Ahswanee Farm CSA

Who is this CSA for?– CSAs are a great way to eat healthy, local produce and reconnect with where your food comes from, but they are not for everyone. This CSA is ideal for people who appreciate fresh, organically grown, local, unpretentious produce and like to cook and eat a variety of veggies and possibly try a few they’ve never had before.

Share Details- Over the course of 16 weeks (June-September) the member will receive a variety of fresh, in-season vegetable crops grown on the Farm. The average weekly share will contain 6-8 different items; some weeks will contain more items and others less. When possible, members will be given choices between different items. Examples of possible items are: a bunch of kale, a head of cabbage, a pound of tomatoes, a handful of basil, a couple cucumbers. However, due to the unpredictability of farming (see below), no guarantees of share composition, size, or quality can be made.

Share Pickup- The first share will most likely be ready in late May or early June. Members will be notified one week prior to the first pickup day. Members will pick up their shares at 1717 Baldwin Mill Road, Forest Hill, MD 21050 every Wednesday between 4-6 pm.

  • Members must bring bags or containers to take their vegetables home in.
  • If a member is running late for share pickup, they should call the Farmer, so their share can be set aside for when they arrive.
  • If a member knows in advance that they will be unable to pick up their share they should arrange to have someone else pick up their share and email the Farmer beforehand.
  • Alternate pickup times may be possible in emergency situations, but must be arranged with the Farmer as early as possible. Shares not picked up within 48 hours of pickup will no longer be available.
  • If a member misses more than one pickup without making other arrangements for the share to be picked up, the Farmer may cancel the member’s CSA agreement with no refund.

Unpredictability of Farming– There is a lot of planning involved in growing vegetables, but even so, weather extremes, disease, and crop pests can take a toll on the best plans to provide quality vegetables consistently for months at a time. This means shares could be much smaller than planned due to crop shortages or failures. This is the nature of farming. But, it’s not all bad news! When there is an abundant harvest, members will be offered additional produce.

CSA Cost and Payment-  A share runs 16 weeks from June through September and is $400 payable by check made out to Erica Parker.

When the CSA is full a notice will be put on the website. People still interested in joining the CSA will be added to a waitlist if they choose and may be contacted if another member drops out.

Refunds- If a member decides they can no longer participate in the CSA, a prorated refund may be offered at the Farmer’s discretion. Members must give the Farmer at least one week’s notice (preferably more) so the Farmer has time to find a replacement member. Refunds will not be offered for shares affected in size or quality by factors like weather, disease, or pests. No refunds will be offered for missed share pickups.

Communication- Send questions and comments to ahswaneefarm@gmail.com. If a member is running late for share pickup, they should call 443-655-6792. Farm news will mostly be communicated through the website. Members will be made aware of any important changes by their preferred method of contact.

Next Step– Whether you’re interested in signing up for this CSA or still on the fence, it’s an important decision to make.  Either way, the first step to signing up is to make sure this CSA is right for you.  This short form will help you make an informed decision.