The CSA Experience at Crystal Spring Farm
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a simple relationship between a farm and its community. Families and individuals become members of the farm by purchasing a share of the harvest. This fee supports the costs of growing over 50 different crops, which the farm then distributes back to the shareholders in abundance each week from June through the end of October.
I addition fresh local produce on you table each week, being a part of this CSA offers a unique summer experience. Having organic produce that tastes great and is inspiring to cook will become part of your weekly ritual as your family eats local. Even the kids are excited to see what vegetables are in each week, and some parents have complained that the kale dissapears from the bag in the back seat on the way home. Visiting the farm, whether you are a Brunswick shareholder picking up your share or a delivered share member coming to enjoy our Upic field the farm becomes a part of your whole eating experience. In the Upic field members can create weekly flower bouquets while the kids search for bugs, all the while snacking on peas. We also offer events such as farm-to-table dinners and groups harvest days. Like to weed? We can always accommodate those who like to weed. Wednesday mornings between May and September anyone can come and work with or sociable crew weeding lettuce, trellising tomatoes or whatever in on the work docket for the day. Email us to RSVP for a work morning.
Value for Your Family and the Whole Community
When you join our CSA you get value for your investment in our farm. Your membership fee goes to buy seeds, pay farm help and heat the greenhouse in the spring months, among other costs, before we actually harvest a crop. Your investment and your trust in us to be your farmers is our livelihood. Every week we offer the best quality produce in amounts that will provide your family with incredible meals.
Healthy Field to Healthy Table
The support of CSA shareholders enables the farmers at Crystal Spring Farm to focus their efforts on producing organic vegetables that are often harvested and distributed to you on the same day. The most flavorful varieties are chosen each season knowing that they won't need to be shipped or stored before they arrive on your table.
Linking Small Farms and their Communities
By becoming a shareholder of Crystal Spring Farm, you are supporting local agriculture and ensuring that a working farm will continue to be a part of your community landscape. Shareholders also have the opportunity to know who grows their food and how it is cultivated.
Shared Bounty, Shared Risk
Part of the pleasure (and sometimes frustration!) of farming lies within the season's variability and uncontrollable forces of nature. Shareholders join the farmer in sharing the risk associated with food production. Every season some varieties may not yield as expected -- but many others always exceed our goals. We plan every year to grow more than we need, ensuring a plentiful and diverse bounty to enjoy each week. With the excess donated to our local food bank (9936 lbs. in 2017).
A single Brunswick share is designed to meet the fresh vegetable needs of 2 - 3 non-vegetarian adults or 1-2 vegetarian adults. Depending on the season, the contents will vary between 4 and 18 pounds of vegetables every pick up (11 pounds average). Members will also be entitled to visit our "U-Pick" field which features herbs, flowers, and vegetables, all included in your share price. The field is open to Brunswick members during weekly distribution hours distribution hours and all day on Sundays.
The cost of a Brunswick CSA share is $565 per season (early June through late October). A payment plan is available. Click the orange "Join" button to the right for payment options and to sign up.
Portland Area Delivered Shares
A single Delivered share is designed to meet the fresh vegetable needs of 1-2 non-vegetarian adults or 1 vegetarian adult. Depending on the season, the contents will vary between 4 and 10 pounds (8 pound average) of vegetables every pick up. Delivered shares are boxed and brought to drop off locations in the Portland Area every Wednesday from June through October. We have several established drop off's that new members may join. New drop off locations can also be formed with as few as five shareholders. Offices, churches, private homes and community centers are great drop off locations. Members will also be entitled to visit our "U-Pick" field all day on Sundays which features herbs, flowers, and vegetables, all included in your share price.
Call or email for more details, 207.712.1003.
The cost of a Portland area CSA share is $345 per season (early June through late October). Double shares are also available at at discounted rate. Click the green "Join" button to the right for payment options and to sign up.
Weekly Farm Newsletter
The newsletter enhances each week's share. (Sent out via email to all members) The farmer takes valuable time each week to give a report to the members about the various weekly developments through the ever-changing farm season. For past newsletters and recipes, see the links to the right or click on the "blog" menu about for the latest posting...