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2014 list of Washington area CSAs

Polar vortex or not, the thought of spring strawberries or summer tomatoes never ceases to comfort us in the depths of winter. If you’re already anticipating the produce that warmer weather will bring, you might want to sign up for a community-supported agriculture program, or CSA.

In a CSA, members stake a claim to part of a farm’s harvest by paying a set fee in advance. The farmers get help covering their costs, and customers in turn receive a weekly or, in some cases, biweekly grab bag of produce. A good number of CSAs are branching out and including eggs, bread, meat and other items in their shares. Some offer separate shares for those specialty goods.

Share sizes vary. Conventional wisdom is that a full share provides enough produce to feed a family of four for one week. Half shares and mini shares are available. The language of sizing can differ among farms, so ask before you make your decision.

Another thing to consider: how pickup works. Most CSAs have their members collect shares at fixed points, such as farmers markets, schools or stores. Others offer delivery, included in the price of the share or as an added fee. As you compare your options, take into account the cost of gas or your time.

Many programs sell out, so sign up soon . To find programs in this list that deliver to your area, use your browser’s find function or, better yet, check out our interactive map. CSAs on this page are sorted by the state in which the farm is located.

Browse by location more than 60 community-supported agriculture, or CSA, programs.

Becky Krystal


5 a Day CSA

Beltsville, Md.

Vicki Reese


Spring/summer share $750, 15 weeks; spring/summer/fall share $1,400, 32 weeks; flexible option, pay $50 membership fee then choose a weekly box, price varies. Compilation of food from local farms.

Pickup locations: Silver Spring, Hyattsville

Farm pickup: Yes

Backbone Food Farm

Oakland, Md.

Katharine Dubansky


$350 full share, $618 family share, 20 weeks.

Pickup locations: Frostburg, Thomas (W.Va.)

Farm pickup: Yes

Big White Barn CSA

Frederick, Md.

Steve or Anita Goertemiller


$550 weekly full share, $325 weekly half share, $275 biweekly full share, 16 weeks.

Pickup locations: Baltimore, Clarksburg, the District, Frederick, Rockville

Farm pickup: Yes

Blades Orchard

Federalsburg, Md.

Lynda Blades


$400 full share, $200 half share, 14 weeks; $350 full share, $175 half share, 12 weeks (fall); fruit shares ($250, 10 weeks) available; free delivery for addresses with 10 or more sign-ups.

Pickup locations: Annapolis, Denton, Easton, Cambridge, Federalsburg, Salisbury, St. Michaels

Farm pickup: Yes

Blue Tomato Farms

Harwood, Md.

Shawn Sizer


Price and length vary by individual subscription. Delivery.

Farm pickup: No

Brad’s Produce

Churchville, Md.

Brad Milton


$495 full share, $315 half share, $290 biweekly share, 24 weeks; $100 early spring share, 4 weeks; $200 summer share, 8 weeks; egg and bread shares available.

Farm pickup: Yes

Breezy Willow Farm

West Friendship, Md.

R.J. Caulder


$468 early-bird share, 12 weeks; $897, 24 weeks.

Pickup locations: Columbia, Elkridge, Ellicott City

Farm pickup: Yes

Calvert Farm

Rising Sun, Md.

Pam Stegall Roberts and Paul Roberts


$500 full share, 20 weeks (8-week fall extension available for $250).

Pickup locations: Annapolis, Arnold, Baltimore, Beltsville, Bowie, Columbia, Edgewater, Fort George G. Meade, Gaithersburg, Greenbelt, Laurel, Millersville, Odenton, Olney, Owings Mills, Rockville, Severna Park, Silver Spring

Farm pickup: Yes

Clagett Farm

Upper Marlboro, Md.

Carrie Vaughn


$575 full share (Dupont Circle pickup), $515 (farm pickup), plus $50 new-member fee, 26 weeks; reduced-price shares available for low-income families: $287.50 (Dupont), $257.50 (farm), 26 weeks.

