Above are the images of each share from last year’s 2015/16 season!
Our 2016 Winter CSA is FULL!
Our 2016-17 WHF Winter CSA Shares are now available and we are now offering two types of shares for the Winter: Weekly & Bi-Weekly! We’re excited to grow our second winter garden this year 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.
We LOVE the Winter CSA! It’s such a special and unique CSA experience. We didn’t know what to fully expect last year in June when we began planning for the winter CSA but we were so pleased that all the planning turned out – even with the wettest winter weather ever – the vegetables proved just how resilient they are and how much we’ve learned over 7 years of growing. It’s given us a whole new perspective on farming and we’ve never ate so good through the winter!
The Winter Bounty in 2015. We started our 2015 Winter CSA journey on December 2nd and harvested through the middle of April! Our expectation for the first ever Winter CSA Shares was 5-10 items (dependent on weather) in each weekly share. Over the course of 18 weeks we had 11+ 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! To top it all off, it was an average of 400lbs per share which comes in under $1.50 per lb of produce.
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. This season perhaps, more than any other, speaks to the nature of CSAs shared risk. 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. But do not fret! 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), 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!
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WHF Winter CSA details for the 2016/2017 growing season:
When does the Winter CSA begin?
- The WHF Winter CSA will run from November 29th – April 12th a total of 18 Weekly Shares or 9 Bi-Weekly Shares!
- CSA pick ups will take place on Tuesday’s & Wednesday’s at the farm from 3-7pm.
- There will not be a CSA pick up the week of Christmas (12/27 & 12/28) or January 1st (1/3 & 1/4)
Weekly Share Members pick up their first share at the farm on Tuesday, November 29th or Wednesday, November 30th and continue to pick up every week until Tuesday, April 11th or Wednesday, April 12th for a total of 18 shares. *Note: there will not be a CSA pick up the week of Christmas (12/27 & 12/28) or January 1st (1/3 & 1/4)
Bi-Weekly Share members pick up their produce every other week throughout the course of the 18 week CSA season (a total of 9 shares). Members will pick up their share 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, you choose your pick up ‘day’). *Note: there will not be a CSA pick up the week of Christmas (12/27 & 12/28) or January 1st (1/3 & 1/4)
What kind of winter veggies will be included throughout the season? The winter share will include 8-12 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 for Winter CSA shares.
Shares will include a mix of storage crops and fresh field crops:
Arugula, Purple sprouting Broccoli, 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, Rutabaga, Leeks, Rapini, Chard, Spring onions, Fennel, Braising Mix, Kohlrabi, Parsley, Cilantro etc…
What is the cost for the Winter CSA?
Weekly Share (18 weeks/shares total) $684
Bi-Weekly Share (9 weeks/shares total) $444
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.
deposit of $150 due upon signing up
first payment of $267 is due by September 15th
second payment of $267 is due by October 15th
deposit of $150 is due upon signing up
first payment of $147 is due by September 15th
second payment of $147 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 get recycled back into the farms ecosystem in the most sustainable way possible in order to minimize waste.
How to Sign Up?
Fill out the CSA Member Agreement below and mail/drop off/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.
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.
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.