There are several options for joining a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program here in DC. In case you aren’t familiar with CSAs, members pay a fixed fee for the year to join, then reap the benefits of the farm’s bounty on a weekly basis. Generally paid in advance, the money provides working capital to small family farms so farmers can earn a living wage while providing urban families with fresh and often organic produce. For the most part, produce is harvested just a day or two before delivering to members and includes a range of seasonal fruits and vegetables, often including rare heirloom varieties not found in grocery stores.
A couple of CSAs open for membership in the DC area include:
Bull Run Mountain Vegetable Farm – $360/share, pickup in Alexandria, Centerville, Dupont, Falls Church and Manassas
Clagett Farm – $460-500/share, pickup in Upper Marlboro and Dupont
Spiritual Food for the New Millennium – $850/share for 26 weeks, pickup in Arlington, Capital Hill and Bethesda
Fresh and Local CSA – $500/share, also have flower, egg, chicken memberships available, pickup in Tenleytown, Arlington, Bethesda and Silver Spring
Karl’s Farm – $550/share, pickup in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, College Park, Silver Spring and Takoma Park
Even’ Star Organic Farms – $25/week, pickup in Bethesda, South Arlington, Town Creek, University Park
Great Country Farms – $889/share, delivery only
And if you live outside of the DC metropolitan area, check out Local Harvest to find CSAs in your area!