Join Our CSA

What is a CSA?

Working directly with you, without the intermediary of stores or wholesalers, gives us the opportunity to provide the freshest quality and the most competitive prices. This system is known as Subscription Farming, Community Supported Agriculture, or, most simply, a CSA. The benefits of participating in a CSA are great. Besides enjoying, fresh, great tasting, local food, you become directly connected to your source. You will be supporting a small farm and contributing to your local economy.

This Is How It Works:

With a preseason payment, you can purchase a "share" of our summer's harvest. You then receive a weekly container of our freshest, seasonal produce during the course of our twenty week harvest season, from May/June to mid-October. Further, you may choose to extend the season with a Winter Share - 4 additional boxes of vegetables to be delivered every other week in November & December.

A Shared Commitment:

When you sign up, you dedicate yourself to being our customer for the year, thus providing us a secure market -- a welcome measure of certainty in the fickle world of farming! We, in turn, dedicate ourselves to being your farmers, providing you with a varied, nutritious vegetable diet. As a CSA member, you receive the ‘First Pick’ as the CSA containers are filled before we go to the market. Our CSA members won’t have to be up at the crack of dawn for the best selection – it’s already in the container you receive weekly.

Shared Risk; Shared Reward

We do our very best to bring you a beautiful and bountiful container each week, but since our boss, Nature, provides no guarantees -- we can't offer any either. One of the premises of a Community Supported Agriculture program is that the shareholder shares, through the veggies, the farmers' experience of nature's mischief (and blessings). While this is our first year to venture into a CSA program, we have gardened here at Phocas Farms for 3 years and have yet to experience any situation that caused us to lose our entire crop.

Phocas Photos

The Beginning

The Beginning

Laying the Plastic

Laying the Plastic

Planting the First Tomatoes the First Year

Planting the First Tomatoes the First Year

Steve planting tomatoes

Steve planting tomatoes

Building the first hoop house

Building the first hoop house

Making sure its all good

Making sure its all good

Sure nice having family help

Sure nice having family help

Now that looks good

Now that looks good

Working on the second hoop house

Working on the second hoop house

Second Hoop House looking good

Second Hoop House looking good

Charlie picking in hoop house 2011

Charlie picking in hoop house 2011

1st Hoop House Spring 2011

1st Hoop House Spring 2011

Plasticulture 2011

Plasticulture 2011

Ready

Ready

Ready2

Ready2

Potatoes3

Potatoes3

Join our CSA!

Why Is Community Supported Agriculture Important?

  • CSA encourages direct communication and cooperation among farmers and consumers.
  • CSA provides farmers and growers with a fair return on their labor.
  • CSA keeps food dollars in the local community and contributes to the development and maintenance of regional food systems.
  • With a "guaranteed market" for their produce, farmers can invest their time in doing the best job they can producing food rather than marketing their products.
  • CSA supports the biodiversity of a given farm and the diversity of agriculture.
  • CSA creates a sense of social responsibility and stewardship of local land.
  • CSA puts "the farmers face on food" and increases understanding of how, where, and by whom our food is grown.