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It's Sign-Up Time for CSA Deliveries, Fresh From Area Farms

By Walter Nicholls
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 6, 2008

It's the dead of winter. Farm fields in the region sit fallow. But it's peak recruitment season for community-supported agriculture programs.

Under the CSA concept, patrons pay an annual membership fee in advance to cover farm production costs. The farmer provides a share of the harvest: a weekly box of seasonal produce for a set number of weeks. On most farms, a full share consists of enough vegetables to feed a family of four (two adults, two children) or two vegetarians for one week. For smaller households, half-shares are sometimes available.

There are variables. Crops and prices vary from farm to farm. Most farmers provide organic produce or use organic farming methods. Vegetables are picked up at the farm or at a delivery site. More farms this year make home deliveries. For a second year, the CSA sponsored by Mission Three will deliver fresh, local fruit to area university dormitories for student residents.

There is no time to wait. More farmers than ever are participating this year, but shares sell out fast.

At press time, these farms still had shares for sale. If not otherwise noted, the share is made up solely of seasonal vegetables and fruits. (Some may include, for example, eggs or flowers.) Note that some will deliver over a wide area beyond their home location.

For more information about CSA programs: http://www.localharvest.com.

DISTRICT

Mission Three

Arthur Woods, 530-260-1502

http://www.missionthree.com

$11.99 per week. Deliveries to campus dormitories for students only. Program runs for seven weeks. (Not accepting orders until the end of February.)

MARYLAND

Calvert Farm

Rising Sun

Pam Stegall Roberts and Paul Roberts, 410-658-3914

http://www.calvertfarm.com

$450/full share, 20 weeks.

Pickup in Annapolis, Beltsville, Bowie or Greenbelt, or at the farm.

Clagett Farm

Upper Marlboro

Carrie Vaughn, 301-627-4662

http://www.cbf.org/clagett

$500/full share (Dupont Circle pickup), $460 (farm pickup); half-shares available for low-income families ($250/$230), 26 weeks.

Evensong Farm

Sharpsburg

Julie Stinar, 301-491-2224

http://www.evensong-farm.com

$450-$500/full share, 20 weeks; $250-$300/half-share, 10 weeks (every other week); price depends on pickup site.

Pickup in Hagerstown, Leesburg or Silver Spring, or at the farm.

Good Fortune Farm

Brandywine

Michael Klein, 301-579-2105

$500/full share, 22 weeks. Includes eggs.

Pickup in the District (Northwest), Bethesda, Chevy Chase or University Park, or at the farm.

Homestead Farm

Millington

Alison Howard, 410-928-3805

http://www.freshorganicvegetables.com

$400/full share, 20 weeks.

Pickup in Severna Park or at the farm.

House in the Woods CSA

Adamstown

Ilene and Phil Freedman, 301-607-4048

http://www.houseinthewoods.com$485/full share, 20 weeks; $265/half-share, 10 weeks (every other week).

Pickup at the farm.

Ivy Brand

Edgewater

Sara Colhoun

http://www.ivybrand.com$450/regular share, $675/large share, 15 weeks.

Pickup in Annapolis, Edgewater, Mount Rainier or West River.

Jasmine Farm LLC

Glenwood

Ghassan Neshawatt, 410-489-2522

http://jasminefarm.tripod.com$695/full share, $495/half-share, 16 weeks.

Pickup in Bethesda or Gaithersburg, or at the farm.

Jug Bay Market Garden

Upper Marlboro

Scott Hertzberg, 301-627-6211

http://www.jugbaymarketgarden.com$700/full share, 20 weeks.

Pickup in Southeast Capitol Hill or at the farm.

Karl's Farm

Pisgah

Karl or Paula Wiegand, 301-743-7941

http://www.karls-farm.com

$550/full share, $330/half-share, 20 weeks.

Home deliveries (for an extra $100 per season) to Bethesda, Chevy Chase, College Park, Silver Spring, Takoma Park or the District; or pickup at the farm.

