JOIN A LOCAL FARM | LEARN TO EAT SEASONALLY
Sign up for a weekly box of fresh vegetables grown right here on our farm in Cedar Grove, NC. We provide recipes and meal plans to help you in the kitchen, and newsletters and events so you can keep up with the farm.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
Each week, you'll receive 6 to 8 seasonal vegetables – the best and freshest of what's available on the farm. It's a good fit for households of 1 to 3 people. If you have a bigger family, love to make juice, or are a serious vegetable eater, we recommend buying two shares.
Customize your box: if there's a vegetable you can't eat or really don't like, you'll have the chance to make changes to your box before we harvest it.
Flowers: from May to July, you can also add a weekly bouquet of beautiful flowers from Orlaya Flora.
WHAT DO I GET?
A weekly delivery of fresh organic vegetables to a pick-up location near you in Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, or Hillsborough.
The ability to choose what we harvest and pack for you each week.
A weekly newsletter (here's a sample) filled with photos from the farm, recipes, inspiration, and cooking tips for all the produce.
The ability to put a hold on your box when you're out of town, and receive a credit for extra vegetables when you're back.
Invitations to member events at the farm.
The opportunity to directly support young farmers. CSA stands for "Community-Supported Agriculture." It's a fantastic way to support a local farm, because it provides funds to the farmers at the beginning of the season and guarantees a home for the produce. Our CSA provides the farmers and all full-time employees with a living wage ($14.25/hr in Orange County).
Our guarantee: if you're dissatisfied with your share or move away, we'll issue a refund on a pro-rated basis.
YOUR WEEKLY SHARE
The 2020 CSA season goes from April 13 to November 16, with a 4-week break in August. The price of a CSA share is $27 per week ($756 total). You can pay the full amount of your share up-front (which is a big help to the farm) or pay through installments. When you sign up, you choose one of these pick-up locations:
Tues, 1:00-7:00pm, on the farm in Cedar Grove
Tues, 2:00-7:00pm, in Hillsborough (downtown)
Tues, 2:00-7:00pm, in Chapel Hill at Lake Hogan Farms
Tues, 2:30-7:00pm, in Carrboro off of Hillsborough Road (near James St)
Tues, 3:00-7:00pm, in Chapel Hill near MLK & Piney Mountain
Thurs, 2:00-7:00pm, in Durham on W. Club Blvd (Watts-Hillandale)
Thurs, 2:30-7:00pm, in Durham on Arnette Ave (half-mile from the Durham Co-op)
Thurs, 2:30-7:00pm, in Durham on Minerva Ave (Trinity Park)
Thurs, 3:00-7:00pm, in Durham on Edward St (Old North Durham, about a mile from downtown)
Thurs, 3:30-7:00pm, in Durham in Hope Valley Farms (near S. Roxboro and MLK)
For employees of Self-Help Credit Union: Thurs, 3-5pm, at 301 W. Main St.
QUOTES FROM CURRENT MEMBERS
"Hands-down, the best CSA we've ever been part of! Keep it up!!"
"They were some of the best tasting vegetables I've ever eaten! So flavorful!"
"It feels like coming home."
"I don't have to think about it; the vegetables are just there, every week."
"I appreciate your great communication, wonderful weekly newsletters and fabulous recipes. Thank you for being our farmers!"
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Read our CSA Member Agreement for more details about how the CSA works. For more general questions:
What's a "CSA"?
CSA stands for "Community-Supported Agriculture." It's a partnership between a farm and its community. CSA members pay a subscription fee at the beginning of the growing season, which the farm then uses to buy seeds and supplies. In return, the farm harvests “the cream of the crop” for members and delivers it each week to a pick-up location. In our view, CSA is the best, most direct connection between farmers and eaters.
What kinds of vegetables will I receive?
Each week, you’ll receive the freshest vegetables in season. We grow over fifty types of vegetables and strive to provide a wide variety week-to-week, so there’s always something you love and never too much of something you’re tired of. Our Recipes page shows most of the vegetables we grow.
What if I don't know how to cook a certain vegetable?
Each week, you'll receive a newsletter with a list of what's in the box, along with recipes, meal ideas, and cooking inspiration to help you in the kitchen. Also, if there's a vegetable you just don't want to receive, you can use our online store to swap it out for something else before we harvest and pack your box.
Are your vegetables organic?
Yes, in every sense except for one: we're not certified organic by the USDA. In the future, we would consider becoming certified, but for now, the paperwork and costs don't make sense. We rigorously follow organic practices on the farm: we use no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, we use no GMOs, we plant habitat for pollinators, and we use lots of compost to nourish the soil. You're welcome to visit the farm to see for yourself!
How do you set the price?
We make our living by the CSA: it's how we sell 98% of our produce. The price reflects what we need to earn in order to pay ourselves and all full-time employees a living wage ($14.25/hr in Orange County). Here's a copy of our budget, if you'd like to look into the numbers.
Can I pay in installments?
Yes. It's a big help to the farm if you pay in full at sign-up, but it's fine to pay in installments, too. If you're worried that the installment plan may not work for you, just email us and we can work something out.
Do you offer a smaller share?
At this time, no. But if you know someone else who's interested in a box, we do have several members who split their box with a friend or coworker, or who alternate delivery weeks.
What if I go out of town and have to miss a box?
Let us know no later than the Sunday before your delivery day, and we'll hold your box and add $27 to your balance. You can spend this balance over time by ordering extras, or you can email us to request a double box for a future date.
What if I don't use all my credits by the end of the season?
Credits do not carry over from one season to the next.
What if I need to cancel my share?
If you're moving out of town or are dissatisfied with your membership for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible. We will issue a refund on a pro-rated basis.
I'm worried the CSA isn't right for me.
It might not be! Our CSA is a good fit for those who want to eat well and make fresh, organic vegetables a regular part of their day. CSA members value being connected to a farm and supporting beginning farmers in their community. If you're not a big vegetable eater or only want a few types of vegetables, you're probably better off supporting your local farmer's market instead.
How can I contact you with a question?
Email us at . We’re always happy to answer questions.