New this year in our CSA program is a flower share from our newest Incubator Farm business, Betsy's Flowers at the Farm, and an Egg and/or Pork and/or Shitake Mushroom Share from Rising Locust Farm. These shares can be purchased as an add-on to your vegetable share or as standalone shares.
Vegetable and Flower shares are available weekly or every other week. Egg and/or mushroom shares are delivered every other week. Pork shares are delivered once per month.
You can choose to pick up your vegetable share at the farm on Tuesday or Saturday. We also have an off-farm Saturday pick-up location in York at Farm to Freezer (for vegetable shares only). Be sure to check out other locally produced essentials at Farm to Freezer's retail store.
Again in 2018, we will partner with Kilgore Family Farm, one of our Incubator Farmers, to grow produce for the CSA shares.
The Horn Farm Center CSA share contains fresh produce grown by participants in our Farming Internship Program and Incubator Farm Project. Everything is grown in ecologically healthy ways. We never use synthetic herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizer. By choosing to be a member of our CSA you are supporting aspiring farmers as they develop both horticultural and business skills. Your membership also helps to fund the Horn Farm Center as we work to connect our community to local food, to provide valuable educational classes and workshops, and to create a model of regenerative agriculture for our region.
Our CSA program provides a wonderful opportunity for participants of our Internship Program to learn about succession planting and timing, growing a wide variety of vegetables, harvesting and prepping produce, connecting directly with the consumer, and all of the other inner workings of running a farm operation. By offering a weekly share of produce that combines vegetables grown by our interns with crops grown by our Incubator Farm Project participants, we are providing farmers in our incubator with an additional market outlet.
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In the CSA model, members of the community pledge support to a farm, with the grower and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. The consumer (shareholder) pays a fee at the beginning of the season in exchange for a regular, weekly share of the harvest. The farmer benefits from the financial support at the beginning of the season and the shareholders benefit from knowing they have a reliable, weekly supply of fresh, seasonal, chemical-free produce. The shareholder understands that the unpredictability of weather, pest problems, and other factors may result in some crops being bountiful while others may suffer setbacks. The CSA model is a relationship connecting the land, the grower, and consumer thereby putting us in closer touch with each other and the land which sustains us.
What's in the shares?
Crops included in the shares will vary as different things come in and out of season, with the early season shares tending to be smaller and then rising as more crops come into their peak.
We have the following items on our growing schedule this year: Arugula, Basil, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cantaloupe, Cauliflower, Celery, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Dandelion Greens, Dill, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Onions & Bulb Onions, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Parsley, Peas, Peppers (Hot & Sweet), Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach, Squash (Summer & Winter), Strawberries, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watermelon, various herbs, and more.
The CSA season lasts 22 weeks beginning in late May or early June until October or early November. There are three pick-up options - Shares will be distributed:
- Tuesdays at the Horn Farm from 2:30-6:30 PM
- Saturdays at the Horn Farm from 9:00-Noon
- Saturdays at Farm to Freezer (Stillmeadow Plaza, 555 Ryan Run Road, York, PA 17404) from 11:00-3:00 (Vegetable shares only)
Cost: $650 Full Share (Weekly Pickup) or $350 Half Share (Biweekly Pickup)
Flower Shares will be provided by Betsy's Flowers. Bouquets are offered on a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) platform, much the same as a vegetable CSA, but instead of vegetables, you will receive flowers. You buy a "share" upfront which helps the farmer to buy seeds and supplies. In return, you will receive 22 weeks of organically grown, fresh cut flower bouquets along with a Victorian "Language of Flowers" interpretation of your bouquet. A few of the flowers you can expect are: Sunflowers, Zinnias, Cosmos, Dahlias, Lisianthus, and Snapdragons. Your bouquet will arrive in a Kraft paper sleeve, all ready for your favorite vase or jar! Click here for Flower Shares!
Pork, Egg, and Mushroom Shares will come from Rising Locust Farm. Rising Locust Farm is a 40 acre inter-generational permaculture farm in Manheim, PA. They are using regenerative farming practices and natural systems to grow nourishing food, improve our soils, and foster a robust ecological and human community. We raise cattle, sheep, hogs, chickens, and ducks on diverse silvopastures; are planting a ½ acre climate resilient fruit orchard; raise forest-grown shiitake mushrooms; and are planting 5 acres of nuts for pigs and people! Visit their website for more info:Rising Locust Farm
ABOUT OUR PORK: We raise our pigs by rotationally grazing them on permanent pastures. This means they have access to fresh grass, clover, insects, roots and occasionally nuts to provide a diverse and healthy diet. We supplement what they forage with a certified organic grain ration, vegetable scraps from our garden, and a little bit of spent brewers grain. Our husbandry practices mean that our animals are healthy and happy naturally so we don’t need to use antibiotics or other medicines.
FULL PORK SHARE - $220 ~ 25 lbs A full share will be 5 lbs of pork chops, 5 lbs of ham, 4 lbs of roasts, 3 lbs of bacon, 3 lbs of sausage, and 5 lbs of other cuts! You will receive 5 lbs of pork in your share once a month.
HALF PORK SHARE - $135 ~ 15 lbs A half share will be 3 lbs of pork chops, 3 lbs of ham, 2 lbs of roasts, 2 lbs of bacon, 2 lbs of sausage, and 3 lbs of other cuts! You will receive 3 lbs of pork in your share once a month.
ABOUT OUR EGGS: Our hens rotate on our pastures following our cattle, sheep and hogs. They thrive on eating egg larvae, grasshoppers, spiders, insects, clovers, and weeds in our pastures. We supplement our hens with a certified organic grain supplement and a little bit of spent brewers grain. Our eggs have a deep, rich, orange yolk due to all of the healthy forage they have throughout the year! We raised a mixed flock of rhode island reds, brown leghorns, ameraucanas, and red sexlink hens which give the variety of eggshell colors in our eggs as well!
FULL EGG SHARE - $115 - 23 dozen A full egg share will be 2 dozen eggs every other week in your share.
HALF EGG SHARE - $60 - 12 dozen A half egg share will be 1 dozen eggs every other week in your share.
ABOUT OUR SHIITAKES: Our forest grown shiitake mushrooms are cultivated on hardwood logs in our creekside woods. They are an extremely nutritious food with well documented immune-boosting compounds and anti-bacterial properties. And they taste delicious!
SHIITAKE SHARE: $75 - ½ lb of fresh shiitake mushrooms in your share every other week (6 lbs total for the full CSA)
York, PA 17406
|Full CSA Share (Weekly) - Tuesday Farm Pickup||$ 650.00|
|Half CSA Share (Biweekly) - Tuesday Farm Pickup||$ 350.00|
|Full CSA Share (Weekly) - Saturday Farm Pickup||$ 650.00|
|Half CSA Share (Biweekly) - Saturday Farm Pickup||$ 350.00|
|Full CSA Share (Weekly) - Saturday Farm to Freezer Pickup||$ 650.00|
|Half CSA Share (Biweekly) - Saturday Farm to Freezer Pickup||$ 350.00|