Community Supported Agriculture
CSAs can take many forms, but essentially they are community supported farms in which members contribute to farming projects, usually by way of membership fees, in exchange for fresh, local produce. The concept came to the United States from Europe in the 1980s and has taken strongest hold in New England, the Mid-Atlantic region, and various pockets along the West Coast. They are a great way to take advantage of fresh, locally grown fruit, vegetables, herbs, and more while supporting nearby farms. Each one is different, some offer pickup locations in urban areas, some offer only farm-based pick ups. See the list below for local CSAs and find one that is right for you.
Check out the video below for a quick visual of what a CSA is all about.
For more information on CSAs, have a look at this excerpt from Suzanne DeMuth’s book, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): An Annotated Bibliography and Resource Guide. Or check out some neat infographics on Fix.com.
CSA Farms in Montgomery County (* denotes a farm that has started on land leased through our Land Link program)
A year-round, free-choice CSA practicing organic growing methods with weekly on-farm pick up offering vegetables, fruit, flowers, pasture raised eggs, pasture raised meat and honey. You-pick options for members throughout the season.
Your Chef’s Table is a small farm in Montgomery County founded by trained personal chef Russ Testa. We offer fresh, hyper-local, naturally grown vegetables, eggs, and chicken on a weekly basis. Our CSA shares also include seasonal fruit from Baugher’s orchard. Beginning this year, we’re offering three 10-week sessions: Spring (May 5 – July 14), Summer (July 21 – September 29), and Fall (October 6 – December 15), with pickups in . We also offer market credit at our farmers markets in Bethesda, Clarksville (River Hill), and Langley Park/Silver Spring (St. Camillus Catholic Church). More information is available on our website, www.yourchefstable.net.
* From The Earth Foods – Courtney Buchholtz
Sustainably raised Full and Half Share CSAs available with add-on egg, meat, flower and preserve shares. Pickups in Poolesville, Frederick, Rockville, and Silver Spring. Courtney found land through our Land Link program.
CSA | Button Farm Living History Center - Steven Gillick
Button Farm offers sustainably grown, heirloom vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits and free-range eggs!
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Hidden Ridge Farm Flowers and Herbs (FLOWER BOUQUETS ONLY)
Enjoy locally-grown, chemical-free flowers, cut fresh in the morning just for you, bundled into bright and festive bouquets with blossoms available by their natural bloom time. You’ll receive varied combinations of flowers in season. You’ll be amazed at how long they stay beautiful – the main advantage of buying fresh and local! Our flower subscription plan (a CSA) offers large, beautiful, lush bouquets – prepared and ready for you to pick up on Friday afternoons, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm June – October. Pickup locations in Clarksburg and Dickerson.
Pheasant Hill- Marjorie Satterlee
Query Mill Hill Farm – Mark Israel
Growing organically (not-certified), emphasizing American heirlooms and the best Asian and European varieties.
Spiritual Food for the New Millennium- Lakshmi Landa
Bethesda, MD 20814
Now in our 16th year, SFCSA provides certified Biodynamic and Sattvic Organic farm fresh food all year round! 7 pick-up points: Bethesda, Cabin John, Arlington, Takoma Park, Capitol Hill, Cheverly, and Washington Waldorf School, with Home Delivery Option. Many ways to participate: Full year weekly; Full Year Bi-weekly, or, can split a share; Summer/Fall; Winter-Spring; or School Year. 6 week trial available as well. We are a consumer-based CSA that supports a variety of small, family artisans and producers, so our shares include not only veggies but healthy staples such as legumes, whole grains, sourdough bread baked just for us, and more. Additional items available for order/delivery from our nation-wide mail order food service.
Norman’s Farm Market - Eris Norman
Jones Mill Rd. and East-West Highway
Chevy Chase, MD 20816
Avian Mead Organics- Joan & Jerry Riser
20921 New Hampshire Avenue
Brookeville, MD 20833
Rocklands Farm- Greg and Anna Glenn
A CSA on a historic property, growing berries, vegetables, eggs and pastured meats. Growing grapes and producing our own wine as well. On farm event hosting.
