Above are the images of each share from last year’s 2019/20 winter season!
We are offering two types of zero contact CSA Shares for the Winter:
Weekly & Bi-Weekly Shares with the option of
On Farm Pick Up or Home Delivery.
Thank you all for supporting us (Jess and Brian) and our small farm. We’re excited to grow for our 11th Season and have been busy seeding, starting and prepping the soil for some fresh eating winter goods. We will be limiting our CSA so we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible.
WHF Winter CSA details for the 2020/2021 growing season:
When does the Winter CSA begin?
- The WHF Winter CSA will run from the first week of December – the second week of April, a total of 18 Weekly Shares or 9 Bi-Weekly Shares! That’s 4 1/2 months of delicious CSA veggies!
- On Farm Pick Ups will take place on Tuesday’s & Wednesday’s at the farm from 3:00-6:30pm.
- Home Delivery (NEW!) will take place Tuesday’s – Thursday’s depending on your delivery location.
- Please note: There will be NO on Farm CSA pick up or Delivery the week of Christmas (12/22 & 12/23).
Weekly Share Members
will begin CSA the first week of December and continue until the second week of April for a total of 18 shares. That’s 4 1/2 months of delicious CSA veggies! *Note: there will not be a CSA distribution the week of Christmas (12/24 & 12/25).
Bi-Weekly Share Members
receive their produce every other week starting either the first or second week in December (a total of 9 shares over the course of 18 weeks). Members will receive their shares on weeks 1,3,5,7, etc… or 2,4,6,8, etc… depending on your assigned CSA start date (the farmers assign the start date). *Note: there will not be a CSA distribution the week of Christmas (12/22 & 12/23).
CSA Member Benefits:
- With every CSA Share you will be emailed a detailed list of vegetables (how to use them) and 4-8 recipes that correspond with the veggies in that weeks share.
- In addition to your weekly fruits and veggies you will receive a weekly newsletter full of beautiful photos and updates about the farm.
- Exclusive access to our Working Hands Farm CSA Members page to share recipe ideas, kitchen prep successes, food preservation ideas etc. You have permission to get creative in the kitchen! Now go for it!
To give you an idea of what last years Winter CSA looked like…
We started our Winter CSA journey on November 27th and we made it all the way to the middle of April! Our expectation for the Winter Shares was 8-12 items (depending on weather) in each share. Over the course of 16 weeks (last year was 2 weeks shorter than this year), Farmer Brian and I grew, harvested and distributed 44,800lbs (1,400 shares) of winter produce with 15-17 items in each weekly share! Blowing away expectations! We were also impressed with the variety of veggies we harvested through the winter months – most weeks we had more fresh picked produce than storage veggies which is amazing (even in the coldest and darkest of winter days)! To top it all off, it was an average of 535lbs per weekly share which comes in around $1.48/lb of produce.
How does zero contact On Farm Pick Up work?
We will be pre-packing everyone’s share as a “TO GO” style CSA for a simple and easy pick up. CSA shares will be pre-packed “to go” in sanitized bins in the CSA room.Take 1 bin to your vehicle and transfer it’s contents into your own bags/box etc. DO NOT TAKE OUR BINS HOME WITH YOU. Due to COVID-19 we ask that members adhere to the following protocol:
- Masks are required.
- We ask that no more than 1 member from each house hold enter the CSA room at a time.
- No more than 3 CSA members in the CSA room at any one time. Please maintain a 6ft minimum distance from other members.
- Please pick out your share as quickly as possible.
- Please do not touch any shares other than the one you are taking home.
How does zero contact Home Delivery work?
Shares will be delivered to your door in a WHF CSA Crate. Home Delivery Members will be responsible for:
- Providing a safe, secure and dry location for their CSA delivery.
- For putting their empty crate that they received the prior week out on delivery day.
At this time we can only deliver to homes that have a front door and/or street side access.
Please note: At this time we cannot deliver to lobbies, apartment buildings, condos or commercial offices. Basically, if we can’t easily get to your front door we won’t be able to deliver to you. So please be mindful of this fact when signing up. (see next question for where we deliver to)
Where do you deliver to?
