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Dartmouth CSA

What is a CSA?

A CSA is a partnership between the farm and its customers. If you choose to join, you will receive a share of the harvest, consisting of 20 weeks of fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers grown at the farm without chemicals. By becoming a member you will gain an intimate connection to the land, knowing where your food comes from and exactly how it is grown. The farmers benefit by having income at the beginning of the season, when most of the farm costs occur. By having CSA members join early, the farmers can focus on growing delicious vegetables. CSA members share the bounty and risks associated with farming while supporting a farm dedicated to providing high quality produce for its members.

 

How does it work?

Distribution follows a market-style format, allowing you to choose the items you want and leave the items you don't want. Each week you can choose a set number of items (depending on the size share you pick) from a selection of the freshest, in-season vegetables, greens, and some fruits (watermelon, melons, and strawberries). An item can vary from a bag of spinach, a bunch of carrots or beets, to a pound of tomatoes or a box of beans. You don't have to take items you don't like and you can take multiples of the veggies that your really like. A few items will have a per share limit, for example the first tomatoes of the season will be limited so we can make sure that everyone gets a share of the harvest. As the season progresses, we will remove these limits.

As a CSA member, you also have access to our pick-your-own (PYO) garden, during distribution hours. Items from the PYO garden don't count towards your set number of items (they are an extra), but we ask that you only take what your family will use for the week. Growing in the PYO will be cherry tomatoes, a variety of herbs, and flowers. The PYO garden is a fun place to eat a cherry tomato still warm from the sun, teach your children where their food comes from, and chat with other CSA members. If you are unable to use the PYO, let us know and we will accommodate you.

 

Are your veggies organic?

We are not certified organic, but we don't use chemical pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, or fungicides. We also don't grow any genetically modified organisms (GMOs). We practice nutrient dense farming, which means we work on balancing minerals in the soil to what the plants need and believe that healthy soils grow healthy plants. We use compost, cover crops, natural occurring minerals and organic fertilizers to nourish our plants. We limit pest damage by using row covers, rotational planting, and removing some pests by hand. We use a small cultivating tractor to keep weeds in check, but we also do a lot of hoeing and hand weeding!

 

Do I need to contribute work as part of my share?

No. We do not require a work commitment from our members. If you would like to help with a harvest or other farm activities we would be happy to get your help.

 

Do you have a work share option?

Yes! The majority of what you will be doing is harvesting and weeding; however, you will also be helping with seeding, transplanting, and hoeing. Our two main harvest days are Tuesdays and Fridays, so we are looking for people to work from 9am to 3:30pm on either Tuesday or Friday. Work share members need to be able to commit to the full 20 week CSA season (June through October). In exchange for your hard work (6 hours per week), you will receive a free regular share for the full 20 week season plus a dozen eggs each week. Contact us for more information.

 

Share Size, Cost, and Payment options. 

FULL SEASON SHARE (20 weeks)

Small Share: pick 5 items/week; $360

  1. $324 New Year’s Special (pay in full by January 31st)
  2. $342 Spring Special (pay in full by March 21st)
  3. $360 pay in full after March 21st OR pay non-refundable deposit ($100) to secure your spot and pay remainder by first CSA pick-up*

 

Regular Share: pick 8 items/week; $560 

  1. $495 New Year’s Special (pay in full by January 31st)
  2. $530 Spring Special (pay in full by March 21st)
  3. $560 pay in full after March 21st OR pay non-refundable deposit ($100) to secure your spot and pay remainder by first CSA pick-up*

 

Large Share: pick 12 items/week; $820

  1. $738 New Year’s Special (pay in full by January 31st)
  2. $779 Spring Special (pay in full by March 21st)
  3. $820 pay in full after March 21st OR pay non-refundable deposit ($100) to secure your spot and pay remainder by first CSA pick-up*

 

* We offer payment plans if it is a burden to pay all at once. We accept SNAP benefits for full or partial payments. We also offer a subsidized CSA share with pick-up in New Bedford. Please contact us for more details on these programs.

