CSA: Community Supported Agriculture
Please Note: You can join our Summer share on a prorated basis. Please email Brittany if you would like to join: firstname.lastname@example.org
Price for Fall Share Increases on September 1st!
More than 60 families have signed up and paid for a Fall CSA Share at Upswing Farm, a part of the value of the CSA to the farmer is having the funds up front to be able to pay for the seeds, tools, supplies and labor needed to grow the crops (not to mention rent, insurance, utilities, equipment maintenance, compost, fertilizer, greenhouse supplies . . ). Out of respect for the families who have committed their money up front, some as early as January this year, we a raising the price of our Fall CSA Share from $200 to $220 on September 1st.
More about the CSA Model
The CSA model allows customers to invest in their farm by committing to a season of fresh vegetables. CSA’s are a great way to access incredibly fresh produce while supporting local farms and maintaining an agricultural landscape in your community. Your membership not only provides your family with fresh vegetables, it supports farmland preservation and community development.
At Upswing Farm you will pick up a variety of vegetables once a week during your share season (we have 3 seasons, Spring, Summer and Fall, maybe a Winter Season for 2018!). By paying in advance you will provide the farm with essential funds for supplies like seeds, mulch, compost, tools and equipment. In exchange for your commitment it is our intention to provide you with the highest quality seasonal produce we can grow at a value of 10-20% more than what you are paying.
Low risk. Your farmers have a combined 16 years of experience farming, and have never failed to provide a bountiful share. Our farm plan includes over 60 crops, many of which are planted multiple times during the growing season, to ensure that small crop failures, do not mean empty CSA shares. We grow multiple varieties of each crop, some that do well in heat, some that do well in wet soils, some that almost always do well, to ensure that regardless of the weather, we will have produce to harvest.
High Return. You are signing up for a share with farmers who have impeccable standards. We adore great flavor, stunning color, unique variety and take special care to harvest and wash our crops so they will be easy to process and inspiring to cook with. Customers who have bought shares from your farmers in the past are thrilled with the quality, and also how many more vegetables they are able to include in their diet!
Social Value. Your commitment to our CSA is a commitment to the future of your community. By supporting our farm you are also supporting farm land preservation, resource conservation and community development. This year is a critical year to get our operation off the ground, and your support really does have a significant impact. Your farmers don’t just care about growing vegetables, they are actively involved in their communities and are passionate about the environmental and social justice that is created by a local, fair, secure food system.
Share Options 2017
Fall: October 5th – November 30th (every other week pick-up) ($200)
Pickup Day: Thursdays 2:30-6:20
A wide diversity of delicious vegetables great for soups, stews, roasting and fresh eating. Enjoy bounty all through the fall!
Example Fall Share: 2 pounds carrots, 1 pint fingerling potatoes, 2 pounds purple potatoes, 1 celeriac, 1 pound beets, 1 pound watermelon radish, 2 bunches cooking greens (like kale, chard, collard, escarole, spinach, raab), 2/3 pound salad mix, 1 head lettuce, 1 large butternut squash, 2 delicatta squash, 1.5 pounds onions, 2 bulbs garlic, 1 bunch dill.
Spring: May 11th-June 8th ($110) SOLD OUT
Pick Up Day: Thursday 2:30-6:30
Enjoy fresh greens for salads and cooking, tender roots, shoots and herbs. A great choice to re-energize after a long winter and a great way to try out a CSA!
Example Spring Share: 1 bunch scallions, 1 bunch french breakfast radish, 1/2 pound spinach, 1 head lettuce, 1/3 lb salad, mix, one bunch kale or chard, 1 pound baby bok choy, 2 stalks green garlic.
Summer: June 13th-September 26th (Two Sizes: $500 Large, $300 Small) Available on a prorated basis. Email email@example.com to join or Click Here to Register
Pick Up Day: Tuesday or Thursday 2:30-6:30
A great bounty of vegetables, with carefully planned variety each week. We grow lots of your favorites like carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini, and will give you the opportunity to learn about some new favorites like kohlrabi.
