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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to support your local farm
while feeding your family the most delicious, organic food.

We understand how difficult it can be to juggle busy schedules with CSA pickups.
And we know you may get tired of cabbage week after week!
That’s why we’re offering a new, flexible CSA for 2018.

Sign Up for your CSA

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Why join a CSA?

  • 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 and to push yourself to get creative in the kitchen. It helps you eat with the seasons, enjoying each crop when it’s at its peak.

  • Support the local economy

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

  • It’s fun!

    At least we think so…We love it when you come to our farmstand, chat with us, ask questions, hang out in our coffee shop, meet up with friends, and spend time with other people who love good food.

  • Kids love veggies from the farm

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

  • CSA members are integral to our farm

    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.

  • The Discount!

    Let’s be honest, it’s nice to get a discount on everything we sell. And it’s especially nice to get the additional Produce Discount that comes along with a Produce Plus CSA Card.

What CSA options do we offer?

  • Produce Plus CSA Card

    This card gives you an additional discount on Cedar Circle Farm organic produce. This debit-style card has a built-in 10% discount which means that when you pay $675, you get a card with a starting balance of $750. Use your card any time you shop to buy anything we sell––from produce to coffee to bedding plants and groceries. Your card can be used at our farmstand, Hello Café, or at our booth at the farmers’ market.

    And here’s what makes this card the best option for veggie enthusiasts: In addition to the 10% built-in discount, you get a season-long 5–10% discount on all Cedar Circle Farm produce. That’s two discounts!

    Produce Plus CSA members will also get several exclusive benefits throughout the season (these benefits will vary season to season based on availability, but could include exclusive access to our PYO fields, member-only sales, and complimentary items).

    Early Bird Sign up by March 15: get the additional 10% Produce Discount at the register
    Sign up March 16–June 1: get the additional 5% Produce Discount at the register

    Your card can be replenished in increments of $250 at any point throughout the season.

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  • Basic CSA Card

    Formerly known as Farmstand Dollars. This debit-style card has a built-in 10% discount which means that when you pay $225 you get a card with a starting balance of $250. Use your card any time you shop to buy anything we sell from produce to coffee to bedding plants and groceries. Your card can be used at our farmstand, Hello Café, or at our booth at the farmers’ market.

    Your card can be replenished in increments of $250 at any point throughout the season.

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  • Bouquet Share

    July–Sept  12 weeks of beautiful, freshly cut flowers. Come to the farm to pick your own bouquet ($10 value, 10-20 stems). A bouquet share is a great Valentine’s or Mother’s Day gift!

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  • Friday Night Dinner Share

    Oct–Dec  Our 10-week Friday Night Dinner Share (two extra weeks this year!) is a fun and convenient way to eat a healthy and nourishing meal at the end of a busy week. Running from October 13 through December 15, this prepared foods CSA offers a hearty meal in a box for 1, 2, or 4 people. From the Middle East to France to Mexico, each week’s meal will celebrate a different region around the world while highlighting the organic produce grown right here on our farm.

    All vegetarian and some meat shares are available. Vegetarian shares may use eggs and dairy products. Meat shares will use meat grown/raised by producers we know and trust, including local, pasture-raised chicken, pork and grassfed beef. If you chose a some meat share, please note that since this share is designed to highlight Cedar Circle Farm produce, when meat is used it will often be an accent, rather than the main event.

    Please email us before signing up if you have food allergies so we can make sure we’re able to accommodate you.

    A Dinner Share is an adventurous way to support local food production. Share contents will depend greatly on availability of produce so each week’s menu will be a surprise!
    Pickups are Fridays at our farmstand. .

    Feeds 1, $150
    Feeds 2, $300
    Feeds 4, $600

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Early Bird Discount

Sign up and pay* for a Produce Plus CSA Card by March 15, and you will receive the additional 10% Produce Discount at the register all season long.
*please contact us if you need to set up a payment plan.

NOFA Farm Share

We participate in the NOFA-VT Farm Share Program, making our produce available at a reduced cost to limited-income Vermonters.

Apply for assistance through NOFA-VT. Participants will receive a CSA card that can be used to purchase any Cedar Circle Farm produce. Additional groceries etc. can be purchased at a 10% discount with a credit card, check, cash, or EBT card.

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 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 fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the growing season.

