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CSAs & Buying Clubs

The following list, organized by state, provides basic information about all the CSAs and buying clubs that are available through Farm to City's partnership program. To get more information about any of the organizations in the list or to become a member, simply click on the name of the CSA or buying club to view its home page.

What are CSAs and buying clubs?

Virginia

Lancaster Farm Fresh
Region: DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA
Availability: Mid May - October
Type: Traditional CSA
Description: Co-op of Lancaster County, PA farmers

Pennsylvania

Winter Harvest Philadelphia
Region: Philadelphia and suburbs
Availability: November to April
Type: Buying Club
Description: Buying club with 20 delivery locations in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware County and Collingswood New Jersey. Food items from farmers in Lancaster, Berks, Chester, and other counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Livengood Family Farm
Region: Lancaster County
Availability: exclusive to Amerigas/UGI Buying Club members
Type: Buying Club
Description: Offering our organically raised produce and pasture-raised meat products with additional fruits offered by partnering farms and orchards. This buying club offers delivery directly to the work place.
Meadow Run Farm
Region: Philadelphia area
Availability: Year-round
Type: Buying Club
Description: Sustainably-raised & Gmo-free meat and eggs from Meadow Run Farm. *Cheese, Yogurt, & Butter. *Homemade Bakery Items. *Sweeteners. *Oils.
Taproot Farm
Region: Philadelphia, Berks County & Lehigh Valley
Availability: June - November
Type: Traditional CSA
Description: 23 week CSA produced by a family farm in Berks County.
Teens4Good
Region: Philadelphia
Availability: May through October
Type: Traditional CSA
Description: Traditional CSA based in Philadelphia.
Crawford Organics CSA
Region: Center City Philadelphia & Lancaster County
Availability: January-April, May-August, September-December
Type: Traditional CSA
Description: Traditional CSA. Local, certified organic vegetables year round.
Red Earth Farm
Region: Philadelphia and regions North & West
Availability: June - November
Type: Member Choice CSA + Buying Club
Description: 22-week CSA with supplemental buying club
Lancaster Farm Fresh
Region: DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA
Availability: Mid May - October
Type: Traditional CSA
Description: Co-op of Lancaster County, PA farmers
West Philly Foods
Region: Philadelphia
Availability: May 22nd through October 23rd, 2014
Type: Traditional CSA
Description: The Enterprise Center CDC is supporting a local food economy, from farmer to food entrepreneur through a unique CSA model that incorporates our kitchen incubator, The Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises. Fruit and Veggie shares paired with optional value-added products such as jams, bread, bacon, nut butter and local beer! Support our community by donating shares to families in West Philadelphia.
Philly Foodworks
Region: Philadelphia
Availability: May through October
Type: Traditional CSA + Buying Club
Description: Philly Foodworks is taking local and compassionate food out of a niche market and bringing it to everyone. Members can customize their shares to the degree they desire and are reimbursed when they can not pick up their share.
Rineer Family Farm Share
Region: Philadelphia
Availability: Spring/Summer
Type: Traditional CSA
Description: Family farm CSA offering full and half produce share and optional dairy and meat shares
Wimer's Organics CSA
Region: Lancaster County to Philadelphia
Availability: May through November
Type: Traditional CSA + Buying Club
Description: CSA with supplemental buying club. New in 2009. Farmer with deep experience in organic farming.

New York

Rondout Valley Organics
Region: Rondout Valley in Ulster county and eastern Sullivan county
Availability: new for 2014: year-round!
Type: Buying Club
Description: Rondout Valley Organics offers local farm products - produce, cheeses, meats and so much more - via a convenient online marketplace. We offer organic produce from Rusty Plough Farm and fresh, flavorful & healthy products from neighboring farms.
Lancaster Farm Fresh
Region: DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA
Availability: Mid May - October
Type: Traditional CSA
Description: Co-op of Lancaster County, PA farmers

New Jersey

Winter Harvest Philadelphia
Region: Philadelphia and suburbs
Availability: November to April
Type: Buying Club
Description: Buying club with 20 delivery locations in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware County and Collingswood New Jersey. Food items from farmers in Lancaster, Berks, Chester, and other counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Z Food Farm
Region: Philadelphia & NJ
Availability: May through November
Type: Traditional CSA
Description: Certified organic 25 week CSA based out of Lawrenceville, NJ.
Lancaster Farm Fresh
Region: DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA
Availability: Mid May - October
Type: Traditional CSA
Description: Co-op of Lancaster County, PA farmers

Maryland

Lancaster Farm Fresh
Region: DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA
Availability: Mid May - October
Type: Traditional CSA
Description: Co-op of Lancaster County, PA farmers

Delaware

Lancaster Farm Fresh
Region: DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA
Availability: Mid May - October
Type: Traditional CSA
Description: Co-op of Lancaster County, PA farmers

Washington, D.C.

Lancaster Farm Fresh
Region: DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA
Availability: Mid May - October
Type: Traditional CSA
Description: Co-op of Lancaster County, PA farmers


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CSA and Buying Club Definitions

Community Supported Agriculture, or "CSA," is a mutually-beneficial arrangement between community members and a local farmer in which the farmer provides produce and other farm products during the growing season in exchange for payment before the season begins. Each week of the growing season, the farmer harvests the mature crops and divides the produce into "shares," typically one for each member of the CSA operation. In most CSAs, the produce supplied in the weekly share boxes is the same for each member. In some CSAs, members can select the crops they want each week from a list of mature crops that are ready to harvest. Farmers deliver the shares to pre-arranged locations for members to pick up, or members pick up their shares directly from the farm. Since CSA members pay at the beginning of the season, they share with the farmer the benefits and risks of farming that result from yearly variations in the weather.

Traditional CSA: a CSA operation in which a farmer divides the week's crop yield equally among the member's share boxes. Members pay for their shares at the beginning of the season and receive weekly share deliveries of whatever produce is available at the time.

Member Choice CSA: a CSA operation in which members are given some choice about what seasonal products appear in their share boxes from week to week. Members pay at the beginning of the season, and then submit their orders each week from a list of available crops. Members who do not submit weekly orders still receive a share box filled with "farmer's choice" items.

Buying clubs allow their members to order food for periodic delivery, typically once a week. In some clubs, members place their orders at the end the month for the next four or five weeks; in other clubs, members place their orders more frequently. Unlike CSAs, buying clubs operate on a "pay-as-you-go" basis, allowing their members to order as much or as little food as they want from week to week. As with CSA deliveries, buying club members pick up their weekly orders from designated drop-off locations. The items offered in local food buying clubs are often not available to consumers anywhere else: artisan meats and cheeses, pastured and raw dairy products and heirloom varieties of local fruits and vegetables. Ordering food from local buying clubs is a great way for consumers to support local farmers and preserve the local environment, while at the same time enjoying fresh, seasonal and nutrient-rich foods.

CSA and Buying Club Combinations Some farmers offer a traditional or member choice CSA in addition to a buying club. In these cases, members still pay for a CSA share at the beginning of the season and then have the option of supplementing their weekly CSA deliveries with items from the buying club.

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