House in the Woods Farm- Ilene and Phil Freedman
Pickups on the farm, just outside of Ag Reserve in Frederick County, heirloom vegetables are a specialty. Visit the farm for member harvest days.
Full and half shares of fruits and vegetables available for pickup just over the FredCo line.
1619 Buckeystown Rd
The Farm at Our House is now accepting CSA applications for the 2015 season. We offer pickups at our farmers markets in Silver Spring, Crystal City, and Annapolis, and an on-farm pickup near Olney. We offer fresh and local certified organic vegetables and berries, plus eggs from pasture raised hens. Our market CSAs are set up as a debit system instead of a box of pre-selected produce. The on-farm pickup is set up in a market style where we aim for plenty of choice as well. As an additional members-only benefit, all of our members are invited to the farm to pick their own free flowers, herbs, and other seasonally abundant crops. Joining a CSA is one of the most important steps you can make to support and preserve local sustainable agriculture. Our farm also provides work readiness for at-risk young men in Maryland’s juvenile justice system. For more information and to sign up go to www.thefarmatourhouse.com.
CSA’s with Pick-up locations in Montgomery County
Dragonfly Farms – Susan or Claudia
Post Office Box 10
Mount Airy, MD 21771
Evensong Farm- Julie Stinar
18502 Burnside Bridge Road
Sharpsburg, Maryland, 21782
Pickup in Silver Spring
Jasmine Farm LLC - Gus & Tag Neshawat
cell 410-300-9430 cell
14445 Burntwoods Road
Glenwood, Maryland 21738-9530
Pickup in Bethesda, & Gaithersburg
Karl’s Farm- Karl or Paula Wiegand
5550 Stuckey Rd
Pisgah, MD 20640
Home Deliveries on request with fee
Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative- Amy Crystle
48 Eagle Drive
Leola, PA 17540
Pickup in Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, & Sandy Spring
4040 Mills Road Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Aliabaad Farm is located in Historic Sharpsburg, MD. We practice traditional farming and became 2013 Farm of the year in Washington County, offering our produce year round. Our CSA/CO-Ops is one of the best yet competitive programs in Maryland. Our products are also offered at our visitor Center and through some of the local supermarkets such as Whole Foods, Yekta, and Mixed Greens. We are currently accepting applications for our 2014 CSA programs. We deliver/drop off in the following areas
( Montgomery County), Germantown, Kentland, and Potomac. Please visit our website at www.aliabaad.com for more details.
Spiral Path Farm- Mike & Terra Brownback
538 Spiral Path Lane
Loysville, PA 17047
Pick-ups in Silver Spring
Fresh and Local CSA- Allan Balliett
Biodynamic Produce Farming, Flower Shares Available
Pickups in NW DC, Bethesda, Silver Spring and Arlington
Cottingham Farm - Cleo Braver
USDA Certified Organic
We feature many greens in winter and spring- spinach, mustard greens, baby salad mix, arugula, asian greens, collards, kale and our specialty “quick saute mix” as well as roots and tubers including carrots, beets, radishes, sun chokes, parsnips and sweet potatoes. We also feature recipe cards, ready to make bags for soups, and delicious convenient healthy chips made of sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, beets and mustard. Holiday gift certificates and csa memberships are also available.
28038 Goldsborough Neck Road
Easton, MD 21601
Pick-up location in Bethesda- Central Farm Market
Sandy Spring CSA - Erin Johnson
A member-initiated CSA with produce from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative (see above), Certified organic veggies, organic and IPM fruit. Pick-ups in downtown Silver Spring, Northwood/4 Corners, Kemp Mill, Oakview, Wheaton, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Takoma Park, Ashton, Rockville, King Farm, Derwood, Olney and Potomac. Call 301 438-3927
Calvert Farm – Pam Stegall
A 17- year old CSA in Cecil County offering farm fresh produce. See website for information on growing pratices. Summer and Fall program available.
Pick-ups in Olney, Forest Glen, Rockville, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg and Kensington