What is Community Supported Agriculture?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a mutually beneficial relationship between farmers and the community. Participants buy a “share of the harvest” in advance of the growing season in exchange for produce when it is ready. This relationship guarantees the farmer a secure market for their produce and minimizes the risks involved in farming. It serves its “members” by providing them a box of the very freshest, locally grown produce each week. When purchasing locally, you can rest assured that your produce is being grown using acceptable practices, and being harvested at the optimum time of taste and nutritional value by people you know and trust. By making an effort to purchase food locally, you support local agriculture which preserves open space in your community and keeps local family farms viable. Members are assuming some of the risks involved in farming, such as weather related events that prevent a crop from being harvested. Please keep in mind that in over 30 years of farming, Harman’s Farm has never had a total season wiped out.
Harman’s Farm Market CSA
Harman’s Farm Market offers several options of CSA memberships to its customers. Members pay in advance and can anticipate receiving a box of vegetables and fruits valued at $28 – $30 each week for a full share, depending on the abundance and variety of produce we are harvesting on a given week. A half share will have a value of approximately $18 – $20 per week.
The season will begin approximately the third week of May (depending on spring weather) and run through the end of September.
There will be between 6 to 10 items (units) per box, depending on the value of the produce. The units in the box will vary according to the season.
Examples of a unit could be: 6 ears of corn, 1 pound of green beans, 3-4 zucchini, 1 quart of strawberries, 3-4 tomatoes, and a cantaloupe.
In addition to receiving produce grown on our farm, your share may also include fruit from our trusted farm partner, Shaw Orchards, ice cream from Keye’s Creamery or cider from Lohr’s Orchard. Of course, these are all local farms which we support and hope you will, too.
The pick-up location for our CSA is Harman’s Farm Market. Pick-ups will be each week on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, as agreed upon, from 9:30am to 5:15pm. We strongly encourage members to pick up their share during the specified pickup time. If you are on vacation or out of town, please ask a friend or family member to pick it up to enjoy. If you cannot make it on your designated day, you may pick your share up the following day, but you please try to contact us ahead of time. It will be the same share that was prepared for you on your designated day. By the end of the day following your scheduled pick up, unclaimed shares will be donated.
Share Options and Membership Costs:
Members have the choice of the following types of shares:
- Full Share: $575.00 (after 3/31/2022, $600.00)
- Half Share: $375.00 (after 3/31/2022, $400.00) (Please note that the amount of produce in a half share is more than a true half of a full share.)
- Egg Option: We are pleased to offer the option of adding eggs to a regular full or half share. You will receive one dozen eggs each week for an additional cost of $85.00 for the season. The eggs are fresh from Andy’s Eggs in Fallston. Taste the difference between fresh and store bought eggs!
Upon signing up and receiving payment, you will be added to our CSA and general e-mail list to receive any information necessary to keep you up to date on what is happening.
We will notify you by email prior to the first week of distribution.
Common Questions Regarding Our CSA
1. Is Harman’s Farm an organic producer?
We go to great lengths to determine the least amount of protectants and fertilizer to apply in order to achieve both the highest quality and an affordable product while staying environmentally friendly. We are constantly monitoring our crops and also have a crop consultant to help us detect potential disease and insect problems. If a situation occurs that warrants action, control measures are taken in a safe and timely manner. We sample the soil in each field on the farm where vegetables will be grown. From this test, we are able to determine the nutrient needs for the growing season. We plant cover crops to help build the soil and prevent erosion. We also capture any runoff water from the fields in a pond and use that to irrigate our fields using drip irrigation.
2. When and where should I pick up my share?
Shares should be picked up between 9:30 and 5:15 on your chosen pickup day (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday). Your day will stay the same throughout the entire season. Shares are picked up at:
Harman’s Farm Market
2633 Churchville Rd.
Churchville, MD 21028
3. What does a share consist of?
Here are some examples of what a full share might look like:
- Early Season: 2 qt. strawberries, 1 qt. sugar snap peas, one bunch Romaine lettuce, 1 bag lettuce, 1 bunch bok choy, 1 large bunch broccoli, beets
- Late Season: 1/2 doz. corn, 4 tomatoes, 1 1/2 lb. green beans, 5-6 apples, 1 pint grape tomatoes, 1 butternut squash, 1/2 gallon cider, 2 lbs. sweet potatoes
- Early Season: 1 qt. strawberries, 1 pint sugar snap peas, 1 bag spinach, 1 bag lettuce, 1 basil plant
- Mid-Season: ½ dozen corn, 1 lb. green beans, 2 tomatoes, 2 cucumbers, 1 onion, 1 cantaloupe, 1 zucchini, 2 yellow squash
4. What if I cannot make it on the pickup day?
We strongly urge members to pick up on their designated day, but if that is simply not possible one week, you may pick up the next morning as long as you contact us ahead of time. The share will be the same that was prepared for you on your designated day due to labor and time involved in packing CSA shares. At noon on the following day, all unclaimed shares will be donated with no exceptions.
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