Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farms
Consumers have many choices today when it comes to fresh food: farmers markets, independent retailers, supermarkets and increasingly direct-to-your-door services.
So why choose to buy a share from a local farm?
In short, it’s a way for you to…
- directly support a local, family owned farm;
- receive fresh, organically grown food seasonally and;
- support our local food system.
When you buy a CSA share, the farmer makes a larger profit (than distributing via other sources) and has the cash early in the season to purchase needed supplies and labor.
It’s “paying it forward” for all the delicious food you’ll be eating in the coming months.
What is a CSA?
The first CSA in Bucks County – Anchor Run Farm – opened fourteen years ago. Now there are fourteen CSAs available to Bucks County residents.
Most CSAs are farms, and involve vegetables herbs, fruits and flowers, although other types – bread, meat, fish – are popping up all the time, here and in other parts of the country.
We are fortunate to have a healthy crop of CSAs in Bucks County (and nearby) too. And most use organic, or nearly organic, methods of farming. In fact, Blooming Glen Farm, Anchor Run Farm and Roots to River Farm are now certified organic by the USDA.
How does it work?
I’ll use a CSA farm as an example, since that’s most common. In the traditional model, CSA members purchase a “share” per season (season usually begins in late May and ends in mid-November), which entitles your household to a weekly or bi-weekly portion of produce, grown on that farm.
More choices, more flexibility
Increasingly, CSA farms are offering more choices for the convenience of the consumer. So, for example, some offer a “market” share, where you purchase a debit card for a specified dollar amount and then choose which vegetables and how much you want, when you want it.
Many CSAs also offer multiple locations to pick up your share, not just on the farm.
And more and more farms are offering winter CSA shares too, full of hardy greens, root vegetables and other local food products.
And it’s not just about produce. In Bucks County, we now have a bread and baked goods CSA (Bread Box & Bakery) and a meat CSA (Hershberger Heritage Farm) too. Many CSAs also offer “add-on” shares of eggs, flowers and other locally grown food.
Why do it?
Everything they say about eating fresh, LOCAL vegetables is true: they taste so much better, they last so much longer, and the variety is delightful. And research has shown that local, organically grown produce is more nutrient dense.
“Those who want to get the most nutritious fruits and vegetables should buy regularly from local organic farmers.” Scientific American
Vegetables we had given up on – like radishes – were happily welcomed back into our home. We made new friends, like garlic scapes (the top green part of growing garlic, available for a brief time in the spring).
Another aspect of belonging to a CSA is that you truly cook seasonally because that is what you are picking up each week.
How do I sign up?
Although you can certainly sign up sooner, National CSA Day this year is February 24, 2017. Many CSAs offer bonuses and discounts for signing up earlier.
Bucks County CSAs
Anchor Run Farm
Certified Organic and entering our 14th year of CSA providing vegetables, herbs, flowers, and berries to members for 40+ weeks with on farm pick up and pick your own.
ARO Hill Farm
ARO Hill Farm is again opening the 2017 growing season. Members can purchase a share in the winter or early spring, and they’ll have produce May through October. CSA members are encouraged to take advantage of the pick-your-own herb and flower garden at the farm. Deposit funds before April 15th and receive a 5% bonus on your account. Call 267.566.7532 for pricing and more information.
2624 Dark Hollow Rd.
Jamison, PA 18929
Blooming Glen Farm
Vegetables, herbs, berries, melons, flowers and other farm products since 2006. Certified Organic. On-farm pick-up and some delivery options available. Fruit shares, bread shares and protein shares available to add-on through partner farms. New this season: pick-your-own flower shares for those not interested in getting vegetables. See website for more details.
Bread Box & Bakery
Bucks County’s 1st Community Supported Bakery, offering artisan breads, baked goods and pastries made with locally ground flours. Three share options, picking up once a week.
Farmer John’s Produce
Vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs, chicken eggs
Farmer John CSA has shares available all year round, “Know your Farmer Know Your Food” Deliveries and Farm Pick Up options.
Farmer John is also a Children’s Non-Profit Farm Education Center
Hershberger Heritage Farm
Chickens, eggs, pork, lamb, turkey, and other farm products
Our CSA is a flexible model that gives members access to all our provisions at a discount. Click here to see our multiple discount CSA options and more information. Spring/Summer/Fall 2017 CSA, May to November (26 Weeks). USDA Certified Organic.
Love Grows CSA is Ailsa Coughlan and Brad Berry, two wholehearted growers born and raised in Bucks. They grow in Morrisville, PA.
Ailsa and Brad believe in going beyond common standards by using thoughtful and ecological methods in all facets of their life and work.
To keep nutritious, sustainably and honestly grown food on the rise, Love Grows provides the convenience of customizable, boxed vegetable shares delivered around Bucks and Philly. It offers: 1) Online veggie requests; 2) Six different share sizes (plus a flower share); 3) Six pickup locations. Follow along on social media and browse Love Grows CSA’s website for all the information you need.
“We grow and eat our feelings!”
Morrisville PA 19067
Myerov Family Farm
Vegetables, herbs, berries and other farm products
Pennypack Farm and Education Center
A nonprofit farm with Summer/ Fall and Winter/Spring CSA shares with an on-farm pickup site.
Protein and fruit add-on shares, three share sizes: see website for details
Farm-Based educational programming
Perfarming Acres Farm
Vegetables including sweet corn, herbs, strawberries, blackberries, eggs, maple syrup. Organic and GMO free. On farm pick-up and delivery in Bucks County PA for CSA customers. See our Facebook page for more information.
Roots to River Farm
Roots to River Farm offers shares of certified organic vegetables, melons, and herbs from their farms in Solebury PA and Titusville NJ. Summer and winter shares available. Members can buy-in at any level and receive free choice of produce straight from the farm.
Pickup locations in Buckingham PA, Titusville NJ or the Doylestown Farmers Market. All members can enjoy the farm with Pick-Your-Own opportunities throughout the season. Please see the website for more details.
When you become a member of The Solly Family CSA, you receive a variety of home-grown fruits, vegetables, baked goods and preserves. You can pick up your shares at the farm on Wednesdays or Thursdays for 24 weeks from June to November. Full share members pick up every week, while half-share members pick up every other week. This assures you that your family receives the freshest produce grown in Bucks County, while you support a local farm and family. Please visit our website for further details.
Snipes Farm and Education Center
A non-profit farm and education center offering a 25-week June to November share of vegetables, herbs, melons and flowers. Pick up on farm Thursdays 3 – 7 pm and Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm at Yardley Farmers Market. Winter shares from December to March. Now includes fruit, eggs, jams and more.
Two options available: Traditional CSA or Market Share. Click here for more details.
Purchase a prepaid Market Share for vegetables. Pick out the produce you like each week and we deduct the market price of each item from your balance. The earlier you sign up the bigger your bonus!
Farm to School programs and farm tours
Farm based Summer Day Camp
Vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers
John Crooke and Stefan Streit
1073 River Road (@ Schneiderwind Farm & Nursery)
Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972
P.O. Box 189
Erwinna, PA 18920
Phone: (John) 215.630.2172; (Stefan) 507.923.7703
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