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CSA Farms: This season’s local options

Mar 7th, 2014 | Category: Features
Five Loaves Farm in Lynden.

Five Loaves Farm in Lynden.

A number of local farms offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, allowing residents or businesses to subscribe for a season’s worth of produce. Most CSA options provide weekly boxes, with shares purchased up front. The content of the boxes differ from farmer to farmer, but generally include vegetables and fruits grown on site (those using off-site products are listed). Some offer extra options and add-ons such as eggs, cheese, meat, honey, bread, herbs and flowers. Following are CSA options submitted by local farms. Contact them directly to sign up and to confirm details. (Additional options will be listed on our website at grownorthwest.com as they are submitted by farmers.)

ISLAND

Deep Harvest Farm, Langley

Annie Jesperson and Nathaniel Talbot (360) 320-2560, deepharvestfarm.com, deepharvest@gmail.com

Through their Summer Farm Share program, participants receive a weekly box of at least eight different vegetables, harvested fresh the day you receive them, as well as a farm newsletter with recipes, happenings, and sustainable farm news. Pick-ups are available  June 10 through Sept. 30 in Bayview and Freeland on Tuesday afternoons.  The 17-week share costs $400, payable in two installments. The duo starting farming in 2011 and offer over 30 different vegetable crops, plus strawberries. Flowers for are available for an additional $5 per week, or $85 total.

 

The Organic Farm School at Greenbank Farm, Greenbank 

Jessica Babcock, Farm Manager

and Instructor, (360) 222-3171, 

csa@greenbankfarm.com, 

greenbankfarm.biz

Farming since 2008, their CSA program starts June 3 and runs through mid-October, a total of 20 weeks. Serving all of Whidbey Island. A basic share is $350, and a bountiful share is $550. Includes certified organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Everything is grown on-site. Work shares are available. Tuesday pick-ups available in Greenbank, Oak Harbor, and Coupeville. Friday pick-ups available in Greenbank or Bayview. Every shareholder receives a weekly newsletter with recipes and farm news.  They are planning on having a few cooking classes to teach members how to use various types of produce. There will be a Spring CSA Orientation potluck and a Fall Harvest Potluck.

Deep Harvest Farm.

Deep Harvest Farm.

 

Shipki Farm, Clinton

Josette Hendrix

(360) 914-0391, Josette@whidbey.com, 

shipkifarm.com

Contact for 2014 details.

 

SNOHOMISH

 

Garden Treasures Organic Farm, Arlington

Mark and Patricia Lovejoy

(360) 435-9272, 

gardentreasuresfarm.com

The farm’s CSA runs from mid-June through November and serves the areas of  Arlington, Marysville, Everett, Snohomish and Lake Forest Park. The share cost varies from $20-$40 per week, depending on the size. Vegetables, fruit, and seasonal crops are included. All items grown on site. On farm pickup from seasonal display allows for options and substitutions week to week. Pickup available at farm stand, from the CSA member area display on Thursdays. Pickup at farmers markets directly from our farm. Weekly newsletter included, with 20 percent member discount on farm stand food or farmers market prices with some exemptions.

 

Whispering Winds Farm featuring Freshly Doug Vegetables, Stanwood

The contents of a September box from Whispering Winds Farm featuring Freshly Doug Vegetables.

The contents of a September box from Whispering Winds Farm featuring Freshly Doug Vegetables.

Char and Doug Byde

(425) 220-3903 

bydenmythyme@hotmail.com

freshlydougvegetables.blogspot.com

The farm is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The CSA season generally runs from June thru mid-October and shares cost between $300 and $400 depending upon the length of the season. The farm serves Stanwood/Camano area, and al produce, including apples are grown on our farm and certified organic.  Sometimes they will add extra produce from another farm and customers are informed of the source.  Work shares are available. Pick-up at the farm. This year, rather than packaging their produce, they will have customers “shop” their produce stand, allowing more choice.

