CSA: Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture is an economic model utilized by small and mid-sized farms in the US since the early eighties, though it has been an economic model throughout the world since the 1960’s. There are a number of different iterations of it, but the common denominator is that consumers pay at the beginning of the season for a share of the harvest. The early payment allows farmers to invest in seeds and supplies for the growing season ahead. By sharing in the harvest, the sharers take on both the risks and rewards of the season, weathering what mother nature has in store for the farm.

The Turner Farm Vegetable CSA runs for twenty-two weeks, from the end of May through mid-October. Each share feeds a family of four, two if they are vegetarians, and includes both vegetables and flowers. Turner Farm CSA members enjoy the first harvest of all of our vegetables and flowers. We do our best to extend the Ohio seasons to make vegetables available for longer periods of time than tradition dictates.

Questions? Email Abby Lundrigan, crop production manager, at abby@turnerfarm.org

Example May share contents:

½ lb lettuce mix

½ lb other salad green (arugula, baby kale, or spinach)

1 baby romaine lettuce

1 lb cooking green (kale or chard)

1 kohlrabi (with greens)

1 bunch radishes

1 oz herb (cilantro or dill)

Example August share contents:

1 watermelon

4 ears corn

1 lb summer squash

1 lb cucumber

1 lb tomatillos or 2 lb eggplant

1 lb leeks or ½ lb green onions

1lb celery

1 lb beans or ½ lb lettuce mix

12 shishito peppers

2 oz basil or cilantro

CSA Agreement

The cost per share for the season is $850 for a full share, or $425 for a half share.

The season lasts for 22 weeks, starting at the end of May and lasting through mid-October. CSA pickup days are Mondays from 5:30-6:30 pm and Thursdays from 1-2pm. Sharers are expected to be present at pickups to pack their own shares. Sharers who cannot make it to pickup may have their share packed by staff.

Packed shares must be picked up within four days. Sharers are limited to five packed shares over the course of the season.

A non-refundable $100.00 deposit along with a completed CSA Agreement Form secures your share. The balance of $750 for a full share or $325 for a half share is due by May 15th and is not refundable after that date.

If you need to make an alternate payment plan, please speak with the CSA Manager directly.

UPDATE: 2018 half shares have sold out.

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