Pickup locations: The District

Farm pickup: Yes

Colchester Farm CSA

Galena, Md.

Theresa Mycek


$365 small share, $525 medium share, $800 large share, 26 weeks.

Pickup locations: Chestertown, Stevensville

Farm pickup: Yes

Double Oak Farm

Prince Frederick, Md.

Tricia Realbuto


$625 full share for members of the American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT), $685 for non-members, 25 weeks.

Farm pickup: Yes

Dragonfly Farms

Mount Airy, Md.

Sue Lewis


$550, 14 weeks; add $150 for bread, eggs and cheese every other week.

Pickup locations: Arlington, Bethesda, the District, Falls Church, Germantown, Glen Echo, McLean, Merrifield, Potomac, Vienna

Farm pickup: Yes

Even’ Star Organic Farm

Lexington Park, Md.

Brett Grohsgal


$360, 12 weeks (neighborhood delivery); $300-$500 farmers market option, 26-week debit system; $600 winter share, 20 weeks.

Pickup locations: Alexandria, Arlington, Bethesda, California, the District, Leonardtown, Lexington Park, Rockville, University Park, Waldorf

Farm pickup: Yes

The Farm at Our House

Brookeville, Md.

Michelle Nowak


$240-$810, 8-27 weeks.

Pickup locations: Arlington, Silver Spring

Farm pickup: Yes

Farmstead of Charlotte Hall

Charlotte Hall, Md.

Tony and Lori Brown


$600, 18 weeks; discount given for local pickup.

Pickup locations: Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Waldorf

Farm pickup: Yes

Good Life Farm

Darnestown, Md.

Laura Ledgard


$95-$940, 1-20 weeks; subscribers select share weeks online. Corporate deliveries available.

Farm pickup: Yes

Gorman Farm

Columbia/Laurel, Md.

Dave Liker


$710 full share, $530 half share, 22 weeks. Returning member discount available.

Farm pickup: Yes

Gravel Springs Farms

Union Bridge, Md.

Paul Sorenson


$605 full share, $315 half share, 21 weeks; full and half egg shares and cut flowers available. New pickup locations added for groups of 10 or more members.

Pickup locations: the District, Alexandria

Farm pickup: Yes

Greenbranch Organic Farm

Salisbury, Md.

Ted Wycall


$500 small share (two or three people), $960 medium share (four or five people), $1,440 large share (six or more people), 30 weeks; milk shares available; organic producer.

Pickup location: Berlin

Farm pickup: Yes

Groundworks Farm

Pittsville, Md.

Margaret and Kevin Brown


$650, 24 weeks; meat, chicken, egg, cheese and frozen-meal shares available. Non-farm pickup for an extra fee.

Pickup locations: Alexandria, Annapolis, Arlington, the District

Farm pickup: Yes

Homestead Farm

Millington, Md.

Alison Howard


$525 full share, $380 small share, 22 weeks.

Pickup locations: Annapolis, Arnold, Baltimore, Bowie, Centreville, Easton, Millersville, Severna Park, Stevensville

Farm pickup: Yes

House in the Woods CSA

Adamstown, Md.

Ilene and Phil Freedman


$600 ($700 for Alexandria pickup) full share, 20 weeks; $350 half share, 10 weeks.

Pickup locations: Alexandria, Frederick

Farm pickup: Yes

Karl’s Farm

Pisgah, Md.

Karl or Paula Wiegand


600 full share, $360 half share, 20 weeks; 8-week fall shares ($240 full, $144 half) also available. Home deliveries (for an extra $140 per season, $56 for the fall) inside the Beltway to locations in Maryland or the District.

Farm pickup: Yes

The Lamb’s Quarter

Owings, Md.

James Bourne


$635 full share, 22 weeks; $400 half share, 11 weeks.; chicken, meat and egg shares available. Delivery.

Pickup location: Alexandria

Farm pickup: Yes

Market Basket

Annapolis, Md.

Craig Sewell


$645 full share, 25 weeks; produce, livestock and dairy also on weekly ordering. Provided by One Straw Farm.