 

Shambala Farm and Bakery, Camano

Nancy Chase

(360) 387-4110, ShambalaFarm.com, nancy@ShambalaFarm.com 

The season runs 18 weeks from June 28 through Oct. 26. Pickups only on Friday 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. The share cost is $595. Full payment due April 15. Shares include unique variety of fruits, berries and vegetables. Options include Shambala Bakery gluten free/Ancient Grain/Vegan breads with non-GMO ingredients, plus cakes, pizza crusts,  and other baked goods. Organic/free range duck and chicken eggs, goat milk, cheeses, ferments, jams, plus bulk produce opportunities through the season. Everything grown organically and on site, however some Port Susan organic growers have surpluses and may feature items over the season that will be shared.

 

Klesick Family Farm, Stanwood

(360) 652-4663, www.klesickfamilyfarm.com

Serving the greater part of Snohomish County, as well as Sedro-Woolley, Burlington, Mt. Vernon, Oak Harbor and Anacortes. Farm offers 11 standard produce boxes, prices vary weekly depending on size. Delivery is free within delivery area. Rural delivery fee may apply. Variety of seasonal fruits and veggies, as well as eggs, bread, honey, coffee, chocolate, and other grocery options. Items not grown on site come from a mix of local farms and larger suppliers. Extras include beef, lamb, and pork.

 

SKAGIT

 

Colony Creek, Mount Vernon

Debbie Clough

(360) 336-5537

The farm offers a 20-week season starting the first week of June going until mid-October. They nearly all vegetables from A-Z.  The cost is $300 plus one morning of work, or $330. Pick up is in Mount Vernon at Northwest Fine Furnishings on Wednesday between noon and 5 p.m. Everything is grown organically. (After 10 years they’ve decided not to certify with the state.)

 

Highwater Farm, Mount Vernon

Danielle and Jeff Chevalier

Highwaterfarm@gmail.com

wholewhirldance@yahoo.com

http://wholewhirldance.wix.com/farmfit 

On Facebook

CSA Annual Family Membership is $25. CSA membership includes orientation/tour, access to u-pick at wholesale prices between July and November, discount on events, whole foods cooking, growing and harvesting and herbs. Annual membership also includes access to Farm Fit  (American Council on Exercise certified instructors) outdoor group fitness strength training, cardio and flexibility and Medicine dance at $6 per class. All on-site grown vegetables and seeds. Work shares available. Certified Organic since 2008.

 

Blue Heron Farm, Rockport

Anne Schwartz

als@fidalgo.net, (360) 853-8449

Contact for 2014 information.

 

Jericho Farm, Birdsview

(360) 826-3046 

jericho00@yahoo.com

www.facebook.com/JerichoFarmWA

Call for CSA details.

 

New Earth Garden,

Mount Vernon

Larry Rogers

 (336) 263-0325

newearthfarm@newearthworks.org

The CSA season runs from mid-April to mid-November for a total of 30 weeks, serving Mount Vernon and Skagit County. The cost is $29 per week, for a total of $870 per year. produce includes veggies and berries, and soon herbs and fruits. Everything is grown on site. Small number of work shares available. No extras or options at this time. Pick-ups on Wednesdays, in west Mount Vernon.

 

Viva Farms

info@vivafarms.org, vivafarms.org

(206) 914-7948

The Growing Washington CSA features produce from several Viva Farmers. Pick-up sites throughout Skagit, Whatcom and King counties. See Growing Washington (under Whatcom) for details.

 

WHATCOM

 

Bellingham Country Gardens, east BellinghamOwners Sam and Mary Grubbs, of Bellingham Country Gardens.

Sam and Mary Grubbs

(360) 223-3724, grubbssm@msn.com. bellinghamcountrygardens.com

The CSA runs July through October, plus farm credit for U-Pick June-Oct.  Share cost is $275. Everbearing strawberries, vegetables and raspberries. All No Spray from our farm (blueberries from Breckenridge Blueberries). Pick up by arrangement.

Cabbage at Cedarville Farm.

Cabbage at Cedarville Farm.

