Vegetable CSA

CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.” The basic premise of our Vegetable CSA is to create a strong mutually beneficial relationship between us, the farmers, and the community we serve and are a member of. Today, most people don’t know where their food comes from, whether the soil is being cared for, or if the food they buy is even good for them. Food is sold primarily through large retailers whose only concern is price and availability. For the farmer this means that if they have a bad season, they can be replaced by another farmer, and in order to compete in a large commodity market, they have to cut every corner they can in order to make ends meet. Furthermore, farming is a risky business with many factors outside of the farmer’s control. A farmer makes many investments long before a crop can be harvested. The CSA was created as an attempt to address all of these problems simultaneously. The member invests in the farm at the beginning of the season and shares in the risk of farming. In return, the member has an opportunity to get to know the farmer, see whether the farmer is using good practices, and receives the freshest, highest quality produce directly from the farmer shortly after being harvested.

Vernon Valley Farm Vegetable CSA

From June through September, and even into October, members pick up produce from the farm weekly (for 20 weeks) valued at roughly $30. Each week we will try to have nine different items in each basket, and we will include a new item each week as it becomes available to keep things interesting. Basket pickups are on Wednesdays from 4–7pm. Members picking up after 7pm will be directed to a walk-in cooler.

CSA members are encouraged to visit the farm, to lend a hand, and get to know the farmer. Input is not just encouraged, but vital for the success of a Vegetable CSA.

Cost

The Vernon Valley Farm Vegetable CSA model requires its members pay $600 per family before the season starts in June.

Half shares are also available for $300. Members electing to purchase a half share will receive the same size share of nine items, but instead of weekly, pickup will be bi-weekly.

Not sure your family can eat all those vegetables, don’t worry, we welcome you to collect a few friends and share the cost of membership and then spilt the weekly baskets with them.

How to Sign Up

To signup, simply mail or drop off a check payable to: Vernon Valley Farm. Please include your address, phone number, and email. Because of the months of planning that go into executing a CSA, we have a set number of membership slots each season. Please contact us beforehand to ensure we have space available.

What We’re Growing

Early Summer

  • Arugula
  • Bok Choy
  • Chard
  • Herbs
  • Lettuce
  • Mizuna
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Snap Peas
  • Spinach
  • Totsoi

Mid Summer

  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Bok Choy
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Collards
  • Fennel
  • Herbs
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips

Late Summer

  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Collards
  • Chard
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplants
  • Potatoes
  • Herbs
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips

Fall

  • Arugula
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Claytonia
  • Collards
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Watermelon
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Rutabaga
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Winter Squash