Our CSA is open for the 2018 Season!
Click here to sign up. The CSA will run from June 4th through November 19th, making it 25 weeks long. Pick-ups are on Mondays from 3-7pm* at our farmstand, located at 10643 Route 116 in Hinesburg. *If you cannot commit to this time on a regular basis, we suggest the Farmstand Share instead. This year we are offering three different share sizes to choose from:
Small: Great for a single person or a couple that travels and/or eats out frequently. Costs $375 ($15 per week) and averages out to $16.50 value each week. *
Standard: This is our most popular share size. It will satisfy vegetable needs for a small family or a couple, or a single voracious vegetable eater. Costs $500 ($20 per week) and averages out to $22 value each week. *
Large: Good for bigger families or small families that have vegetable-heavy diets. Costs $625($25 per week) and averages out to $27.50 value each week.*
*You will notice that all share values are more than what they cost. We plan to provide 10%more than what you pay for!
Frequently Asked CSA Questions
What does your CSA share typically provide?
CSA members will be able to choose which crops they want from that days offerings. Your family doesn't eat turnips? No problem! You can load up on other available veggies instead. Trillium Hill Farm will be growing staple crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, snap peas, lettuce, spinach, kale, potatoes, onions, garlic, peppers, and winter squash. Because we don't grow every vegetable, we will buy things in from other (organic) local farms. For example, past shares have included corn and broccoli from Full Moon Farm, local Berries, and mushrooms. We plan to expand upon the frequency and variety that we get from other farms this year.
What are past members saying about the CSA?
- "I appreciated the opportunity to try new items, but being able to get just what I liked was good." CSA member 2017
- "We loved our farm share this year, and the farm(s) the food came from. Only good things to say." CSA member 2017
- "I really liked getting the emails ahead of time sharing what would be offered in the share that week. It helped to do some meal planning and have a plan going into CSA pickup." CSA member 2017
YES. The current system at THF is different than it used to be, and may be different from other farms. It is a choice and value based system. When a CSA member arrives for a CSA pickup, they will find a display of vegetables (and some fruits). The products will be priced, and there will be a value assigned to that week's shares. For example: On July 17, 2017, share values were: Small=$16.75, Standard= $22.50, Large=$27.5. A CSA member who had purchased a small share would select products up to $16.75 in value, choosing only the items he or she wants. Over the course of the 25 week season, our goal is that total share values average to a minimum of 110% of the amount paid.
What are your farming practices?
We are organic in practice, but not certified; improving the health of the soil is our first goal. We work to increase fertility and biological activity of the soil by adding organic matter, correcting mineral deficiencies, and protecting the soil. Compost, peat moss, crop residue, and cover crops are used to increase organic matter. Rock powders, plant meals, and trace elements are used to amend mineral deficiencies, and replace what the crop will remove. The soil is protected and erosion minimized with dense plantings, covering bare soil with tarps, avoiding tillage, and planting cover crops. Pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not used. Trillium Hill Farm has a CAPS (Community Accreditation for Produce Safety) Food Safety Plan.
What exactly is a CSA?
The idea of the CSA (community supported agriculture) is that the members share in the risk, as well as the bounty of the farm. CSA members purchase a share of the harvest before the season begins, and receive vegetables each week during the season. Each week’s offering differs in the type and quantity of vegetables. We expect there to be a surplus of vegetables, and that members will get more than they pay for. At the same time, the members accept the risk of a poor season. We are committed to doing our best to provide our members with generous amounts of fresh produce each week.
What if I have to miss a share pick-up?
We understand that occasionally you will not be able to make a pick-up. You could send a friend or family member to pick up your share, or email us to make a different arrangement.
Can we setup a payment plan?
Of course! We are happy to set up an installment plan with you if paying in full is not an option for you. We will email you when installments are due. Just choose that option on the sign-up form.
Where should I park for the CSA pick-up?
We have parking at our barn (located at 10643 Rte 116 in Hinesburg). If you can, pull right up to the farmstand- there are several spots up there. Please do your best to not block driveways; do not park on the paved driveway between the houses- just the gravel driveway near the barn. We are a short walk from the town hall park and ride.