Farm Share/CSA FAQ
WHO: The NWPA Growers' Cooperative Farm Share/CSA will provide you with fresh, local, organic/naturally-raised produce, meat and eggs.
WHEN: Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 7, 2016 through November 16, 2017. Pickup time is 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at most locations. Some locations allow expanded pickup times.
WHERE: Pickups are planned for 12 communities around northwestern Pennsylvania. Click here to see if there is a pickup in your community.
WHAT: We offer Full Shares, Small Shares, and Mini Shares consisting of lots of vegetables with some fruit. Additional add-on shares for Sausage, Ground Beef, Chicken, Rabbit, Eggs, and Cheese are available during the Summer/Fall CSA season. All CSA members will receive free weekly access to our Summer Market Webstore and may order additional products to be picked up and paid for at the share pickup.
We place particular emphasis on providing a steady, reliable supply of the best-loved and most useful vegetables--those that are commonly used by most families. We will continue to provide a wide variety of vegetables including the less familiar ones, but will focus on growing the vegetables that you depend upon to feed your family.
The Full Share is suitable for a family of four or five, or for two people who eat a lot of vegetables. The Full Share generally has 8-12 items. $625.00 for 24 weeks.
The Small Share is suitable for two people who enjoy salads and vegetable side dishes, or one vegetable-lover. The Small Share generally has 6-9 items. $435.00 for 24 weeks.
The Mini Share is designed for those who live alone and eat smaller quantities of veggies. The Mini Share will have 3-5 items, or smaller amounts of additional items.
We also offer Peak of the Season shares, during the 12 weeks that have abundant produce.
Add-on shares of eggs, ground beef, pork, sausage, chicken, rabbit, and cheese are also available.
Please read our CSA Share Types and Pricing webpage for more details and information about share sizes and contents.
If you would like a better idea of what is included in the shares, there are photos in our gallery of most weeks of our 2016 CSA shares.
HOW: Joining is easy through our automated sign-up system. Just click here and follow the steps from choosing your share types to checkout.
EXTRAS: ALL CSA members will have access to our Summer Market Webstore starting June 1 (no additional fees required) where you can order "extra" products to be delivered to the pickup location. "Extras" may include meats, cheeses, eggs, vegetables, honey, maple products, fruit, bulk canning produce, etc., which must be paid for at time of pickup.
We will also offer a "WEBSTORE ONLY" member option. These members do not receive a weekly Farm Share but may order products through the Webstore to be picked up and paid for at a pickup location. Sign-ups for this option are not made through the automated system. Please print out a registration form and mail it to us along with payment.
Each drop-off site has a designated Site Coordinator for the season to assist with distribution of shares.
PAYMENT: Online credit card payment is accepted with a 3% fee. Alternately, you may mail a check to save the credit card fee. A 25% deposit is required at sign-up, with remaining balances to be paid by May 15 unless alternate arrangements are made. Or you may pay the full amount at sign-up if desired. (Those signing up later than the May 15 deadline are expected to make full payment ASAP. Contact the Manager for payment plan options.)
We can now accept SNAP benefits as payment for CSA shares. When you check out, choose "invoice" option, and then let us know that you will be paying with SNAP. Your payments will be spread out throughout the season.
We thank our returning members from last year and welcome new members for 2017.
We look forward to providing you with the best in local produce, and we know that you will be pleased with the choice and variety offered by our Farm Share program!
THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING LOCAL FOODS AND FARMS