What is a CSA?
CSA stands for community supported agriculture. CSA members buy shares at the beginning of the season and then receive a quantity of fresh, seasonal veggies each week throughout the year. In this way, members are supporting their farmer by supplying a known market, while also receiving delicious, fresh - picked, produce at an exceptional value.
Joining a CSA is a great way to support local agriculture in your community. It's an affordable way to eat fresh delicious food throughout the growing season, and an easy way to support our regional resilience, by helping farmers increase food security and availability. Not to mention it’s fun and engaging. It's a great way to learn about new varieties of veggies, try new recipes, and meet other people who like to eat great food!
Why Full Plate Farm CSA?
-Free choice pick up: Our CSA is free choice, which means that members get to choose which veggies they want and in what quantity. Our goal is to provide only what our members want and will use- we won’t overwhelm you with too many of one kind of vegetable! Each pick up is unique and abundant, and there is always plenty of variety- so even members who show up late to get their veggies still have plenty to choose from.
-A huge variety of vegetables: We offer all of the seasonal staples like corn and tomatoes as well as more exotic veggies like fennel or artichokes. We grow many heirloom and open pollinated varieties that we choose for superior beauty, flavor and nutrition, including a few Slow Food Ark of Taste varieties.
-Three share seasons to choose from: Summer, Full season, and Winter
-Three share sizes to choose from: Small (for one person), Medium (for one-two people), and Large (for two-three adults or a family with children).
-Four pick-up locations: East Dummerston (at Full Plate Farm), Brattleboro (at the downtown Tuesday Farmer's Market), Marlboro (at Roselily Farm), and Wilmington (at Folly Restaurant)
-Community events: Varietal taste testing and on farm dinners and potlucks.
-Bulk buying opportunities: for home canning and preserving.
-Weekly updates on what's available: An email each week detailing which veggies are available- to help you plan your meals.
-Affordable prices: When you buy straight from the farm you are paying 5%-10% less than retail prices!
-Bread and Grain share add-ons from Bread from the Earth CSB and Songbird Farm.
What’s in a Share?
Here’s a guideline for most of, but not all of the veggies you can expect to choose from throughout the season.
June- rainbow chard, kale, head lettuce, salad mix, spinach, baby beets, peas, Asian greens, sprouts, micro greens, scallions, radishes, turnips, strawberries
July- beets, carrots, new potatoes, green beans, kohlrabi, zucchini, cucumbers, summer squash, garlic scapes, salad greens, scallions, fresh herbs
August- tomatoes, carrots, sweet corn, green beans, eggplant, peppers, zucchini, garlic, tomatillos, watermelon, cantaloupe, fresh onions, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, potatoes, fresh herbs
September- tomatoes, melons, rainbow carrots, beets, cabbage, celeriac, radishes, rutabaga, potatoes, broccoli, cooking greens, salad mix
October- beets, carrots, cabbage, spinach, kale, potatoes, winter squash, pumpkin, brussel sprouts, salad greens, turnips, rutabaga, sweet potatoes
November and December- Potatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts, Asian greens, kale, cabbage, gilfeather turnip, parsnips, celeriac, beets, arugula, winter lettuce, onions, garlic, sprouts and micro-greens, sweet potatoes, winter squash, pickles and frozen goods