HOW IT WORKS
We are happy to share how our particular CSA works. We have three ways that you can enjoy our food. You can sign up as a full member, a half member or enjoy our food buyers club option. New for 2023, Forge Hill Farms will be using a new software system that allows members to customize their weekly shares based on what YOUr want!! See more information below.
Full and half share members will receive a weekly email with a list of what is available and related recipes. Members will be asked to select their pick up day and then customize their box which means that you will select what you would like to pick up that week based on your preferences. If you would rather have beets than carrots you can select more beets and no carrots. This will help you actually use everything in the box because you’ll love everything you are getting! You can also select Farmer's Choice which allows you to bypass the selection process and pick up your share amount of each item available that week.
Pick up is either Thursday from 4-7 pm or Saturday from 10-12 noon. When you arrive, you will pick up your receipt that lists the items in your customized or Farmer's Choice box. The food is displayed in a market set up so that you can pick the exact item based on your preference. A full share is designed to feed a family of 4-6 people and a half share is for a family of 1-2 people.
Seasonal memberships are the less expensive option; however, if you are not able or ready to commit to weekly pick ups we also offer a buyers club option. To participate in this option, you would join our mailing list and receive the weekly email of what is available. The email provides links for you to indicate what size share you would like, your customized preferences and what day you would like to pick up.
WHAT IS A CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture which is a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food from a farmer. Farmers offer “shares” which allows CSA members to fill a box with selected vegetables and fruits that are offered weekly. CSAs allow farmers to better plan their plantings and they also provide opportunities for farmers to get to the know the people who eat their food. For the consumer, a CSA provides all the flavor and vitamin benefits that come with ultra-fresh foods. Consumers also get to visit the farm, get to know new varieties of produce and new ways of cooking.
At our CSA, consumers also know that they are contributing to a farm that has as part of its mission a commitment to the development of an agricultural skills vocational program for young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders. We are grateful to be working with the Chester County Intermediate Unit as we continue to develop our program.
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