Read the information below to see if our farm membership program is right for you and your family.
What is the CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Should you decide to become a member of our farm, you will reap the rewards of the harvest bounty through the Spring, Summer and Fall. In return for your investment in us, we work hard all season to provide you and your family with a share of the freshest, tastiest vegetables we're harvesting each week.
How does it work?
Each week we'll go out in the field and harvest as many vegetables as are ready in sufficient quantity to supply all the CSA membership. Once a week, during the CSA season, members can pick-up their share of the harvest from the farm on the designated pick-up days of Wednesday and Thursday between 12 and 6pm. We also have a pick up sites in Berlin at the Go Organic store on Thursdays from 3-6pm and at the Historic Lewes Farmer's Market, Saturdays 8am-12pm
Is becoming a member a way to save money on food?
Absolutely. There is virtually no other way to get this variety and quality of vegetables, especially those grown using organic growing practices, at this price. Considering the quality, freshness, and gourmet varieties, membership is a bargain. Regardless of hardships such as droughts and hurricanes, Greenbranch Farm has a proven track record of providing great value practically every week of the season, all season long, every year since 2008. By joining the Greenbranch Farm CSA, 2013 members got a 25% discount off retail vegetable prices. Returns were similar in previous years. And don't forget, members also get a 10% discount on other products that we produce like our free-range pork and beef. You can get even better returns by recruiting friends and family to join together and split a medium or large size share! Where else can you get that kind of return on investment, and improve your community, health, and quality of life at the same time?
What vegetables can I expect?
We grow over 50 varieties of vegetables each year so you can expect to see many of your favorites along with many you've never seen or heard of before. The spring and fall offer a variety greens and roots, while the summer is full of (vegetable) fruits. To get specific, in the spring you will see Swiss chard, cabbage, lettuce, radish, salad turnips, beets, asparagus, strawberries, etc. In the summer you'll get your fill of squash, tomatoes, basil, eggplant, okra, peppers, beans, melons, etc. In the fall it will be a return to a lot of the spring veggies plus broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, etc. There are, however, a lot of variables that are out of our control (such as weather) and crop failures do occur; so as we can't guarantee you any specific veggies, we can guarantee you a good share value each week.
Can I choose the vegetables I want?
The vegetable types and quantites offered in the shares are set by us based on what is available at the time, and you are welcome to choose whichever vegetables you want from that selection in the quantities we have allotted. We also set out a share bin each week for you to use as a vegetable swap. This operates the same way a penny dish on the convienent store counter works. If you don't want a vegetable you can put it in the share bin; or if you see a vegetable in the bin that you want extra of you can take it with out having to put something else in the bin. This allows you to get more of the vegetables you really want and less of the ones you don't.
What else should I know?
Membership takes commitment. You not only need to be committed to picking up your share each week, but committed to using it, too. You'll need a willingness to cook and a sense of adventure in the kitchen for experimenting with new vegetables. There will be weeks, during the peak of each season, when you'll get a surplus of vegetables. You need to be prepared to make the most of this surplus by canning, freezing or drying it for use during the winter when fresh vegetables are hard to come by. Think of this surplus as added profit on your investment; by preserving and using it outside the CSA season you'll be getting more food than will feed your family for the 7 months for which you paid.
You should also know CSA members get a 10% discount on Greenbranch Farm products purchased at our farm store. These include our beef and free-range pork, as well as produce. Foods produced on other farms are not covered by this discount.