CSA: Community Supported Agriculture
Thanks to my Dad, Jim Sidway, for taking this awesome shot of our fall veggies!
2018 CSA Shares ON SALE January 1st!
Flower CSA Shares
Extended Pick Up Hours/Days
We are excited to offer CSA Shares at Upswing Farm for 2018. Our CSA members are the backbone of our farm. Without you, we would not be here. Because of this, we like to offer a bonus value in the shares.
We aim provide at least 20% more in value for our CSA shares because:
• You provide money up front, which is like a short term, mini operating loan.
• You allow us the flexibility of determining what goes into the share.
(Although we do attempt to include choices when possible, and do our absolute best to provide a balanced variety of popular items every week.)
Because of the first reason, we are adding a pricing schedule to our CSA purchases this year. Although we are very glad to have last minute and mid-season signups for our CSA, we feel those members who pay in advance give us the greatest advantage as a business, and we want to honor that commitment by offering a lower price for early payment.
Scroll down for example shares and explanations of seasonal schedules and pick up options and payment plans. New this year, if you can’t make your share pick up, we will hold it for you and you can pick up the next day, no need to let us know!
$115 before March 1st, $125 after that
5 weeks, starting the week of May 9th
Tuesday or Thursday Pick Up 12:00pm-6:00pm
Small Summer Share
$310 before March 1st, $330 after that
16 weeks, starting the week of June 11th
Tuesday or Thursday Pick Up 12:00pm-6:00pm
Large Summer Share
$515 before March 1st, $535 after that
16 weeks, starting the week of June 11th
Tuesday or Thursday Pick Up, 12:00pm-6:00pm
$205 before July 1st, $225 after that
10 weeks, every other week pick up, starting the week of October 1st
Thursday and Friday Pick Up, 12:00pm-6:00pm Thursday, 12:00pm-4:00pm Friday
$155 before November 1st, $175 after that
3 months, once/month pick up, December, January and February
2nd Saturday and Sunday of each month, 12pm-3pm Saturday, 10am-2pm Sunday
11 weeks, starting the second or third week in July
Choose a Tuesday or Thursday pick up at the farm, 12:00pm-6:00pm
Flower Shares will be 18-25 stem arranged bouquets of freshly harvested blooms.
Spring•Summer Large•Fall•Winter: $940 (regularly $990)
Save $50 if you make a 1/3 deposit with cash or check by February 1st.
Spring•Summer Small•Fall•Winter: $750 (regularly $785)
Save $35 if you make a 1/3 deposit cash or check by February 1st.
We definitely know what it feels like to live on a budget. Please read the details of our payment plan below:
A first payment of 1/3 of the share cost is required to secure the share. If you make this payment before the 1st of March you can lock in the early registration prices.
Second payment is Due April 1st
Third payment is Due June 1st
Payment plans are only available for purchases of $300 or more.
Payment plans are not available after June 1st.
Purchases after April 1st require a 2/3’s payment to secure the share.
Plans change, we know.
Refunds requested at a minimum 3 weeks before a share starts will receive the full amount, minus a $10 administration fee. Refunds requested after that time frame will receive the full amount, minus a $10 administration fee and a $30 inconvenience fee. Refunds mid-season will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, but we guarantee no refunds after the start of the CSA season.
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. 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 4 seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter). 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 20% more than what you are paying.
Low risk. Your farmers have a combined 18 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, just like last 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.
Example Share Options 2018
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.
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.
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.
Example Winter Share (December): 5 pounds carrots, 1 pound turnips, 1/5 pounds celeriac, 1 pound beets, 2 pounds potatoes, 4 pounds sweet potatoes, 7 pounds winter squash, 2 pounds onions, 3 ears popcorn, 2 bulbs garlic, 2 heads lettuce, 3 bags of salad greens (mix variety: arugula, mustard greens, pea tendrils)
Email your farmer: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 sprays whenever possible. 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.