CSA

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What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

CSA is a mutually beneficial arrangement between you (our co-producers) & us, your farmers. We have the skills, the know-how & the land to grow your food. You have the desire to be connected to where your food comes from and to eat food that is delicious and good for you. You’ve also got the money (honey – We’ve got the time.). Your early investment is important to the success of our farm. While we know not everyone is into knowing where their food comes from & who grows it, if you’re in our CSA, not only do we hope you get to know us, but we want to get to know you! Community IS the first word in CSA, after all.

We offer a number of different CSA share sizes to accommodate different lifestyles/households. We do not pre-box our shares, but rather we offer them to members market style. That means we have them out for y’all to choose from. So, not only do you get to choose which tomatoes or cucumbers you want, you also get to swap items out for others, using our member-suggested swap box. We know we can’t compete with the big box guys & gals when it comes to convenience, but we do think we have a good handle on diversity, product freshness & flavor, as well as numerous others that aren’t easily put into words. Join our CSA & you’ll see what we mean. You can read more about what our members think about their CSA experiences at our Local Harvest listing here.

What do members receive?

  • super fresh, delicious & nutrient dense produce – grown using beyond organic methods (though we are not certified)
  • convenient pick up locations through out the week, including on-farm pick up
  • the opportunity to truly know your farmers and where your food comes from – we grow 100% of what we offer to our CSA members in their shares – we do not buy and resell
  • the chance to influence what & how we grow – we send out yearly surveys to our members for suggestions in ways we can make the experience even better
  • weekly emails with farm updates, photos, recipes & other ideas
  • We partner with Cook With What You Have to provide recipes for your produce on a designated CSA site with access to hundreds of recipes and tips. Once logged-in you will have 24-hour access to this deep and searchable archive, illustrated by photos of finished dishes. All recipes, tips, techniques and ideas for vegetables will be available no matter last minute changes to the week’s share. The site is primarily organized by vegetable and additionally includes categories such as “CSA heavy hitter” which features recipes and ideas that are suited to a wide variety and quantity of vegetables so that you can make quick use of most any combination of things you have. You receive FREE access to the site as a benefit of being an In Good Heart Farm CSA member!
  • invitations to on-farm events such as our annual Spring & Autumn potluck parties
  • invitations to on-farm pick-your-own events, particularly with our blueberries, but also possibly with our strawberries, sugar snaps, pole beans, etc. (the latter are open to CSA members only & CSA members get first dibs on the blueberries come picking time)
  • opportunities to establish a work share relationship (do you want to work for your veggies & learn more about farming – email us!)
  • a chance to receive a partially or fully sponsored CSA share thanks to the generosity of our community members (for more information, contact Patricia by email or phone).

We offer three 10-week CSA seasons.

Spring (April – June): Strawberries, Spring radishes, Arugula, Mesclun mix, Lettuce, Cherry tomatoes, Summer squash & zucchini, Kale, Collards, Broccoli, Edible flowers, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Carrots, Spinach , Baby potatoes, Spring onions, Hakurei salad turnips, Beets, Herbs: cilantro, chives, dill, parsley, garlic scapes

Fall (September – November): Apples, Pears, Potatoes, Onions, Sweet & spicy peppers, Slicing tomatoes, Eggplant, Sweet potatoes, Beets, Fennel, Lettuce, Arugula, Asian greens (e.g., bok choi, tatsoi, mizuna, etc.), Kale, Collards, Chard, Broccoli, Scallions, Leeks, Carrots , Spinach, Herbs: basil, cilantro, chives, dill, parsley, garlic

Winter (November – February): Winter squash, Sweet potatoes, Kohlrabi, Winter radishes (e.g., watermelon radish and purple daikon), Scallions, Rutabaga, Turnips & greens, Kale, Collards, Arugula, Mesclun mix, Lettuce, Spinach, Leeks, Beets and greens, Chard, Carrots, Fennel, Herbs: Cilantro, Dill, Parsley

Our main seasons are Spring and Fall and they run for 10 weeks. The Winter season is structured a bit differently. The winter season runs for about 14 weeks from November through February. Pick ups are approximately every other week, holidays and weather permitting. Shares will be about half cooking/salad greens and half storage vegetables, so they are built to be diverse and to last 2-3 weeks (use greens before storage crops) to tide you over until the next pick up. Small shares will be the same size as usual and all other shares will be about double their main season size (exact numbers are in the share size descriptions).