Cedar Circle Farm’s CSA is a unique model that takes into consideration the schedules and preferences of members. Our flexible CSA Card allows you to come in whenever you want and pick out whatever you want.

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Are there Early Bird benefits?

Yes, if you sign up for a Produce Plus CSA Card by March 15, you will get a 10% Produce Discount at the register all season long! (Compared to a 5% discount if you register between March 15 and June 1).

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When can I use my CSA Card?

Our CSA Card is flexible which means you can come in anytime we’re open and purchase anything you want with your prepaid card. With the Produce Plus CSA card, the additional discount will be applied every time you buy CCF produce.

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What produce can I get with my CSA card and will there be a pickup list?

One major benefit of our CSA Card is that you can choose the veggies you want, in whatever quantity works best for you. We’ll provide a list of suggested items for inspiration, but whether you stock up on flats of berries for your freezer or come in each week for your weekly veggies, the choice is yours!

If you need a reminder of what is in season, check here.

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I used to get a Full Season or Summer CSA share, which CSA card do you recommend?

We recommend a Produce Plus CSA card with the Early Bird Produce Discount for anyone who has gotten a Full Season or Summer Share in the past. This will give you the best value on CCF produce. If you plan to buy additional items besides your weekly produce, you should factor that in when deciding which card to purchase. Remember, you can always add to it throughout the season, and your Produce Discount will last through December.

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What if I go away during the summer or I’m not able to come in for a week or two?

That is totally fine if skip weeks! While we love seeing you every day, you can use the card whenever it is most convenient for you––whether you come every day, or a few times per season, your card will be at the farmstand waiting for you.

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Can I use my CSA card at local farmer’s markets?

Yes! Your CSA card can be used either at our farmstand or at our booth at the local farmer’s markets. You don’t even need to bring your card to the farmer’s market to use it––we can just look your name up in our system and deduct from your card.

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Do I save money with the CSA Card?

Yes! All CSA cards have a built-in discount (e.g. you pay $225 and you get a card with a starting balance of $250). Produce Plus CSA members who sign up before June 1 will get an additional 5-10% discount on all CCF produce. Produce Plus CSA members will also get several exclusive benefits throughout the season. These benefits will vary season to season based on availability, but could include exclusive access to our PYO fields, member-only sales, and complimentary items.

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Why did Cedar Circle switch over to CSA Cards?

We made this switch because we think it will work well for our members and it will be better for the farm.

As the local food movement grows, and people become more familiar with different kinds of veggies, we have noticed that our members are increasingly interested in the free choice CSA option. It just makes more sense for lots of people. Basically, we want a CSA membership to give you a good deal on what you want not what we think you want.

The free-choice model will allow us to farm more sustainably. This is a big one for us. We are a certified organic farm, which means we have to adhere to certain standards anyway, but it is important to us to go beyond organic certification and strive to farm in the way that is best for our land, our employees, and our community. The CSA Card model allows us to increase crop diversity, create less produce waste, increase crop rotation and cover cropping, increase labor efficiency, and reduce packaging and administrative time.

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What if I use up all the money on my card?

You can add value to your card in increments of $250 at any point during the season (you pay $225, we add $250 to your card).

If you have a Produce Plus CSA Card, you will continue to get your Produce Discount throughout the remainder of the season, even if you choose not to add value to your card.

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Can I use my CSA card to buy another CSA or to pay for educational programs?

No. Your card can be used to buy anything we sell in the farmstand or at farmers’ market, but cannot be used to pay for summer camp, other education programs, the Bouquet CSA Share or the Friday Night Dinner Share.

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Will Cedar Circle Farm still deliver CSAs to my workplace?

We no longer deliver CSA shares. Come use your CSA Card at our farmstand in East Thetford, or at our booth at the Norwich or Lebanon farmer’s markets!

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Will there still be a CSA list to follow each week?

Yes! We will still provide a weekly list of suggested items. This list will be there to provide inspiration if you need it, but you’re really welcome to pick out whatever items you want.

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What if I don’t use up the balance on my card by the end of the season?

While we do encourage you to use up your card by the end of the season, we understand that there may be times when this is not possible. In these cases, your remaining balance will roll over to the following season. Please note though, that the produce discount associated with the Produce Plus CSA Card will not roll over.

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