What is Community Supported Agriculture?

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Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between farm and family, where members and the farm mutually invest in and commit to each other. At its most basic, it is a vegetable subscription service for people who like to eat seasonal produce fresh from the farm; members pay in advance and receive a weekly box of vegetables, eggs, meat, or other produce. But at its core, it is a partnership.

CSA Membership is an alternative or addition to traditional grocery shopping. By joining, you know where your food comes from and how it is grown. You can visit, see how we farm, ask us questions, and you ensure your access to the fresh, locally grown food. Plus, the weekly interactions at CSA pick-ups build community and can facilitate a meaningful relationship between farmers, food and you and your family.

We like the CSA model because we like knowing the folks we feed. We are able to enter the season knowing a large portion of our produce is sold and can spend our summer months concentrating on cultivating the best crops we can grow, instead of a lot of time marketing them. We also feel honored that our members trust us to grow their food. Our favorite part of CSA: Once the season begins, there is no more exchange of money – just food and greetings each week.

"Eating is something we do every day. yet, we often eat the same things over and over again. Being part of a CSA has broadened my veggie world. I've tried veggies I've never had before and, most importantly, have eaten "fresh" veggies that taste so much better than the store-bought variety. An eye opener and a wonderful experience! I highly recommend becoming a member of this CSA."

There are two ways to participate in our CSA: Traditional CSA Shares and a Farm Stand Debit Program. Many of our members participate in both.

Traditional CSA

Similar to a food subscription: you purchase a “share” of the harvest for the season and then pick up your food each week. 

"Share members" find adventure in eating seasonally, are reconnected to the land that feeds them and can find community in the farm and with other members. Eating local means eating fresh - produce will taste better, last longer, and be more healthful. Eating local also means supporting farms that care for local land and water, and spending your food dollars in your local economy. Together we can create a food system that works for everyone.

When you join the CSA, you get the first pick of our crops each week, a mix of vegetables, fruit and herbs - many familiar and some new to you. We prepare these shares for you to take home. In return, you support us by paying for your produce in advance. Your early commitment is the seed money with which we start our season and gives us an extended "farm family" for which we are farming for the year. This allows us do our selling in the winter and focus on growing and harvesting vegetables during the season.

Farm Stand Debit

Farm Stand Debit is a way to participate in Community Supported Agriculture, but with the freedom to choose vegetables, fruit and other Willowsford Farm products at your leisure throughout the year, any day that the Farm Stand is open, at any of our retail locations. Like a traditional CSA, you are investing in the farm in late winter and early spring, helping pay for seeds and labor, and then enjoying the 2018 harvests come May. Instead of a pre-packed box, you receive a gift card loaded with dollar amount of your choosing, and purchase what you want, when you want it, at a discounted rate because you invested early. 

Join before May 1, 2018 and you will receive a savings of 10% off all vegetables, fruit, eggs and meat grown on our farm. Every time you make a purchase, we will deduct the amount from your card. 

This is a nice complement to a CSA share, but also a great alternative for those who travel often or prefer to choose their own vegetables. You do not need to be a Traditional CSA member to participate in the program.

Farm Stand Debit Cards can be used at the Farm Stand to purchase everything we sell, however the discount only applies to our vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat and prepared foods from the Willowsford Kitchen. 

To purchase a Farm Stand Debit Card for 2018, please email  market@willowsfordfarm.com with your name,  phone number, and the dollar amount ($100 - $1,500+) you wish to spend. One of our farmers will call you for payment and to arrange delivery of your debit card. Debit Card Funds may not be transferred to a traditional CSA share and must be spent within the 2018 calendar year. 2018 cards will expire on December 31, 2018.

Feel Good About Eating Seasonally

By joining a CSA, you are reducing waste in the food system. We grow what our customers and market need, and we distribute vegetables of all shapes and sizes right here in Loudoun County.

You are also giving us a guaranteed market for our products and we receive a fair price. This lets us pay better wages to our hard-working farmers, use regenerative farming practices, and raise our livestock humanely. We want our farm to be here for our customers for generations to come.

Why Willowsford Farm CSA?

Every farm and CSA has a unique identity that makes it special. At Willowsford Farm, we work hard to ensure you receive vegetables you will enjoy, and encourage you to try new things. We’re nearby and we like to see you at the farm; in addition to potlucks and farm events, we are located in the midst of a unique community that offers diverse programming, including weekly vendors and demonstrations at the Farm Stand and CSA pickup and workshops in organic gardening, cooking, and healthy living.

