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