What is a CSA?
A CSA (community supported agriculture) is a partnership between the farm and its customers. If you choose to join, you will receive a share of the harvest, consisting of 10 or 20 weeks of fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs 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. You will also get the freshest local produce grown without chemicals delivered to you at roller derby practice. The farmers benefit by having the ability to plan their season around a core group of people. 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?
Pick-up is Wednesday evenings at derby practice (8-10 pm at the Carousel Family Fun Center in Fairhaven from June through October). Each week you will receive a selection of the freshest, in-season vegetables, greens, herbs, and fruits (we grow watermelons, melons, and strawberries) grown on our farm without chemicals. Depending on the size of your share, you will get a set number of items each week. An item can be a bunch of beets or carrots, a large head of lettuce, a bag of spring mix, a couple pounds of potatoes, etc. You will also get weekly newsletters with recipes and information on how to use your produce.
A half share (good for 1-2 people) has 5 items/week and a regular share (good for a family of 2-4 people) averages 8 items/week.
Are your veggies organic?
We are not certified organic, but we do NOT use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, 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 form our members. If you would like to help with a harvest or other farm activities we would be happy to get your help.
What is the cost?
- $330 for the full 20 week season (June - October)
- $170 for the 10 week session (July and August)
- $520 for the full 20 week season (June - October)
- $270 for the 10 week session (July and August)
We offer a discount for early sign-ups for the full 20 week shares. If you sign-up and pay in full by January 31st, you get 2 weeks for free, or if you sign-up and pay in full by March 21st, you get 1 week for free.
What payment options do you have?
When you sign-up, you can either pay in full or you can pay a non-refundable deposit of $100 and pay the remaining by the first CSA distribution. If you would like to set up a payment plan, contact us and we are happy to set up a plan that works for you. You can pay online through paypal (see below "How do I join?"), or we also accept cash and check.
Do you have egg shares?
Yes, You can get a dozen eggs every week when you pick up our veggie box. The cost is $120 for the 20 week season ($6/dozen) or $60 for the 10 week session. We feed our chickens GMO-free grain and our chickens are raised on pasture and are free-range (they eat bugs, grass, and our veggie scraps), so the yolks are deep orange and the eggs taste great.
Do you have flower shares?
Yes. the flower share is 8 weeks long (approximately July and August when the flowers are in peak bloom) and costs $80 for the 8 week season. Each week you will get a large bunch of flowers selected by the farmer. Just like with the vegetables, the flowers you get will change across the season. We grow zinnias, dahlias, asters, calendula, sunflowers, snapdragons, cosmos, marigolds, statice, rudbeckia, and more.
When and where is it?
The CSA starts in early to mid June and goes through October (20 weeks). The exact start date depends on how cold and wet the spring is. We will let you know the date as soon as we know. If you sign-up for the 10 week CSA, it starts the first week in July and goes through the first week of September. Pick-up is at the Carousel Family Fun Center during Wednesday night practices (8-10 pm). If for some reason you can't make your regular pick-up, you can have a friend, co-worker, or family member pick up for you or you can make other arrangements if you contact the farmers in advance.
What are the benefits of joining the Apponagansett farm CSA?
The CSA is great value for your money. Across the season you can expect to get an additional 15% worth of produce for free. During the summer, when we have an abundance, your share will reflect that abundance and during the spring and fall your share may be closer in value to what you paid. 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. As a farm member, you can come visit the farm: you can use our pick-your-own garden (which has cherry tomatoes, herbs, and flowers growing in it) and also see the various farm residents (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. You get a weekly newsletter that tells you what is happening on the farm, a bit about the vegetable of the week and gives you some recipes for the vegetable of the week. 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?
Print out our csa order form. You can pay using paypal (see payment section to the right) or send the form along with a check (made out to Apponagansett Farm) to our mailing address:
644 Elm St.
S. Dartmouth, MA 02748
Still have questions?
Please feel free to call (774-400-7277) or email (email@example.com) Susan.