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 clicking to add a share to your cart on the website. If it works, the share is available!
WHY BUY A CSA SHARE?
We 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.
Weekly Fruit Share Predicted Schedules
Early Season Fruit Share-$75
Approximately 20 pounds of organic fruit over 3 weeks
July 12- Sweet cherries
July 19- Sweet cherries and peaches
July 26- Sweet cherries and 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
Aug. 2- Two items: peaches + jar of peach jam or peach butter
Aug. 9- Two bags of fruit: peaches + (plums or heirloom tomatoes)
Aug. 16- Ten pound flat of peaches
Aug. 23- Two bags of fruit: peaches + (plums or heirloom tomatoes)
Aug. 30- Two bags of fruit: peaches + (plums or heirloom tomatoes)
Sept. 6- Two bags of fruit: peaches + (pears or plums, or heirloom tomatoes)
Sept. 13- Three bags of fruit: peaches + apples + (heirloom tomatoes or pears or plums)
Sept. 20- Two bags of fruit: apples + (pears or plums or heirloom tomatoes)
Sept. 27- Two bags of fruit: apples + (pears or plums)
Oct. 4- Two items: apples + (pears or plums or ½ gallon apple cider)
Oct. 11- Two items: heirloom apples + (pears or ½ gallon apple cider)
Oct. 18- Two items: (apples or pears) + ½ gallon apple cider
Oct. 25- Twenty-pound box of storage apples-When kept cold, these apples will stay fresh for several weeks.
Imperfect Canning Share- $145
120 pounds of imperfect organic fruit
Eat organic fruit for less than conventional prices!
Aug. 16- Peaches- 20lbs.
Aug. 23- Heirloom tomatoes-20lbs.
Sept. 6- Peaches-20lbs.
Sept. 13- Bartlett pears-20lbs. (pears may take 7-10 days to ripen)
Sept. 27- Apples-20lbs. (Jonathans, likely)
Oct. 25- Apples-20 lbs.
WHAT IF I MISS A WEEK?
You will love the flexibility of our CSA share. If you miss a week, we’ll make fruit up to you the week before or the next week. Easy! Sorry, we do not offer switching between pick up sites.