What It is Like to Be a Member of Our CSA Program
The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at Seminary Hill Farm is incredibly important to the team because it provides a direct connection to members of the community. Whether we are planning prior to the season and choosing which seeds will work best or waiting until the very morning before CSA distribution to harvest, every detail is carefully considered so our members receive a unique experience centered around seasonal eating. If you have never been part of a CSA program, it is an easy way to receive high-quality produce every week and support a local farmer within your community.
Joining our CSA Program
Our CSA program offers 3 seasons throughout the year. Each season offers a total of 8 weekly CSA distributions. When you sign up for a season, you will have the option to choose which distribution day and location will work best for you. We offer 2 hour windows at each distribution in an effort to accommodate our members' busy schedules. We also offer two share sizes, a half share and a full share. The half share will provide 25 credits and the full share will provide 40 credits.
Choosing your CSA Items
Once you have signed up for our CSA program, you can plan to meet us at the location you choose during the listed distribution time. For example, if you chose Seminary Hill Farm, you can arrive anytime between 4 and 6pm on Tuesday. The evening before your CSA distribution, you will receive a newsletter in your email. This will list all of the items that will be available for you to choose from that week. Our farm team has worked hard to properly plan each week prior to the season so you will be able to choose from a changing variety of freshly harvested, high-quality produce. There will also be storage information, preparation tips and helpful recipes to help you celebrate the items in your CSA share. Whether you are a beginner in the kitchen or an advanced culinary professional, our chefs at Seminary Hill Farm Kitchen have worked closely with the farm team to create a CSA program that each of our members can enjoy.
When you arrive for your CSA distribution, you will see that our farm team has the on-site farm stand set up, similar to a farmer's market. Each week, there will be seasonal varieties harvested from the farm on display for you to choose from. We make sure to bring the proper amount of each item so even the last CSA member will have the same variety to choose from as the first. Pastured eggs from Seminary Hill Farm and freshly baked goods from Seminary Hill Farm Kitchen will also be available for you to select for your CSA share. The baked goods include organic ingredients and are baked the morning before distribution in an effort to provide the best product for our members.
Each item will be assigned a credit value and you can choose as many items as you would like until you have used all the credits that were assigned to you based on your share size. Here are some examples of what our credit system looks like: 8 oz of specialty Brassica Salad Mix is 5 credits, an 8 oz bunch of scarlet kale is 3 credits, a green pepper is 1 credit and 1 lb of asparagus is 5 credits. It is a simple process that allows the farm team to plan each week in advance and allows the CSA member to customize their CSA share. This process also eliminates unnecessary waste and packaging. Our farm team will be on-site to answer any questions you have about how the item was grown, flavor profiles or the best way to prepare it. The best part of the CSA distribution is that it creates an authentic connection between the grower and the community so we encourage our members to let us know what they think.
Preparing your CSA Items
When you join our CSA program, you will receive high-quality, seasonal produce that was harvested directly from the farm and delivered directly to you. As the seasons change, the varieties will change causing a shift in our menus. It is an exciting and unique experience that the farm team has worked hard to create. Each week will provide familiar favorites as well as some unique items that will inspire a new meal. Our newsletter includes recipes that do not require hours in the kitchen or a mastery of culinary skills because we want every member to enjoy the fresh harvest from the farm in a real and practical way.
Outside of our CSA Program
As a member of our CSA program, you will also have exclusive access to farm-to-table dinners, live cooking demonstrations and special events. We recently hosted a farm-to-table tasting at one of our CSA distribution locations and an "Evening on the Farm" which included elegant hors d'oeuvres and guided farm tours. Our goal is to build a complete connection from farm to table and we have even more exciting plans to come.