What is a CSA? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It represents a beautiful relationship where the farmers know who they are feeding and the customers know the farmer! Customers are more than just consumers–they are members of the CSA who commit to supporting the local farm by buying a share of vegetables at the start of the season. Then, each week throughout the season, the members come to the farm and get their share of the vegetables that were harvested that week! This is the best way to get the freshest, healthiest vegetables, without having to grow them yourself! It is also an amazing way to build up the local community by working with the environment!
Good Soil Farm LLC’s CSA…
Our CSA is unique–not only is it our goal to build up the community of people, animals, plants, and soil microbes, but we also strive to build up the culture.
We do this by bringing traditions, old and new, to our CSA members as well as the broader community with events such as the St. John the Baptist Vigil Bonfire in June and our Michaelmas Harvest Celebration in September.
The CSA has been very productive, and the quality (and quantity) of the produce has been beyond satisfactory. It’s also a great example to my family about how our assumptions of the world around us shape how we treat things. Specifically, the regenerative agricultural approach relies on cooperation with the environment as a steward rather than exploiting it as a master. Philosophy aside, the CSA has been a great investment for my family and I’d encourage you to try it out or reach out to the farmers if you have any questions about the CSA.
-Isaac, CSA member
We have two pick-up choices:
Thursdays from 3 to 6 PM or
Saturdays from 12 Noon to 3 PM
You can expect this size to feed a family of 4 to 5 people. $750 for the season
The medium share can be expected to feed 2 people. $425 for the season
This size share is expected to feed one person. $250 for the season
To sign up, email us at GoodSoilFarmLLC@gmail.com
We will send you a member contract and information on where to send your payment!
The vegetables we intend to grow this year are arugula, basil, beets, carrots, chard, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, escarole, garlic, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, okra, onions, sweet and hot peppers, potatoes, radishes, spinach, summer and winter squash, and tomatoes. The fruits we are growing this year are watermelon and cantaloupe. What is harvested varies each week and is based on the season. You can expect four to ten types of vegetables each week. The first weeks of the CSA see an abundance of greens. Halfway through the season, the farm generally switches over to heat loving plants like peppers and tomatoes among other things. Then, as weather cools, we see greens come back. We also have a pick-your-own herb bed available to members.
The season lasts between 15 and 22 weeks, depending on the weather. The season starts at the end of May or beginning of June. You can expect there to be enough vegetables for a week’s worth of meals, barring any extreme weather/pest events, but we mitigate that risk by planting a wide variety of crops and other farming methods.
Each week we send an email listing what we plan to harvest that week. Sometimes members choose between vegetables, as you can see in the sample weeks below.
Here are the shares for two sample weeks from last year:
large share– 4 heads of various kinds of lettuce, 1/2 lb. spinach, 1/2 lb. kale, 1 head of escarole, 2 oz. garlic scapes, 5 oz. mustard greens, 1.5 oz. mustard greens, and 1 sprig of basil
medium share– 2 heads of lettuce, 1/4 lb spinach, 1/4 kale, 1 head of escarole or 5 oz. mustard greens, 1 oz. garlic scapes, and a choice between beets of basil
small share– 1 head of lettuce, 1/4 lb spinach or kale, 1/2 oz. garlic scapes, 1 oz. mustard greens, and a choice between escarole or basil
large share– 2 lbs. sweet peppers, 10 oz. hot peppers, 5 lbs. tomatoes, 5 oz. basil, 1 pint cherry tomatoes, 1 lb 5 oz. radishes, 3 bulbs of garlic
medium share– 1 lb. sweet peppers, 5 oz. hot peppers, 2.5 lbs tomatoes, 2.5 oz. basil, 1 pint cherry tomatoes, 10 oz. radishes, 2 bulbs of garlic
small share– 1/2 lb. sweet peppers, 2.5 oz. hot peppers, 1.25 lbs tomatoes, 1.25 oz. basil, 5 oz. radishes, 1 bulb of garlic
Typically a two person household chooses the medium size share, but we have couples who garden and choose the small size, and couples who want to freeze/can vegetables for the winter, and so they choose the large share.
We also publish a newsletter and send out emails about preserving the harvest for weeks when you can’t eat everything, and we are planning to offer classes this summer teaching members this as well.
Pick-up is on the farm, located at 9736 Keysville Rd., Emmitsburg. We are having two pick up options this season: Thursday from 3-6pm and Saturday from 12-3pm. We harvest fresh before pick up begins. The pick-up is market style. This means the vegetables are arranged as in a market and you are able to pick exactly which head of lettuce or variety of tomatoes, etc. that you want. If there is something that you know you don’t want in a given week, it is fine to not take it, though we do encourage members to try everything at least once. Some things are offered by weight, some by bunch, some by head. We provide scales, etc. We do not prepare a box for members–we want you to be free to choose which tomato, pepper, etc you actually want. The members bring bags to the pick up to put their food in to take home. Many use cooler bags. Some use boxes. Some use grocery bags. The key is that the member is in charge of that component. It allows members to bring a variety of means for packing their goods since some goods require remaining cold, while others don’t. If the Coronavirus is still an issue when the CSA begins, we will reevaluate how the pick-up is run and make any necessary changes at that time.
In addition to the vegetable CSA, we also sell eggs, flowers, and sourdough bread separately at the CSA pick-up.