CSA at Shortt's Farm and Garden
First Come - First Serve!
Now accepting 2013 season applicants
Community Share Agriculture
We do most of the work for you!
Just come to the farm and pick up your share.
This year we have decided to extend our CSA to 21 weeks - thats 7 more weeks more than last year. We are doing this because of the demand we have seen over the past few years.
As in past years our weekly shares will include an array of our own organic vegetables along with non organic, non GMO sweet corn that is grown in Windsor Locks. We also add non organic fruit to the shares although the last few years we have had a hard time getting enough peaches and nectarines to go around so these will be limited. However we have a good apple supplier so as long as they have a good season you will see apples in September. For any of you that do not wish to have non organic produce in your share simply check the "organic only" box on the return slip.
This years full share will cost $565.00 for the season and half shares will cost $420.00. We know this is a considerable increase from last year but keep in mind that you will be getting 7 more weeks of fresh vegetables plus we will be including our eggs as much as we can. (Keep in mind that chickens lay for about 9 to 10 months strong and then they molt or rest for about 8 to 10 weeks so like anything else they will have a season).
This year we are giving you the option of paying in full up front or paying half now and half by April 1st. As always we sell our shares on a first come first serve basis with priority given to our members from last year.
Pick-up Dates & Procedure Information
Full shares will begin pick up on Wednesday June 26th and have their final pick up on Wednesday November 13th . Half shares will begin on Sunday June 30th and have their last pick up on Sunday November 17th. We will also be dropping off in New Canaan on Saturdays at the farmers market starting on the 29th and ending on the 16th. Pleas put these dates on your calendars and we will also be sure to send an email out the week before first pick up.
Pick up procedures will remain the same as last year - anytime after PM until dark. This year we will have the gate closed after we leave (usually between 6 and PM) but we will keep it unlocked - it is a simple latch and you can let yourselves in just be sure to close it on the way out. Also after hours pickups will need to go into the black trailer to get their share.
This year we would really like to encourage everyone to pick up on their assigned days. We keep the baskets until the following day but we usually start to take them apart by the afternoon. If you do come late (the day after) keep in mind that your share may not contain all of the veggies it would have the day before. If you are going to be on vacation consider giving your share to a neighbor or a friend so someone can enjoy it.
We hope that you will join us this year in what we hope will be the best CSA yet. We are looking forward to getting out and planting! Please print this email and send in the bottom part with all the information filled out along with your check. Thanks so much for your time and may you all find peace and happiness in the new year. We appreciate each and everyone of you!
Jim, Sue, James and Jesse
Full Share = Family of 4 or more
June 26 thru November 13
Pick up every Wednesday after 1PM
Half Share = 1 to 2 people
June 30 thru November 17th
Pick up every Sunday after 1PM
We also have a pickup on Saturdays at the New Canaan farmers market anytime between 10am and 2pm.
NOTE: Corn and non-organic fruits.
We do not grow corn as it is nearly impossible to do organically without it being "wormy" so we do add non organic Connecticut Grown non GMO corn to the shares. We also add non organic Connecticut Grown fruit to the shares when in season. Fruit to be included: peaches, nectarines, apples and pears. If you do not wish to have non-organic items in your basket, let us know when you send in your check and we will make up the difference each week with our own organic produce.
All other produce is ceritified organic and raised on our farm.
2013 Crops We Are Planting
Onions Cabbage (red, green and Chinese)
Swiss Chard Kale (many varieties)
Bok Choy Fennel
Cucumbers Summer and winter squash
Potatoes Sweet potatoes
Leeks Tomatoes (hybrid, heirloom and cherries)
Basil Peppers (many colors)
Parsley Eggplant (Italian and oriental)
Farmshares are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To participate, either
send your check along with your email address to:
Shortt's Farm and Garden Center
52A Riverside Road
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
or call 203-426-9283
More info on Community Supported Agriculture
Shortt's Farm listing on Local Harvest