We offer four CSA share sizes: 

  • The small share is great for singles or folks who don’t have the time to cook most days of the week. Small shares receive as much & the same as Regular shares, just every other week. We also suggest this share for folks who have never been a CSA member. This share includes 6-8 items every other week for 5 of 10 weeks for the Spring, Fall, and Winter.
    • $165 Spring & Fall
    • $200 Winter
  • The regular share is great for a family of four or a couple of people who love their veggies. This share includes 6-8 items every week for 10 weeks in the Spring and Fall. In the Winter, it’s a double-sized share (12-16 items) for 5 weeks in the 14 week season.
    • $270 Spring & Fall
    • $300 Winter
  • The large share is great for a family of 4 or more or for folks who would like to eat more veggies, get more variety & get a chance at the first of the seasons’ veggies. Large share CSA members often get the most popular items first, as they are just coming in & they also get some of the less than usual items to add spice & variety to their meals. Large shares are especially for households where a lot of cooking is going on (or juicing). This share includes 8-11 items for 10 weeks in the Spring and Fall. In the Winter, it’s a double-sized share (16-22 items) for 5 weeks in the 14 week season.
    • $370 Spring & Fall
    • $400 Winter
  • The extra large share is great for a family of 4 or more or for folks who would like to eat more veggies, get more variety & get a chance at the first of the seasons’ veggies. Like Large share members, Extra large share CSA members often get the most popular items first, as they are just coming in & they also get some of the less than usual items to add spice & variety to their meals. Extra large shares are especially for households where a lot of cooking is going on (or juicing). This share includes 11-14 items for 10 weeks. Basically, Extra Large shares will receive the same things as Large share members, but they will receive an additional 3-4 items per week. Those additional items may be an entirely different produce item than any of the other members receive, or it may be extras of the same, for example, an extra head of lettuce, an extra bunch of kale, and more strawberries. The Extra large share is for folks who have already been large share members & they want to take it to the next level. We do not recommend this share for newbies to CSA! In the Winter, shares will be double the size, distributed for 5 weeks over about a 14 week period.
    • $470 Spring and Fall
    • $500 Winter

We offer four pick up locations.

  • Tuesdays 4-6 at Fearrington Farmers’ Market, E Camden, Fearrington Village
  • Wednesdays 4:30-6:30pm at Five Points, 1911 Bernard Street, Raleigh
  • Thursdays 4-7pm at the Farm, 456 Friendly Pooch Lane, Pittsboro
  • Thursdays 3-6pm at the Pittsboro Farmers’ Market, 287 East Street, Pittsboro

We have an EARLY BIRD special (5% off) to members who are willing & able to pay their shares in full by the end of February. We only run this special just once per year. You may use it to pay for just the Spring season or for the whole year. Of course, the more you pay down, the bigger your discount.

We also offer partially sponsored shares & work share opportunities for folks. If you would like to learn more about either or both of these options, please email us at InGoodHeartFarmNC@gmail.com or give Patricia a call or text at 919-637-0666.

CSA pick ups are market style. We will post a guide for how many of which produce items you may take each week, including pick one options and the swap box. Most folks bring their own reusable bags, baskets, or coolers, but we also offer bags at pick up sites. We will begin sending newsletters at least one week prior to the start of the season, but you can stay connected to the farm via our Facebook and Instagram pages. 

We understand that it can be difficult to make it to pick ups every week. We offer members the opportunity to reschedule a pick-up with a 3 day notice via their membership login site. Members may also have friends or family pick up their shares in their absence, as well as choose to donate their share that week. We also offer a pre-scheduled make up week at the end of each season. All shares left without notice will be donated.

We can use your early investment to purchase much-needed winter farming inputs like seeds, money for projects like building a permanent wash station, building a second cooler, building a root cellar, tools for pruning apple trees, pear trees & blueberry bushes & so, so much more. The better we’re able to use our time during the so-called “off”season, the better we’re able to make sure your CSA shares are amazing when Spring rolls around. If you are able to make a payment in full, please consider investing your money in your CSA. On the other hand, if you need to pay on a payment plan, we can work with you there too. Just let us know. Also, we’re always open to discussing work share relationships. We can trade you for your labor, but we mostly need folks who can come on weekdays, are able to come fairly regularly (as in once/week or so), &  are particularly suited to paying attention to detail.

CSA is a movement for connecting people to their food, their farm, and their farmers. When you sign up for our CSA, you are investing in the success and growth of our family farm. In return for your investment, you receive a share of produce weekly or bi-weekly By joining our CSA, you support our mission to provide fresh, naturally grown produce to our community.  Join us! 

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Below you can see what members received in their shares for the 14 week 2017 Spring CSA season:

CSA Week #1 – 4/15/17

  • lettuce
  • arugula (these are delicious added to salad or cooked)
  • spring onion (use these like green onions or scallions)
  • French breakfast radish (you can add the greens to any of the other greens you’re cooking – don’t throw them away!)
  • pick one: chard or kale
  • pick one: Tokyo bekana, tatsoi, or bok choy (these are all Asian greens & they’re great in Asian dishes, obviously, but they’re also great raw in salad or cooked with another mess of greens as a side dish or part of a rice bowl.)
  • pick one: cilantro, dill, Chinese garlic, or oregano

Large shares will additionally receive extra lettuce & two more farmer’s picks.

