Midsummer Farm CSA

We're currently open for registration for our 2015 CSA season!

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2015 CSA Registration Form can be downloaded here!


Changes to the 2015 CSA Program at Midsummer Farm

We've been doing a CSA program since 2006, and we feel the need to make some changes! We're going to now aim for an even more artful and gourmet basket each week - that will include diverse heirloom vegetables, herbs, and creative salad ingredients like microgreens, shoots, and edible flowers. We will be including more fruit as well and growing to match wonderful recipes by the top vegan and vegetarian chefs in the world. We are really excited about stepping up our CSA shares, bringing them to another level! Unfortunately, doing this means we have to cut back on our total membership - so space is limited and will fill up fast!


What is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Program?

In the words of The Robyn Van En Center, CSA brings together community members, farmers, and agricultural land in a relationship of mutual support based on an annual commitment to one another - a commitment that ensures the survival of local farms today and for future generations.

If you are new to the concept of a CSA, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture where a household subscribes to a local farm for the growing season and picks up a weekly basket of fresh, organic produce at the farm. The basic idea of CSA farming is a cooperative relationship between the small farmer and his/her customers. With a preseason payment, you purchase a share of the season's harvest. You then receive a weekly basket of fresh produce during the course of the harvest season, from June to September. By subscribing to a CSA, you are providing a farmer with a very welcome measure of certainty, and in turn the farm is dedicated to providing you with varied, nutritious vegetables. The arrangement guarantees the farmer financial support and enables many small-to moderate-scale organic family farms to remain in business.

Ultimately, CSA creates agriculture-supported communities where members receive a wide variety of foods harvested at the peak of ripeness, flavor, and vitamin and mineral content.

Members of a CSA are called "shareholders" or "subscribers". The portion of the harvest each shareholder takes home is referred to as a "share."

The methods of operating a CSA vary considerably. Each CSA is designed specifically for its community and farmer, yet all CSAs strive for a truly sustainable operation, both economically and environmentally. Crops are planted in succession to provide a continuous weekly supply of mixed vegetables chosen for flavor and nutritional value, and to support biodiversity. The farmer frequently grows a large assortment of seasonal vegetables so shareholders can expect a wide variety. This greatly diminishes the risk of crop failure while enhancing soil fertility without the use of synthetic chemicals. Organic growing techniques such as crop rotation, companion planting, green manuring, and composting are often standard practice.

Each week the farmer harvests fresh, ripe crops that are divided equally among shareholders. Usually, shareholders receive their food within 24 hours of picking. A share is generally enough for a family of four or a couple on a vegetarian diet. The price of a share for a season varies widely depending on each farm's costs of operation, total months of distribution, variety of crops available, and soil productivity.

The #1 most important reason to join a CSA is to dedicate and commit yourself to receiving, and thus using and eating, a whole basket of super-fresh, seasonal, organic, local, vegetables, greens, and herbs each week!


How the Midsummer Farm CSA Program Works

We are accepting registrations now for the CSA ; all you need to do is download the registration form, fill it out, choose the options that work best for you and your household, enclose your check, and send to Midsummer Farm at 156 East Ridge Road, Warwick, NY 10990.

Registration form can be downloaded here.

Then starting in May/June, we will harvest and pack a bushel basket of produce for you each week. Pick up is at the farm - just stop by and get a big basket of delicious vegetables, along with recipes and ideas for using and storing. We also send out a weekly newsletter with more recipes and information on the week's harvest. We have two pick up times - Wednesdays between 6:30 and 7 pm and Fridays between 10 and 10:30 am.

We also will include fruit in our our traditional vegetable share. It won't be fruit that we grow ourselves (we only grow berries, figs, and melons as far as fruit goes). But the fruit portion will be certified organic and local whenever possible. Many people have requested fruit, and we know of some great sources for fresh and delicious organic fruit. Plus, fruit does really sweeten up the basket! We grow all the vegetables in the share baskets ourselves - we are certified organic and certified animal welfare approved.


Traditional Vegetable Share:

16 weeks, $765.00: Wednesdays, May 27th - Sept. 23rd or Fridays, May 29th - Sept. 25th 2015

You can register by downloading the form and sending a check or through Paypal (prices include electronic fees):

Traditional Vegetable Share Price Options

Add-ons (All Certified Organic, non-GMO):

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