2021 CSA

This page has information for current CSA members. If you want to be added to the waiting list please fill out this google form. Please note that I don’t anticipate having space open up until 2022 but I will let you know if anything changes.

Scroll down to read all of the information or

Click here for details about what to expect in the share.

Click here for reminders about the pick up instructions.

Click here if you are a Saturday member and want to find the google form to customize.

photo by Anna Meyer

PICKING UP YOUR SHARE EACH WEEK

You signed up for a specific location and that cannot change from week to week.

The options are:

Wednesday 5 – 8 pm in Petworth or Brookland

Saturdays 9 – 1 at the Annie’s Ace Hardware in Brookland

If you are signed up for a porch pick up, check back to your inbox for the message from me where I sent you the address. I don’t post the hosts’ addresses on the internet 🙂

Saturday CSA members can fill out a google form each week, between Monday and Wednesday, for a semi-customizable option. Click here for more info.

Masks are required for the pick up, regardless of whether or not you have been vaccinated.  If you or someone in your household is sick due to COVID-19, please do not come to pick up your own share. Please contact Gail and we will figure something out. We do not have the capacity to make home deliveries, but I can help figure out a solution.

photo by Anna Meyer

Important pick up reminders:

  1. The window is unfortunately not flexible.

Wednesday pick ups are between 5 – 8

Saturday pick up is between 9 – 1

If you find yourself running 3 – 5 min late it is probably not a big deal. But more than that and we have already begun to clean up for the day.

2. Missed shares are donated. The left over boxes do not go back to the farm so I can’t let you pick it up there on a different day. Our lease agreement does not allow us to do CSA pick ups at the farm otherwise we would do that instead of loading a vehicle twice a week and going somewhere else.

What happens if you:

  • go out of town?
  • get stuck late at work?
  • forgot that it was CSA pick up day?

You can rest easily that night knowing that your box was given to someone who needs it and couldn’t buy one themselves. Thanks to the generous volunteer work of our pick up hosts and the Ward 5 Mutual Aid group, no veggies end up in the compost pile!

If you don’t want to donate it, you can always send someone else.

Saturday exception: If your pick up is on Saturday at the Annie’s Ace Hardware, you can use the google form to skip a share and move that box forward to the bonus week.  Just keep in mind that there is only one bonus week so if you skip 10 boxes, you’ll either get 10 boxes at the same time or, again, allow a family in Ward 5 to have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

3. What to do with your boxes, bags, rubber bands, pots, compost

For the Wednesday members, you MUST TAKE THE BOX WITH YOU no exceptions. I will pick up the boxes on the last Wednesday of the month.

All members should keep your bags and rubber bands. Please reuse them at home.

I will take back pots but only if they came from me OR they are the same size. Sorry but storing 8,000 pots over winter became unruly when they were not the same size so I had to cut down on my up cycling.

Compost is collected on Saturdays at the Annie’s Ace Hardware pick up. I will have a bucket and take it back to the farm with me after the pick up. If you pick up your share on Wednesdays but want to bring your compost to us, that is fine. Do know that many farmer’s markets have free compost collection though and I imagine that it is more convenient for you to go to Columbia Heights or Mt Pleasant.

Compost rules – no meat, dairy, bread, oil, processed or cooked food. No plastic, no labels, no rubber bands or twist ties. Please put it in the freezer if it is more than 1 week old. Examples: Yes to uneaten salad if it is undressed. No to corn cobs if you put butter on them.

THE SEASON

The season is divided between:

  • spring 8 wks (May and June)
  • summer 8 wks (July and August)
  • fall 10 wks (Sept – first week of Nov)

You can sign up for spring only, full season, or spring and fall only. We do not sell summer only shares. Everyone who is currently signed up for the spring season will have the opportunity to add summer and fall **at the same time** I will send out an email in June about that.

If enough current CSA members do not renew for summer and fall, that is how we would have spots open on the waiting list.

2021 CSA

This year’s CSA will begin the first full week in May and end the first full week in November. Like always, we will skip the week of July 4.

WHAT TO EXPECT

This year there is only one size share. The single and family size were merged to a one one size fits all, with an average of 8 – 9 items for $30/ wk.

The spring CSA will start out slow, with apples, pears, fresh herbs and herb seedlings rounding out the greens in the first couple of weeks. We should have radishes by week 2 at the latest, then turnips, kohlrabi, scallions and possibly leeks before the end of spring. Bok choi and tat soi are kind of like greens but hopefully different enough to get your home kitchen creative juices flowing. Our farm does grow a lot of greens, and since we are not sourcing vegetables from other farms this year that will be a very big part of the spring CSA. I will mix in other special items from our farm, TBD but it will be exciting I promised!

photo by Anna Meyer

The summer months (July and August) will have fewer greens except for swiss chard and sweet potato greens. Lettuce heads under shade cloth will hopefully last through the beginning of July though. In summer we will begin to have leeks, potatoes, beans, cucumbers, zucchini, okra, and peaches. I anticipate harvesting the beets closer to summer than spring, but most likely it will be right during that shoulder time between the spring and summer sessions. This year I would like to go back to giving out bunches of sunflowers to everyone, like we used to do in the beginning. It’s a logistical challenge because we obviously won’t put flowers in your box. You have to remember to grab the bunch from the bucket on the porch! I

photo by Anna Meyer

find it is a nice treat. It’s a tradition I learned while training at Clagett.

 

Fall brings back greens from spring plus a wider variety root crops. I try to offer a decent amount of storage turnips and radishes in the fall because they will keep in your fridge all winter. I make roasted vegetables at least two Sundays a month in the winter. I do try to balance out the pleas for moderation though – I know that not everyone has a gigantic refrigerator and people who live alone can do only so many roasted sheet pans of radishes.

What will be available this year?

Definitely: Apples, arugula, asian pears, beans (green and dragon lingerie), beets, bok choi, collard greens, cucumbers, flowers, fresh herbs, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, okra, pea shoots, peaches, potatoes, salad radishes, scallions, spicy mix, seedlings (herb), storage radishes (fall only), sweet potato greens, swiss chard, tat soi, turnips, yellow squash, yokatta na, zucchini.

Maybe: spinach, sweet potatoes, butternut squash