WHEN CAN I BUY A CSA SHARE?
Ela CSA fruit shares are available for purchase in the spring from March through mid June. You can tell if a share is open for purchase by adding a share to your cart on the website. If it works, the share is available!
WHY BUY A CSA SHARE?
We grow over 50 varieties of fruit that we pick at the peak of flavor and often sell out of prized fruit at our farmers markets. Therefore a CSA membership is a great way to ensure your share of our fruit crop. Because ripening dates are dynamic, flexibility is required of our members. If we are short of one fruit, we will substitute the full retail value with another fruit or artisan fruit product. After all, taking the twists and turns and bumps in the road with your farmer is part of the agricultural adventure! We guarantee that our fruit will be delicious and that our members receive the full retail value of their share.
Predicted Fruit Share Schedules
Early Season Fruit Share-$75
Approximately 20 pounds of organic fruit over 3 weeks
July 9- Cherries
July 16- Cherries + Peaches
July 23- Cherries + Peaches
– includes our riskiest crop, cherries, which bloom in early spring. If the temperature drops too low while fruit trees are in bloom, the crop is reduced or lost…so Early season share sign up is tentative until we know the cherries’ fate. If we have a cherry crop, we open Early season share sign ups for a short time between June 2nd-June 15th. All current CSA members will receive a personal notification via email if we have an Early season share.
Peak Season Fruit Share-$299
Over 100 pounds of organic fruit over 13 weeks
July 30- Two items: peaches + jar of peach jam or peach butter
Aug. 6- Two bags of fruit: peaches + (plums or heirloom tomatoes)
Aug. 13- Ten pound flat of peaches
Aug. 20- Two bags of fruit: peaches + (plums or heirloom tomatoes)
Aug. 27- Two bags of fruit: peaches + (plums or heirloom tomatoes)
Sept. 3- Two bags of fruit: peaches + (pears or plums, or heirloom tomatoes)
Sept. 10- Three bags of fruit: peaches + apples + (heirloom tomatoes or pears or plums)
Sept. 17- Two bags of fruit: apples + (pears or plums or heirloom tomatoes)
Sept. 24- Two bags of fruit: apples + (pears or plums)
Oct. 1- Two items: apples + (pears or plums or ½ gallon apple cider)
Oct. 8- Two items: heirloom apples + (pears or ½ gallon apple cider)
Oct. 15- Two items: (apples or pears) + ½ gallon apple cider
Oct. 22- Twenty-pound box of storage apples-When kept cold, these apples will stay fresh for several weeks.
Imperfect Canning Share-$145
120 lbs of imperfect organic fruit
Eat organic for less than conventional prices!
Aug. 13- Peaches-20lbs.
Aug. 20- Heirloom tomatoes -20lbs.
Sept. 3- Peaches-20lbs.
Sept. 10- Bartlett pears-20lbs. (The pears may take approximately a week to ripen)
Sept. 24- Apples-20lbs.
Oct. 22- Apples-20 lbs.
WHAT IF I MISS A WEEK?
You will love the flexibility of our CSA share. We will keep it in the cooler for you until you or a friend can pick it up. If you know ahead of time that you won’t be able to pick up a certain week, please let us know ahead of time and we can make it up to you the week before or after.
If you have further questions or would like to pay with a check, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you at our farm!