CSA Shares and Products
Standard CSA Share
At Earth Spring Farm we strive to provide the freshest, best-tasting produce that includes staples such as tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini, but also specialty items such as bok choy, fennel, and napa cabbage.
What are we growing this year?? Everything from broccoli & cabbage to beets & turnips, carrots & radishes to beans & kohlrabi, kale & collards to cucumbers & onions, swiss chard & broccoli raab to potatoes & arugula, mizuna & other asian greens to canteloupe & watermelon, lettuce & leeks to cucumbers & zucchini. Is you mouth watering yet? Wait until you try some of the 16 varieties of tomatoes, 14 varieties of peppers (sweet AND hot), 5 types of eggplant, and 5 different kinds of winter squash! And don't forget the herbs... basil, parsley, cilantro, lemongrass, and much more!
The produce that arrives in the box each week is a diverse sampling of what we are producing on the farm at that time of year. Note that every year is slightly different depending on how certain crops do with the growing conditions (temperature, precipitation, etc).
Spring: lettuces, kales, collards, swiss chard, radish, beets, broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, etc.
Summer:tomatoes, beans, squash, peppers, onions, eggplants, cucumbers, herbs, etc.
Fall: winter squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, greens, cabbage, turnips, arugula, etc.
Small Share - 6-8 items/wk.
Large Share - 8-10 items/wk.
Visit our Newsletter Archives page to see what was in previous season boxes. Not familiar with a specific vegetable? Don't worry! We are constantly updating our Recipes page to give you lots of ideas!
Custom CSA Share
The Custom Share allows you to choose what you would like in your box from the seasonal items we have available. Each week you will see a pre-filled box in your shopping cart on our web store where you can choose which items you want for the value of your share. If you do not customize your order or put your share on hold for the week, then you will receive the box that we filled for you.
Just visit our Custom members-only E-commerce store and select your items from the list of produce available for that week.
The E-Commerce store hours are as follows:
For Wednesday and Thursday deliveries: the store will open at 6 am on Thursday and close at midnight on Sunday.
For Saturday deliveries: the store will open at 6am on Sunday and close at midnight on Wednesday.
NOTE: Members will be required to spend their entire weekly allotment when placing their custom order each week. The weekly allotment for a Small Custom Share is $28 / Large Custom Share is $33.
Fruit, Egg, and Milk Shares can be added to your CSA. These items will only be available for weekly delivery for the 20-week season.
Meat & Cheese: These items can be ordered through our web store by logging into your account. As long as you place your order while the web store is open, you'll receive the items with your next CSA delivery. The web store hours are as follows:
For Wednesday deliveries:
The store will open at 6 am on Thursday and close at midnight on Sunday.
For Thursday deliveries:
The web store will open at 6am on Friday and close at midnight on Monday.
For Saturday deliveries:
The store will open at 6am on Sunday and close at midnight on Wednesday.
Meat and cheese orders MUST be paid for at the time of the order.
The Fruit Share includes approximately 1 quart of fruit (with the exception of blueberries, which are in pints). Each week the Fruit Share will be one type of fruit - not an assortment. See the approximate schedule below for an idea of what you may be getting throughout the season. This year we will again be buying our fruit from Peters Orchards and Rex Farms. Both orchards are within 10 miles of our farm. While they are not organic, both farms use IPM practices.
1 Fruit Share = 1 quart of fruit per week
Strawberries: late May and Early June
Sweet Cherries: June
Tart Cherries - late June - early July (these are for cooking and baking!)
Plums: July and August
Peaches and Nectaries (yellow and white): July and August
Pears: August and September
Apples: August through November
All fruit will be set aside at your drop point, separate from the CSA boxes. The weekly CSA Member checklist and the e-newsletter will let you know how much to take per Fruit Share.
The eggs are from Earth Spring Farm's own pasture-raised chickens!
The nutritional aspects of eggs from pastured-raised chickens far outweigh that of their conventional cousins. Not only are the color and flavor of the yolk better (the yolk is bright orange, thanks to the hens' diet, which is based on grass and insects instead of all corn and grains), studies have shown that eggs from pasture-raised hens contain 4-6 times more vitamin D than typical supermarket eggs, as well as 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, twice as much omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, and seven times more beta carotene.
Egg Shares will be delivered weekly during the 20-week CSA season, and will be available in one dozen and half-dozen sizes. Eggs will be in a cooler with milk, cheese, and meat.
Here are some of our ladies - enjoying the pasture!
The milk is from Apple Valley Creamery, a local creamery that raises the cows, milks them, and bottles the milk all on the same farm. The milk comes from pastured cows (non-GMO) that are milked 2-3 days before being delivered to our drop points. The milk is available in both quart and half-gallon size glass returnable bottles*.
We offer four types of milk: skim, 1.5%, whole, and chocolate.
Milk will be delivered on a weekly basis - weeks 1-19 of the CSA season. Week 20 is for returning any remaining bottles.
*RETURNABLE bottle deposit fees (included in the share prices) are based on $2/bottle. If you return your bottles labeled and undamaged, you will receive a $2 credit to your online store account. See our PRICES page for more information.