Pickup location: Annapolis

Farm pickup: No

Norman’s Farm Market

Potomac, Md.

Eris Norman


$1,204.88 jumbo share, $751.28 large share, $520.91 small share, 28 weeks; $357.04 jumbo share, $220.48 large share, $154.16 small share, 8 weeks (early, middle or late season); $178.50 jumbo share, $110.25 large share, $77.07 small share, 4 weeks (May); egg shares available.

Pickup locations: Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Rockville

Farm pickup: No

One Acre Farm

Boyds, Md.

Michael Protas


$650-$700, 22 weeks.

Pickup locations: The District, Potomac, Rockville

Farm pickup: Yes

One Straw Farm

Northern Baltimore County, Md.

Joan Norman


$600 (before March 8)/$650 (after March 8) full share, $305 (before March 8)/$330 (after March 8) half share, 24 weeks.

Pickup location: Baltimore

Farm pickup: Yes

Open Book Farm

Myersville, Md.

Mary Kathryn and Andrew Barnet


$500 meat share (two formats: prix fixe monthly April-October or a la carte — rolling sign-up); $440 winter share, monthly November-February.

Pickup location: Bethesda

Farm pickup: Yes

Pheasant Hill Farm CSA

Mount Airy, Md.

Marjorie Satterlee


$575 full share, $450 half share, 18 weeks.

Pickup locations: Damascus, Gaithersburg, Mount Airy, Taylorsville, Wheaton

Farm pickup: No

Priapi Gardens

Cecilton, Md.

Vic Priapi


$245, 10 weeks (spring or fall); $485, 22 weeks (summer); organic.

Pickup locations: Stevensville

Farm pickup: No

Query Mill Farm

Darnestown, Md.

Mark Israel


$400 full share, $200 half share, 20 weeks; organic, though not certified. Delivery available.

Pickup locations: Western Montgomery County

Farm pickup: Yes

Radix Farm

Upper Marlboro, Md.

Kristin Carbone


$675 full share, 22 weeks; $425 or $600 debit-style pickup at Petworth and Ballston farmers markets, 26 weeks; certified naturally grown.

Pickup locations: The District, Arlington

Farm pickup: No

Red Wiggler CSA

Germantown, Md.

Kara Desmond


$210 spring share, 7 weeks; $330 summer share, 11 weeks; $210 fall share, 7 weeks; certified organic.

Farm pickup: Yes

Side by Side Farm

Freeland, Md.

Deborah Maude


$600-$750 (farm pickup) or $650-$800 (Baltimore pickup), 25 weeks.

Pickup location: Baltimore

Farm pickup: Yes

Spiritual Food for the New Millennium

Bethesda, Md.

Lakshmi Landa


$1,999, 50 weeks; $1,000 summer share, 26 weeks; $1,000 winter share, 24 weeks; all shares include greens, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and eggs plus grains, bread, dried fruit, cheese and legumes in rotation. Early-bird discount available through March 15. Organic; compilation from multiple farms. Home delivery available to some locations.

Pickup locations: Arlington, Bethesda, Cabin John, the District, Takoma Park

Farm pickup: No

Summer Creek Farm

Thurmont, Md.

Rick Hood


$500, 18 weeks.

Pickup locations: Frederick, Urbana

Farm pickup: Yes

Sycamore Spring Farm

Frederick, Md.

Carol Rollman


$750, 30 weeks; $594, 22 weeks; bountiful harvest $270, 9 weeks (July and August); autumn harvest $240, 8 weeks; $245 monthly program for seven plus-size shares; egg and beef shares available. Delivery to the District and Montgomery County.

Pickup locations: The District, Montgomery County, Urbana, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville

Farm pickup: Yes

Stoecker Farms

White Hall, Middle River and Glen Rock, Pa.

Rebecca Stoecker or Charles Stoecker


$300 small share, $500 full share, $750 extra-large share, 25 weeks; fruit option $250, 25 weeks.