Pheasant Hill Farm CSA

Mount Airy

Marjorie Satterlee, 410-215-7173

$500/full share, $350/half-share, 18 weeks.

Pickup in Kentlands, Mount Airy or Wheaton, or at the farm.

Sandy Spring CSA

Sandy Spring

Vanessa Strunk, 301-424-9142

http://www.sandyspringcsa.com$595/full share, 21 weeks.

Pickup in Rockville or Sandy Spring.

Shaw Farm

Columbia

Dave Shaw, 410-531-9577.

$600/full share, 18 weeks; $480, 15 weeks.

Pickup at the farm.

Spiritual Food for the New Millennium

Chevy Chase

Lakshmi Landa, 301-654-4899

$850/full share, 26 weeks. Includes grains, bread, dried fruit, eggs, yogurt and cheese.

Pickup in Arlington, Bethesda or the District.

Summer Creek Farm

Thurmont

Rick Hood, 301-271-9399

http://www.summercreekfarm.com

$450/full share, 18 weeks. Pickup at two locations in Frederick.

PENNSYLVANIA

Farm of Peace

Warfordsburg

Renata Parrino, 717-573-2956

http://www.farmofpeace.com$400/full share, $250/half-share, 16 weeks. Includes flowers.

Pickup in Frederick.

VIRGINIA

Blenheim Organic Gardens

Washington's Birthplace

Lawrence and Becky Latane, 804-224-7039

$570/full share (pickup at the farm), $625/full share (Falls Church pickup), 22 weeks.

Bull Run Mountain Vegetable Farm

The Plains

Leigh Hauter, 703-754-4005

http://www.bullrunfarm.com

$475/full share (two people), $360/half-share (1 person), 20 weeks.

Pickup in Alexandria, Arlington, Centreville, Falls Church, Manassas or Dupont Circle.

Fredericksburg Area CSA Project

Fredericksburg

Heidi Lewis, 540-373-5910

$575/full share, $320/half-share; 20 weeks.

Pickup in Fredericksburg.

Graceland Farm

Midland

John Wright, 540-439-8171

http://www.gracelandmidland.com$400/full share, 19 weeks.

Pickup in Alexandria, Dale City, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Falls Church, Manassas or Vienna, or at the farm.

Mountain View Farm

Purcellville

Shawna Dewitt, 540-668-7640.

$420/full share, 20 weeks.

Pickup at the farm.

Olin-Fox Farms Inc.

Reedville

John Cooper or Alice Hershiser, 804-453-4125

http://www.olinfoxfarms.com

$825-$961/full share, 33 weeks; summer $342-$396, 12 weeks. Pricing depends on pickup site.

Pickup in Alexandria, Annandale, Occoquan or Stafford.

Potomac Vegetable Farms

Vienna

Hana Newcomb and Ellen Polishuk

http://www.potomacvegetablefarms.com

$425/full share; $250/half-share, 16 weeks.

Pickup in Alexandria, Arlington, Ashburn, Fairfax, Falls Church, Herndon, Leesburg, Reston, Vienna or Bethesda, or at the farm in Purcellville.

Virginia Green Grocer and the Virginia Organic Co-operative

Warrenton

Joy Jacobs, 571-722-5086

http://www.virginiagreengrocer.com

$950/full share, 20 weeks; $600/half-share.

Home deliveries in Northern Virginia.

Tree and Leaf CSA

Waterford

Georgia O'Neal, 540-882-9656

http://www.treeandleaffarm.com$662/full share, 22 weeks.

Pickup in Mount Pleasant, Purcellville or Waterford.

WEST VIRGINIA

Fresh and Local CSA

Shepherdstown

Allan Balliett, 304-876-3382

http://www.freshandlocalcsa.com$500/full share, 20 weeks.

Pickup in Arlington, Bethesda, Silver Spring or the District (Northwest), or at the farm.

Food editorial assistant Leigh Lambert contributed to this report.

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