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
approximately 100 pounds of organic fruit over 11 weeks
Aug. 2 – Ten pound flat of peaches
Aug. 9 – Two bags of fruit: peaches + (plums or heirloom tomatoes)
Aug. 16 – Two fruits: Ten pound flat of peaches + (plums or heirloom tomatoes)
Aug. 23 – Two bags of fruit: peaches + (plums or heirloom tomatoes)
Aug. 30 – Three items: peaches + (plums or heirloom tomatoes) + (jar of peach jam or peach butter)
Sept. 6- Two bags of fruit: peaches + (pears or plums, or heirloom tomatoes)
Sept. 13- Three bags of fruit: peaches + apples + (pears or plums or heirloom tomatoes)
Sept. 20- Three bags of fruit: apples + (peaches or pears) + (plums or heirloom tomatoes)
Sept. 27- Two bags of fruit: apples + (pears or plums
Oct. 4 – Three items: large bag of Honeycrisp apples + (pears or plums) + ½ gallon apple cider
Oct 11 – Three items: pears + (heirloom apples or plums) + ½ gallon of apple cider
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. 11- 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.