What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Through a CSA, members purchase a share in a farm and pay an upfront cost for that share. The money from these shares helps the farmer purchase the supplies he or she will need for the upcoming growing season. In return, during the harvest season, CSA members receive a weekly share of freshly picked vegetables from their farmer. This arrangement not only gives security to farmers, but also provides members with a fresh source of local produce at a lower cost than they would pay at a grocery store or a farmer’s market. In addition, CSA connects communities to their farmers and vice versa.
For the 2018 summer CSA season, Little River Farm will be offering two pick- up locations and dates.
Both share options will begin the week of June 4th and end the the week of Oct 15th (20 weeks).
Weekly Pickup Locations and Cost:
Fridays at Pat’s Pastured 3-6 PM : With this option, we will set up market style and you will have some choice over which vegetables you get. The single share will cost $500 ($25/week) and the full share will cost $800 ($40/week ). The single share is adequate for 1-3 people, while the full share is best for larger families. Some couples who consume a lot of vegetables or who want to preserve vegetables for the wintertime do purchase the full share.
Wednesdays at Little River Farm 2-7 PM: With this option, you will receive a pre- made bag. The bag share will cost $400 ($20/week). You will be expected to walk or drive into the farm to pick- up your bag from our walk-in cooler.
What to expect in your share each week:
Each week’s share will be dependent on what is in season during that week. Typically, the amount of vegetables in each share increases as the season progresses, but you can expect to receive no fewer than 3 lbs per week and up to 12 lbs per week. Here are a few examples of what you may expect to find in your share during certain months of the growing season:
June: Salad Mix, Arugula, Head Lettuce, Spinach, Kale, Swiss Chard, Radishes, Turnips, Broccoli Rabe.
August: Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Melons, Cucumbers, Summer Squash, Beans, Carrots, Beets, Onions, Bok Choi, Basil.
October: Broccoli, Cabbage, Garlic,Kale, Swiss chard, Lettuce, Arugula, Sweet Potatoes,Winter Squash, Parsnips, Celeriac, Turnips.
What if I miss a pick- up day?
No problem! For the CSA members at Pats Pastured, we will make a box for you and you can pick- it up at our farm within 48 hours of the pick-up date. For the bag share members, your bag will remain in our cooler for 48 additional hours. For both share options, you can always send a friend or family member to pick up your share.
How Do I Join?
Purchase share online under " Purchase CSA" Tab. You can choose to pay the full amount or a deposit. If you pay the deposit, we will collect the remaining balance by the 2nd pick- up date. If you prefer to pay by check, please send $100 deposit or full payment to:
Little River Farm 16 Amos St Wakefield, RI 02879
If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please reach out to us for discounted rates or to establish a payment plan. We care about our community and we believe that everyone should have access to fresh, local, organic food.