 

Cedarville Farm, east Bellingham

Mike and Kimberly Finger

3081 Goshen Road, Bellingham

360-592-5594, cedarville322@mac.com

www.cedarvillefarm.com

Cedarville Farm packed its first CSA box in 1992, and they are still growing strong with over 250 families served in 2013. They cultivate 40-plus types of vegetables, culinary herbs, fruit, eggs, broiler chickens, and turkeys. Variety of share options and work with other local and organic producers of mushrooms, vegetables, and fruit to further expand the diversity of the offerings. The new “Your Choice” share allows CSA members to choose the product they receive (one downtown location only). Farmer’s Choice shares can be picked up at several sites in Bellingham, the county, and at the farm. Includes on-farm events and weekly newsletters. Summer Shares run June to October (22 weeks) and Fall Shares are November to mid-December (6 weeks). Shares start at $250, with flexible payment options and discounts.Egg, chicken, and turkey shares available, as well as workplace and school shares.

 

Five Loaves Farm, Lynden

Dave Timmer

A Rocha (NW Washington)

(360) 961-4061

dave.timmer@arocha.org 

fiveloavesfarm.blogspot.com

Started in 2008, the farm serves the Lynden and North Whatcom County area. The season runs from mid-June through October. A half share (at least 9 pickups) costs $250, and a full share (at least 18 pickups) costs $475. Boxes include a broad variety of western Washington veggies, and all produce is grown in Lynden. Possible work shares available. U-pick options for herbs and extra portions possible. Connections with local meat producers can be arranged. Tuesday afternoon pick up available in downtown Lynden (514 Liberty St). In-town delivery can be arranged for a fee. Five Loaves Farm also organizes the Lynden Farmers Market.  The CSA program helps support the Market.

 

Osprey Hill Farm, Acme

Anna and Geoff Martin 

ospreyhillfarm@yahoo.com, Facebook 

(360) 595-9134

Osprey Hill Farm offers three 8-week sessions to choose from; Session A: June and July; Session B: August and September; Session C: October and November. Drop points throughout Whatcom and Skagit Counties, serving individuals, neighborhood or community groups, and workplaces. Harvest Boxes start at $195 per session with discounts for purchasing multiple sessions. Payment plans are available, pay by credit card, check, and SNAP/EBT.  Many other discounts available too. Harvest Boxes include a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Additional options include a Farm Fresh Egg Share and a Chicken Meat Share.Weekly newsletters are included with recipes, farm stories, nutrition information, and relevant news.  Facebook updates plus more recipes.

 

Sumas River Farm, Sumas

Helen Solem

(360) 319-0895

helenssumasriverfarm.com

Sumas River Farm, a certified organic farm, cultivates vegetables, berries, herbs, and flowers on an 1888 homestead situated along the Sumas River. CSA shares run 26 weeks from May to October. Single-person size is $275, two-person $375 and four-person $475. Shares delivered to neighborhoods each Wednesday. Recipes and farm information often included with delivery. Farmer Helen hosts a Midsummer Open House for CSA clients. Farm visits by appointment welcome. Accepts EBT.

 

F.A. Farm, Ferndale

Walter Haugen

(360) 312-0335, www.fafarm.org, wvhaugen@hotmail.com

Started in 2004, this farm’s CSA serves Whatcom County and runs 17 weeks, from June 18 to Oct. 8, with vacation extensions. Shares cost $550 base price ($500 in March, $525 in April, full price in May). Variety of fruits and vegetables grown on site, Beyond Organic. Volunteers are encouraged and they receive food. Extras are usually around $100 worth of overage. Return on investment averages 40 percent in six months. Pick-up on the farm, Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m.

 

Holistic Homestead and Spring Frog Organic Farm, Everson

Gretchen Norman

(360) 303-3711, springfrogfarm@gmail.com, www.holistichomestead.net

CSA runs from June 5 through Oct. 19 for a total of 20 weeks. A full share is $500 and a half share is $300. Egg add-ons for $60 (half-dozen) or $120 (dozen). CSA Early Bird Discount due March 17:  full $450 or half $250. Due by April 22: full $475 or half $275. Farm Account CSA with extra 10 percent added. Pick out your favorites at Markets from April through October. Farm pick-up on Wednesday, or pick up at the Fairhaven Wednesday Farmers Market, or Bellingham Saturday Farmers Market. (Farmers Markets locations allow “pick your own” at the Market Booth with a minimum of 10 items per weekly pick up for 20 weeks.) Organic, Grown Local, Non-GMO.