Example Summer Share (July 30th) Large: 2 pounds tomatoes, 1 pound mix: eggplant/peppers, 1/2 pound green beans, 1 head lettuce, 1 bunch carrots, 1 bunch fresh heirloom onions, 5lbs mix: zucchini, summer squash, cucumber, new potato, 1 bunch kale or chard, 1 bulb fresh garlic, 1 bunch basil, 1 pint cherry tomatoes.
Example Summer Share (July 30th) Small: 1 pound tomatoes, 1 pound mix: eggplant/peppers, 1/4 pound green beans, 1 head lettuce, 1 bunch carrots, 2lbs mix: zucchini, summer squash, cucumber, new potato, 1 bulb fresh garlic, 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes.
Email your farmer: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are offering Investment Shares. SOLD OUT for 2017
Brittany came up with this idea in 2012 while managing Medway Community Farm when there were no funds to invest in farm infrastructure and tools. Instead of buying just one season’s worth of vegetables, customers who are interested in investing in the success of the farm have the option to purchases 3 years worth of vegetables in advance. These funds are used for equipment and tools that make the farm more productive and profitable early on.
Investment Shares are $2400 for Spring, Summer and Fall Shares, 2017-2019.
We know the investment share won’t be for everyone, but just a few families who want to make this investment can make all the difference in the early success of our farm. You can sign up for an investment share through our regular registration form, or email Brittany to discuss this option:
We prefer payment for CSA shares in full, by cash or check.
We understand that this is not always possible and will accept payment via PayPal (only available for payments in full) or a three-part payment plan.
Payments will be due: to secure the share, April 1st and June 1st. Payment plans are not available for purchases less than $300.
Our Growing Practices
Your farmers have only worked on farms that follow organic standards. Although we are not certified, we use crop production methods that build soil health, like composting, reduced tillage and cover cropping. We never use chemical pesticides, herbicides or fungicides and even avoid the use of Organically approved chemicals. Instead we rely on methods to prevent pest and disease infestation such as: crop rotation, pest exclusion, using culturally appropriate planting dates and varieties, growing healthy crops with resistance, appropriate plant spacing, multiple successions of crops, and, on occasion, hand picking of pests.
We live on this produce. We eat it, we feed our families and friends, and we only want the best for them, for ourselves, and for you. We are always happy to talk to you about our growing practices.
We strive to grow a wide variety of produce that is exciting to cook with, and plenty for fresh-eating in salads. We can’t guarantee the success of any single crop, but we plant many varieties and multiple successions to provide the greatest opportunity for success.
|apples||cabbage, fall||delicate bunched greens||kale||peas, snow||shallots|
|arugula||cabbage, napa||dill||kohlrabi||peppers, mini-sweet||small winter squash|
|basil||cabbage, spring||dry beans||kohlrabi||peppers, specialty, ripe||spinach|
|beans, fresh shelling||cantaloupe||eggplant||large winter squash||peppers, unripe||storage onions|
|beans, pole||carrots||eggplant, mini||leeks||pop corn||sunflowers|
|beans, snap||carrots||escarole/endive||lettuce||potatoes, new||sweet potatoes|
|beets||cauliflower||fennel||lettuce mix||potatoes, storage||sweet turnips|
|bok choy||celery root||flint corn||mustard mix||pumpkins, mini||tomatoes, greenhouse|
|zucchini/summer squash||chard||fresh onions||onions, cippolini||pumpkins, PYO||tomatoes, heirloom|
|broccoli||cherry tomatoes||garlic||parsley||purple top turnips||tomatoes, red slicer|
|broccoli florets||cilantro||garlic, green||parsnip||radishes||tomatoes, sauce|
|broccoli raab||scallions||garlic, scapes||shoots||radishes||watermelon|
|brussels sprouts||cucumbers, pickling||hot peppers||peas, shelling||rutabaga||peas, snap|
|bught in potatoes||cucumbers, slicing||husk cherries|