Our 2013 CSA is full. First distributions are scheduled for Thursday June 6 (3:30-7:00 pm) and Saturday June 8 (9:30 am-noon).
“The CSA was the highlight of my summer.”
At Phillies Bridge Farm, we sell most of our vegetables through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which fed over 200 local families in 2012. Joining our CSA is a great way to buy fresh, affordable, locally-grown produce while connecting to the community, to the land where the food is grown, and to the people who grow it.
Community members become Shareholders in the farm by registering and paying for a “share” in advance of the growing season. In return, Shareholders receive a portion of the farm’s bounty once a week for six months, from late May or early June through mid-to-late November. (Exact start and end dates are determined by growing conditions.)
The CSA model allows Shareholders to develop a deep connection to the sources of their food while providing the farm with a steady customer base. Together the farmers and shareholders reap the benefits and meet the challenges of every growing season.
We grow over 150 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers, providing our Shareholders with a vast array of fresh produce throughout the season. We employ the latest organic growing methods and sustainable farming techniques to ensure the continuing health of our soil and land.
In exchange for the tax-deductible farm membership fee included in the cost of a share, CSA Shareholders receive small discounts on our education programs and help support the farm’s not-for-profit mission to engage the community in hands-on learning about food and farming. Shareholders also receive farm news updates, food preservation tips, and seasonal recipes in our Weekly Field Notes, compiled by our farmers and their apprentices.
How It Works
Once a week throughout the CSA season, Shareholders come to the farm during established distribution times to pick up their shares. We offer two share sizes to suit the needs of every household: Half Shares and Full Shares. (See our FAQ page for more information.) Most of our produce is harvested and washed prior to distribution, when it is laid out in the Harvest Room for Shareholders to weigh and carry home in their own bags and baskets. Shareholders also have the opportunity to pick some crops (such as peas, flowers, cherry tomatoes, and herbs) directly from the field, deepening their connection to the land and the cycles of the growing season, while greatly increasing the value of their weekly haul.
When registering, Shareholders can also opt to receive, for additional charges, optional shares of fresh eggs from our own pastured flock of chickens, as well as berries, orchard fruits, and/or sweet corn grown by neighboring farms. In addition, we occasionally offer eggs by the dozen, pastured meats, and other products from our fields or from other area farms and businesses to help our Shareholders source as much of their food as possible from local providers.
How to Join
Shareholders are encouraged to register through our online form. We can also take registrations by phone at (845) 256-9108, or in person by appointment (call or e-mail email@example.com to schedule). We encourage Shareholders to register well in advance of the season, as we often fill up before first distribution.
A minimum $100 deposit is required with registration, with full balance due at first distribution. Larger deposits or full payments prior to that time are much appreciated, as we spend the winter and early spring planning for the season. Advance payments help us cover our off-season expenses including staff salaries, seeds, and greenhouse and equipment maintenance.
As an incentive for early payment, we offer a one-time Thanksgiving Share to Shareholders who pay in full for the following year’s share prior to the end of the current growing season.
For more information or to register for a share, click the links below: