Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Love local farms?  Love fresh and flavorful food?  A CSA program may be for you!   
                                                                                                                                         
How does it work?
The farmer and CSA member enter into a mutally beneficial agreement.  The member purchases a 'share' of the farm up front before the growing season begins. The farmer promises to grow the best product possible given any constraints that mother earth introduces that season; excessive rain, drought, insect infestations, disease pressures etc.  Once the harvest begins, the member picks up their 'share' of the harvest once per week - the most fresh and flavorful organic produce available at that time of year.  As the season changes, so will the offerings each week, thus providing members with the opportunity to understand and appreciate seasonal eating.  By bringing together neighbors, friends, and those who love good fresh food, CSA programs provide a wonderful sense of community among like-minded people.  Visiting the farm, enjoying the view, talking with the farmer, engaging your children in selecting their own produce - it all adds to the experience that a CSA membership provides. In becoming part of a small local farm you are investing a small business, our rural character, productive and healthy working landscapes, and in our case, a new generation of farmers.
 
2019 CSA share options

Summer Farm Share - 15 weeks

full share: $600 ($40/wk)

half share: $400 ($26.67/wk)

start date: week of June 10

end date: week of September 16                          

 

Fall Farm Share - 8 weeks

full share: $300 ($37.50/wk)

half share: $200 ($25/wk)

student share: $125 ($15.63/wk) on-farm only

start date: week of September 23

end date: week of November 11

(student shares requires copy of current UConn 

or Eastern student ID)

(any changes to start/end dates will be made in advance to members)

Summer Beer Share @ Labyrinth Brewing Co.

32 oz per week: $120

A selection of flagship and seasonal beers will be included along with some early releases and collaboration beers.

 

Distribution

CSA members will pick up their 'share' of the harvest once per week.

 

Pick-Up Locations:

On- Farm: 336 Mansfield City Rd., Mansfield Ctr

 

Manchester:

Labyrinth Brewing Company                               

148 Forest Rd.

Manchester, CT

 *Only half-shares available

  for pickup at Labyrinth

Pick-Up Times:

On Farm:          Wednesdays 3-6pm  

                                         OR

                           Saturdays 9am-12pm

Manchester:     Thursdays 5-7pm

On-farm distribution will feature bulk bins of vegetables, from which you choose the best looking item to you (or your kids!). All produce is harvested fresh daily, washed, and kept refrigerated until you pick it up.  It is guaranteed to keep longer in your fridge than any other produce you purchase. Remote (off-farm) distribution at Labyrinth Brewing Co will feature pre-assembled half shares for members.

 

Several crops are available to members only as pick-your-own opportunities, a bonus on top of the vegetables we harvest for you. These crops include: cherry tomatoes, tomatillos, ground cherries, perennial and annual herbs, green beans, and a wide selection of cut flowers. If you do not pick up your share at the farm, you are welcome to still come for PYO crops Tues-Sat 8am - 5pm.

Manchester members are welcome to come to the farm for PYO items, but recognize that this may only happen occasionally or not at all. The cost of delivery to bring the farm to you is included in your share price.

 

Interested?  

Share size

All members should bring reusable cloth bags with them to distribution each week.  Exact share size varies throughout the season, depending on when different vegetables are ready for harvest.  

 

Full share: Each week full share members should expect to fill 1-2 bags with fresh organic produce, including PYO crops, depending on the time of year. The share size should be suitable for a family of four or more or two vegetable-loving adults who like to cook.

Half share: Each week those with a half share should expect to fill up to 1 bag, including PYO crops.  The share size should be suitable for a couple, a small family that likes to eat out, or a vegetable-loving single. Only half shares will be available for pick-up at Labyrinth Brewing.

 

Student share: Offered only in the fall at the farm, a selection of seasonal organic vegetables in a smaller size, (generally a choice of 4 items at the half share volume) is perfect for those who live off-campus or are interested in trying local produce. A smaller share size comes at an affordable price for students. Find out more details here.

What's in your share: For on-farm pickup, a chalkboard in the barn will describe what is in the share that week. You will choose from bulk bins of different crops to pick out your particular item (ex: 1 cucumber, 2 peppers etc.) Labyrinth Brewing shares will be pre-assembled for you in bags that are easy to carry home.

 

Various crops will be offered as pick-your-own, allowing members to experience the harvest! This is available to all members, regardless of pickup location and includes cut flowers. Several different crops are only available as PYO. Consult the produce availability list.  

Become a member

Memberships are accepted on a first-come first-served basis until the CSA is full, with priority given to members from previous years. 

 

Become a part of the community! 

 

Due to rough terrain in the field, PYO areas are not suitable for those with difficulty walking or bending.
 

What to do I do if I am going away for a week or two? First , don't worry! We are flexible! Options include doubling up on your share before or after you leave, picking up your share twice in one week, sending a friend or neighbor to pick up your share (and store it in your fridge or eat it themselves) or have it donated to the Covenant Soup Kitchen. Simply let Susan know ahead of time via email and we can work it out.

 

Questions?

Call Susan at 860-373-6324 or send her an email at cloverleighfarm@gmail.com