Supa Fresh CSA shares are available!
We are currently accepting member applications for the 2018 CSA season. Click here to apply now
For additional information or questions, please call or email us:
503-307-0633 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org*Now accepting EBT SNAP for CSA payment! See application or contact us at email@example.com for details.
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 7th to September 27th. 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 from 2 to 5 people and 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.
PICK UP DAY & LOCATION?PICK UP DAY: Weekly or Bi-Weekly, 3:30 - 6:00 PM, June 7th to September 27th (Bi-Weekly starts on June 7th or June 14th; will determine once membership is confirmed). PICKUP LOCATION: Bethlehem House of Bread, 9055 SW Locust Street, Tigard, OR 97223.
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 $34.37 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 benefiting 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.
WHAT ARE THE PRICES?
- Full Share: $550 for 16 week season, weekly pickup = $34.37 per week, June 7th to September 27th. **Feeds 2-5/week. Full Share includes a weekly CSB.
- Bi-weekly Share: $300 every other week for 16 weeks (for a total of 8 pickups), full week share = $37.5 per week, June 7th to September 27th (first pickup either June 7th or June 14th. **Feeds 1-2/week
- Small Share: $350 for 16 week season, weekly pickup, half-sized share = $21.87 per week, June 7th to September 27th. **Feeds 1-2/week
- CSB/Flower Share: $100 for our Community Supported Bouquet, which includes one seasonal bouquet per week for 16 weeks, June 7th to September 27th.
Customers must commit to a full, bi-weekly, or small 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.
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!
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.
Call or email Supa Fresh for more information, or to sign up:
503-307-0633 ~ firstname.lastname@example.orgCSA Member Applications now online!