CSA info

The essentials

Membership in the 20 week CSA is $620 for a full share or $330 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!) Please understand refunds are not possible for canceled memberships. 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 will 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 and such.

New this season are Investment Shares. The farm is working on a number of infrastructure projects this year, most notably a new well & irrigation and a high tunnel greenhouse. An Investment Share pays for the 2018 & 2019 seasons, and gives us some extra capital up front to help support growth of the farm. And to be frank, it’s a great morale booster when members buy into the farm for the long-term. A full Investment Share is $1240 and a half share is $660.

Our members find our CSA to be a good value. Over the course of the season, the average minimum value of the full share is $30/week, $15 for the half. The value of produce received usually exceeds these amounts, most notably in the fall and with pick-your-own. Members also have the opportunity to buy extra produce at wholesale pricing, when available.

Weekly pick up times are Monday or Thursday, 3:00-7:00 at the farm OR at the Storrs Farmers Market on Saturdays, 3:00-6:00.

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, chard, bok choi, and escarole. When in season, there are also pick-your-own peas, beans and cherry tomatoes – our cherry tomatoes are so good!!

Pick-ups at the Storrs Farmers Market are structured differently than at the farm. Members who choose Saturday pick-up at the market will receive a punch card, with each punch being a week worth of veggies. (Don’t worry, we’ll keep a copy too!) The benefit of choosing market pick-up over the farm is greater flexibility while still getting a good deal. Members pay for 20 weeks, but we’re at the market for about 30 weeks and members can use their punch card anytime we’re there. At the market, members also have more control over their produce choices. Additionally, the value of each punch is greater than the amount paid, so over the course of the season members receive an extra $60/$30 of veggies, for full/half shares, respectively.

I would 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 would try to buy in produce from other local farmers, but could not guarantee members would receive the full value of their share.

A few more things that make our farm special

We also raise broiler chickens and turkeys. Chickens are available throughout the season, and turkeys in November. You can read more about our birds here.

In the fall, we host a tomato tasting party. So fun!! Tomatoes are a crop with huge diversity, and we like to share that variety with our members. We grow over thirty varieties of tomatoes, some unique to our farm. You’ll learn more about tomatoes than you thought you could, trying the tomatoes while learning their stories (along with bread, wine and cheese). For us and many members, it’s a highlight of the season.

And you. Our members make our CSA special. My goal is to run this farm as well as possible to the benefit of the land, our members, my family and myself. Our members’ commitment to the farm makes it unique, for as our mutual relationship grows stronger, the farm becomes better suited to us all.

 

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.

 

~ Diane

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