2014 CSA membership sign-up is now closed. Please come back in the fall for information about 2015 CSA shares.
Welcome to Spoutwood Farm CSA
We are looking forward to a bountiful 2014 season in building on all the successes of this past season, as well as trying our hand at a few new vegetables. As last year, this coming season we'll plan to harvest and distribute bags of produce for 24 weeks. Harvests will start the last Thursday in May and go through the first Thursday in November. Please join us; you'll be glad you did.
What is Spoutwood Farm?
Spoutwood is a 26-acre farm 35 miles north of Baltimore and 15 miles south of York nestled in Glen Rock, PA. The front field operates as a 3-acre CSA that has been farmed without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers since 1996, having been fallow for the preceding 10 years.
OK, What is Community Supported Agriculture?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a direct-market relationship between a farm and a group of people who sign on to be a part of the farm for a year. Those people have a variety of reasons for doing so, though it usually boils down to one main reason: the fresh, local, nutrient dense, way more delicious than grocery store organic produce. In the process, those shareholders help keep small, sustainable farms in operation, keep food dollars local, oftentimes become engaged in the community aspect of the farm, eat more seasonally, and improve their diet.
In the CSA model, shareholders commit to support a farm by paying in advance for a regular supply of vegetables. This allows the farmer to grow the best quality produce without the economic worry that now besets modern agriculture, particularly as the cash flow comes in when the farmer needs it most, at the beginning of the season. Spoutwood still operates within the pure CSA model, which is uncommon these days. That means we don't market the produce through other avenues. Everything produced in the field is distributed equally amongst the membership. So, in keeping with the original idea of the CSA, in high times everybody shares in the bounty, and in the more difficult years everybody shares in the burden.
How it Works
- Each shareholder receives 24 weekly deliveries of fresh, naturally grown produce.
- A Large Share is intended to meet most of the produce needs for 3-4 people and costs $725 (about $30 dollars a week).
- A Medium Share (approximately 60% of the Large Share) is intended for 1-2 people and costs $495 (less than $21 per week).
- This year, a limited number of CSA shareholders may reinforce their sense of ownership and involvement by giving modest “working support” of 8 hours per Share, thereby reducing the cost of their share by $60.
- This year, there are a very limited number of “Working Shareholder” openings available for those who would like to receive their weekly share in exchange for hot, sweaty, buggy, grueling field work (70 hrs. Medium, 100 hrs. Large).
We will be delivering weekly shares on Thursdays to:
- Spoutwood Farm CSA in Glen Rock, PA
- Whole Life Boost Natural Foods in Olde Tollgate Village, South Queen St, in South York, PA
- Hanover, PA
- Cockeysville, MD
- Baltimore, MD (Roland Park)
What Kind of Vegetables Can I Expect from the CSA?
- Spring: Beets, Bok Choi, Broccoli, Carrots, Fennel, Garlic Scapes, Greens, Green Onions, Herbs, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Radishes, Raspberries, Spinach, Sugar Snap Peas.
- Summer: Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Greens, Green Onions, Herbs, Lettuce, Onions, Peppers (sweet and hot), Potatoes, Raspberries, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Watermelons.
- Fall: Beans, Beets, Bok Choi, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Collard Greens, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Greens, Herbs, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Parsnips, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips, Winter Squash.
credit to Meghan Jahnke for the photos