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 offer a mixed model choice CSA. Each week, your farmers choose 4 items for you. Based on your CSA share size, you will choose an additional 3, 6, or 9 items. If you forget to place your order, or you like the element of surprise that is a fully curated CSA share, you’ll get the farmer curated share that week. Simply don’t place an order and you’ll get your delicious surprises. 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
- staples as well as not-often-found-in-grocery-stores kinds of produce
- member choice in selection of your produce
- 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 partially (self-determined sliding scale) or fully sponsored CSA share thanks to the generosity of our community members via our Farm it Forward program (for more information or to express interest in a sponsored share, contact Patricia by email or phone) – NOTE: We do not ask you to tell us why you want the sponsored share (if you want to share, we’re open).
Winter (December – February for 6 of 12 weeks): 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
We offer two CSA share sizes in the Winter:
The Winter season runs from December through February. It offers unique challenges, given the holidays and the weather. But Winter veggies are also THE sweetest of the year and so, so good! We run the season for 6 of about 12 weeks. That means that usually you’ll pick up every other week, but sometimes you’ll pick up back-to-back (though you may always reschedule a pick up to an off week for CSA, but pick up at market, so you’re not stuck with the crazy schedule that is Winter. If you work with us, we work with you :).
- Single shares include 6-8 items approximately every other week for 6 of 12 weeks. This is the standard share size for most families who have limited time for processing veggies. You can bring these veggies home and easily fit them into your fridge. (4 farmers’ choice items + 3 member choice items) See note below.*
- Double shares include 14 items approximately every other week for 6 of 12 weeks. You want to be pretty expert at processing and putting up your veggies when you get home with this share! It’s perfect for those folks who have a system in place for storing and using a large amount of veggies at one time. If you’re on the fence about which size to try, go with the single. You can always upgrade if you feel you could use more produce. (7 farmers’ choice items + 7 member choice items) See note below.*
Spring Season – 10 weeks (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 Season – 10 weeks (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
We offer four CSA share sizes in the main season (Spring + Fall):
- Small Share – Our 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 suggest this share for folks who have never been a CSA member. This share includes 7 items (4 farmer’s choice items + 3 member choice items*) every other week for 5 of 10 weeks.
* When you sign up, you will notice it says you will receive 3 credits per pick up. The 3 credits refer to the member choice items. You will receive 7 items total every pick up week.
- Regular Share – Our Regular Share is great for a small family or a couple of people who love their veggies. You will receive 7 items (4 farmers choice items + 3 member choice items*) every week.
* When you sign up, you will notice the system says you will receive 3 credits for the regular share. The 3 credits refers to the 3 member choice items. You will receive 7 items every week (small shares receive 7 items every other week).
- Large Share – Our Large Share is great for a family of 4 or more or for 2 folks who would like to eat more veggies, get more variety & get a chance at the first of the seasons’ veggies. You will receive 10 items (4 farmers choice items + 6 member choice items*) every week.
* When you sign up, you will notice it says you will receive 6 credits each week. The 6 credits refer to the 6 member choice items. You will receive a total of 10 items weekly with the large share.
- Extra Large Share – The Extra Large Share is perfect for a large produce eating family. If you are used to cooking and processing lots of produce throughout the week, this is the share for you. You will receive 14 items (4 farmers choice + 10 member choice*) items every week.
* When you sign up, you will notice it says you will receive 10 credits. The 10 credits refer to the member choice items. You will receive 14 items total every week.
We offer five pick up locations.
- Tuesdays 3-5 pm (winter hours) + 4-6 (main season hours) at Fearrington Farmers’ Market, E Camden, Fearrington Village
- Wednesdays 4-6:30 pm in Cary at Will + Sarah’s Place, 1014 Manchester Drive, Cary
- Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm at Five Points at Wesley Memorial Church, 714 E Whitaker Mill Rd, Raleigh
- Thursdays 3:30-6:30 pm at the Farm, 456 Friendly Pooch Lane, Pittsboro
- Thursdays 3-6 pm 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 Spring + Fall. Of course, the more you pay down, the bigger your discount. You do not need to pay anything to secure your spot. You simply need to sign up – we trust you will pay before the season begins.
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.
In Good Heart Farm CSA Policies
Please read and acknowledge this CSA member agreement before signing up for our CSA.
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. CSA is a partnership between members and their farmers. At the core of CSA is the idea that members support their farmer by sharing in the inherent risks of agriculture (poor weather, drought, disease, early frost, crop failure and so on) and rewards (the bounty from a good season!). Therefore while In Good Heart Farm will act in good faith to provide fresh synthetics-free produce for the 10-week season(s), there is no guarantee of quantities or contents of weekly shares. In all of our years, we have never had to short members any amount of what they paid. When needed, we have scheduled make-up weeks (e.g., when a hurricane prevents us from harvesting). We do not offer refunds.
Here at In Good Heart Farm our focus is to grow beautiful nutrient dense produce using sustainable growing practices (we use organic growing practices – and beyond! – , but we are not certified organic). It is important to us that our work nourishes our planet, our community, and our family, rather than harm them. We grow using only non-genetically-engineered seeds, prioritizing organic and heirloom varieties, and utilize annual crop rotations, cover cropping, biointensive cultivation, companion planting, composting, drip irrigation, encouragement of beneficial insects, and minimization of our tillage over time. We grow produce for our CSA members, for markets, and for wholesale clients (mostly restaurants).
Our CSA members always get first dibs on the produce, as our members are our backbone at In Good Heart Farm. We grow for you first. Each week, we survey our gardens and pick crops that are at their peak. We do our best to provide members with variety through careful planning and using a mixed choice CSA model (combo of farmer choice items and member choice items) . We do our best to grow crop favorites like strawberries and carrots and lettuce, but we also try to offer members items that are not available at their grocery like hakurei turnips, garlic scapes, purple kohlrabi, and more.
We offer weekly newsletters with farm news, recipes, and opportunities to come to the farm. We do our best to connect with our members by attending all of our CSA pick ups (excluding the farm pick up, as we’re at market at the same time), and by being available via phone, text message, email, Facebook, and Instagram.
The single most important responsibility of all members is to educate themselves about the workings of our CSA program by thoroughly reading through the website and reading the weekly CSA newsletter posted every week on our website. The newsletter contains important information about weekly produce availability, news from the farm, and details about the harvest.
As a CSA member, you must pick up your share on your chosen pick-up day during the pick-up window. To ensure the freshest produce we will only harvest prior to your designated pick-up day. Please choose from one of our four available pick up locations. You must pick up your share on the day you have chosen each week. If you cannot pick up your share, you are welcome to have a friend or neighbor pick up your share that week. Our goal is to have you enjoy your share each week – we will work with you if you give us enough advance notice (we can schedule a make up week, a double share, or something else). You may schedule alternate pick up days or locations via your account. If you do not pick up your share and make no arrangements to have someone else pick it up for you then your forfeit your share that week and it will be donated. There are no refunds or credits for unclaimed shares.
We encourage all of our members to become active participants in the CSA Program. You can do this by staying up to date with the news from the farm (by reading the weekly newsletters) and keeping in touch with the farm. Communication is critical! Please e-mail or text us often with your comments, suggestions and concerns. We are on Facebook (including a private CSA group) and Instagram. This is one of the great perks of CSA you can actually talk to the people who grew your food! We also invite you to visit the farm to see just where your food comes from. We offer two big potluck events each year and we hope to add more on farm fun!