Good Soil Farm LLC

everybody eats, everybody welcome

a Catholic regenerative agriculture CSA farm

CSA Details

Good Soil Farm, LLC

Emmitsburg, Maryland

How it works

Pick-up is on the farm, located at 9736 Keysville Road in 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.

A hand washing station is provided at the CSA pick-up to be used before members select their vegetables.

What to expect in the share

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

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


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 2019:

Week 3:
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, 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

Week 15
:
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

Choosing a share size

We recommend the large share for families, the medium share for couples, and the small share for a single person.
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 or can vegetables for the winter, and so they choose the large share.

Small Share: $250 for the season (one fourth of the large share)

Medium Share: $425 for the season (one half of the large share)

Large Share: $750 for the season (the best deal if it fits your household)

How to join

Send us your email below and we will share the 2021 Vegetable CSA Contract with you!

Other Goods from the farm…

Pastured Eggs

Pastured Chickens

Mushrooms

Sourdough Bread

Flowers

And Goods from other farms!

Maple Syrup from Arkwood Farm

Arkwood Farm is a family-run farm, with three generations caring for land together. “Our maple trees are healthy and untouched by pesticides. Our maple syrup is highly nutritious, rich in vitamins and minerals, tasty, flavorful, and 100 % organic. It can be used in variety of ways — as a substitute for sugar in baked goods, over pancakes and waffles, in salads, as a glaze in meat dishes, over ice-cream, in cocktails and more.”

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