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  • Farmstand Dollars

    Farmstand Dollar cards are a great way to support the farm while having the flexibility to shop at your convenience anytime the farmstand is open. Your Farmstand Dollar card works like a debit card and can be purchased in any multiple of $225. Farmstand Dollar cards have a built in 10% discount, which means that every $225 you pay buys you $250 of value for your card. Cards can be replenished at any time throughout the season, and while we do encourage you to use up your card this season, any balance left will roll over to the following season.
    Farmstand Dollar cards are available in multiples of $225

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Workplace Delivery

For an additional fee, we pack and deliver shares to employees of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Drive (Friday), Dartmouth Hitchcock Heater Road (Thursday), Alice Peck Day (Thursday), TomTom (Thursday), Hypertherm Heater Road (Thursday), and Hyperther Great Hollow Road (Thursday).

We also deliver shares to the River Valley Club (Friday). This option is open to employees and members of the club and employees of all Centera Park businesses.

NOFA Farm Share

Thanks to NOFA-VT and generous donations from community members, Full-Season, Summer, and Fall Shares are available at a reduced cost to limited-income Vermont families.

Visit the NOFA-VT website to read more and apply for assistance. Donations to this program can be made on our CSA signup page.

Early-Bird Discount & Payment Plan

Early-bird discounts are our way of saying thank you for supporting the farm early in the season when we need to buy seeds and equipment but have limited income. If you sign up for a full-season or a summer share before March 1, you have two early-bird options to choose from:

EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT: Pay in full when you order and receive a discount of $15-$25.

EARLY-BIRD PAYMENT PLAN: Choose to pay the full amount in three installments — payments are due by March 1, April 1, and May 1. This option cannot be combined with the early-bird discount.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CSA?

CSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture. It is a partnership between community members and farmers to share in the bounty and the risks of farming. CSA is a style of doing business that supports local farmers selling fresh food directly to members of the community. It minimizes the farmer’s need for the middleman and for often-restrictive bank loans and therefore creates a more resilient local economy and food system.

To join a CSA, members make an investment in the spring, when farming output costs such as tools, labor, soil amendments, and seeds are high. In exchange, CSA members receive a share of fresh fruit and vegetables each week throughout the growing season. It’s like a subscription to fresh food!

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What will I get in my CSA share?

Every year is different but, keeping climatic and seasonal limitations in mind, our goal is to provide you with a variety of produce each week, aiming for enough of each item to feed 2-3 adults. We specialize in certified organic, seasonal produce and our shares include strawberries, blueberries, flowers, and the truly diverse selection of vegetables that grow well in our northern climate.

Our hope is to both delight and challenge you with the selection. The season starts and ends with lighter baskets of crops that thrive in cool weather, with mid-summer’s baskets offering the full bounty of the warmer crops. Larger families are encouraged to supplement their share using the 10% farmstand discount.

As the season changes, so does the quantity and variety of your share. You can download a full list of what our CSA members received in their Full-Season shares in 2014.

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What’s the difference between a CSA Share and a Farmstand Dollar card?

With a regular CSA, you get a weekly share of the harvest. Whether you come to the farm or we deliver to your workplace, each week you will get a selection of veggies and berries that is based on what is currently in season. A CSA is generally enough to feed 2-3 adults for the week. Full season and Summer CSA members receive a season-long 10% discount in our farmstand.

Farmstand Dollar cards are a great way to support the farm while having the flexibility to shop at your convenience anytime the farmstand is open. Your Farmstand Dollar card works like a debit card and can be purchased in any multiple of $225. Farmstand Dollar cards have a built-in 10% discount, which means that every $225 you pay buys you $250 of value for your card. Cards can be replenished at any time throughout the season and, while we do encourage you to use up your card this season, any balance left will roll over to the following season.

If you travel a lot in the summer (therefore, can’t pick up their shares each week) or feel that the regular CSA is just too much food for your household, a Farmstand Dollar card is a great option.

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Can I use Farmstand Dollars at local farmers’ markets?

Yes, you can use your Farmstand Dollar card at the farmers’ markets at which Cedar Circle is a vendor. These include Hanover (Wednesdays), Lebanon (Thursdays), DHMC (Fridays, employees only), and Norwich (Saturdays).

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What is the risk of a CSA?

In essence, farmers are gamblers. Each year is different. Farmers have the very tough job of balancing the health of an ecosystem with the effects on crops of increasingly variable weather and infestations of insects, weeds, and plant pathogens. CSA investors expect a certain yield; they also share in the same risks as the farmer.

In some years, all our crops are very successful and everyone wins. Some years, certain crops may suffer or even fail due to the whims of nature or because, despite our best efforts, we make mistakes. We employ a variety of methods to protect our crops from seasonal whims including intensive planning, growing a diverse selection of crops, practicing regular crop rotation and organic soil management, and using biological controls for insects and diseases.

A CSA member’s capital investment in our farm gains the yield from our fields as nature and the seasons allow. You can trust that our goal is to protect your investment, and ours, by providing a bounty of wonderfully fresh and diverse produce to nourish your family.

In weekly emails to you about your share, we’ll report on field notes from the week; we consider one benefit of your membership to be learning about the seasonal rhythms of how food is grown!

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Do I save money with the CSA?

