CSA Subscription

Do you know where your fresh vegetables are grown?  Do you know what growing practices were used?  Is the freshness and safety of the vegetables you feed your family important to you?  Then CSA is for you. 
What is a CSA?
A CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The basic idea of CSA farming is a cooperative relationship between the farmer and his customers. Based on an annual commitment to one another, community members provide a pre-season payment to purchase a “share” (aka a "membership or "subscription") of the season’s harvest. The member then receives a weekly box of a wide variety of fresh vegetables through the growing season, harvested at the peak of ripeness and flavor. You’ve heard of the benefits of buying local – now we’re offering you a great way to enjoy vegetables grown right here on our farm in Cecil County and have the opportunity to make an investment in these locally grown foods, which in turn helps to keep Maryland green!
What is a Share?

With a pre-season payment you may purchase a “share” of our farm’s harvest. You then receive a weekly box of fresh produce based on our harvest cycle. In signing up, you dedicate yourself to being our customer for the season. This provides our farm with a secure market for all our growing efforts. The farm, in turn, commits to providing an abundant, diverse and quality array of vegetables and other offered products. The worth of a share is linked not only with the value you place upon eating fresh, locally grown food and knowing who grows your food, but also the sustainable and organic methods of food production. We offer an outstanding selection of vegetables grown especially for your family, harvested fresh for you on the day of your pick up.


What is a shareholder?
In signing up with Fair Weather Farm at Fairhill, you commit to being our customer, a shareholder, for the season. This provides us with a secure market, a guaranteed outlet for our produce and a fair return for our dedicated efforts to be your farmer.


What does it mean to be a shareholder?
We will do our best to provide you with a bounty of fine produce each week. A premise of a CSA is that the shareholder, through the vegetables, shares in our farms experiences of nature. Mother Nature can reap rewards of substantial growth for all or weather difficulties may alter a crop and you may see differences in the sizes of produce throughout the season. We may also substitute items in your box, as shortages may occur in the natural growing process. Refunds are not available.


Do shareholders work on the farm?

Though it's not required, we welcome shareholders to join us in our work. People who have volunteered here often report that they get more out of the experience than they give! Being in the fresh air, outdoors, working in the soil, plants and food gives them great satisfaction and joy! If you are interested in volunteering we would love to use your energy and talents. Fill out our Volunteer Time & Talent Survey and EMAIL US.


What types of shares are there?
We offer Full Shares (feeds aprox 3 – 5) and Half Shares (feeds approx 1 – 3).


Is delivery available to my home or business?

Currently all CSA subscriptions and add-on's are "pick-up only"  at 5821 Telegraph Rd on either Wednesday or Friday between the hours of 2pm - 6pm. You may choose when purchasing your subscription which day works best for you.


When do I receive my share?

All shareholders choose the weekday (Weds or Fri) they wish to pick up their organic produce when they sign up for the CSA Season. All shares will be ready for pick up at the farm by 2pm. Shareholders have till 6pm to pick up their share on their designated day, unless other specific arrangements are made with us prior. If we do not hear from you and/or do not pick-up your share by the designated closing time of the pick-up, the contents of your share will be considered forfeited, we will either donate or compost the items and they will still be counted as having been received and will be deducted from your account. Failure to pick up your produce on your allotted day is considered forfeited for the week.


How long is the CSA Season?

The 2016 CSA Season is 24 weeks, beginning mid-April thru mid-July, then picks back up mid-Sept thru mid Nov.  


Tell me about seasonal eating.
Seasonal eating means that you will grow accustom to eating foods that are grown in the spring, then summer, then fall. We think it lends itself to being a tasty, healthy, and educational process.


Can you tell me what I will receive in my share in advance?
No, due to the changes in weather we can not post every crop that will be in your share each week. It’s a surprise each week.


Where can I get information on how to prepare my food I receive each week?
Our website links directly to Yummly that provides a vast array of great recipes for all the produce from our farm.  


Can I make crop suggestions for the farm?
Absolutely! We enjoy hearing from our shareholders especially about new unique plants to grow for food!


Can I split my share with a family member/friend?
Yes, but it is up to you to figure out the details of picks up and who gets what each week. Just let us know..


What if some neighbors in my neighborhood want to pull together & buy CSA Shares, can you deliver to us?

This season we are offering "Neighborhood Food Shares" which is when 10 neighbors in a neighborhood rally together & purchase CSA Shares. Delivery will be available to the "point person" in the neighborhood. Additional fees for delivery will be determined based on time/distance from farm. Please contact us for further details 
 

Will my CSA Membership information be share with other businesses?

No, feel secure that we respect your privacy & will not share your personal information 

Is my payment secure?

Yes, all payments are made through a secure software system.

 

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Why join our CSA?

• Enjoy fresh, sustainably grown produce

• Support locally grown crops and farmland preservation

• Eat foods that promote good health

• Learn more about cooking, food preparation and nutrition

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