Fair Weather Farm at Fairhill
Do you know where your fresh vegetables are grown? Do you know what growing practices were used? Is the freshness and safety of the vegetables you feed your family important to you? Then CSA is for you.
What is a CSA ?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The basic idea of CSA farming is a cooperative relationship between the farmer and his customers. Based on an annual commitment to one another, community members provide a pre-season payment to purchase a “share” (aka a "membership or "subscription") of the season’s harvest. The member then receives a weekly variety of fresh vegetables through the growing season, harvested at the peak of ripeness and flavor.
What does it mean to be a CSA Member ?
In signing up, you dedicate yourself to being our customer for the season. This provides our farm with a secure market for all our growing efforts. The farm, in turn, commits to providing an abundant, diverse and quality array of vegetables. The worth of a "share" is linked not only with the value you place upon eating fresh, locally grown food and knowing who grows your food, but also the sustainable and organic methods of food production. We offer an outstanding selection of vegetables grown especially for your family, harvested fresh for you on the day of your pick up. You’ve heard of the benefits of buying local – now we’re offering you a great way to enjoy vegetables grown right here on our farm in Cecil County and have the opportunity to make an investment in these locally grown foods, which in turn helps to keep Maryland green!
We will do our best to provide you with a bounty of fine produce each week. The premise of a CSA is that the CSA Member, through the vegetables, shares in our farms experiences of nature. Mother Nature can reap rewards of substantial growth for all or weather difficulties may alter a crop and you may see differences in the sizes of produce throughout the season. We may also substitute items, as shortages may occur in the natural growing process.
Refunds and/or any remaining balances on a members account is non-refundable and does NOT carry over into the following year .
What organic produce is available ?
We're offering a delicious assortment of vegetables jam-packed full of nutrients. From a bounty of fresh-leafy greens to a variety of colorful root crops. You will see quite a variety of Greens like Gourmet Lettuces, Kale, Swiss Chard, Arugula, Spinach, Pea Shoots and some tasty rooted crops like Radishes, Beets, Carrots + MORE.
Is delivery available to my home or business ?
Because we offer all CSA members to choose from an array of vegetables at our farms Member Market, delivery is not available at this time.
How will I know what produce is available each week?
Typically Sunday evening (or early Monday morning) you will receive an EMAIL from us (through our email host MailChimp) informing our customer what to expect for the week. We'll also provide you links on nutrition and recipes too! It's important for our customers to reply what produce their interested in receiving each week. If we do not hear from you (by the reply deadline), we'll assume you are not interested in that particular weeks produce.
Depending on your email service provider our email to you might end up in SPAM. If this is the case, be sure to mark the email Not Spam / Safe so future mailings go directly to your InBox. If it continues to happen check your security settings (they might be too high) and adjust.
When can I pickup my produce ?
All CSA Members have access to the farms "Member Market" during the farms operating hours on TUESDAY and THURSDAY, between 2pm - 6pm, (during the CSA Operating Season). You choose the day (based on the farms public operating hours) you want to come out. You are not committed to a specific day or weekly pickup's (like most CSA programs). You can choose to come out weekly, bi-weekly, etc.. You pick & choose as much produce as you need. The "discounted" cost of produce is then deducted from your pre-season payment. We'll send you an email each Monday & let you know what's available that week. Just reply what produce your interested in & let us know when you'll be stopping by. We'll have your produce waiting for you. It's that simple!
**During the State of Maryland mandates in reference to COVID-19 we are implementing the following safety procedures when picking up your produce at our farm. Until the State of Emergency regarding COVID-19 is lifted we will be utilizing the following: Each customer will choose a specific day (TUES or THURS) and specific timeframe (with a 30 min leeway) between 2 - 6pm as their specified pickup for the season. The farm gate remains closed unless it's time for a customer to pickup. Please pull into the driveway & follow around the Pine Tree to the side of the farmhouse. If there is a customer before you picking up, please remain in your vehicle until they leave. Each customer will have a designated insulated cooler holding your produce located on the side of the farmhouse. Retrieve your produce out of the cooler & proceed to exit the farm through the gate. Be safe pulling out onto Rt 273.
Where can I get information on how to prepare my food I receive each week ?
Our website links directly to Yummly that provides a vast array of great recipes for all the produce from our farm.
Can I make crop suggestions for the farm ?
Absolutely! We enjoy hearing from our members especially about new unique plants to grow for food!
Can I split my share with a family member/friend ?
Yes, but it is up to you to figure out the details of picks up. Please be sure to inform us who will be sharing in your membership to avoid any confusion.
Do CSA Members volunteer on the farm ?
Though it's not required, we welcome members to join us in our work. People who have volunteered here often report that they get more out of the experience than they give! Being in the fresh air, outdoors, working in the soil, plants and food gives them great satisfaction and joy! If you are interested in volunteering we would love to use your energy and talents. Fill out our Volunteer Time & Talent Survey and EMAIL US. Due to COVID-19 we are not accepting Volunteers at the present time.
Will my CSA Membership information be share with other businesses ?
No, feel secure that we respect your privacy & will not share your personal information.
What is the 2020 CSA Member Market cost ?
SPRING 2020 We offer individuals and families 11 weeks of fresh, organic produce for $250 dollars (prepaid)
What form of payment do you accept ?
Cash, Personal Check, Venmo App @Nancy-Bentley-3 or PayPal (though an extra $10 dollar "convenience fee applies & should be included in your PayPal payment.) LINKS are below
Is there a Seasonal Application Fee?
Yes, the cost to "Join" is $30 dollar application / participation fee. This is separate from the 11 week CSA program of fresh, organic produce.
Privacy Statement: E-mails may be sent to inform you of news of our services or offers. Your e-mail address will not be sold, rented, or leased to 3rd parties.
Why join our CSA ?
• Enjoy fresh, sustainably grown produce
• Support locally grown crops and farmland preservation
• Eat foods that promote good health
• Learn more about cooking, food preparation and nutrition
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