Glad you asked please see the map below.
Please note: there are some areas within our delivery zones that are too challenging and/or time consuming for us to deliver to. If you suspect that your location may be one of those areas please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and we will let you know if we can deliver to you.
If we do not currently deliver to your area:
We will be expanding our delivery zone if everything goes according to plan this winter. If you’d like we could put you on a waiting list for those who want delivery but currently reside outside of our delivery area. Just send us an email at email@example.com with the address and you’ll be on the top of the list for future home delivery.
What kind of winter veggies will be included throughout the season?
The winter share will include 8-14 items (dependent on weather) in each weekly share. The shares will be slightly smaller than those of the Spring, Summer and Fall. Check out the slideshow below to see last years Winter CSA shares.
Shares will include a mix of storage crops and fresh field crops:
Arugula, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Herbs, Onions, Spaghetti Squash, Pie pumpkins, Heirloom Winter Squash, Garlic, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Beets, Herbs, Celeriac, Celery, Winter Greens, big beautiful lettuces, Mustards, Potatoes, Chicories, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Kale, Collards, Bok Choi, Chinese Cabbage, Spinach, Storage Tomatoes, Shallots, Radish, Turnip, Romanesco, Scallions, Rapini, Parsnips, Rutabaga, Leeks, Rapini, Chard, Spring onions, Fennel, Braising Mix, Kohlrabi, Parsley, Cilantro and more…!
What is the cost for the Winter CSA?
On Farm Pick Up:
Weekly Share (18 weeks/shares total) $876
Bi-Weekly Share (9 weeks/shares total) $508
Weekly Share (18 weeks/shares total) $1,020
Bi-Weekly Share (9 weeks/shares total) $598
How to Sign Up?
Fill out the CSA Member Agreement Form and mail/drop off a check or make a payment online to reserve your share.
In order to reserve your share we require a $150 deposit that is non-refundable and is applied toward the total cost of the CSA. The deposit is due within two weeks of submitting the CSA member contract. Once your deposit of $150 is received we will send you a confirmation email welcoming you to our CSA program.
Important!!! We encourage those members who can, to pay more than the deposit upon signing up, to help your farmers absorb the initial expenses that happen at the beginning of the season.
-On Farm Pick Up:On Farm Pick
How to Make a Payment?
Mail a Check, Drop off payment at the farm or Make Payment Online
Pay by Check (mail): Make checks out to ‘Working Hands Farm’ and send it to 7705 SW River Rd. Hillsboro, OR 97123.
Pay by Check via drop off on the farm: If you would like to drop off your payment in form of a check on the farm, there is clearly marked white CSA lockbox located at the red barn (on your left when you pull in). Please drop it off during regular business hours (9-6pm). Click here to see where to drop off your check! We check it daily. Checks only! Please make sure to put the shareholders name & type of share in the memo.
Pay Online Visit our Online Farmstore http://workinghandsfarmstore.com to pay online. Please note that the online payment option includes the 3% + .30 online processing fee. If you wish to avoid this online fee you can pay by check.
When is payment due?
Your non-refundable deposit (checks or online payment!) of $150 will be due within two weeks of signing up in order to reserve your share in the CSA. We encourage those members who can, to pay more than the deposit upon signing up, to help your farmers absorb the initial expenses that happen at the beginning of the season.
Upon receiving your deposit we will confirm with you to let you know space is still available. If we receive your deposit after the CSA is already full we will inform you that we have already reached capacity and we will promptly nullify the deposit/full payment and give you the option of joining our waitlist.
Weekly Members (On Farm Pick Up)
deposit of $150 due upon signing up
first payment of $363 is due by September 15th
second payment of $363 is due by October 15th
Bi-Weekly Members (On Farm Pick Up)
deposit of $150 is due upon signing up
first payment of $179 is due by September 15th
second payment of $179 is due by October 15th
Weekly Members (Home Delivery)
deposit of $150 due upon signing up
first payment of $435 is due by September 15th
second payment of $435 is due by October 15th
Bi-Weekly Members (Home Delivery)
deposit of $150 due upon signing up
first payment of $224 is due by September 15th
second payment of $224 is due by October 15th
What happens if we can’t come pick up our share or if we will be out of town the week of a pick up?
