2019 CSA Registration Will open January 15
We are pleased to offer our produce through a small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) membership program for the sixth season. CSA members purchase a share in the season’s harvest in early winter and receive a weekly allotment of produce during our main growing season.
Our CSA is meant for families with vegetable-centric diets who are committed to preparing meals at home at least 4 days per week. Further, you must be open to trying new types of produce and experimenting with new recipes.
A CSA program is distinct from the farmers’ market or farm stand model in that it creates a partnership between grower and customer. We the growers are committed to prioritize the freshest and best of the harvest for our shareholders, and you the customer commit to a season’s worth of produce from our farm.
In Spring you can expect fresh greens, lettuce, radishes and other early season crops. In Summer you can expect heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, onions and green beans. And in the fall you can expect exceptional salad and cooking greens, sweet carrots, cabbage, spinach, winter squashes, sweet potatoes and more seasonal delights.
See our CSA photo gallery below and CSA frequently asked questions.
2018 Summer CSA Membership Registration Form
Program dates: Thursday, May 30,2019 thru Thursday, October 10
Pick up day/time - Thursdays from 3:30pm to 6:30pm at 12738 Lord Fairfax Highway in Boyce, VA.
Cost - $600 for 20 weeks.
We accept a $300 deposit due upon registration or by February 15, 2019. The reminder is due within 30 days following, or by April 15,2019 at the latest. CSA payments are nonrefundable (please review the CSA agreement below for details).
We will send you a confirmation email within 3 business days of submitting your registration.
Shenandoah Seasonal CSA Membership Agreement
By purchasing a share in the Shenandoah Seasonal CSA program, I have accepted the terms of this membership agreement. Members of the CSA will receive a weekly share of produce, varying in size depending on the time of season. One aspect of CSA is that members support their farmer by sharing in the inherent risks of agriculture (poor weather, drought, crop failure, etc.) and the rewards (organic, exceptionally fresh vegetables, the bounty of a good season, etc.) involved in farming. CSA farmers purposely plan for such contingencies; the farmers use growing techniques that protect the harvest to minimize the risk and optimize the rewards. On the whole, members will get a wide variety of vegetables in plentiful amounts. I understand this principle and agree that there is no guarantee on the exact amount or type of produce I will receive in my share. By becoming a member, I agree to support the farm with timely payments. I commit to picking up my share(s) weekly and I understand that if I, or someone I designate, is unable to pick up my share(s), they cannot be saved. I understand that my contribution as a member is utilized as seed and spring start up funds for the farmers and therefore my CSA membership fee is nonrefundable.
CSA Photo Gallery
Shenandoah Seasonal CSA FAQ
How does the program work?
The Shenandoah Seasonal CSA offers 20 weeks of organically grown vegetables, herbs, and flowers beginning May 30 and ending in early October. Pick up will take place weekly on Thursdays on the farm.
Our CSA is farmers market style, meaning you will have the option to pick your own produce to ensure your family receives the perfect amount of produce.
Shenandoah Seasonal reserves the right to take two weeks off from this time period for a vacation day or in event of an emergency. In this event members will be notified ahead of time and the CSA will be extended later into October.
Each week you can expect to find 8 to 12 varieties of produce and herbs depending on season and availability.
How does the CSA payment work?
CSA payments are collected in the winter/spring prior to your first pick up date. The CSA program is essential to kickstarting our growing season by providing seed money. We request a deposit upon registration of $300. We request payment in full no later than April 15. We accept check and credit card payment although credit cards will incur a processing fee.
Can I split a CSA share with someone?
Yes! You are welcome to split a full share with a friend, neighbor or family member. In fact, we encourage this if this is your first time as part of a CSA program and you are nervous it will be too much food. We recommend you do this by working out a schedule where each share comes every other week. All we ask is that you let us know so we can put you both on our email list.
How many people will my CSA share feed?
Because our CSA program is farmer market style, you will have the option to cater how much produce you take to meet the demand of your family. In general, we say that a full share will feed a family of 2 to 3 people who like to prepare meals at least four times per week. Our goal is to provide you with an amount and variety of veggies so that you will not need to supplement your produce with trips to the grocery store.
What types of veggies can I expect to see in my share?
There is always a salad green (salad mix, head lettuce or cut lettuce mix)
There is always a cooking green (kale, chard, cabbage, spinach or bok choi)
At least every other week there is an Allium (scallions, garlic, onions or leeks)
There is usually a root (radish, beets, or carrots)
Then there are the fruits of summer beginning in July! (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and squash)
Sometimes there is a fresh cut herb (basil, parsley or cilantro and others)
What does it mean to eat seasonally?
Eating seasonally means you will receive veggies depending on the current growing season. Below is an example of what you might find in your seasonal basket throughout the three seasons. You won't find tomatoes before July!
1 head of lettuce, 1 bunch swiss chard, 2 lb. cucumbers, 2 lb zucchini/squash, 3 lbs tomatoes, 1 qrt. cherry tomatoes, 1/2 lb. bell pepper, 1 head garlic, 1 bunch basil
1 bag lettuce, 1 bunch kale, 1 head cabbage, 1 bunch leeks, 1 bunch carrots, 3 lbs. potatoes, 2 acorn squash, 1 head garlic
What if I go on vacation?
If you go on vacation during a CSA pick up week you are welcome to have a friend or neighbor pick up in your absence. Unfortunately we cannot extend the CSA season for absences. If you travel a lot, consider splitting a share with a friend, family member or neighbor. We may offer alternative pick up dates when our seasonal farm stand is open.
On Farm - Boyce, VA
May 30 thru October 10
3:30pm - 6:30pm
Unique Features of our CSA:
On site Kids/Community Garden where you and your family can explore and pick your own produce each week.
Pick your own herb garden - available each week depending on your herb needs
Farmers market-style system - take items you like, leave items you don’t
10% discount offered at our onsite, seasonal farmstand