 

SUMMER SEASON SHARE (10 weeks, July and August) - This is a great option for people who are only around in the summer, or who are only really interested in summer vegetables (zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, etc.). The cost is a little more per week than a full season share, because you get the best value during the summer with the pick-your-own garden and an abundance of veggies. 

Small Share: pick 5 items/week; $200 

  1. Pay in full $200 - OR -
  2. Pay non-refundable deposit ($100) to secure your spot and pay remainder by first CSA pick-up*

 

Regular Share: pick 8 items/week; $320

  1. Pay in full $320 - OR -
  2. Pay non-refundable deposit ($100) to secure your spot and pay remainder by first CSA pick-up*

 

Large Share: pick 12 items/week; $480 

  1. Pay in full $480 - OR -
  2. Pay non-refundable deposit ($100) to secure your spot and pay remainder by first CSA pick-up*

 

* We offer payment plans if it is a burden to pay all at once. We accept SNAP benefits for full or partial payments. We also offer a subsidized CSA share with pick-up in New Bedford. Please contact us for more details on these programs.

 

Do you have egg shares?

We won't be offering an egg share in 2016, but we will have our eggs for sale at CSA distribution. We feed our chickens GMO-free grain, and our chickens are free-range and raised on pasture (they eat bugs, grass, and our veggie scraps), so the yolks are deep yellow and the eggs taste great.  

 

Do you have short term shares for summer residents?

Yes. If you are in Dartmouth for just the summer (and less than the 10 weeks of the summer season share), contact us about getting a short season share.

 

When and where is it?

The full season CSA will start in early June and go through October (20 weeks). The Summer Season Share is 10 weeks and will be July, August and the first week of September. We have two distribution days, Tuesdays and Fridays from 3-7pm at the farm (607 Elm Street, S. Dartmouth). When you sign-up, you choose either Tuesday or Friday and that is when you come every week. If for some reason you can't make your regular pick-up, let us know ahead of time and you can either pick-up on the other day or we can pack a share for you to pick up at the farm.  

 

What are the benefits of joining the Apponagansett Farm CSA?

The CSA is good value for your money. Across the season you can expect to get an addition 15% worth of produce for free. During the summer, when we have an abundance and the pick-your-own garden is open, your share will often be worth a lot more than you paid, but during the spring and fall your share may be closer in value to what you paid. This is also why if you sign up for the short season share (just 10 weeks in the summer), it will cost a little more per week. You get food that is ultra-fresh, picked and washed that day. We grow all of the veggies, so you know exactly where your food is coming from. Peace of mind knowing that your food is free of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and GMOs. You get to connect with your local farmer and learn about our growing practices. While you are picking up your vegetables you can visit the PYO garden and also see the various farm residents (goats, chickens, guinea fowl, geese, horses and sheep). You get to try new vegetables (some that you might not have heard of or been able to find in the grocery store) and new recipes. CSA members are our priority and receive a wider selection of vegetables than we offer at farmers markets and through our farm stand.

 

How do I join?

Sign-up online or fill out the CSA order form and send it along with a check (made out to Apponagansett Farm) to our mailing address:

Apponagansett Farm

644 Elm St.

S. Dartmouth, MA 02748

 

Still have questions?

Please feel free to call Susan (774-400-7277) or email (apponagansettfarm@gmail.com).

Farm update & online sign-upFebruary 18th, 2016

We are super excited to finally be entering the 21st century! You can now sign-up and pay for a CSA share online! You can still mail in your sign-up form and payment, but now you have the option

We are headed to Plymouth!!April 3rd, 2015

We are super excited to be working with Laura and Casey from the Shockyard Fitness & Social Club to bring CSA shares to downtown Plymouth! We will be delivering boxed shares from June to

Photo(s) added: March 6th, 2015

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