CSA Shares and Products
Now that the season has started, contact us to add an Egg, Fruit, and/or Milk Share to your member account. Email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cheese and meat stores will open Monday-Thursday for delivery the following week.
*CSA Share* (standard box of veggies)
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
Summer: tomatoes, beans, squash, peppers, onions, eggplants, cucumbers, herbs
Fall: winter squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, greens, cabbage, turnips, arugula
* 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* (custom box of veggies)
The Custom Share allows you to choose what you would like in your box each week. Just visit our Custom members-only E-commerce store and select the items you want from a list of produce available for that week. The E-commerce store will be open Friday until Sunday at noon to place an order.
The Custom CSA Share also allows you to choose when to order. Each week you decide if you want a box delivered. If you want to skip a week, simply do not order. This makes it a great option for those who travel frequently. No scheduling vacation holds or making arrangements for someone to pick up your share. NOTE: If you do not make an order and you have add-ons, your fruit, eggs, and/or milk will get delivered unless you schedule a vacation hold.
Want a standard box instead of customizing for a week? No problem. The standard box option is available as a line item in the E-commerce store. The produce from that week's harvest will be in the box, which means we'll choose the items for you.
The Small or Large share options are available for this member type.
Please note: As a Custom Share member you are responsible for placing an order each week. No order. No box. We want you to get the most out of your membership and enjoy fresh vegetables every week so remember to place that order!
Also note: The Custom Share is a buy-down type. You will be automatically assigned E-commerce store credit according to the amount paid for your membership. Each week's purchase total will be subtracted from your credit. If you do not place an order, your store credit balance will remain untouched until you place an order. Should you run out of credit, no problem. You can purchase more credit at any time.
*Fruit Share* (add-on to CSA or Custom CSA Share)
Now that the season has started, contact us to add a Fruit Share to your member account. Email us email@example.com.
A Fruit Share is only available as an add-on to our current CSA or Custom CSA Share members and must be purchased for the entire season. The Fruit Share includes getting equivalent of approximately one quart of fruit (with the exception of blueberries which are in pints) per week for the entire 20-week season. Each week the Fruit Share will be one type of fruit (i.e., it will not be a quart of mixed fruit). 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, and are not organic but both use IPM practices.
Note for 2016 season: Due to the hard freeze this spring, the orchards experienced some fruit damage and loss. Therefore, there may be a fruit shortage early in our 2016 CSA season, which could mean no fruit available to our members. If this happens, then we will double the fruit share on a different week based on fruit availability. We will keep in touch with our members about the fruit as we move through the season.
1 Fruit Share = 1 quart of fruit/wk.
* Fruit Schedule (approximate)
Strawberries: End of May - End of June/Early July
Cherries: Mid to late June - July
Apricots: June - August
Plums/Pluots: June - October
Peaches: End June - September
Apples: End of June - November
Pears: Early September - October
Nectarines: July - September
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.
*Egg Share* (add-on to CSA or Custom CSA Share)
Now that the season has started, contact us to add an Egg Share to your member account. Email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Egg Share is only available as an add-on to our current CSA or Custom CSA Share members and must be purchased for the entire season. The eggs are from Earth Spring's own pasture-raised chickens and are only sold by the dozen. Delivery options include weekly (20 weeks), bi-weekly (10 weeks), or monthly (5 weeks).
The nutritional aspects of eggs from pastured-raised chickens are far more nutritional than their conventional cousins. Not only are the color and flavor of the yolk better (the yolk is much more 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 show four to six times as much vitamin D as typical supermarket eggs, as well as one-third less cholesterol, one-fourth less saturated fat, two-thirds more vitamin A, two times more omega-3 fatty acids, two times more vitamin E, and seven times more beta carotene.
Egg Shares come from Earth Spring's very own chickens!
Eggs will be delivered with your CSA share and will be set aside in a cooler with milk, cheese, and meat.
The 2016 Egg Delivery Schedule is as follows:
Weekly Egg Share (20 total):
Every week from June 22-Nov 2
Bi-Weekly Egg Share (10 total):
Every other week from June 22-Nov 2
July 20 -23
Aug 31-Sept 3
Sept 28-Oct 1
Monthly Egg Share (5 total):
Every 4 weeks from June 22-Nov 2
*Milk Share* (add-on to CSA or Custom CSA Share)
Now that the season has started, contact us to add a Milk Share to your member account. Email us email@example.com.
A Milk Share is only available as an add-on to our current CSA or Custom CSA Share members and must be purchased for the entire season. 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 and only sold in half-gallon glass returnable bottles*.
We offer four types of milk (skim, 1.5%, whole, chocolate) and three delivery options (weekly, biweekly, monthly). Note: Members can sign up for more than one option, e.g. weekly skim milk and monthly chocolate milk.
Milk is delivered weeks 1-19 of the CSA season. Week 20 is for returning remaining bottles.
Deliveries: weekly (19 weeks) - biweekly (10 weeks) - monthly (5 weeks)
*RETURNABLE bottle deposit fees (included in the share prices) are based on $2/bottle. See our PRICES page for more information.
NEW FOR 2016! 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, then placed 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 refunded the appropriate amount.)
Milk will be delivered with your CSA share and will be in a cooler with eggs, cheese, and meat.
The 2016 Milk Delivery Schedule is as follows:
Weekly Milk Share (19 total):
Every week from June 22-Oct 26 (NO MILK DELIVERY THE LAST WEEK)
Bi-Weekly Milk Share (10 total):
Every other week from June 22-Nov 2
July 20 -23
Aug 31-Sept 3
Sept 28-Oct 1
Monthly Milk Share (5 total):
Every 4 weeks from June 22-Nov 2
While Fruit, Egg, and Milk Shares must be purchased for the season, cheese is an option that can be purchased weekly. Orders must be through our online Cheese Store and paid via PayPal only. Custom member credits cannot be used in the Cheese store. Order by noon the Thursday before the week you want it delivered with your CSA box. Remember to select the same drop point as your CSA. Cheese can be purchased in 1/2 lb or 1 lb blocks.
The cheesemaker 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, unhomogenized 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.”
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.
While Fruit, Egg, and Milk Shares must be purchased for the season, meat is an option that can be purchased weekly. Orders must be through our online Meat Store and paid via PayPal only. Custom member credits cannot be used in the Meat store. Order by noon the Thursday before the week you want it delivered with your CSA box. Remember to select the same drop point as your CSA.
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.
Earth Spring Farm chickens are pasture-raised and supplemented with GMO-free grains. CLICK HERE for prices.
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 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.
2015 Beef 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.
ESF offers homemade foods such as salsa, kimchi, dill pickles, dilly beans, turnip rueben, and pickled radishes.
ESF Merchandise: pint glasses, coffee mugs, grocery totes, and T-shirts. Visit our Merchandise store for pictures and prices.
See the PRICES page for more information.