Skinny Dip Farm is offering vegetable CSA shares for the 2017 summer/fall season. Pick up locations are in Westport and Plymouth.
Link to a membership sign up form, click here
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a distribution method in which customers sign up for a seasonal share of the harvest. Some farms call them shares, some call it a subscription but the idea is simple: for the heart of the growing season, 22 Weeks lasting from early June to late October, we will grow and pick vegetables for you and your family.
When you join our CSA we are entering into a partnership. We become your farmers and you pledge to pick up your weekly share and pay in advance for the season. This provides us with early season funding (a lean time of year for us financially) and a committed core of customers that we can plan our season around.
2 Sizes to choose from:
A small share is a great choice for couples or a single vegetarian who loves to eat vegetables. Half shares cost $450-600 for the season and will typically include at least 7 or more different vegetables.
A full share is for families of 3-5 (or 2 serious vegetable eaters). It will consist of enough veggies to be included with meals throughout the week. Full shares cost $600-750 for the season and will typically include at least 10 or more different vegetables and larger amounts of certain items.
Keep in mind that the shares will start out on the smaller side as the soil is warming up and then grow in both quantity and diversity as the season progresses.
The sliding scale:
You'll notice that the full and small share pricing is listed as a range. In trying to keep our CSA as affordable as possible we are offering a sliding scale. We ask that you pay the amount that feels right to you knowing that anything above the $500 for the small share and $660 for the full will be assisting those who need to pay less.
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Vegetables included in shares will range seasonally. Typically the season starts with lots of salad, leafy greens like spinach, kale and chard, sugar snap peas and scallions. Right around the time you're saying to yourself, "I signed on for this?" beets and carrots will be added in followed closely by squash, cukes and cherry tomatoes. Once tomato season starts we'll have many crops to choose from and we'll shift things up every week to keep it lively. In fall the shares grow heavier with potatoes, leeks, winter squashes and other root crops. It's probable that we'll send you with some things like kohlrabi or husk cherries, but we'll do our best to send a recipe along. Chances are you'll find a new favorite vegetable while also enjoying plenty of the usual staples.
We make a big effort to bring in crops early, but the very nature of farming, especially in New England, makes predicting harvest dates frustrating at best.
Joining our CSA is a great way to watch the season unfold and connect directly with nature's cycles. As it ripens in the field, you'll find it in your share.
Some sample shares:
We can't tell you accurately what will be in each week's share, but these lists are based on previous years offerings.
week 7 (July 24) in Westport we will bring: cabbage, cucumbers, parsley, carrots, a bag of pre-washed loose leaf lettuce, garlic, potatoes, yellow squash, kale, chard, cilantro, dill, beets and onions. Small shares choose 7 items, full shares choose 10 items.
week 13 (September 4) in Westport we will bring: tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, onions, potatoes, zucchini, arugula, spring mix, garlic, kale, Asian eggplant, carrots, beets, green beans, lettuce, and parsley. Small shares choose 8 items, full shares choose 11 items.
In Plymouth your CSA box will be pre-packed with a selection of the above items.Pick up days and locations:
We offer 2 pick up days and locations, but they are a little different so please read carefully.
In Westport the pick up will be at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery (behind Partner's Village store, off of Main Road in the Village) on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This will be a manned pick up with someone from the farm present to help you pack your share. There will also be an opportunity at this location to make choices about what is in your share and to purchase additional items. Flower and chicken shares are available at this location, see membership form for pricing.
In Plymouth the pick up is at the Plymouth Farmers Market (located at Plymouth Plantation) on Thursdays, 2:30-6:30 pm. We will have a box packed for you with a variety of vegetables.
Ready to sign up? ... click here to link to our membership form
More info and Q&A:
How do I keep in touch with what's going on at the farm?
We will offer a couple of farm tours for CSA members during the course of the season which is a great way to see where all the food comes and learn about how we grow it. We also will send a weekly e-newsletter that includes a list of produce being offered that week with recipe links, pictures of the farm, and, as time allows, updates on how the season is going.
What if I'm away on a pick up day?
We suggest either having someone else pick up for you or having someone else pick up and keep your share--they'll owe you big time. By special arrangement we can pack shares to bring to the Westport Farmers Market on Saturdays or for pick up at our home in Little Compton.
Is there risk involved in joining the CSA? What if it's another tomato blight year?
Yes, there is some risk, just like there is risk every time we put seeds in the ground. Some crops will do great and some will do poorly. Overall you can be assured that we will offer a good value in return, it just may not be in the form of whatever crop it is that we can't seem to grow to save our lives that year. When you sign on you'll be sharing in all the usual risks that farming involves, like tomato blight, and the fact that we might lose certain crops.
What if I don't like Kale/ tomatoes/ spinach? Is there any choice?
Yes! On Wednesday in Westport we will bring a good variety of produce and you can choose the number of items from our spread based on the size of your share. You will also have the opportunity to purchase extra items. In Plymouth your share will be pre-packed, but there will be a chance to trade out an item or two if there is something on display at market that you would prefer.
However, we won't be bringing tomatoes right off the bat, so be aware that our offerings will change during the course of the growing season. As always, we encourage you to get creative in the kitchen. We hear from customers all the time that they have found ways to get there kids to eat their vegetables and we share lots of recipes via our weekly e-newsletter. If you're a really picky vegetable eater, CSA is probably not for you.
What is the value of what's in my share? Will I save money?
Yes, you will save some money when compared with shopping at the Farmers' Market. During the course of the season the share's actual dollar value will fluctuate a little, but will generally be above the $22.50-30 that each week's share breaks down to over the course of the season. If the rains are good and we're having a bountiful year, we'll pass some of that good fortune along with some extra value. If we're having a tough year you can still expect to receive the full value of your investment.
Do I have to pay all up front?
That is definitely our preference but we can be flexible if it is a matter of affordability. We're happy to come up with a payment schedule that will work with your budget. We just ask that you mark your calendars once we've set up a payment plan so that we don't have to chase you down for payment.
What if I just want a little produce, not even a half share's worth?
Option 1:shop us at the farmers' markets. You can choose as much or or as little of any item at the markets. We'll still love you. Option 2: Give produce away. It will make you very popular! Or split a share with a friend. Option 3: by special arrangement, in Westport only, we can offer a smaller share in which you choose less items per week.
What if I'm only a part time resident on the South Coast?
Partial season shares are available. Please contact us to inquire.
I only just found out about your CSA and its July, can I still join?
If there are shares still available we do accept new members on a rolling basis. Get in touch, we'll see what we can do.
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