What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is an idea that has been in the United States since the mid-1980s. It is a covenant between the farmers and the members of the community in a relationship that benefits both sides. People purchase a share to the farm before the farm season. Then during the season, members get a weekly distribution from the farm of fresh, chemical-free produce, fruits, flowers, and herbs. This system allows the farmer to mitigate some risks by having a known number of customers and income which also helps immensely in the crop planning and marketing aspects of the farm. And the individuals and families who join get a great value for their food dollar! They receive extremely fresh, delicious produce throughout the growing season.
Our goal is to provide a selection that is diverse, high quality, and gives you a lot of value for your food dollar. Members of the CSA also get access to the farm and fields, opportunities to attend farm tours and seasonal events and maybe even do some work on the farm (this is optional but be careful… volunteering on a farm is how I got into farming!) The CSA model has grown because it works. It has allowed thousands of farms to survive financially and it has helped them put the ‘culture’ back in agriculture.
What food is in a share?
Your CSA share will vary in size and volume from week to week. The share will be lighter early in the season as we produce more lettuces, greens, and peas but will soon grow to include beets, cucumbers, squash, and cabbage! A CSA share, including u-pick crops, will average about 12-15 pounds per week with some weeks weighing in much higher (think late summer!) Our goal is to give you a wide diversity of produce mixing things you probably know and love like lettuce, tomatoes, and potatoes, with foods you may not be as familiar with like okra, fennel, collard greens and ‘husk cherries’. We will also provide you with plenty of information about the produce and ways you can cook, store, and enjoy them! Much of this will come in the form of a weekly CSA email with all the news about the food and the farm for the week!
The actual list will include even more crops AND there will often be many varieties within each crop i.e., cucumbers – slicing cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, white ‘kirby’ cucumbers etc.! And we value your feedback to help guide our future crop plans.
We also anticipate offering other items from our farm and other local farms such as eggs, honey, jams, tomato sauce and so on. Stay tuned for more details!
Join the CSA
We are selling CSA shares for the 2021 farm season. Shares are limited since this is our first season and we anticipate selling out quickly. If you are interested please register ASAP. If you are interested in a workshare (trading your labor on the farm for a share – please scroll down).
The cost of a share is $560. The distribution season (20 weeks) will run from early June to mid-October. We will contact you about opening week as we get closer to June. Pick-up days will be Tuesdays 10 am – 6 pm and Fridays 9 am – 4 pm at the Rancocas Creek Farm. Please note that if COVID 19 protocols make it necessary, we will have shareholders sign up for specific pick-up times to manage crowding.
Payment of $150 is required to reserve a share. Subsequent payments of $205 will be due March 10th and May 10th. You can also pay for your share in full. Reserve your spot today by clicking the “Purchase a CSA Share” button below.
Current members of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance get $20 off the price of a share by using the coupon code “RCF”. Thank you for being a member!
Prefer to pay by check? Print out this form and mail it along with payment to Rancocas Creek Farm, 17 Pemberton Rd, Southampton, NJ 08088.
Donate to help families in need
As part of our mission, we will be donating as much produce as we can to those in need. When you purchase your share you have an option to make a tax-deductible donation to the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. For every $10 we raise we will grow an additional 15 pounds of fresh produce which New Jersey Farmers Against Hunger will deliver directly to families in our community who need it.
WORK / VOLUNTEER
Growing all this food and caring for this land takes a lot of hands. If you would like information on seasonal work or volunteer opportunities at Rancocas Creek Farm please contact Jeff Tober, Farm Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
A work-share is basically a trade of your labor and enthusiasm at the farm in exchange for a share. We are looking for candidates who can dedicate a weekly day and time for farm work and can bring a spirit of hard work, energy, and a desire to work outside in all kinds of weather.
Update Feb. 11, 2021: We have had an overwhelming response to our work-share program for the 2021 season. We are unable to accept more requests for this program.
What A ’Workshare’ Gives:
- You give 100 hours of work throughout the farm season
- You commit to a scheduled 4-hour shift per week (work begins in April)
- You arrive at the farm on-time ready and willing to do whatever needs doing
- You bring a spirit of energy and enthusiasm to the farm
What A ‘Workshare’ Gets:
- A 20 week Share to the Farm
- A thorough introduction to farmwork and the very basics of how a farm operates throughout the farm season
- Being part of a team that is growing chemical-free food for their local community!
For more information on our work-share program please contact us at email@example.com