What is Community Supported Agriculture?
Community Supported Agriculture, or "CSA," is a mutually-beneficial arrangement between community members and a local farmer in which the farmer provides produce during the growing season in exchange for payment before the season begins. Each week of the growing season, the farmer harvests the mature crops and divides the produce into "shares," typically one for each of the farm’s CSA members.
For customers who want to pick up at the farm, Summer Wind Farms runs a “market style” CSA, in that each week’s harvest is laid out on display and members come to the farm on a predetermined day of the week and choose the produce they want within certain limits based on yields and the size of the share the member has purchased.
We also have other pickup locations available. In these ‘off farm’ locations we pre-fill your box with a great selection of our produce that is being harvested that week.
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As a certified organic grower, we are not permitted to use any GMO (genetically modified organism) seeds whatsoever. In addition, on the items we grow conventionally (non organic) we never use GMO seeds.
How it works
For members picking up at the farm, at the beginning of the season you will get a basket to hold your produce, approximately the size of a half bushel for a half share. Simply bring the bushel with you to the farm each week and select your produce from the items on display. Baskets can be filled only to the top rim. Occasionally when we have large items we may not require that these be put in your basket.
For members picking up at an ‘off farm’ location, at the beginning of the season you will get a box of your first week’s produce. Simply bring the empty box with you to the pickup location each week. We will have the current week’s filled box there waiting for you and we’ll bring your empty box back to the farm to refill for the following week.
Crops Planned for the 2018 season are:
Availability of produce will vary by season but a variety of at least 6-8 items will be available each week. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are generally grown conventionally using Integrated Pest Management techniques to minimize pesticide use. We may substitute other items grown conventionally in the event of a crop failure or weather related shortage of the item on our farm. Our weekly email will indicate this if need be.
Also, CSA members are welcome to visit us at any of our Farmers Markets where we always have other fruit and produce items including local and specialty artisan foods and receive a discount of 5% on any produce item they purchase.
We offer one share size which we typically refer to as a "Half Share"; for our vegetable half shares that are dropped off at pick up locations, we utilize a box known in the trade as a ‘half bruce.” Each half share box or “half bruce” is approximately 10.5"W x 16"L x 11"H. A full share is simply two half share boxes. On farm pickups use a wood half bushel.
Our half share is usually good for 2-3 people and a full share, actually two half shares, is right for 4 to 5 people assuming everyone eats a normal share of vegetables. What size is right for you will depend on your family size and how much you plan to eat fresh vegetables during the season. About 855 of our members choose the Half Share.
Please know that the box we use for our 'boxed shares' has been chosen to accommodate the times of the season when the type of produce we are harvesting is very bulky and we need the room in the box to hold your share without damaging the produce. Because of that, during times of the growing season when we have fewer bulky items the boxes will not be completely full.
CSA members can choose a ‘market style’ pickup on the farm or have a pre-filled box dropped off at a pick-up location.
Summer Wind Farms
Members picking up their produce on the farm should go to the farm’s packing barn at:
1745 Piney Hollow Rd. Newfield, NJ on Wednesdays from 3 PM - 6 PM.
It is on the far eastern end of Franklin Township at the end of either Dutch Mill Rd. or Victoria Ave. if you are coming from Franklin Township. Piney Hollow Rd. runs between Rt. 40 and Rt. 322 and we are located roughly halfway between the two highways. You can find us on GPS, Google Maps, and MapQuest etc. These services may use our family’s nursery name for that address, Ferrucci Nurseries.
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Virtua Health System Employees and Staff
The Virtua Health System and Summer Wind Farms have joined forces to bring Virtua employees and staff fresh, local and delicious USDA Certified Organic produce this season.
We will be providing Virtua staff and employees our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program for the 2018 growing season. For details click here: http://www.summerwindfarms.com/virtua.
We also offer a Jersey Summer Fruit CSA
In addition to our Organic Vegetable CSA we also offer a Jersey Summer Fruit CSA. Our summer fruit shares begin around July 1st and end the same time as our Vegetable CSA shares. you can enjoy the best of Jersey Fresh Fruit all summer long. Click below for details.
Finish out the season with a Fall Farm Share
To keep the flow of Jersey fruit and vegetables coming right until December consider adding a Fall Farm Share. It's a combined fruit and vegetable CSA containing both organic items and those grown using integrated pest management techniques. It has lots of great fall items, including several that are limited or not available during the summer season.
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