Classic CSA

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The classic CSA share is our best value and the same CSA we’ve offered since 2011. Members sign up in the spring and receive a weekly bag selected by the farmers of fresh, seasonal produce.

Members love unpacking their weekly shares, some saying that “every week is like Christmas.”  Each bag is full of bright colors and fresh smells, and the CSA takes a lot of the work out of shopping and meal planning.  We include mostly familiar items like carrots and salad greens, but also give you the fun of trying new vegetables.  We help you use everything in the bag and keep you up to date on farm happenings with weekly share notes and recipes.  (Check them out here)

Pick up in Lincoln City, Neskowin, or Pacific City, or sign up for convenient home delivery.  Full shares contain 8 to 12 items and feed a family of 4 or 2 very enthusiastic vegetable eaters.  Half shares contain 6 to 10 items and feed 1 to 3 people.

Full share $30 week, Half share $20 week.  Pay in 1 or 3 installments.

  • 20 weeks, July to November
  • Try new foods and eat more veggies
  • Get weekly recipes and updates on the farm
  • Enjoy an increased connection with where and how your food is grown
  • Low income options: Half priced shares available, pay with SNAP benefits
  • Add on a one time Thankgsiving share

How it works

CSA Basics

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  It is a way for eaters and farmers to connect and support one another.  Members sign up at the beginning of the season to receive a bag of produce once a week.  Eaters enjoy the convenience of having a preselected bag ready for them, the fun of trying new healthy foods, and the satisfaction of connecting with where the food comes from.  The farmer enjoys long-term relationships with committed customers, the fun of growing more variety, and income in the spring to help with expenses for the season to come.

 

What’s in a share?

Each share contains a variety of seasonal vegetables and herbs.  Spring shares are much lighter, and variety and quantity increase as the summer goes on, with the heaviest shares in the fall.

We specialize in greens and root vegetables, but also have a nice selection of alliums (onion family), brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, etc), and warm season crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini.  Click here for a monthly list of likely items.

What will not be in my share?

Our cool coastal climate limits what we are able to grow, and you will not receive corn or melons.  Warm season crops like tomatoes, peppers, and winter squash are a challenge for us, so you will see less of these crops in your CSA.  Farms are subject to variations in weather, and it is impossible to predict when a crop might fail.  No crop is promised.

How does it work?

The CSA runs 20 weeks, from July to November.  Each week you come to your chosen pickup site and get your share.  Your share comes in a reusable grocery bag that is the property of the farm.  You can either bring your own bags to empty the share into at the site, or you can take it home as is and return the bag the following week.  We only have a limited number of bags.  It is very important that you are responsible about returning them so we have enough for all our members every week.  If you choose to share the CSA with another family, you are responsible for splitting it up and coordinating with your partner to return the bag promptly.

Are there other benefits to being a CSA member?

Many of our members particularly enjoy the share notes and recipes that come each week, which help you learn about farming and new vegetables.  You will also get priority to sign up for next year’s CSA, and get priority on crops that yield poorly, giving CSA members the broadest variety we can provide.  Occasionally we offer bulk specials to CSA members (juicing carrots, green beans for canning, storage crops, etc).  We hope to have more of these this year with our expected increase in production!

Shared Risk

One of the benefits of a CSA is the increased connection you get with how and where your food is grown.  The abundance of the farm varies from year to year, as changes in the weather and natural cycles affect the crops.  Your CSA share will reflect that, with some unexpected bounty and probably a few failures.  As a CSA member, your share will be fuller and heavier when the farm is doing well and in full production, and it will be lighter when the season is working against us.

We make every possible effort to make the CSA a rewarding experience for all of us, but there are always a few mistakes and disappointments (as well as nice surprises!).  So far we have had an overwhelmingly positive response from our members, and we’ll do our best to keep it that way.  By signing up for a CSA, you are demonstrating a deep commitment to local sustainable agriculture and fresh healthy food.

About our farming practices

The farm has a priority of preserving and protecting the health of the land, with respect for the stream, forest, and animals that share its space.  We never use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.  We carefully consider all decisions regarding soil and water conservation, our effect on wildlife and the land, and pest and disease management. Responsible seed sourcing and stewardship help to maximize the sustainability and biodiversity of the farm.  We are not certified organic because of our small size, but we are committed to following ecological and organic practices.

Joining the CSA

Who should join a CSA?

If you eat lots of vegetables, cook regularly, and enjoy trying new foods, our CSA might be for you.  In our classic CSA, share contents are selected by the farmers: you don’t get a choice about what you get.  Members love unpacking their weekly shares, some saying that “every week is like Christmas.”  Each bag is full of bright colors and fresh smells, and the CSA takes a lot of the work out of shopping and meal planning.

 

This allows us to make use of abundances and adjust for shortages, and still supply a wide variety to all of our customers.  But some people prefer more choice.

What members like about the CSA:

  • Trying new foods
  • Eating a healthier, more varied diet
  • Unpacking the bag and seeing what’s inside
  • Convenient pick up: just grab your bag and go
  • Access to the freshest produce available
  • Connecting to the farm and supporting local agriculture
  • Recipes and share notes give new ideas and help them use up the share

You may not like the CSA if:

  • You travel frequently
  • You cook irregularly
  • You have moderate to strong preferences about vegetables
  • You don’t eat a lot of vegetables
  • You would have trouble remembering the weekly pickup

You may be happier shopping at our farm stand or farmers market booths, where we offer a full selection of our produce.  You can support the farm even more by buying one of our Market Choice vouchers and get a discount to produce throughout the season.  Or you might try our new part time CSA flex option. 