Try to have a friend, family member, neighbor, co-worker etc pick it up for you or for themselves. If you can’t find anyone who wants the veggies than please give us 48hr notice so we don’t harvest for you. All unclaimed CSA shares are donated or recycled back into the farms ecosystem in the most sustainable way possible in order to minimize waste.
Is it important to sign up early?
Yes! It is important to sign up and pay for your share as early as possible for two reasons: to reserve your CSA share, as shares are limited and our memberships fills up every year, and to help your farmers absorb the initial expenses in the beginning of the season.
Why Our Farm?
- To gain access to the healthiest, freshest and most delicious food available.
- To have the peace of mind that all the food you are eating is being grown safely and thoughtfully on one farm by Jess and Brian your two farmers.
- To support the local food system and the local economy.
- To be more connected to the seasonal bounty!
- To convince your kids that veggies are awesome! Parents tell us constantly that their kids are now eating their veggies because they know their farmers.
- To try new types of veggies, learn new delicious recipes and learn all the tricks to efficient and healthy food prep!
- To gain a greater sense of your community.
- To have a farm to visit and explore with family and friends at member pick up, farm days, etc!
- To be proud of the fact that your investment is preserving a small farm in your community for future generations to enjoy!
- To have access to our Working Hands Farm CSA Members page to share recipe ideas, kitchen prep successes, food preservation ideas etc.
The Winter Bounty in 2019 recap!
To give you an idea of how last year’s Winter CSA... We started our Winter CSA journey on November 27th and we made it all the way to the middle of April! Our expectation for the Winter Shares was 8-12 items (dependent on weather) in each weekly share. Over the course of 16 weeks, Farmer Brian and I grew, harvested and distributed 44,800lbs (1,400 shares) of winter produce with 15-17 items in each weekly share! We were also impressed with the variety of veggies we harvested through the winter months – most weeks we had more fresh picked produce than storage veggies which is amazing (even in the coldest and darkest of winter days)! To top it all off, it was an average of 535lbs per weekly share which comes in around $1.48/lb of produce.
So many different kind of goodies in the winter shares…Arugula, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, cilantro, cipollinis, collards, garlic, greens mix, hon tsai tai, italian dandelion, kale, kalettes, kohlrabi, komatsuna, leeks, lettuce heads, onions, herbs (thyme, oregano, sage), pac choi, parsley, parsnips, purple sprouting broccoli, pumpkins, radish, rapini, radicchio, romanesco, rutabaga, scallions, shallots, spaghetti squash, spigarello, spinach, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, storage tomatoes, turnips, winter squash and more!
For those of you looking to join us for a delicious winter growing season it is important to understand that the winter weather is more variable than other times of the year. Crop losses can happen from a hard freeze, disease pressure, bugs, etc… and many of these things will be out of your farmers control, winter season perhaps, more than any other, speaks to the nature of CSAs shared risk. We’ve been through just about every bit of weather you can experience the last few winters… hail, sleet, ice rain, torrential down pours, SNOW (more than once and 12 inches!), high winds, frigid temps (12 degrees for successional days)… and through it all we always had food to put on the table (see the shares image at the top of the page). You invest in the farm and the farmers and we do our very best to provide you with organic seasonal produce that is sure to inspire. Your favorite farmers have taken measures to give the Winter CSA the best possible chance at success like building a new pole barn for storing, washing and packing, building two new 95′ x 30′ high tunnels (we now have 3 high tunnels for winter production in total), caterpillar tunnels for greens, a storage cooler, investing in specialty winter hardy crops, etc…
All that said, you have gotten to know Brian and I, and our work ethic over the course of this season (and for the majority of you over several seasons) and you know we will do our very best to ensure you have food on your table all winter long!
Thank you for supporting your local farm!