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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
When you join a CSA you’re helping to strengthen the community, support a local business, support local jobs.
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.
Having a CSA can help you to become a more creative and confident cook. And don’t worry, we have recipes to share!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.