2023 CSA Co-op
with Love & Grit Farm and East Rivendell Farm
Join us this year for our fourth Community Support Agriculture (CSA) program season at Love & Grit Farm.
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
The CSA model is a system to connect the consumer (you!) directly with the food producer (us!) by providing a vehicle to subscribe to our season's harvest. Every week during our growing season (25 weeks) we will harvest a farm "share" for each of our members, available for pickup on the farm. Each share will have an average of 7-8 (+/-) items per week.
Why the partnership with East Rivendell Farm this year?
It is no secret that our grow space is limited at Love & Grit Farm, and we want to continue to grow our program to reach more members of our community. Last season we sourced veg from East Rivendell, and throughout a weekly visits and growing friendship we found a lot of energy and opportunity for efficiency potentially working together. But above all else, East Rivendell holds a tremendously high standard for naturally grown, chemical-free practices which we hold near and dear to our principles.
A match made in farm heaven? Perhaps so!
Did we mention East Rivendell has a beautiful local goods market at their farm? For those who select Saturday pickups at East Rivendell, you have access to even more great food options: cheese, meats, kombucha, goats milk soaps, etc.
What are other important changes from last year to this year?
Namely, our pick-up options! We have three options available this year:
Wednesdays, 4-6pm at Love & Grit Farm. Come pickup your share and spend some time walking around with your children and family with access to our herb garden. A true community gathering spot!
Saturdays, 10am-4pm at East Rivendell Farm (26904 Clarksburg Rd, Damascus MD) during market hours
Saturdays, 8am-sundown Self Service pick-up at Love & Grit Farm
Here are all the details on how our CSA works:
1) Our CSA season will run 25 weeks in entirety, beginning the week of May 8 and running through the end of October.
2) Each share will include 7-8 medium to large vegetable or fruit items, and all-you-can-cut herbs from our large herb garden. It also includes access to chicken eggs, broiler chickens, pork shares, extra veg as available, etc. NOTE: Looking for more of a market experience? Select Saturday pick-up at East Rivendell Farm which overlaps with their amazing local market goods.
3) The total cost of $695 ($27.80/week) for the season. Payment is required up front; either in full or we offer a split payment in halves where the first half is due upon registration, remaining 50% due June.
4) Spots are first come first serve. If you have joined us in years past, there is always a share available for you. Payment will be taken alongside the registration form and that will secure your share.
If you have any questions not answered here, please reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
More about East Rivendell Farm:
Sharon Fraley is a lifetime Damascus native, living at the farm in Damascus for her lifetime. 11 years ago, she began East Rivendell Farm which is 16 acres of beautiful rolling land tucked off of Clarksburg Rd. In addition to growing chemical free using natural and traditional practices, East Rivendell Farm raises chickens (eggs and broilers), goats, pigs, and is a maker of many agricultural by products such as handcrafted goats milk soaps and preserved foods.
*** Here at Love & Grit Farm we pride ourselves in our growing framework which includes the use of only non-synthetic amendments, and a growing knowledge and application of traditional farming practices. We are not certified organic. ****