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
One Acre Farm- Michael Protas
pick ups in Capitol Hill & Potomac
Red Wiggler Community Farm- Woody Woodroof
PO Box 968
Clarksburg, MD 20871
The longest running CSA in Montgomery County, Red Wiggler is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 1996 to create meaningful, fully included jobs for adults with developmental disabilities through the business of growing and selling high quality, certified organic vegetables in Montgomery County MD.
Pheasant Hill- Marjorie Satterlee
Query Mill Hill Farm – Mark Israel
Growing organically (not-certified), emphasizing American heirlooms and the best Asian and European varieties.
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.
A four acre organic vegetable, berry, and egg farm in Brookeville located on the land of a nonprofit, Our House, a residential job training center for at-risk young men, some of whom are employed on the farm. CSA pickups on the farm and at the Silver Spring and Crystal City market. Featured in local restaurants like Riciutti’s in Olney. CSA Memberships available now!
CSA’s with Pick-up locations in Montgomery County
Bella Terra Family Farm
Bella Terra Family Farm offers homegrown, chemical-free, seasonal vegetables, flowers, herbs, and eggs. Please contact to be added to our customer list and to check on availability.
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