What’s in a CSA share?

CSA share values by vegetable

What does a CSA share look like?  It varies by season and it also depends on what you choose from our offerings each week.  Below are a few examples of weekly CSA share contents that you would choose from a market-style display.

One week’s share in June, 2016

  • 1 Lettuce
  • 0.4 lb. Spinachcsa june
  • 0.5 lb. Salad Greens
  • 10 Kale or Chard Leaves
  • 1 Radish Bunch
  • 1 Cilantro Bunch
  • 1 Bok Choy or Kohlrabi
  • 1 Head Broccoli or Pint of Peas
  • 1 Cabbage
  • 25 Garlic Scapes

One week’s share in July, 2016

  • o.5 lb. Spinach or Salad Greens
  • 0.2 lb. Basil
  • 10 Kale or Chard Leaves
  • 1 Radish Bunch
  • 1 Cilantro Bunch
  • 1 Kohlrabi
  • 1 Beet Bunch or Pint of Peas
  • 1 Head Broccoli
  • 1 Carrot Bunch or Fennel
  • 1 Green Garlic Bunch
  • 1 Onion
  • 6 Summer Squash or Zucchini
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Hot Pepper or 1 Sweet Pepper

One week’s share in August, 2016

  • 2 lb. Potatoes
  • 10 Kale or Chard Leaves
  • 2 Heads Broccoli
  • 0.25 lb. Salad Greens
  • 1 Beet Bunch or Carrot Bunch
  • 1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Cabbage or Kohlrabi
  • 1 Melon
  • 1 Garlic
  • 1 Onion
  • 5 Summer Squash or Zucchini
  • 3 Cucumbers
  • 3 Sweet Peppers
  • 10 Small Tomatoes
  • 8 Large Tomatoes

One week’s share in September, 2016

  • 0.5 lb. Beans or 1 Head Broccoli
  • 2 lb. Potatoes
  • 10 Kale or Chard Leaves
  • 1 Carrot Bunch
  • 1 Scallions Bunch or Radish Bunch
  • 1 Cabbage or Kohlrabi
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Garlic
  • 2 Summer Squash or Zucchini
  • 3 Sweet Peppers
  • 4 Small Tomatoes
  • 3 Large Tomatoes

One week’s share in early October, 2016

  • 1 Lettuce
  • 10 Kale or Chard Leaves
  • 0.2 lb. Salad Greens
  • 1 Cabbage or Scallions or Leeks Bunchcsa oct
  • 1 Brussel Sprout Stalk
  • 1 Celeriac or Celery
  • 1 Cilantro Bunch
  • 2 Delicata Squash
  • 2 Butternut Squash
  • 2 Onion
  • 1 Garlic
  • 2 Sweet Peppers
  • 3 Tomatoes

Each week we aim to provide enough veggies for an average family of four.  The share tends to be the lightest in June, when there is mainly salad greens, herbs and a few other early crops, then it grows in diversity and quantity until August.  We lose some diversity when the first killing frost occurs, often sometime around October 1st.  But we also start to bring winter squash and some of our late-season favorites at that time.  An example of a CSA sign that you might follow when selecting your vegetables in October can be seen below.2013 wk 22 sign

Since no-one is truly “average” in their eating habits, feeding a family of four can vary quite a bit and is a bit of a guessing game for us as farmers!  We have found that a CSA share that is equivalent to about $30 on a typical week works the best for the most members.  If you are a vegan or vegetarian, the share is usually sufficient to feed two people.  We lose more members who find that the produce is too much for them, than that it is not enough.  If you’re unsure about buying a whole CSA share, we recommend sharing with a friend, co-worker or neighbor for the first season or trying our every-other-week share.