Welcome to the 2020 season for Cobblestone Farm CSA!
We’re excited to be starting our 6th year of serving our community by growing some of the best organic produce you can find in our quiet corner. This year we have two distinct models to choose from – on-farm pick up OR pick up at the Storrs Farmers Market. Please note that when you sign up for the CSA, you must choose one or the other.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture; small farms with direct links between farmers and consumers. CSA members help support small, local agriculture by paying for their share of the season’s harvest up front, which benefits farmers as most of our expenses occur before the harvest begins, and by guaranteeing a market for our produce. Members then receive weeks worth of exceedingly fresh, sustainably grown produce, including over 40 different crops, and join in the pleasure of being part of the farm while knowing that their food dollars stay in their local economy. Farmers and members collectively benefit from the CSA through the community bonds it helps build. I know we are better off for all of you!
FARM PICK UP – Membership in the 20-week CSA is $660 for a full share or $340 for a half share. A full share seems to work for a family of 3-4 people or those who like to preserve the extra. There are some couples and individuals who buy a full share, but mostly families of two or individuals choose a half share. (Our family of four eats the equivalent of 5-7 full shares/week!) The season is 20 weeks long, running from early to mid-June through October, though beginning and end dates are in part dictated by the weather. The selection of produce will vary over the course of the season, and while it is possible some crops will do better than others in a given year, we do our absolute best to ensure a good variety of veggies each week.
Fall shares are 7 weeks long, beginning after Labor Day. $250 for a full share, $130 for half. Please note that the fall share is NOT in addition to the regular season, it’s the tail end of the 20 weeks, for those who are away for the summer.
Something new at the farm this year – Tomato Shares! If you know our farm, you know we love tomatoes. As unlikely as it may seem, this can cause some problems. While most of our members share our “there’s never enough” sentiment, we have heard a number of members say to themselves, “What am I going to do with all these tomatoes?” And then there is the labor side of the equation. For the 6-8 weeks tomatoes are in their full glory, our labor hours for harvest almost double, and the value of a full share often comes close to $50. So, in fairness to ourselves and respect to those who don’t need 8 lbs of tomatoes every week, we are offering tomato shares this year for $60 for the full share equivalent and $30 for the half. Don’t worry, regular members will still get tomatoes, but it will be more along the lines of 3-4 lbs for a full share and 1.5-2 lbs for a half. I predict that the tomato share will be sending folks home with about double that, during peak tomato season. And then large quantities of bulk tomatoes for processing will still be available at a discounted price. The purchase of the tomato share comes with the understanding that while we a quite good at growing tomatoes, there is always the chance of tomato catastrophe (disease, excessive rain, etc.) and members might not receive their full value.
Weekly pick up times are Monday or Thursday, 3:00-7:00 at the farm. Please do your best to come within these times. Early arrival slows down our set-up prep, while late arrival extends our work day. At the farm, members pack their own bags with the week’s harvest. There are directions for how much to take of each veggie. There are usually choices within each category of produce. For example, a full share might choose two bunches from a choice of greens such as lettuce, arugula, bok choi, and escarole. When in season, there are also pick-your-own options like herbs, beans & cherry tomatoes.
STORRS FARMERS MARKET PICK UP – The benefit of choosing market pick up over the farm is greater flexibility while still getting a good deal. Members who choose Saturday pick up at the market will receive a punch card, functioning like a debit card, allowing members full choice from what is available any given week.
This year we will have a different pay structure for market pick ups. Instead of following the 20 week full/half share model, we are offering punch cards in increments of 10 “punches” with each punch equaling $20. Members can choose to purchase 10, 20, 30 or 40 punches. (The 20-punch and 40-punch options will be most similar to last year’s half and full share.) A 20-punch card would look like this –
Cobblestone Farm CSA
$20 $20 $20 $20 $20 $20 $20 $20 $20 $20
$20 $20 $20 $20 $20 $20 $20 $20 $20 $20
@ the Storrs Farmers Market
A 10-punch share is $190, a 20-punch share is $360, 30 for $540 and 40 for $720. The 10-punch card is discounted 5%, while 20-punch and above is discounted 10%. We hope this new model better fits member’s needs. Please note you can use up punches however you’d like – five punches all at once every few weeks, one per week all through the season, etc. Members can use their punch cards for the entire market season, beginning in May, when the outdoor market season begins, all the way through April 2021. Please note that in most years, our greatest variety of produce is harvested June through November.
The Storrs Farmers Market is every Saturday from 3-6 pm, May through October, and then 3-5 pm alternating Saturdays, November through April.
Please understand refunds are not possible for canceled memberships. I would also like to point out that it is possible, though incredibly unlikely, that a devastating weather event or similar “act of God” could ruin weeks’ worth of crops. In this case we cannot guarantee members would receive the full value of their share.
Thank you for your interest in Cobblestone Farm CSA. Please sign up here if you would like to join for the season, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions; dianedorfer at gmail.com