What is a CSA?
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.
The CSA Experience at Crystal Spring Farm
While you will technically be picking up your "groceries" when you bring home your produce each week, being part of our CSA offers a unique experience. Each week your fresh organic produce 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 has disappeared 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. Seeing the veggies growing in the fields or visiting with our ewes, lambs, cows, chickens, and pigs connects you with your food and the process of producing food. In the Upic field members have fun creating flower bouquets while others search for bugs, all the while snacking on peas. We also offer events such as cooking demonstrations and field walks with the farmers to see the crops up close and in action. Like to weed? We can always accommodate those who like to weed, and we also organize a few volunteer work days for bigger jobs like potato harvesting.
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.