What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

CSA is a mutual relationship between a local farm and the community that consumes its produce. The members pay a fee to cover the cost of producing the food and in turn receive a weekly share of the harvest during the growing season.

This arrangement guarantees the farmer financial support and allows many small to medium scale organic farms to remain in business. It benefits the members by knowing the person who is growing their food and by receiving their food straight from the farm.

Another characteristic of CSA is the agreement to pay in advance for a predetermined amount of produce. In most cases, this commitment implies a willingness to share with the farmer both the harvest from the land and at least some of the inherent risks of production.

Participation in a CSA leads to a deeper understanding of the effort it takes to produce quality food and our dependence upon God to sustain us.

When does the season start? How long will it last?

The Winter CSA has two different start dates. The Winter begins the end of October and continues to the end of January (a total of 14 weeks). For those who are a part of our Fall CSA, we offer a six week extension to the Fall shares. This extension begins December 23rd and also contiunes to the end of January.

Note: We have restructured our Winter season from past years. The Winter season will end the last week of January. There won't be any deliveries for the months of February and March. This will give us some much-needed time to prepare and plant for the new year.

The Spring/Summer CSA begins the second week of May and continues till the end of August (a total of 16 weeks). We also offer a 4-week Early Start option for the month of April. The Summer CSA with the Early Start option runs for 20 weeks (April through August).

The Fall CSA begins in September and continues till mid-December (a total of 16 weeks).

What is a share and how does it work?

As a member of Crawford Organics Summer CSA you will receive a weekly box with an assortment of in-season fresh vegetables. Each box will contain an average of 8 items (See winter, spring/summer, or fall for a list of items). The quantities are designed for 2-4 people, depending on menu preferences. The box may not supply all your vegetable needs, depending on your normal vegetable consumption.

You will pick up your vegetables once a week (every other week for a half share) either at the farm or at one of our dropsites.

What is a half share?

A half share is a full box delivered every other week. Nearly all of the produce we send will easily last for two weeks if properly stored. We try to send a wide variety of items to both our Full share and our Half share members. However, due to the nature of the Half share, there may be some items you won't receive. If possible, we advise you find a friend to split a full share with. This will allow both of you to have access to everything we send.

What if I go on vacation?

If you plan to be away certain weeks, and you can let us know when you sign up; there will be a deduction for the weeks you are gone (see Winter Vacation, Spring/Summer Vacation, or Fall Vacation). If after you sign up, you realize you will be away some week; there will be no refunds, but you may either have a neighbor pick up your box for you, or you may pick up two boxes one week and skip the previous or subsequent week. To double a week and skip one, you must give us one week advance notice by either e-mail or phone.

We harvest an exact amount of produce for each week’s boxes. Therefore if you fail to pick your box up within the designated time without informing us in advance; we will donate it to a worthy recipient.

Prices

Please see our Prices page for the current CSA prices.

Discounts

* For a list of all our discounts, click here.

Current Dropsites:*

Farm:

387 Iron Bridge Rd
East Earl, PA 17519
Tuesdays 2:30-7:30pm

Ephrata:

Meadow Run Farm
727 Rettew Mill Rd.
Lititz, PA 17543
Tuesdays 2:30-7:00pm

Manyunk**:

Shurs Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Tuesdays 5:00-8:30pm

Mohnton/Shillington:

Summit St
Mohnton, PA 19540
Tuesdays 3:00-7:30pm

Philadelphia (14th & South St)**:

1424 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Tuesdays 12:00-7:00pm

Philadelphia (Headhouse Square)**:

410 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Tuesdays 12:00-6:00pm

 

**These dropsites are outside the free 20 mile delivery area. There is an additional $2/box delivery fee.

Potential Dropsites:*

There are no potential dropsites at this time. If you would like to suggest a location, please contact us.

* "Current Dropsites" are ones we are delivering to currently. "Potential Dropsites" are ones we will deliver to if there is enough interest in that area. We will also consider other locations if there are at least 10 interested people at that location. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

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* Please see our Winter, Spring/Summer, or Fall pages for specific CSA information.
* To go to our signup form, click local or surrounding areas.
* For a printable version of our current flyer, click local or surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.