CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In a CSA, members of the community pledge support to a farm. In this agreement, grower and consumers (shareholders) reap the rewards of farm-fresh produce and share the risks of food production. In a CSA model the farmer benefits through knowing the market and quantity of food to grow. The shareholder benefits from knowing they will have a reliable supply of fresh, seasonal produce. The CSA shareholder understands there is unpredictability of weather, pest problems, and other factors that may result in harvest bounty or crop setbacks.
At Heritage Creek, one of our goals is to provide a local food source for our community. Through our CSA we grow chemical-free produce for our shareholders. As a CSA shareholder you are committing to receive a share of seasonal vegetables produced on our farm. In our CSA, the consumers pay a pre-season deposit that helps our farm with pre-season expenses – seeds, potting soil, etc. Our CSA offers several options for payment of the remaining balance. See below for more details.
It is our mission to provide farm-fresh, seasonal, local produce to our CSA families. We feel people should have a relationship with their food. We believe in transparent farming practices that respect and protect the environment and our natural resources. We use compost and organic approved fertilizers. If necessary, we use organically approved pest management. Our potting mix is OMRI approved. Although not certified organic, we use organic seeds (whenever possible) and use chemical-free, sustainable growing methods to produce fresh and nutritious produce for our CSA members.
CSA families receive the “fruits of our labor”. Through receiving a share of our harvest, CSA families reap the reward of seasonal food that is picked fresh from the farm. It is our hope that shareholders take the opportunity to become involved in the life of the farm and develop a relationship with their food. CSA families are encouraged to contact the farm for volunteer opportunities.
We take pride in growing a variety of seasonal and nutritional crops. Many of the crops grown are commonly known and used foods, but we also strive to introduce CSA families to some less familiar foods. As part of our CSA, we provide recipes to help with simple meal planning, and offer culinary usages to encourage families to incorporate new foods into their diets.
As with any CSA, shares are based upon seasonal crops picked at the peak of their ripeness. Although quantity will vary based upon what is ready to be harvested, each share will include on average 8-10 different kinds of farm-fresh produce.
Despite best efforts, there are risks with farming. By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share the rewards of crop successes and the risk of crop failures. Please take this into consideration when joining any CSA.
Weekly members (24 shares) will receive shares from the last week of May through the second week of November.
Bi-weekly members (11 shares) will receive shares starting on the week of June 7th or 14th and continue until last week of October or first week of November depending upon your assigned harvest schedule.
Harvest days are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pickup at the farm from 3-7 pm or choose delivery if you are within our established delivery route.
Limited winter shares will be available.
Pre-season deposit of $150.00 due at time of registration. See below for payment options of the remaining balance of $600.00. Shares will be harvested the last week of May through the second week of November for a total of 24 weekly shares.
Pre-season deposit of $125.00 due at time of registration. See below for payment option of the remaining balance of $275.00. Depending upon your bi-weekly schedule, harvests will start the week of June 7th or June 14th through the last week of October or first week of November for a total of 11 bi-weekly shares.
Pre-season deposits are required at time of registration. In a effort to make participation in our CSA affordable we offer 3 payment options for the remaining balance - Payment in full, Monthly Payment and Weekly/Bi-weekly depending upon membership selection.
(1) payment of $600.00 due on/before first share in June.
(5) payments of $120.00 due on first pickup/delivery date in June, July, Aug, Sept, and Oct.
(24) payments of $25.00 due on at time of pickup/delivery
(1) payment of $275.00 due on/before first share in June.
(5) payments of $55.00 due on first pickup/delivery date in June, July, Aug, Sept and October
(11) payments of $25.00 due at time of pickup/delivery
We encourage families to pickup your share at the farm as it provides a wonderful opportunity to have a connection to the farm in which your food is being produced. However, we want to make it convenient for our families to participate in our CSA and we offer local delivery to the following locations. Although we do not charge extra for local delivery, we ask families to consider contributing to the cost of this convenient service.
Mt Joy, Manheim, Marietta, Maytown, Rheems, and Elizabethtown
Lancaster City, Landisville, Hempfield, Centerville, and Rohrerstown.
Please contact us to inquiry about the possibility of being added to our delivery route.
The CSA and produce from HCFC is the best I have ever purchased! I wish I had found this CSA sooner! I feel good knowing that I am getting top quality produce that is locally grown. The love and hard work that the farm has for food shows through the quality, quantity and variety of produce we receive in our shares.
As a CSA member I have been able to try new vegetables and also learn about things on the farm that I didn't previously know. I am thankful for the farm and highly recommend this CSA.
When buying locally grown food I am receiving food at its peak! I love knowing that the food I serve my family was just picked straight from the field. It is delicious and nutritious. I can taste its freshness!
I am proud that my grocery dollars are supporting sustainable farming efforts in our community. Our weekly produce is nutrient dense and produced with farming practices that respect and protect the environment.
Being an environmentally conscious person, one of the ways I help to reduce the carbon footprint is by eating seasonal produce that is grown locally. I appreciate the fact that my food is only traveling a short distance from farm to my fork!
An added benefit of being a CSA member is having the opportunity to be involved in the life of the farm. Our family has volunteered in the greenhouse, production garden and we have helped on harvest days. We see the beauty of the farm each time we pick up our share. We can also visit the various growing areas to see our future produce!
I love when I pick up my share and see the colors of the rainbow! The aroma and flavor of my farm-fresh food can't be beat. The difference in the flavor of produce eaten straight from the field can be tasted in every bite.
One of the many benefits of being a CSA member is having a connection to my farmer! I know where my food is coming from, how fresh it is and the farming practices that were used to produce it!
Knowing how to use the produce in my share helps me with meal planning. As part of our CSA, HCFC provides produce suggestions and quick, easy and family-friendly recipes to incorporate my farm-fresh produce into our meals.
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