How Love Grows CSA Works:
Our Post-Season Share is very similar to the Main Season share. The five weeks of veggies after the main season share ends is essentially a season extension so pick up times will remain the same. The share is available for pickup on Thursdays as usual beginning Novemer 2nd and will go until December 7th (excluding Thanksgiving). If you want to sign up for all five weeks or just a few it's up to you!
We ask that you pay in advance, but if you choose to get individual weeks you don't need to decide which weeks in advance! You can simply submit your veggie requests as usual to determine your pickup days. The 9 item share is $40/week and the 5 item share is $30/week. If you decide to sign up, mail us a check for the share size and number of weeks you would like to receive veggies. Or you can click here to sign up online. Read below for more details about how our CSA works.
MAIN SEASON CSA SHARE
As with a traditional CSA, you purchase your share at the beginning of the season and receive fresh, in-season vegetables, flowers and herbs over 22 weeks during the growing season.
Your initial payment is literal seed money for us. We make most of our purchases in the winter and early spring. We understand that it can be a significant chunk of change for most folks, so we offer payment plans. Just ask!
After years of growing, we have found that folks like the freedom of choice with their share, so, unlike a traditional CSA, Love Grows offers you the option to choose your veggies!
Log on to our website and choose your items from the list of available produce. (For example, one "item" could be 3 tomatoes or 2lbs of potatoes). No time to log on? No worries, you'll receive a selection of that week's items in a "farmer's choice" box!
The variety of veggies to choose from changes with the season. Check out our harvest schedule to find out what we plan on growing, when you can expect it and the approximate quantity of each item.
We are offering more share sizes for 2017! Check them out here.
All of our shares are boxed and delivered to pickup sites in Bucks County and Philadelphia, so even if you don't live near the farm, we may deliver to a spot near you. Exact pick up sites will be finalized in the weeks before the first distribution.
-Bucks County Community College (Newtown) Thursdays, 3p-7p
-Newtown Athletic Club Thursdays, 3p-10p
-Medicine in Balance (Dr. Wendy Warner's office in Langhorne) Thursdays, 3p-6p
-Lower Bucks Hospital (Bristol) Thursdays, 3p-7p
-Doylestown Farmer's Market Saturdays, 7a-12p
-WeWork Northern Liberties (Philadelphia) Thursdays, 3p-6p
-The Wellnest (Philadelphia) Thursdays, 3p-8p
-YogaLove (Yardley) Thursdays, 5:30p-6:30p
-Noble Earth (Bristol Borough) Thursdays time TBD
Pickup dates: The 22-week season will start either the last week of May or the first/second weeks of June, depending on how things are growing. Members will automatically receive an email notification of the first pickup date at least 1 week before. Members should add 'email@example.com' to make sure emails come through. All others can sign up for our email list to be notified as well.
As for our growing practices, all of our vegetables are grown organically and all of the vegetables in your box are grown by us! We do not spray any synthetic inputs in or around any of our fields or use GMO seeds. Compost, cover crops and rotational grazing feed our soil and our food. We believe that healthy land grows healthy food and healthy people.
Our guiding principles go beyond growing without synthetic inputs or GMOS. We also:
-Use a small 1940s tractor that runs on solar power
-(Almost obsessively) reduce and reuse all plastic supplies and packaging- hence the steady reminders to return your box!
-Make purchases from responsible and local companies whenever possible (see our blog post about seed sourcing)
-Deliver to hubs to reduce travel
-Donate food on the individual level and to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Rolling Harvest and Farmers Against Hunger
Questions? Check the Member Handbook!