FreshFarm Markets expands its CSA program

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said FreshFarm Markets’ CSA shares go on sale March 10. They are on sale now. This version has been updated.


FreshFarm Markets is adding pickups for its CSA program to the group’s Foggy Bottom and Penn Quarter markets. The Ballston pickup, shown here, which was in pilot mode last year, will continue. (FreshFarm Markets/FreshFarm Markets)

If you’re wary of the commitment to a single-farm CSA, FreshFarm Markets has a proposal for you. After completing a pilot program in the fall in Ballston, the organization is expanding its community-supported agriculture (CSA) program to its Foggy Bottom and Penn Quarter markets.

Unlike most CSAs you might be familiar with, the FreshFarm program compiles produce from several farms, all of which already sell at its markets.

“I think the multi-farm CSA approach is really attractive because it means you get more variety,” says Genna Lipari, a market manager and the CSA coordinator.

Lipari says farmers like the concept because they don’t have to deal with subscription logistics and the pressure of fulfilling orders on their own.

Each week, Lipari checks with the farmers to see what they have — and what they might have in excess. Shares consist of eight to 10 or five to seven types of produce. Lipari says she aims to include staples as well as some unexpected items.

She says FreshFarm decided to get into the CSA business as a way to boost revenue at its weekday markets.

Customers “want the fresh food,” Lipari explains. “They love supporting farmers, but they don’t have time to come to market.”

The CSA consists of two 12-week seasons, May 14-July 31 and Aug. 13-Oct. 30. Medium shares for about two people are available for $25 a week, or $300. Large shares for about four people are $35 a week, or $420. Available add-ons include eggs, milk, bread and a rotating market “treat,” such as honey, cheese and jam. Share also include a newsletter and recipes.

Pickups must be made between 30 minutes after each market opens and 30 minutes before it ends. Customers collect their shares at the same market each week.

Shares are on sale now. For more information, visit freshfarmmarketcsa.squarespace.com.

Interested in other CSAs? Check out our interactive map.

Becky Krystal covers food for the Going Out Guide and Weekend and Food sections. In her spare time she loves to, of course, eat and cook.
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