Pickup locations: Baltimore, Beltsville, College Park

Farm pickup: No

Wilson’s Farm Market

Bel Air, Md.

Janelle Vane


$475 full share, $300 half share (every week), $275 half share (eight consecutive weeks or every other week), 16 weeks; $450 flexible share (in-store only), 16 weeks; egg shares available.

Pickup location: Bel Air

Farm pickup: Yes


Bending Bridge Farm

Mercersburg, Pa.

Audrey Fisher-Pedersen


A la carte credits ($250, $500, $750 or $1,000) can be purchased online and are good for one year.

Pickup locations: Bethesda, Silver Spring, the District

Farm pickup: No

Earth Spring Farm

Carlisle, Pa.

Mike Nolan


$750 large share, $650 small share, 25 weeks; meat, cheese, eggs and fruit shares available; accepting new inquiries for private-business drop points (for employees only) with a minimum of 10 sign-ups.

Pickup locations: Alexandria, Arlington, College Park, the District, Mount Rainier, Silver Spring, Riverdale Park, Takoma Park

Farm pickup: Yes

Farm of Peace

Warfordsburg, Pa.

Halima Willett


$700 full share, $365 half share, 24 weeks; $500 full share, $260 half share, 16 weeks.

Pickup locations: The District, Silver Spring, Sterling, Takoma Park

Farm pickup: Yes

Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative

Leola, Pa.

CSA department

717-656-3533, ext. 2

$760 full vegetable share, 25 weeks; $485 half vegetable share, 25 weeks; winter shares from $315, 7 weeks; fall share $227 (half share $150), 7 weeks; chicken, meat, fruit, flower, cheese and egg shares available. Compilation of farms.

Pickup locations: The District, Baltimore

Farm pickup: No

Licking Creek Bend Farm

Needmore, Pa.

Michael Tabor


Four sessions (June-July, August-September, October, November), $37.50 per week. Early-bird discounts available.

Pickup locations: Bethesda, the District, Gaithersburg, Takoma Park

Farm pickup: No

North Mountain Pastures

Newport, Pa.

Brooks Miller


Meat only. $801-$868 full share, $408-$541 half share, five months.

Pickup locations: The District, Silver Spring, Takoma Park

Farm pickup: No

Spiral Path Farm

Loysville, Pa.

Terra Brownback


$1,017 full share, $720 medium share, 36 weeks; $552 full share, $391 medium share, 17 weeks. Early-bird discounts and 4-week June sampler available.

Pickup locations: Bethesda, Silver Spring

Farm pickup: No


Blenheim Organic Gardens

Washington’s Birthplace, Va.

Lawrence and Becky Latane

$520 (farm pickup), $545 (Fredericksburg or King George pickup); Falls Church pickup for current members only; fall share (current members only), 10 weeks. Certified organic.

Pickup locations: Falls Church, Fredericksburg, King George

Farm pickup: Yes

Bull Run Mountain Vegetable Farm

The Plains, Va.

Leigh Hauter


$1,350 large share (four people), $675 medium share (two people), $500 small share (one person), 19 weeks, plus 4 weeks before and 2 weeks after the season for pickup at the farm; egg and fruit shares available.

Pickup locations: Alexandria, Centreville, the District, East Falls Church, Fairfax, Haymarket, Manassas

Farm pickup: Yes

East Lynn Farm

Round Hill, Va.

Georgia Basser


$495 full share, 20 weeks; or flexible CSABucks program in conjunction with Fair Oaks Farm ($600 full share, 20 weeks, receive $800 CSABucks, or $400 half share, 20 weeks, receive $500 CSABucks) in which members choose produce, meat, eggs, flowers and more for pickup at farm shop; early-bird, returning member and group discounts available.

Pickup locations: Alexandria, Arlington, Centreville, Chantilly

Farm pickup: Yes

Fair Oaks Farm

Aldie, Va.

