Summer 2017 Enrollment is now OPEN!
What is a CSA?
In the Community Supported Agriculture or CSA traditional model, people pay for a season’s “share” of produce (a membership), ahead of the delivery season. The CSA member then receives a bag of vegetables weekly or bi-weekly throughout the harvesting season. This is great for farmers because they get the revenue when they most need it to cover up-front expenses for the growing season. It is a unique collaboration between farmer, land and community members. Shareholders have the joy of knowing where, when and how their food is being grown and supporting a local, small business.
The Athens Hills CSA offers two seasonal Community Supported Agriculture programs. The Summer CSA is a twenty-week season, beginning in early June and running through mid-October. The Winter CSA, which is an eighteen-week season, begins in early December and continues through mid-April (with a two-week break at the holidays). Each season offers a bounty of vegetables delivered to several designated pick-up location in Athens, Columbus, or Marietta. If you are not a current member and you would like to be notified when enrollment for the next season is open please send us an e-mail with your name, address (to determine your pick-up area), telephone number and e-mail address.
Mail to; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Farm Share
When you become a CSA member you will receive a weekly share of 7-9 vegetables. The vegetables available from week to week change as the growing season progresses. This will give you a chance to experience the whole range of produce we harvest throughout the winter and summer seasons.
We offer certified organic vegetables freshly picked, rinsed and packed for easy pick-up. Each share member is offered a wide assortment of produce from our bountiful harvest.
All of the vegetables, herbs and mushrooms that we grow are certified organic.
How do I enroll?
(We just opened enrollment for Summer 2017 and we are already approaching the limits for Columbus sites. If you would like to enroll please e-mail me directly to check on your site choice availability; email@example.com)
We offer enrollment on a first come first served basis and we are quickly approaching our limits for specific sites. We have a limited number of shares available each season. Our summer deliveries begin June 14th this year. The two links below are complete enrollment brochures and instructions. We deliver to 5 different pick-up sites in Athens and Columbus. You can also come to the farm to pick up your share. We encourage you to contact us with any questions to secure your share of wonderful food for the season. Click the link below for the area closest to you….
Athens Brochure; S17 Enrollment Brochure Athens
Columbus Brochure; S17 Enrollment Brochure Columbus
Review the brochure, make your choices, complete the enrollment form, read and sign the member agreement and send it all back to us ASAP with a deposit or payment in full made out to; Athens Hills CSA, 16232 Henry Rd, Amesville, OH 45711. If you have any questions call 740-448-4021 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Share Options
The only difference between the Full and Half Shares in our CSA program is that the Full Shares come EVERY week, while the Half Shares come EVERY OTHER week; each share contains the same amount of food. That means 20 pick-ups (fruit is limited to the weeks it is available; for instance only 16 weeks last summer) for Full Share Members and 10 pick-ups (fruit was 8 weeks) for Half Share Members.
In addition to our vegetable shares, we offer the chance to add on “Partner Items”: Artisan Dinner Bread, Fruit, Goat/Cow Cheeses, Snowville Creamery Milk and Yogurt, Cantrell Honey, and Sticky Pete’s Maple Syrup and Ridge Runner Coffee. These will all be available with Summer enrollment.
Any of these can be added individually, or you can choose a Combination Share, which includes our veggies plus fruit, bread, cheese, eggs and milk at a discounted price. These items come from other local producers in the Athens area.
You can learn more about our partners here: Our Partners
You can also find out what they offer each season, as well as the veggies you may expect to see during the Summer and Winter CSA Seasons by following these links:
We post these items, as well as updated photos of the farm, on our Facebook Page. You can “Like” us now to see what’s “growing on” at the farm by following this link: Green Edge on Facebook. Many members have commented that the newsletters and Facebook page are important tools in not only maximizing the benefits of their share, but also in developing a relationship with the farm that is producing their food.
We celebrate and further strengthen that relationship through periodic Open Farm Days, where everyone is invited to the farm to meet the farm crew and take a tour of the farm to see how and why we grow your food the way we do. It is an opportunity for our members to ask any questions they have about our CSA program and Green Edge Gardens. One of this year’s highlights was a canning overview and refresher and a yoga session.
We drop off our CSA shares at our various pickup locations in Athens and Columbus on Wednesdays. Each site has its own set of hours for pick-up, but in general they go from early afternoon through dinnertime.
Columbus members pick up their shares on Wednesday at one of these locations: Bexley, Clintonville, and Upper Arlington.
Athens members pick up their shares on Wednesday at the farm or in town at the Athens Community Center, and Hyacinth Bean.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Call us at 740-448-4021 or e-mail us at email@example.com.