Fall is around the corner, and some farms in the area offer fall and/or spring CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs. When you join a CSA, you buy “shares” or “membership” in the farm, and every week you receive a portion of the farm’s products. As we get more information on other farms that offer CSAs, we will update the information here.
Blenheim Organic Gardens
Blenheim Organic Gardens offers a fall CSA which will begin October 11th or 18th for seven or eight weeks. The cost varies with location of pick up; in Fredericksburg, members may pick up at Foode (540-479-1370, 1006 C/D Caroline Street) on Tuesdays between 5:00 – 7:00 pm and the cost is $300. CSA cost is $290 if customers pick up at Blenheim Organic Gardens farm in Westmoreland County (737 Pope’s Creek Road, Washington’s Birthplace, VA) on Tuesdays after 2:30 pm. Payment is due by September 13th.
CSA members should return their empty boxes, provided distributed on CSA day, when picking up their CSA share every week. Please email or call Blenheim Organic Gardens for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org, 804- 224-7039).
Fall CSA items typically include: radishes, salad mix, arugula, kale, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, head lettuces, bok choy, cabbage, Asian greens, spinach, kohlrabi, herbs and lots of sweet potatoes. Before frost Blenheim also has late summer crops, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, crowder peas, beans, basil, and more. The weekly CSA share typically contains 6-9 items, often times 8-9. And Blenheim usually has a bountiful CSA share the Tuesday before Thanksgiving!
This year was C & T’s first for their CSA and they had a wonderful customer response. The CSA price is $610 for the 2012 season; customers receive CSA distributions 5 weeks in May, 4 weeks in June, 4 weeks in July, 5 weeks in August and 3 weeks in September (Last week will be September 19, 2012). Those who sign up before November 30, 2011, will also enjoy Bonus Weeks:
–October 24, 2012, Fruit and Vegetable items
–November 14, 2012, Fruit and Autumn items and pumpkins
–December 10, 2012, Fruit and items for holiday meals.
For more information, check out C & T’s CSA webpage.