Our CSAs at Clark's Farm Farming in Howard County since 1797.
Clark's Farm hosts both a Summer Vegetable CSA and a Beef & Pork CSA.
Whoa, wait, what is a CSA?
CSA - Community Supported Agriculture - is a farm model were consumers buy into the harvest season that is head. The consumers buys a "share" of the farm season and received a variety of products throughout a season. The consumer commits before the season has started so that the farmer has start up money to plan the season, buy seeds, etc.
Summer Vegetable CSA
Consumers receive weekly produce baskets for 12 weeks during the summer. Our Summer Vegetable CSA generally lasts from mid June to the end of August.
Sign Up for our 2018 Summer Vegetable CSA is now closed. Thank you so much for your support! Please don’t forget you can still shop for our all natural, homegrown produce year round at our Castle Store Farm Market and Roadside Produce Stand!
Whoa, wait, what is a CSA? CSA---Community Supported Agriculture---is a farm model were consumers buy into the harvest season that is ahead. The consumer buys a “share” of the farm season and then receives a variety of produce each week. The consumer commits in late winter or early spring, which allows the farm start up money to plan the season, buy seeds, etc.
WHAT: For the 2018 growing season we offered full shares at $30/week and medium shares at $20/week.
WHEN: The CSA lasts 12 weeks, starting the second full week of June and ending the last week in August.
WHERE: Pickup is made at Clark's Farm Produce Stand on Route 108 on either Monday (3 pm to 6 pm), Wednesday (12 noon to 2 pm), or Saturday (12 noon to 2 pm)
HOW MUCH: Payment of $360 for a full share and $240 for a medium share.
HOW TO SIGN UP: The sign up was on a first come, first serve basis.
For the CSA we only put items in the weekly share that we grow. Our garden is chemical free: no synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides are ever used. That means there might be pest damage on the produce, but it does not change the flavor! We promote biodiversity and healthy soils to produce healthy vegetables. Some of the vegetables we will grow for the 2018 season are lettuces, spinach, kale, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cantaloupe, radishes, onions, a variety of herbs, and cut flowers.
The share is pre-packed with whatever combination of vegetables, herbs, and flowers that are available in any given week. We will not be offering a trade table and you may not exchange any vegetables in your share for anything we have for sale at the stand when you come for your pickup. But since the pickup will be at our produce stand you will have a chance to supplement your weekly basket with produce that we buy from other farms and meats we produce on our farm as well. Other produce that may be available will be sweet corn, watermelon, berries and peaches. You will also be able to purchase extra of anything in your CSA weekly basket.
CSAs are not for everyone. You might be interested in a CSA if you like to cook, experiment with different or unusual produce, and want to truly experience eating seasonally. A CSA might not be for you if you go away a lot during the summer, if you don't cook at home very often, don't like exploring new recipes, or if you are not comfortable with the vagaries in production yield created by weather and pest-related issues.
Beef & Pork CSA
Our Beef & Pork CSA shares are available quarterly throughout the year. During each 3 month season, consumers pick up once a month on a designated day and time.
We have two CSA share sizes. A Large share is $600/ for 3 months and a Small share is $250/ 3 months.
Pick ups are at the Castle Store Farm Market once a month.
How to sign up for the Clark's Farm's Beef & Pork CSA?
Ready to sign up or have more questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on our next Beef & Pork CSA season
So for 2018 Clark's Farm provides you with two options for getting produce from us. For a majority of you, stopping at the produce stand on a regular basis will still be the best option. However, joining our CSA season may be an attractive choice for some of you.
We are excited about our CSAs this year and invite you to join us in this journey