"If you are looking for a more local option to purchasing produce, I highly recommend Willowsford CSA. You have the ability of meeting your farmer and all the other farm hands that get your weekly shares ready each week for you pick-up. In addition, they provide you with excellent newsletters letting you know what you can expect to receive each week and how to consume it. The shares are generous, which gives you the opportunity to freeze or can a few batches for winter.

We are a single-farm CSA – we grow our own produce to make our CSA vegetable shares, raise the hens that provide the eggs for our egg shares and the chickens that provide meat for our chicken share. Occasionally we will add an item from another farm in the event of a crop loss or to offer a sample of another farm's fruit. We believe in complete transparency – we will always tell you where these items come from and how they are grown. We offer additional subscriptions for flowers and milk from neighboring farms. We love what we do and are continuously asking how we can do things better – to farm more productively, work more closely with nature, and share food that tastes great. We want to make healthy eating accessible, so we provide a weekly newsletter with news from the farm, recipes from our Culinary Director, and cooking and storage tips.

 

Stay up to date with the CSA.

Read Our Newsletter

How much does it cost?

We believe in a fair price for what we do.  This allows us to pay better wages, use farming practices that improve our land, treat our animals well, and to share our abundance with local food pantries.

The 2018 CSA season is 27 weeks long, mid-May through late November. Members receive a weekly newsletter from the farm, two reusable bags, vegetable information and recipes, access to cooking demonstrations and classes, and invitations to farm social events.

Produce
Price
Vegetables

Regular and Small, $30/week and $20/week

Eggs

From our pasture-raised hens, $5/dozen

Flowers

20 weeks of local, certified naturally-grown, blooms from Greenstone Fields $15/week

Milk

From Trickling Springs Creamery. Prices vary based on size and type $4-$7/week

Pick Up Hours and Locations

Willowsford
Farm Stand

Tuesdays 3:00 - 7:00 pm
Wednesdays 3:00 - 7:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Willowsford
Boat House

Wednesdays 3:00 - 7:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
 

Boxes are delivered to drop spots in the surrounding area. Visit here for details.
Contact us to discuss delivery to your home or at work.

What to expect in your share

We fill our vegetable shares with a variety of naturally grown produce. We grow more than 100 varieties of vegetables and herbs, so you can expect to see many of your favorites and some that may be new to you. Large or regular shares contain 8-10 items each week and are great for a family, couples who eat a lot of vegetables, and for sharing with friends and family.

Small shares contain 4-5 items selected from the large share and are great for couples and for people or families who don't use a full share's worth of veggies, or who may be new to CSA.

Most weeks you can expect one or more of the following in a Regular share:

  • Cooking greens
  • Salad Greens or lettuce
  • An herb or spice
  • A member of the Allium family

    (such as onions, garlic, leeks and scallions)

  • In-season common vegetables

    (including tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, melons, okra in warm seasons; broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower in cooler seasons)

  • A root crop

    (such as carrots, beets, turnips, radishes)

  • A starch

    (potatoes, winter squash, sweet potatoes, but not in spring)

These are general guidelines. We aim to give out favorites consistently throughout their growing season while also including colorful, nutrient-rich variety and varieties. Sometimes we add items with suggestions on preservation, such as tomatoes for sauce, basil for pesto, or cabbage for sauerkraut. The weekly newsletter identifies the items in your share and offers storage and recipe tips accordingly.

We define “an item” as a standard portion of produce, such as a bunch of greens or carrots, one winter squash or melon, a head of garlic, 2 lbs of potatoes, a pint of cherry tomatoes or a quart of beets, to offer some examples. As a whole, box contents will be different each week and depend on what is ripe as well as conditions at the farm.

Visit here for a general idea of when different vegetables are in season. Please note that every year is a little different, and sometimes we lose crops for a week, or a month, due to the weather. In these cases, we always provide any lost value in future shares.

How to Join Our CSA:
  • Press the Sign Up link
  • Choose the Shares that you would like
  • Choose your preferred pick up location and day
  • Add any additional shares you would like
  • Read and agree to our CSA policy
  • Create your login and provide your contact and payment information
  • Pick up vegetables starting in May – we will let you know when!

A deposit, also known as the first of three installment payments, is required to register. You may also pay in full at sign-up. Alternative payment plans may be available upon special request.

We use a system called "Farmigo" to help us better manage CSA harvest and distribution. When you sign up, you will create a login and have your own password, which will allow you to use the online holiday pre-order functions, see your account history, change your pick up day to accommodate a vacation, and manage your billing profile.

Willowsford Conservancy

44095 Pipeline Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147

Phone: 571-252-3980

info@willowsfordconservancy.org

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Willowsford Farm Stand

23595 Founders Drive, Ashburn, VA 20148

Phone: 571-297-6900

farm@willowsfordfarm.com

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