Milk Bottle Return
Bottles can be returned EACH WEEK on delivery day. They should be individually labeled with your name (using masking tape) and wrapped in newspaper to prevent breakage. Place them in a sturdy cardboard box that is also clearly marked with your name. Please make sure box lids (and labeling if taped on) are secure so they do not get separated from the bottles during transport back to the farm. There will be a sign-up sheet at the drop point for members to put their name and the number of bottles being returned that week. This information will be used to match the returned bottles back at the farm. (We want to make sure that all bottles are accounted for and our members are credited the appropriate amount).
Milk will be delivered with your CSA share and will be in a cooler with eggs, cheese, and meat.
Meat and Cheese Purchases
While fruit, egg, and milk shares must be purchased for the season, meat and cheese can be purchased as needed. Meat and cheese purchases must be paid for at the time of purchase. The web store hours are at the top of this page.
The Cheese-maker is Spring Gap Mountain Creamery in Paw Paw, WV (less than 2 hours from DC). All of the milk for the cheese is purchased from Kitty Hockman-Nicholas, owner of Hedgebrook Farm in Winchester, VA, which operates the last glass-tube milking machine in Virginia. Kitty raises a small herd of Jersey cows that are 100% pasture raised and have been given the Animal Welfare Approved seal, a designation that means cows have 24-hour access to pasture and are given no growth hormones or antibiotics, no pesticides are used on the farm, and there are no cloned or genetically modified animals on the family-owned farm.
The raw milk cheese is unpasteurized, un-homogenized milk taken from the first morning milking and turned into cheese that same day. This is how cheese is made in much of Europe and has been for the past 10,000 years of cheese making. There is a 60-day minimum aging period. During this time the cheese cultures added to the milk crowd out any potentially harmful bacterial growth. The process has been coined “self-pasteurization.”
Cheese Options include the following:
Jersey Gold Gouda: Smooth, creamy and full-flavored, even when young. A great all-around snacking cheese. Also wonderful for melting.
Shenandoah Sunrise: Their most popular cheese. It's their take on a southern French farmstead cheese. With age, the cheese becomes coarse textured and forms salt crystals much like Parmesan. With a savory start and a nice tangy finish, Shenandoah Sunrise is delicious paired with fresh fruit but is also suitable for grating over salad, pasta or vegetable dishes.
Sophie's Select Sharp Cheddar: A medium sharp cheddar. Made in the traditional English style, each wheel is dipped in hot water and wrapped in several layers of cloth before aging for four to six months.
West Virginia Blue: An assertive, deeply veined blue cheese. A little goes a long way, whether crumbled on a salad or stuffed in a hamburger grilled over wood coals with a garnish of caramelized onion.
Farmhouse Feta: Unlike most store-bought feta, Farmhouse Feta is aged for several months, giving the cheese a distinct tang. The high butterfat content of Jersey cow milk provides Farmhouse Feta with a pleasant creaminess that contrasts nicely with its saltiness.
Bloomery: A semi-soft cheese with an edible bloomy rind, similar to a Camembert or Brie. Best enjoyed at room temperature.
Cheese will be delivered with your CSA share and will be set aside in a cooler with eggs, milk, and meat.
All pork is from pasture-raised pigs and is non-certified organic from North Mountain Pastures in Perry County, PA. Their animals are raised humanely with permanent access to pasture and never receive hormones or antibiotics. NMP feeds their pigs whey from a local grass-fed cheese operation and supplement their diet with a ration of organically-grown grain from a local feed mill. Raising pigs on a pasture not only allows the animal to fully express its instincts to root and forage, but it also changes the fatty acid composition of the meat.
Chicken: *Price and options coming soon!
Earth Spring Farm chickens are pasture-raised and supplemented with GMO-free grains. CLICK HERE for prices.
Beef: - Price and options coming soon!
The beef is from 100% grass-fed cows raised on Landisdale Farm. Grass-fed beef is lower in fat and lower LDL cholestrol levels, has fat levels as low as 1/3 as compared to grain-fed cattle, is their richest known source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid - a known cancer inhibitor), and has 2-4 times more omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed cattle. Their cows do not receive growth hormones or antibiotics.
Past season options included filet mignon, delmonico steak, sirloin steak, New York strip steak, flat iron steak, ranch steak, skirt steak, flank steak, chuck roast, sirloin tip roast, top round roast, bottom round roast, eye of round roast, beef brisket, short ribs, & ground beef. 2016 options coming soon! CLICK HERE for prices.
Meat will be delivered with your CSA share and will be set aside in a cooler with eggs, cheese, and milk.
Earth Spring Farm also offers homemade foods such as salsa, kimchi, dill pickles, dilly beans, turnip rueben, and pickled radishes.
Earth Spring Farm Merchandise: pint glasses, coffee mugs, grocery totes, and T-shirts. Visit our Merchandise store for pictures and prices.
All of these items can be purchased through our web store by logging into your account.
See the PRICES page for more information.