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.

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

What’s in a Share

Produce

Turner Farm CSA members enjoy a variety of all crops grown at Turner Farm. The weekly share contents fluctuate throughout the 22-week season in accordance with the harvest. Shares are available in two sizes:

  • Regular (Full) Share – $850: Each week’s share includes 8 – 12 different items, with an average weekly value of $40 – $45.
  • Small Share – $550: Each week’s share includes 6 – 10 different items, with an average weekly value of $30 – $35. This share has the diversity of a regular-sized share, with smaller quantities of each item.

Flowers

Weekly share includes fresh flowers from the farm when in season. Please note – flowers are often offered as a “choice” in weekly small shares (for example, a choice between another vegetable item, or flowers).

Certified Organic

Everything in your share will be grown at Turner Farm. All produce and flowers are Certified Organic by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association.

Pricing

The cost of a regular/full share is $850, or $550 for a “small” share. Members also have the option to “split” either size share with a family member, friend, or neighbor.

CSA Agreement

The cost per share for the season is $850 for a full share, and $550 for small 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 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.