Yes. We estimate that for the past twelve years CSA members averaged a savings of 18-20% over the farmstand or market retail. In addition, Full-season and Summer CSA members get a 10% discount on all farmstand purchases beyond the share for the entire season.

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Will I get to pick any of my own produce?

We offer special pick-your-own (PYO) opportunities to CSA members for some crops such as strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, and flowers. PYO offers the greatest economic and educational benefit and it’s a really fun family activity!

While picking your own produce is a lot of fun, we understand that it may not be an option for everyone. If you are unable to pick your own just let us know and we can accommodate you. If your schedule doesn’t allow you to pick on your prearranged CSA pick-up day, you may come back at another time to pick within the season of the particular crop. You may also have the option to take a smaller amount of that crop from the farmstand (picked for you). It is your responsibility to make sure that you get your share of PYO crops before that crop season ends.

We will occasionally have to close a PYO patch due to picking conditions or inclement weather. For up-to-date picking conditions, check the PYO box on the homepage of this website or ask at the farmstand.

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How do CSA pickups work?

CSA pickups at our farmstand happen on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 11am and 6pm. When you sign up for a CSA you will choose a pickup day for the entire season. We try to limit each day to about 50 pickups, so more popular days may fill up.

For farmstand pickups, all shares are self-serve. This means you come to our farmstand on your designated day and pick veggies from our farmstand displays based on a provided CSA list. Some items on the list, such as berries, may be pick-your-own, which means you get to go out into the field!

If you choose to have your share delivered to your workplace it will be pre-packed. We will drop it off at a designated time and place each week.

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What if I can’t pick up my share?

If you will be away on vacation, or if you cannot pick up your share for any reason, please arrange to have a friend or a neighbor pick up your share and enjoy the week’s bounty.

If you pick up in the farmstand and you just need to switch your pickup day, just give us a heads up so we know when you expect you. As a reminder, pickup days are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Any forgotten shares can be picked up through Sunday each week, although after Friday we cannot guarantee that everything on the list will be available.

If you are unable to pick up a workplace delivery share, please try to find a co-worker who might enjoy a week’s worth of veggies! Alternatively, you can arrange with us in advance (a week is ideal) to have your share held for pickup at the farm. We will hold shares through Sunday each week.

We cannot replace forgotten or missed shares the following week. Please arrange for pick up in the same week that you missed a share.

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Can I change my pick-up day?

Yes. If you pick up in the farmstand and you need to switch your pickup day for the remainder of the season, please send us an email to let us know. You can choose to pick up on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.

If you just need to switch your pickup day for a week (due to vacation, work schedule, etc.) just give us a heads up (in person, over the phone, or through email) so we know when you expect you.

If you have a workplace delivery share you cannot switch your pickup day, since our delivery schedule is not flexible. If you are not able to pick up your share you can arrange with us a week in advance to have your share held for pickup at the farm. We will hold shares through Sunday each week.

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The share is not big enough for us: can I get more?

Our shares are designed to be enough vegetables for 2-3 adults for week. You can expand the size of your share by purchasing additional produce at the farmstand. Full-Season and Summer CSA members receive a 10% discount on all additional purchases made at the farmstand, not just vegetables. We recommend that CSA members with larger families consider buying two shares.

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The share is too big for us: can we get less?

While the share is an ideal model for our farm, we realize that the subscription style membership of CSA isn’t for everyone.

We encourage single folks and smaller families to find a friend or another family to split a share with.

If a CSA share is too big, another great option is a Farmstand Dollar card. This debit card CSA option will give you the flexibility to shop at your convenience anytime the farmstand is open. Your Farmstand Dollar card can be purchased in any multiple of $225 and has a built-in 10% discount. This means that every $225 you pay buys you $250 of value for your card. This is a great option for smaller families or for people who are away for part of the summer.

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Why are items available at the farmstand sometimes before the CSA gets them?

When harvest capacity allows, we give CSA members preference. However, many crops tend to start and end in trickles and in those cases you will see new crops available for sale in the farmstand before we can harvest enough to supply all of our nearly 200 CSA members. This is when your 10% CSA member discount really comes in handy!

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Can I make substitutions in my CSA?

Part of the fun of having a CSA is that you get to try new things, so we will always encourage you to try a new vegetable before making a substitution. However, we want you to love your CSA, so we are happy to make substitutions for veggies that you know you don’t like. Just check with the farmstand staff before you make a substitution.

And remember, if you don’t know how to cook a vegetable, or if you just need some inspiration, ask us for suggestions and check out the recipes on our website.

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Can you deliver my CSA share to a local farmers’ market?

We’re sorry, but at this time it is not feasible for us to deliver CSA shares to area farmers’ markets. Besides, we really want you to come to visit us often and share the experience our beautiful farm.

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Can you deliver my CSA share to my workplace?

For an additional fee, we pack and deliver shares to employees of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Drive (Friday), Dartmouth Hitchcock Heater Road (Thursday), Alice Peck Day (Thursday), TomTom (Thursday), Hypertherm Heater Road (Thursday), and Hyperther Great Hollow Road (Thursday).

We also deliver shares to the River Valley Club (Friday). This option is open to employees and members of the club and employees of all Centera Park businesses.

We will consider delivering to other workplaces as well. If there are at least 5 (preferably 10) people at the same workplace who are interested, Send us an email..

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