 

Sage and Sky Farm, east Bellingham

Sam and Andrea Roper

(360) 255-0757, sageandskyfarm.com

They offer a wide variety of vegetables and herbs, delivered to Bellingham drop-off locations. Workplace CSAs are also available.  The season runs from mid-June to October for $425 per share.  A half share costs $225, with every-other week delivery. Produce grown on site using sustainable methods. Extras include grass-fed lamb, pastured eggs, and pastured chicken.

At Terra Verde Farm, in Everson.

At Terra Verde Farm, in Everson.

 

Terra Verde Farm, Everson

Amy and Skuter Fontaine

terraverdefarm@gmail.com, 

(360) 393-2520

Serving Bellingham and Whatcom County, their CSA runs mid-June to October and is broken into three, 6-week long “seasons,” lasting 18 consecutive weeks. Each week includes a diverse box of fruits and vegetables at a retailvalue of $25 per week. Extras this year include adding locally roasted coffee and fresh bread. All produce grown on site. Partial work share is available. Pick-up at Saturday Bellingham Farmers Market, or Wednesday Downtown (location TBD).  Includes weekly newsletter with recipes, and they host an on-farm potluck each fall.

 

Wake Robin Farm, Ferndale

Brigget LeClair

(360) 815-1190

wakerobinfarm@gmail.com

Serving western Whatcom County, Wake Robin’s CSA is 16 weeks long and costs $400 per share. Weekly box includes vegetables, flowers and berries. All food grown on site. Work shares available. CSA pick- up is on the farm. Box includes recipes, and shareholders are invited to an end of the year farm tour and a Harvest Party with old time string band music.

 

 

Rabbit Fields Farm, Everson

Roslyn McNicholl

(360) 393-8747, rabbitfieldsfarm.com, rabbitfieldsfarm@yahoo.com

Shareholders receive a weekly box of organic seasonal mixed vegetables and fruit, as well as recipes and monthly newsletters. Pick up at either the Wednesday or Saturday Bellingham Farmers Markets or at our farm. The Bunny Bucks program, a pre-paid system to choose products directly, is also available at the markets. Main season share is 20 weeks, from June to October for $400. Fall share is six weeks, late October to early December for $150.

 

The Carrot and Stick, east Bellingham

Ephraim and Laura Kurszewski

(360) 739-8826

The season runs 18 weeks from June to October. Main season share is $400,  half share is $200. Flower share is an additional $7 per week. Deliver weekly to a central location in Bellingham. Variety of organic produce grown on site.

 

Spring Time Farm, Everson

Nick Spring, (360) 610-3700, 

www.springtimefarm.com

Spring Time Farm offers its first season CSA, growing a wide variety of organic vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruits. Full share $400, Half $250, Fall $150, Staple Crops $200.  Pick-ups available at the farm or Bellingham Farmers market.

 

Moondance Farm, Acme

Billy Tate and Nicole Brown

(360) 510-4828

billyandnicole@moondancefarm.net

Variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers are grown organically. Recipes, nutritional tidbits, and histories and stories accompany each weekly delivery. Shares can be picked up in Bellingham or at the farm in Acme. Different payment and delivery arrangements also available. Full season share is $440 (20 weeks, June to October).

 

Growing Washington, Everson

Jay Dennison

(360) 927-4845, growingwashington.org

Shares range in size, price and length. Customers choose items in their box each week. Workplace CSA option: Minimum of five shares for workplace delivery. Schedule and content individually arranged. Delivery options throughout Whatcom and Skagit counties. Organically grown. All produce grown on site or from local farms participating in program.

 

 

 

4 Comments to “CSA Farms: This season’s local options”

  1. Melanie Hillman says:

    Thanks for sharing this list!

  2. Jenny Pierce says:

    I love these farms. Great folks.

  3. Katie Hinton says:

    If any of you folks want to add fresh pasta for your clients please give me a call. Katie.

  4. Katie Hinton says:

    Sorry I thought my web address would be on the posting…Bellingham Pasta Co….Cheers Katie

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