CSA

Supa Fresh CSA shares are available! 

We are currently accepting member applications for the 2017 CSA season.

Call or email Katrin for more information or to sign up:

503-307-0633 ~ katrin.dougherty@ohdc.org

Supa Fresh CSA shares packed and ready to go.

Supa Fresh CSA shares packed and ready to go.

WHAT IS CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  By becoming a member of a CSA, you gain direct access to fresh, high-quality, produce grown by local farmers by purchasing a share of the harvest in advance.  Think of it like signing up for a subscription to your local farm.  When you become a CSA member you make a commitment to support your local farmer and to yourself and your family to embrace healthy, home-cooked, seasonal foods; in turn, your farmer makes a commitment to provide you with a share of the harvest that includes a wide variety of their freshest, best quality produce.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Supa Fresh CSA season is 16 weeks, from June 16th to September 29th. Each week Supa Fresh CSA members receive a seasonal mix of 8-16 types of sustainably-grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, and more.  Each week's share feeds 3 to 4 people--sometimes more.  If a crop does very well that season then we share the bounty with our members, and if a crop is not as abundant that season members get other produce items instead.  We have been told a few times that we give too much food to our members--that's okay--you can freeze it, pickle it, can it, dehydrate it, give some to your neighbors or donate it to our onsite food pantry.  😉 For a list of our produce by season click here In addition to a variety of fresh produce members will receive a weekly newsletter, produced by the youth farmers, that provides news and educational information from the farm, as well as recipes and serving suggestions for each week's harvest.  Members also receive other fun surprises throughout the season, including wild blackberries, hand-made herbal tea blends, jam, and more! All of the produce in your CSA will be grown at the Supa Fresh Youth Farm without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or GMO seeds. While we are not certified organic we use organic techniques, as well as some permaculture design principles.  All of the youth farmers are trained in sanitary harvesting and processing techniques by experienced commercial farmers, and complete the Washington County Department of Public Health Food Handler's Training. 
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Alexis and the farmers packing up the CSA shares

PICK UP DAY & LOCATION?

PICK UP DAY: Thursdays, 3:30-6:00pm (Additional pick up date may be made available) PICK UP LOCATION: Bethlehem House of Bread, 9055 SW Locust St. Tigard
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Angelo with a happy CSA member, helping her get all her veggies to the car. Now that's good customer service!

WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT CSAs?

CSAs have many benefits. 
  • They provide members with the freshest possible produce--Supa Fresh CSAs go from farm to table in less than 24 hours. 
  • They are affordable, at $31.25 per week  and enough veggies and herbs for 3-4 people, we challenge you to find the same price for organically-grown produce anywhere else but a CSA!   
  • They are good for the local economy and support local farmers as well as members.  CSA Members, by paying in advance, reserve a share of the greatest variety of fresh produce, and share the risks and rewards with the farmer.  For example, if there is a bumper crop of tomatoes you will be rewarded with a share of the abundance (and you'll probably have to do some canning); if there is a problem with a certain crop (like the year the deer ate one bite from each of our pumpkins) then you will only receive the crops that did well that particular season.  By sharing the risks and rewards with the farmer you often end up benefitting by getting a lot of extra food.  
  • CSA members get the greatest variety; at Supa Fresh we harvest twice weekly and first choose the produce for the CSA members and our food pantry donation.  All of the remaining produce is sold at the market stand.  While the produce is equally fresh no matter if you buy it through the CSA or at the market stand, you get the most variety with the CSA membership.
  • CSAs are good for the environment, as food does not travel far from the farm before it reaches your table.  
  • CSAs are good for your health!  They encourage members to embrace home cooking, learn about interesting vegetables and try fun new recipes. 
  • By purchasing a Supa Fresh CSA share you get the satisfaction of knowing that you helped empower local youth.
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CSA Benefits, Source: http://bit.ly/22q6CKE

WHAT ARE THE PRICES? 

Full Shares: $500 for 16 week season, weekly pickup = $31.25 per week, June 16th to September 29th.   **Feeds 3-5/week    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                                                            Bi-weekly Half Shares: $250 for 8 week season, bi-weekly pickup, full week share = $31.25 per week, June 16th to September 22nd. **Feeds 3-5/week ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Weekly Half Shares: $250 for 16 week season, weekly pickup, half-sized share = $31.25 per week, June 16th to September 29th. **Feeds 2-3/week  **Weekly Half Shares are SOLD OUT**` ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Customers must commit to a full or half share in advance and can pay for their share in one lump sum, or break it into four monthly payments.  Ask us about our income-based discount.
Supa Fresh CSA shares ready for pick up!

Supa Fresh CSA shares ready for pick up!

Making bouquets with Mia

Making bouquets with Mia

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO ENJOY A CSA?

CSAs work best when members embrace seasonal eating.  Eating seasonal foods not only ensures that you will get the freshest and most affordable food, but food also tastes better when it's in season.  The best way to use your CSA is to plan your menu sort of--backward--plan your meals around your weekly share, rather than first planning your menu and then picking out ingredients. When you get your weekly CSA share of produce, take inventory and create a meal plan for the week around what's in season at the farm.  Next make a list of any other ingredients you may need from the market or grocery store, such as staples like pasta or rice, bread, dairy, meat, fruit, eggs and (of course) coffee to supplement your CSA share.  Then, enjoy cooking healthy, seasonal meals with your family and friends!
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Weekly CSA shares with youth farmer-generated newsletter, The Supa Fresh Gazette, ready for pick up

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Jack Be Little Pumpkins and Winter Squash ready to be divided up for CSA members

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CSAs?

Check out this video from PBS Food for a quick overview of CSAs.

Here's a local video with more details on CSAs from Cooking Up a Story.

 

Pizza made on the grill using farm ingredients

Pizza made on the grill using farm ingredients

Call or email Katrin for more information, or to sign up:

503-307-0633 ~ katrin.dougherty@ohdc.org

Or Download and Print the CSA Application here:

CSA APP