Georgia Basser


$495 full share, 20 weeks; or flexible CSABucks program in conjunction with East Lynn Farm ($600 full share, 20 weeks, receive $800 CSABucks, or $400 half share, 20 weeks, receive $500 CSABucks) in which members choose produce, meat, eggs, flowers and more for pickup at farm shop; early bird, returning member and group discounts available.

Pickup locations: Alexandria, Arlington, Centreville, Chantilly

Farm pickup: Yes

Farm to Family/Farm Bus

Richmond, Va.

Mark and Suzi Lilly


$2,556 full share, $1,278 bi-weekly share (meat, vegetables, dairy and bread; all can be ordered individually as well), 24 weeks; soy, coffee, pet treats and egg shares available. Compilation of regional farms.

Pickup location: The District

Farm pickup: No

FreshFarm Markets CSA

Arlington, Va., and the District


$35 per week full share, $25 per week medium share, 12 weeks (two seasons, one starting in late spring and the other late summer). Items are from farmers and producers at FreshFarm farmers markets. Pickup at Ballston, Foggy Bottom and Penn Quarter FreshFarm locations.

Pickup locations: Arlington, the District

Farm pickup: No

Great Country Farms

Bluemont, Va.

Jaclyn Jenkins


$419-$599 (depending on pickup or delivery site), 20 weeks; delivery to homes or businesses in Northern Virginia.

Pickup locations: Arlington, Chantilly, Fairfax, Lansdowne, Sterling

Farm pickup: Yes

Olin-Fox Farms

Reedville, Va.

John and Alice Cooper


$1,097-$1,172, 25-week all-season share; $168-$180 4-week winter share; $252-$270 6-week spring share; $408-$432, 8-week summer share; $294-$315 7-week fall share; all-season and summer shares include fruit shares; sales tax included in the price.

Pickup locations: Alexandria, Annandale, Occoquan, Springfield, Stafford

Farm pickup: Yes

Polyface Farm

Staunton, Va.

Sheri Salatin


Pay-as-you-go buying club for meat (beef, chicken, turkey and pork) and eggs; monthly March through November. Delivery.

Farm pickup: No

Potomac Vegetable Farm East

Vienna, Va.

Hana Newcomb


$352 mini share, $512 regular share, $672 robust share, 16-week summer season; $198 mini share, $288 regular share, $378 robust share, 9-week fall season; egg, flower and bread shares available.

Pickup locations: Alexandria, Arlington, Bethesda, Falls Church, Fairfax, Herndon, Reston

Farm pickup: Yes

Potomac Vegetable Farm West

Purcellville, Va.

Stacey Carlberg


$480 market-style pickup share, 16-week summer season; $240 fall market-style pickup share for farm pickup, 9 weeks; egg, chicken and flower shares available for farm pickup. Packed vegetable shares delivered to Leesburg, same price. “Ecoganic” vegetables.

Pickup location: Leesburg

Farm pickup: Yes

Quarter Branch Farm

Lovettsville, Va.

Kevin Grove


Prices to be determined (see Web site), 27 weeks.

Pickup locations: Lansdowne Crossing, Rockville

Farm pickup: Yes

Willowsford Farm

Ashburn, Va.

Michael Snow


$700, 26 weeks; vegetable, egg, flower, bread, chicken and other shares available, as well as weekly pre-orders for all farm stand items. Additional delivery sites available.

Pickup locations: Aldie

Farm pickup: Yes


Bigg Riggs Farm

Loom, W.Va.

Calvin Riggleman


$775 full share, $410 half share, 22 weeks.

Pickup locations: Alexandria, Arlington, the District, Sterling, Vienna

Farm pickup: Yes

Fresh and Local CSA

Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Maura Balliett


$600, 18 weeks; pastured egg shares available.

Pickup locations: Arlington, Bethesda, the District, McLean, Silver Spring

Farm pickup: Yes

Garden by the Woods

Martinsburg, W.Va.

Patricia Corona


$15 per week, flowers only; April through October; wedding flowers available.

Pickup locations: The District

Farm pickup: Yes

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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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