What Is A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)?

CSA Share Basket

A CSA is a partnership between the farmer and the shareholders. Shareholders pay up front for their produce, which gives the farmer “seed” money to plant, pay wages to farm hands, and purchase materials as needed.

Then, the shareholders come weekly to collect their baskets. There is an understanding that weather, drought, and natural disasters can affect the crops (for example severe drought last year yielded smaller tomatoes, and early frost affected the apple crop). However, the shareholders agree to share in these risks. Shareholders also share in the high yielding crops and sometimes get more than expected.

Community Supported Agriculture 2018

CSA Veggies on Bluebird Trail Farm

We are now accepting applications for our 2018 CSA garden. Last fall we began developing even more land and hope to offer our shareholders an even wider range of produce from last year.

All of our organic matter comes from this farm. Our alpaca, horse, rabbit, chicken, sheep and goat manures are composted over the winter and sown into the soil in the fall, providing nitrogen and other important elements. We use our own pine needles, leaves, grass clippings to mulch. By using these materials from the farm, we can control and eliminate harmful chemicals. This year we are under review for Organic Certification and will be using organic seeds and transplants to meet expectations. Last year we were approved to the Farmer Nutrition Program and can accept SNAP benefits on the farm.

How does membership work?

All members of the Bluebird Trail Farm CSA pay a $50 membership fee which entitles them to:

  • Weekly baskets
  • Convenient pick up times
  • Free farm visits
  • Free admission to events
  • Pick your own options
  • Special pricing for chicken and turkey

After the $50 membership fee is paid, members then choose from one of two share options “GARDEN” or “FAMILY” – which are described below.

GARDEN SHARESuggested for 1 to 3 people

• 4 – 6 Weekly Produce choices
• 10 weeks of fresh eggs
• Herbs / fresh cut flowers

Cost: $400

FAMILY SHARESuggested for 4 to 6 people

• 7 – 9 Weekly Produce choices
• 10 weeks of fresh eggs
• Herbs / fresh cut flowers

Cost: $500

Payment Options – Please read carefully

$50 Membership Fee Only
(applies to both Garden and Family Share options)

$400 Garden Share Fee Only
If this option is chosen, you must still pay the $50 membership fee above

$450 Garden Share Fee + Membership Fee
Use this option to take care of your Garden Share Fee & membership all at once

$500 Family Share Fee Only

$550 Family Share + Membership Fee
Use this option to take care of your Family Share Fee & membership all at once

In order to NOT exclude anyone, the entire cost of your share + membership fee is not due until April 1st, 2018. You may simply just pay your membership fee until that time.

2018 Add on Options

This year we are offering, for a one-time fee of $50, an add on to your CSA Share.
This add on includes:

• Applesauce
• Cider
• Assorted Wildflower Honey
• Assorted james
• Grape Juice

May – June June – July August – October
  • Strawberries
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Kale
  • Fresh spinach/arugula
  • Fresh Romaine, leaf, buttercrisp lettuce
  • Assorted herbs
  • Swiss chard
  • Radishes
  • Broccoli
  • 1 Dozen brown eggs
  • Leeks
  • Collards
  • 1 qt blueberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Assorted herbs
  • Broccoli
  • Squash (wide range)
  • Cauliflower
  • Collards
  • Beets
  • Green beans
  • Radishes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Wildflower bouquets
  • Corn
  • Yellow/green squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Red,green jalapeno peppers
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Raspberries
  • Fresh brown eggs
  • Assorted herbs
  • Green beans
  • Potatoes
  • Apples
  • Wildflower bouquets
  • Sweet potatoes