Community Supported Agriculture

2021 CSA Sign-Ups Are Underway!

Please note: Spring and Summer are now SOLD OUT! We have a limited number of Small shares still available for Fall...be sure to sign up soon!

QUICK LINKS:

Click here to read Bittersweet Gardens' 2021 COVID-19 Safety Procedures.

Click here to read our CSA Policy and Member Responsibilities.

Click here to sign up for your 2021 CSA share!

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.

What is CSA? 

GC BasilMembers of a CSA purchase a share of the harvest 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. 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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How It Works

The first step to joining our CSA program is to sign up for your 2021 share. Once your registration has been received, we will begin planning and planting crops for you.

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 Bittersweet Farms in Whitehouse within the selected time slot. 

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2021 CSA Season

 

Click here to sign up for your 2021 CSA share!

 

 2021 Dates

Spring Season: May 11- July 2, 2021 (SOLD OUT)

Summer Season: July 13-September 2, 2021 (SOLD OUT)

Fall Season: September 14-November 11, 2021 (Only Small shares remaining!)

Share Options

Three CSA seasons are being offered in 2021 and members are welcome to sign up for one, two, or all three seasons.  Each season has a limited number of shares, so we recommend you register for your desired seasons as early as possible. 

Large Share Membership - $300 per season (SOLD OUT)

Medium Share Membership - $200 per season (SOLD OUT)

Small Share Membership- $125 per season (Only Fall remaining!)

CSA Pick-Up Information

What to Expect

The Large share is packaged in a sanitizable crate and is recommended for a family of four. Our Large share features the greatest variety of produce available each week in larger portions than our Medium share.

The Medium share is packaged in a 1/2 bushel box and will feed a small family or a couple who enjoys eating many vegetables! Our Medium share features a wide variety of items weekly; for example, during our 2019 season, we averaged 11 to 13 different types of produce each week!

Our newest size, the Small share, is approximately half the size of a Medium share and is intended for an individual or couple. The Small share features approximately 4-6 different items weekly, alternating week to week to provide the most variety possible.

Each week, you can expect a box of freshly harvested, wholesome, and nutrient dense produce. You will also receive a weekly digital newsletter containing program updates, recipes, and highlights about who grew your veggies!

Season Offerings

The below mentioned fruits and vegetables are intended to be a base guide.  Some produce will vary in different seasons and others may simply not be available based on the conditions of the growing season. There will also be many additional varieties of produce beyond those listed below throughout our growing season. Please feel free to contact Gardens Specialist, Beth Kuntz-Wineland, at 419 875 6986, ext. 1205 obkuntzwineland@bittersweetfarms.org with any additional questions about our produce. 

Example of spring produce include: lettuce, kale, beets, carrots, green onions, and turnips.

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

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

 

Click here to sign up for your 2021 CSA share!

If you have questions about our CSA program, contact Lindsay Nagy, Retail Coordinator, at lnagy@bittersweetfarms.org.

Thank you for your interest in supporting our program's goal of cultivating independence through teamwork, learning, and growth!