Community Supported Agriculture is an alternative locally based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. It’s a relationship between the community and the farmer. Members pay at the onset of the growing season to pick up a share of the harvest every week. Selling our produce before the season, allows us to focus on the actual farm work. You gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing how and where your food is grown.
Three Part Harmony Farm (3PH) organizes a multi-farm CSA. Since we are located in the city and only have half an acre of vegetables, there are some vegetables that require more space than we have. We also partner with farmers to get fruit, cheese, honey, micro greens, herbal products, and eggs. As we expand, we add new items. This year we hope to include a sustainably raised meat option. Each week, we send you an email to let you know what to expect in your share and which farm produced it. Throughout the season, about 75% of your share comes from 3PH depending on the season.
There are two ways to pick up a share: market style, and porch pick up. A market style CSA share means that we put all of the items out on the table, and you choose the number of items you want (six for single size, twelve for family size.) Usually we split the items and put half on one table and half on another, just to make sure that the variety and choice options are the same for the last person as for the first person. For the porch pick ups, we bag six items and drop them off on a porch. If you have a family size share, you take two bags. Sometimes there are eggs in a separate cooler with extra ice, or a box of something fragile like heirloom tomatoes that we don’t want to get smashed. In that case, you would take your bag (or bags) plus the item not packed and that’s your share.
It’s important to choose a day of the week, time window, and location that works for you when joining the CSA. Most people choose a porch pick up because the location is incredibly convenient so it works well for you to do that every week. On the other hand, if our market style pick up locations work for you, that option is much more flexible because you pick out your own items, and you can skip up to four weeks without missing any shares. Also, at the market style pick ups, everyone who has a single size share can take the family size any week so that also helps make sure you don’t miss any shares.
The porch pick up options are in Parkview, Brookland, and Takoma Park. We can add up to two more sites next year which could be a home or office so please contact us if you want to host a CSA pick up!
Market Style pick ups take place at the Emergence Community Arts Collective near Howard University, and at Lee Montessori in Edgewood.
The 2019 shares will be available in early winter.
Sign up for the 2019 CSA season:
Please fill out the google form or click directly on the link below to sign up now.
- 2019 Season CSA Share weekly pick ups from March 14 – November 7 Thursdays from 5 – 8 pm at the Emergence Community Arts Collective (733 Euclid Street NW): Family size share or single size share. 30 shares in a 34 week season **skipping Thursday, July 4th**
- 2019 Spring Season CSA Share weekly pick ups from March 14 – May 30 on Thursdays from 5 – 8 pm at the Emergence Community Arts Collective (733 Euclid Street NW): family size share or single size share.
You will be able to pay by check, credit card, debit card, or through PayPal. (If you pay by check, take $5 off.)
Three Part Harmony Farm is an approved farmer in the the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program and the Produce Plus Program. The prices for anyone paying with Get Fresh checks or Produce Plus checks are $15/ week for a single share, and $25/ week for a family share. Participants in these programs will not pay in advance (the option of using Get Fresh or Produce Plus checks is not available for the Brookland or Takoma Park pick up locations).
We mostly grow produce that thrives in this region. That means in the spring and fall we grow a lot of greens and roots. To keep it exciting, we have many variations on salad greens and cooking greens in the mustard family plus lettuces and spinach. To change things up and make dinner exciting, you might see pea shoots in the salad mix, agretti as a cooking green, and definitely sweet potato greens and lambs’ quarters when it gets too hot for lettuce.
In the summer, old standards that we recognize from the grocery store come into play such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, okra, potatoes, and garlic.
Even though we promote local and seasonal eating, sometimes we push the envelope and dabble in something that’s just fun and cool to grow, even if that means giving the plants extra care. Year after year we experiment to add unique items like ginger, turmeric, and Indian squashes such as ghia and tinda.
Our goal is to give you enough produce to eat dinner at home 3 – 4 nights a week, depending on how many vegetables you use in each meal and depending on how many people you cook for each time (and whether or not you make extra for lunch the next day.)
At the pick up, you weigh some items or choose bags/ tins/ bunches/ quarts/ pints that have been pre-weighed. There are always multiple options in a category, so if you are asked to take home 4 pounds of produce listed in a certain category, that doesn’t mean that you have to take some of everything listed, it just means that the total combined weight of all the items can’t exceed the 4 pounds. This is how we are able to make sure that you don’t have to take vegetables you have tried and don’t like, by putting them in a category with other items you hopefully like. We come up with the number of pounds per member based on what the harvest was that morning. Since we assume you are going home and making multiple meals from the share, we try to give you options to take moderate amounts of more kinds of produce, that way you are not making 4 meals all with potatoes and/ or kale in them. Unless you are cooking for your kid’s soccer team and you need a million quarts of mashed potatoes- then by all means take only potatoes! It’s flexible that way, and you can do it different ways each week depending on what’s happening in your kitchen.
Another important goal for us is that you are happy with the variety of produce you receive, keeping in mind the restrictions our climate gives us, and that you are content with the number of culinary challenges we present to you each season as we give you vegetables you’ve never seen before or heard of! We hope to build a relationship of trust, and encourage you to try everything at least once.
Here are some sample shares:
First week of June:
1 bunch of kale
1 bunch komatsuna summerfest (a mustard that can be cooked like cabbage)
1 bag leaf lettuce
2 heads romaine lettuce
1 pound snap peas
1 pound garlic scapes
Choose 3 items: seedlings, bunches of fresh herbs, bag of lambs’ quarters, bunch of radishes, quart of fava beans
Last week of July:
4 pounds, total combined: tomatoes, green beans, kale
Choose 6 items: 3 heads of garlic; 1/2# bag of parsley; 1 gallon bag of fresh basil; 1/2# bag shelled cowpeas; tins of dried herbs; bunch of carrots
Last week of September:
4 pounds total, combined: sunchokes, green peppers, eggplant, okra, green tomatoes
Choose 6 items: butternut squash; bunches of greens; 1/2# bag beans; 2# bag sweet potatoes; bunch of celeriac; quart of ripe tomatoes; tins of dried herbs, teas and hibiscus
If you have more questions, please feel free to email Gail at email@example.com. It’s hard to answer all of the questions in one blog post. It can be a big decision to make as a household, which CSA to join. It’s important to choose the right day of the week, location, and style of pick up. If this one is not right for you, I can make recommendations. There is nothing worse than having buyer’s remorse in May- it’s a long season, and hopefully a tasty and fulfilling one for all of us!
Excited to have signed up for another full season family CSA share from @3PHarmony again this year! Best CSA in DC, and one passionately committed to fostering a sustainable local food system in DC. https://t.co/5ax7W9jzgR
— M.T.Millerم.ت.میلر (@M_T_Miller) February 3, 2018