What is a CSA Program?
Simply put, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between a farm and a community of supporters that provides you with a direct connection to the farm.
CSA members support their local farm by sharing the costs, risks, and bounty of growing food along with the farmer. In return, the farm provides a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season.
Becoming a partner creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it.
Why is Lyman’s creating a CSA program?
In our annual shareholder meeting in 2017, the Lyman Family decided it is important to our vision, mission and values to be able to bring our local residents a way to purchase delicious and healthy fruits and vegetables at a discounted price.
How do I participate in Lyman’s CSA?
This year, we are limited the number of shares we offer to 80. If you are interested in purchasing a share, click here <link to registration> to sign up.
What is a share and how much does it cost?
A share is your portion of the farms harvest, or your piece of the crop! Our CSA program will offer both a full share (feeds a family of 4) and a medium share (feeds 2-3). A full share is usually around 30 pounds of fresh-picked produce that’s in season and at the peak of ripeness. In the first weeks you may receive strawberries and greens. Then throughout the season you will enjoy a wider variety of fruits and vegetables, including our eco-certified peaches and apples. Our team is dedicated to providing a terrific variety of produce each week.
A full share is $630 and a medium share is $430. You can purchase your share in two easy installments, payable at the time of registration and by May 1st.
Is a Lyman CSA right for me?
If you have the goal to eat healthy, cook more often, or try new fruits and vegetables, Lyman Orchards’ CSA is a great solution. With CSA, your fruit and vegetable share will vary from week to week depending upon which produce is at the height of readiness.
The beginning of the season starts out with greens and strawberries, and naturally becomes more robust and varietal, as the summer and fall bounty of vegetables and fruit grow in.
You pick up your fruits and vegetables right at the Apple Barrel market, so it is also a great chance to see friends and to see what else is happening here on the farm.
How will I receive my share?
We will host two days each week where you will be able to pick-up your share at the Apple Barrel market. At the time of registration you will choose which day of the week you prefer. Every Tuesday and Thursday beginning June 19th we will have your share ready for you to be picked up between 1pm – 6pm.
While you will be asked to pick a day for the entire season, we recognize that sometimes life gets in the way. If you need to switch days, please let us know in advance and we can be flexible. Anyone can pick up a share for the shareowner. If a share isn’t picked up we donate it to the local soup kitchen.
Is there a risk with the CSA program?
Yes. Every day farmers deal with risk. By participating in the CSA program, you are taking on some of that risk. For example, the weather may negatively impact one or more of our crops, as it did two seasons ago with our peaches. However, by partnering with other local farmers for our CSA program, we are mitigating some of that risk. While we plan to have all crops available during their peak season, we cannot guarantee crop availability. We expect, however, that you will receive a basket filled with delicious and fresh-picked crops to meet the weekly value of your share.
Which other farms will be included in your CSA program?
While most of your fruits will come from Lyman Orchards, we are partnering with other hyper-local farms to provide a greater variety of produce and to mitigate some of the aforementioned risk. Our partner is Ceccarelli Farms in Northford for vegetables and some fruits. We may utilize other local farms for our added value CSAs. We are currently in discussions with other potential partners.
Each week, we will let you know which farm(s) grew the produce in your share.
Will other types of shares be available?
Yes. In addition to your fruits and vegetables share, Lyman Orchards also offers the following optional shares (pricing and details to come):
- Milk and Dairy
- Local Eggs
- Lyman Orchards’ Jams, Jellies, Butters and more
- Desserts from Lyman’s Bakery
Are there any other benefits to participating in the CSA program?
Yes, there are definitely additional benefits to participating in Lyman Orchards’ CSA program. In addition to a weekly share of just-picked fruits and vegetables that have been hand selected just for members, you will also receive:
- 10% off produce and fruit in the Apple Barrel market every day (if you’re also a Sweet Rewards customer, you’ll get the better price if produce in on special that week);
- 10% off in our Pick Your Own orchards;
- A weekly e-newsletter with tips and flavorful recipes for the specific produce in that week’s share, happenings on the farm, updates from our partner farmers, as well as behind the scenes information and stories;
- Exposure to fruits and vegetables you may not normally include in your meals;
- A more personal relationship with your local farmers, including planned “Meet the Farmer Days” and a behind-the-scenes tour of the farm.
- The CSA program keeps your food money local, providing local jobs, and promotes the continuation of agriculture in our towns.