Should I get a full or a half share?

A full share contains enough for a family of 4 or 5 moderate vegetable eaters, 2 adult vegetarians, or 1 vegetable eating machine.  The half share is enough for 1 vegetarian or 2 or 3 moderate vegetable eaters.

The full share is our best value and gives you the most variety, but it’s be a lot of food!  If you are unsure or new to the CSA, you might want to try a half share.  You can always buy extra produce when you pick up your share.  If you have a big family or you really love vegetables, I’d recommend the full share.

We offer suggestions for preserving items from the share throughout the summer, so with careful planning the CSA could last you well beyond the end of the season.  You can also split a share with a friend, preferably someone with different likes and dislikes.

What does it cost?

A full share is $30 per week, a half share is $20 per week.  You can pay in 1 or 3 installments.  We accept cash, check, Paypal, or SNAP benefits.  We also offer half price shares for low income members.

Use this chart to compare costs and payment plans (click to embiggen):

 

Click here to learn about our low income options.

Where do I get my share?

Select a pick up option when you sign up.  You can almost always change later, just let us know.  Your options are (exact times subject to change):

  • Tuesdays at Corvus Landing Farm (8605 Slab Creek Road, Neskowin) during and after farm stand (10 am to 7 pm)
  • Tuesdays in Pacific City, 11:30 am to 5 pm
  • Thursdays at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital farm stand, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Thursdays at Corvus Landing Farm (8605 Slab Creek Road, Neskowin) 11 am to 7 pm
  • Saturdays at Neskowin Farmers Market (Neskowin Beach Wayside) 9 am to 1 pm
  • Home delivery
Home Delivery

If you’re busy and finding yourself in a million places every week, maybe you’d rather have your CSA share delivered to your house or work.

For just $3 per week, we offer home delivery of CSA shares in Neskowin, Pacific City, and Lincoln City (some addresses may be ineligible).  We will deliver multiple shares to the same address for the price of one, so get together with your neighbors and save. 

I would like to join the CSA but it would stretch my budget.  Do you offer options for low income folks?

Yes!  We accept SNAP benefits and also offer up to 10% of our shares at half price.  For SNAP customers, we change the payment schedule so that you make monthly payments starting in July when the shares begin.

Our half priced shares are funded through donations from members and a match from the farm.  If you would have difficulty affording the full price but would still like to receive the CSA, these are for you!  We don’t have specific income requirements, but if you receive SNAP or any other public assistance, are a senior on a fixed income, or are finding yourself in a tough spot with work, health, or family issues, please ask for the half price option on your registration.

Click here to learn more.

Thanksgiving Shares

A one time share for Thanksgiving and beyond!  Traditionally, our final share of the season is extra large and stocked with storage crops to last members after the CSA ends.  We will be offering these as a stand alone share this year, available to members and non-members alike.  The farmers will choose what is in the share and bag it for pickup or delivery.

Our final shares are usually a steal: 2016’s was double the retail value of the contents!  Depending on our harvests, we aim for this share to be a 15-25% savings.

Pickup will be the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at the farm, or get your share delivered in Lincoln City, Neskowin, or Pacific City (some addresses may not be eligible).

Common Problems

What if I forget to pick up my share?

You MUST pick up your share during the designated pickup time.  Shares not picked up on time will be donated and no replacement will be made.  If you know you will be unable to pick up your share, contact us ahead of time.  We can usually switch you to a different pickup day or site for a given week, or we can arrange a replacement at the market.  However, we will only offer this option if you tell us ahead of time!

What if I go on vacation?

If you know that you will miss a week, I suggest getting a friend to pick up your share in your place.  This is a fun way to share the benefits of the CSA.  We can offer two week’s vacation credit for each member, with at least two weeks’ notice.  Vacation credits can be redeemed at the farmers market, farm stand, or toward a future CSA payment any time before the end of the season.  Credits are $26 full or $16 half.

Late Fees

We give a one week grace period on all payments.  After one week, a $5 per week charge will be added to all late payments, added at the beginning of the week.  So if your payment is due Monday, August 1, you will owe $5 extra on Monday August 8, $10 extra on Monday August 15, $15 extra on Monday August 22, and so on.

If money is really tight in a given month, just talk to us.  We will almost always waive these fees given proper communication and are happy to work with you to make the CSA fit in your budget.  But I’m tired of chasing people down because they’re flaky.

What if I need to quit partway through the season?

The CSA is a commitment, and members are strongly discouraged from canceling partway through the season.  But life happens.  Before dropping out, please talk to us.  We may be able to change your drop spot or share size to make pickup easier.

If you are moving or really unable to continue your share, the best case scenario is if you can find a friend who wants to take over your share.  Please let us know if you want to do this and we can help you calculate a pro-rated cost.

Failing that, we will offer pro-rated refunds on the following schedule:

  • Before June 1:  Full refund less $15 cancellation fee
  • June 1 to June 30: Full refund less $25 cancellation fee
  • July 1 to July 31: Full refund less $30 per share received ($18 half shares) and $25 cancellation fee
  • August 1 to September 30: Full refund minus $35 per share received ($25 half shares) and $25 cancellation fee
  • After September 30: No refunds available
  • Home delivery charges will be refunded in full less $3 per week delivered

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