 

CSA Week #2 – 4/23/17

  • arugula
  • lettuce
  • spring onion
  • strawberries
  • pick one: hakurei salad turnips or spring radishes
  • pick one: chard, kale, or broccoli raab
  • pick one: Asian green (likely to be a choice between tatsoi, bok choy, mizuna, & tokyo bekanna)
  • pick one herb: likely to be a choice between cilantro, dill, oregnao, thyme, garlic chives/Chines garlic & parsley

Larges will additionally receive:

  • lettuce
  • flowers
  • farmer’s choice

CSA Week #2 (we had to cancel the prior week due to the whole family getting the stomach bug) 4/30/17

  • strawberries
  • spring onions
  • pick one herbs: cilantro, parsley, oregano, thyme, Chinese garlic, mint
  • pick one Asian green: Tokyo bekana, tatsoi, bok choy, mizuna
  • pick one tender green: kale, chard, broccoli raab
  • pick one root veggie: radish, Hakurei turnip
  • lettuce

Large shares will also receive:

  • broccoli
  • beets
  • farmer’s choice

CSA Week #3 – 5/7/17

  • strawberries
  • lettuce
  • beets
  • pick one: kohlrabi or arugula
  • pick one: radish or salad turnip (hakurei turnip)
  • pick one: mizuna, bok choy, tatsoi, toyko bekana
  • pick one: chard, kale, or broccoli raab

Larges will also receive:

  • zephyr squash
  • broccoli
  • scallions
  • garlic scapes

CSA Week 4 – 5/14/17

  • strawberries
  • lettuce
  • pick one: fennel or kohlrabi
  • pick one: broccoli raab, chard, or kale
  • pick one: squash or broccoli (or farmer’s choice)
  • pick one: bok choy, tatsoi, mizuna, or Tokyo bekana
  • pick one: beets, arugula, or scallions

Large shares will also receive:

  • garlic scapes
  • herb
  • baby carrots
  • napa cabbage

CSA Week #5 – 5/21/17

– lettuce
– summer squash & zucchini
– broccoli
– pick one: radish or turnip (this is probably the last week of radishes)
– pick one: bok choy or mizuna
– pick one: peas or carrots
– pick one: beets, kohlrabi, or scallions
– pick one: chard, kale, or broccoli raab (this is probably the last week of raab)

Large shares will also receive:
– strawberries
– hinona kabu turnips
– new potatoes

CSA Week #6 – 5/28/17

  • lettuce
  • summer squash & zucchini
  • broccoli
  • beets
  • new potatoes
  • pick one: carrots or sugar snap peas
  • pick one: cabbage or kohlrabi
  • Large shares will also receive: fennel, turnips, kale, & herbs

CSA Week #7 – 6/4/17

  • lettuce
  • new potatoes (we keep these dirty so they last longer – clean them before you cook them, but not sooner)
  • carrots
  • squash/zucchini
  • pick one: cabbage or kohlrabi
  • pick one: chard or kale
  • pick one: fennel or beets – I like beets every which way, but if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, try beet chocolate cake (I use semisweet chocolate chips rather than unsweetened).

Large shares will also received broccoli, cucumbers, garlic scapes, & herbs.CSA Week #8 – 6/11/17

  • new potatoes
  • carrots
  • squash/zucchini
  • lettuce
  • cabbage
  • beets
  • pick one: kale or chard
  • at least a cucumber each – they’re just starting to trickle in

Large shares will also receive: herbs, Japanese turnips, spring onion & tomatoes.

 

CSA Week #9 – 6/18/17

  • potatoes
  • lettuce
  • squash
  • cabbage
  • pick one: beets or kohlrabi
  • pick one: kale or chard
  • pick one: tomatoes or cucumbers

Large shares will also receive: blueberries, komatsuna, garlic, & herb.

 

CSA Week #10 – 6/25/17

potatoes
squash/zucchini
cabbage
cucumbers
tomatoes
blueberries
pick one: beets or kohlrabi

Large shares will also receive:
cherry tomatoes
garlic
fennel
chard

 

CSA Week #11 – 7/3/17

  • potatoes
  • cabbage
  • cucumbers
  • beets
  • blueberries
  • farmers’ choice
  • pick one: cherry tomatoes or slicing tomatoes

Large shares will also receive chard, dandelion greens, extra tomatoes, & garlic.

CSA Week #12 – 7/10/17

potatoes
slicing tomatoes
cherry tomatoes
onions
garlic

blueberries

pick one: cucumbers or melon

Large shares will also receive cabbage, chard, parsley, and extra tomatoes.

 

CSA Week #13 – 7/17/17

potatoes
onions
cherry tomatoes
squash
garlic
slicing tomatoes (including sweet, sweet heirlooms)

a few apples!

 

Large shares will also receive the last of the blueberries, beets, tomatillos, & herbs.

 

CSA Week #14 – 7/24/17

– potatoes
– onions
– cherry tomatoes
– heirloom tomatoes
– red tomatoes
– apples
– squash/zucchini

Large shares will also receive napa cabbage, tomatillo, blueberries, & herbs.