CSA: Community Supported Agriculture Farm Shares

Shareholder notes:  Shares started June 6.

2018 newsletters:  July 18, July 3 June 20June 6

Tomatoes are in!  We are growing about 20 different varieties of tomatoes, in various colors and sizes– red, orange, yellow, purple, green, and striped.  All keep their  best flavor stored at room temperature until you use them.  You will receive a variety of tomatoes in your share– enjoy trying them all!

Beans are a treat!  We grow 3 kinds, and all of them are stringless bush types– so eat the whole thing, raw or cooked.  Italian flat Roma and Jumbo are sweet and meaty; round “Provider” beans are crisp and tasty, too.

Our Melons are cantaloupe type and have sweet orange flesh when ripe.  They are ripe when there is no green tinge under the skin and they emit a sweet scent.  Store at room temperature until ripe, then refrigerate.

Eggplant from the farm is tender and mild flavored.  We grow black and purple Italian types, as well as thin purple Asian eggplant.   Store in the refrigerator.  No need to peel or brine before you use it!

Basil is best stored at room temperature, with the stems in a glass or vase.  It will turn black if refrigerated.  Other herbs like parsley, mint, and sage can be stored like greens in the refrigerator.

Types of summer squash are:  zucchini, yellow zucchini, mid-east zucchini, patty pan, and yellow squash.  The zucchinis and patty pans are firmer and good for grilling or cutting into “Pasta;” the yellow squash is milder and good sauteed and for casseroles; they are good mixed together!

Types of cucumbers are: Picklers (short and stripey), Asian (long and crinkly, thinnest skin), burpless (shiny skin, most susceptible to cucumber beetle damage), and slicers (darkest green, thickest skin) all can be used in salads or eaten raw.  The asian and burpless kinds are the most perishable and sweetest, so use them first.

Cabbage, chard, and specialty greens like Sweet Potato greens will be the types in shares as late summer is upon us.

Garlic and sweet onions are in now, and you’ll be getting both alternating in your shares.  The fresh garlic is great stored on the counter; sweet onions should be refrigerated.

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For a weekly box of vegetables from the farm, buy a share in Waterpenny Farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  In 2018 we will offer 19 weeks of vegetables from June through early October.  The CSA is full for the 2018 season.

Our Wednesday delivery sites are in Arlington (at 3434 Washington Boulevard) and Warrenton at Whiffletree Farm Store at 8717 Springs Road.   We also serve the Rappahannock County area through CSA and an on-farm self-serve stand in season.

Shares delivered to Arlington, Warrenton, and Lorton are $580 for a full share; $340 for a half share. Shares picked up on the farm are $525 for a full share; $285 for a half share.

On-farm shareholders pick up in our green barn on the farm in a market-style setup on Thursdays.

Your Weekly Share

We offer full shares for a family of 4 or 2 who eat a lot of vegetables, and half shares for 1 or 2 people. Shares include a biweekly newsletter with recipes and farm updates.  Here are some typical share examples

Shareholders receive a weekly bag of the produce we grow, from early June through early October.  See our Harvest Schedule for details.  A biweekly newsletter with recipes, farm notes, shareholder contributions, and pictures from the farm is included.  A shareholder event is hosted on the farm each year.

Shares start lighter and leafier in June and increase in size and variety with the growing season, with peak amounts in August and September.  Shareholders can purchase bulk produce like tomatoes and winter squash in season to preserve for the winter.

Food Bank Partnership

This year, our Food Bank CSA partner is Food For Others in Fairfax, VA.  (We worked in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank’s Northern Virginia branch form 2000-2017) Our low-income share program provides low-income families with vegetables they pick up along with other food assistance. As a farm, we donate thousands of pounds of extra produce to the Food Bank, in addition to providing CSA shares for use by selected families and in the Food Bank’s education outreach programs. CSA Shareholders can help neighbors in need by contributing to the program when they purchase a share.

Why Support a CSA Farm?

  • Commit to financially supporting a local farm for the entire growing season.
  • Learn about how healthy food can be produced without damaging the environment.
  • Develop a relationship with the people who grow your food through a bi-weekly newsletter and visits to the farm.
  • Receive fresh, locally grown, pesticide-free produce each week.