Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Our 2018 CSA sign-up is now open! Join before April 1, 2018 and receive $25 off a full or half share!


Download the 2018 CSA Spring Early Sign Up Sheet Under the Sun Farm or sign up online

2018 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Information

Frequently Asked Questions and a Guide to Your CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) was originally developed as a food distribution model to benefit the community, environment and farmer. Our farm offers a certain number of shares to the public. Weekly shares of our own fresh produce will start late May and run through early October (20 weeks). Each week you’ll receive a variety of 5-10 different veggies. The variety and quantity will change according to the season. Your CSA will help you learn about new and interesting vegetable varieties and all the different ways to enjoy them! You’ll develop a relationship with your farmer and learn about where and how your food is grown.

Farmer Milton planting the crops!

CSA’s are a great way to help sustain your local farm beginning in early months of the year when we are busy growing seedlings, building infrastructure, and purchasing farm equipment, potting soil, and other growing supplies. Our CSA model is a risk-free investment so you are always guaranteed to receive as much as you put into it. Community Supported Agriculture is a win-win for farmers and consumers.

All members will receive a weekly newsletter with farm updates, recipes, events and weekly CSA information. Primary communication will via email. Some things to remember when purchasing a CSA:

Please remember to bring your own reusable bags

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if CSA is a good choice for me and my family?
Do you enjoy cooking at home, or want to learn? Do you like the flavors and challenges of seasonal eating and the idea of supporting the local farmers who grow your food? Then joining a CSA would be great for you!

I can’t decide between a half share and a whole share.
A full weekly share typically feeds a family of 4-6 people and half share typically feeds a family of 2-4.  Don’t forget! If you have leftovers from your weekly share, you can give some to a friend or preserve it for later!

FULL SHARE
2 bunch Carrots
6 Mixed Variety Heirloom Tomatoes
3 Mixed Variety Round Squash
1 bunch Tuscan Kale
2 Red Onions
2 Walla Walla Sweet Onions
4 Cucumbers
1 Bunch Sage
1 bunch Rosemary
HALF SHARE
1 bunch Carrots
3 Mixed Variety Heirloom Tomatoes
3 Mixed Variety Round Squash
2 Red Onions
2 Cucumbers
1 Bunch Sage

Do I have to come on the same day every week?
We harvest our crops based partially on our CSA customers for the day so that is why it is important to stick to your specific pick up day. That being said, we know life gets busy so if you need to switch our day every once in a while, we ask that you send us an email to let us know.

Do you offer substitutions?
There are no substitutions allowed for our CSA but sometimes there are choices (example: you can choose hot peppers or cherry tomatoes)

What if I can’t make it to my pick-up one week?
Although we don’t allow you to “double up” if you miss a week’s share please feel free to send a friend or neighbor instead. Please let us know who we will be meeting!

What different types of vegetables can I expect to see in my share?
The beauty of a CSA is that you get to eat with the seasons! In the spring, you can expect to see an abundance of tender greens, early onions, lettuce, radishes, peas and more! The summer brings tomatoes of all sizes and colors, eggplant, peppers, summer squashes, beans and more! Fall brings the winter squash, pumpkins, potatoes, onions, and dark leafy greens!

CSA seems kind of pricey. Why should I pay a farmer up front of instead of shopping at a grocery store?
CSA is so much more than a bag of groceries. When you think about the value of your CSA share, there’s a lot to consider. Buying directly from the farm means you are buying the very freshest, tastiest food. Vegetable varieties are grown for quality, flavor and diversity – not shelf life. CSA helps you learn where your food comes from, how it’s grown, and how to prepare it. When you join a CSA, you keep your food dollars local and support a small family farm. Becoming a CSA member means you’re joining a community of conscious eaters. Invest in good, clean food and the creation of a safe, community-based food system in Southeastern Massachusetts!

The average household grocery bill is $100-$200/week, 1/3 of that goes for produce.  The Under the Sun Farm CSA breaks down to about the same or less than buying at the chain stores. Buying your produce at the farm is not only a better deal than the grocery store AND you where your food was grown and the farmer that grew it for you!

How does it work?
In general, our farm signs up a limited number of CSA members from December-April (or until we fill up…which can often happen as early as March!)  for the coming growing season. New members pay for their share of vegetables up front and receive a weekly share of vegetables through the course of 20 weeks from May-October.

Thank you from all of us at Under the Sun Farm!

Farmer Milton and Caitlin Teixeira