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 Winter CSA is an eighteen-week season which 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 and Columbus
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 season.
We offer certified organic vegetables freshly picked, rinsed and packed for easy pick-up. Each share member is provided 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?
Deliveries for the Winter 2019 CSA will begin on Wednesday November 28, 2018. Enrollment form links are below.
Athens Brochure; W18 Enrollment brochure Athens
Columbus Brochure; W18 Enrollment brochure Columbus
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 18 pick-ups for Full Share Members and 9 pick-ups for Half Share Members.
You can find out what veggies you may expect to see during the Winter CSA Season 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.
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 two locations: Bexley and Clintonville.
Athens members pick up their shares on Wednesday at the farm or in town at the Athens Community Center, and Hyacinth Bean Florist.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Call us at 740-448-4021 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.