CSA

Thank you so much for your interest in Bittersweet's CSA!  Click here to sign-up! 

For questions please contact Beth Kuntz-Wineland at bkuntzwineland@bittersweetfarms.org

Click here to read over our CSA policies and member responsibilities. 

What is CSA? 

IMG 1352Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative farming model that has been gaining popularity in the USA for the past 20 years. There are many farm-specific methods and models used across the country, but a relationship of trust and mutual benefit between grower and consumer is typically the foundation. 

In general, members of a CSA purchase a share in advance of the growing season, which helps the grower cover the initial annual costs of the farm operation. In return, members receive boxes of the farm’s produce or products throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and being more knowledgeable of local food production. Whereas both farmer and consumer take on some inherent risks, such as crop failure, the below advantages usually outweigh any risks.

Consumer Advantages

Consumers have access to ultra-fresh food and creative recipes, exposure to farming and the land where the produce was grown, education for families, and the ability to develop a relationship with the farmer.

Farmer Advantages

Farmers have marketing opportunities prior to the actual farming season, the ability to develop a relationship with patrons, and early payments to help with the farm's cash flow.

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Our CSA Program 

When you purchase a membership 'share' of the CSA program, you are partnering with Bittersweet Farms. This partnership is more than just fresh, wholesome, local produce; it is joint support of our greater mission - to serve adults with autism.

Thank you for your support!

How It Works

The first step to joining our CSA program is to register here. Once your registration has been received, we will begin planning and planting crops for you. Please note that a non-refundable deposit is due upon registration and the remainder is due in full two weeks prior to the start of the season.

You will notice when you register that you are asked to select a season - which simply means you choose the season(s) that yield(s) your favorite type(s) of produce. Throughout each season, harvested crops will be divided among members and will be available for pickup at either Bittersweet Farms or Walt Churchill's Market in Maumee within the selected time slot. 

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Out of desire to offer members greater diversity, some crops - such as sweet corn, beans, and seasonal fruit - are harvested on other local, small-scale farms. Although we want to grow as much of the CSA produce as possible, we realize that your satisfaction is important to the success of the program. However, please be aware that the farming philosophies of the local farms we work with may differ from those of Bittersweet Farms.

CSA Season 2019

The Options

Three CSA seasons are being offered this year and members are welcome to sign up for more than one season.  Each season has a limited number of shares, so we recommend you register for your desired seasons as early as possible.

Standard Share Membership - $300 per season

Petite Share Membership - $200 per season  

– Spring Harvest (May 7 - June 27)
– Summer Harvest (July 9 - August 29) 
– Fall Harvest (September 10 - October 31) 

What to Expect

The Standard Share is packaged in an 17"x11"x8" box and will feed a family of four or more. The Petite Share is packaged in a 1/2 bushel box and will feed a small family, couple, or an individual who enjoys eating many vegetables! You can expect fresh, wholesome, and nutrient dense produce that is harvested hours prior to your pick-up day. In each box, you will receive a weekly newsletter that contains recipes, information about the produce, and whether your produce is grown at Bittersweet Farms or at a partnering local farm.

Season Offerings

The below mentioned fruits and vegetables are intended to be a guide. Some produce will vary in different seasons and others may simply not be available based on the conditions of the growing season. Please feel free to contact Beth Kuntz-Wineland at 419 875 6986, ext. 1205 or bkuntzwineland@bittersweetfarms.org with any additional questions.  

Examples of spring produce include: chard, leeks, beets, carrot, lettuce, green onions, and herbs. 

Examples of summer produce include:  tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, and onions.  

Examples of fall produce include: tomatoes, peppers, green onions, winter squash, greens, broccoli, and root vegetables.  

Click here to sign-up!