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Click here to see a review of our 2013 season.

Click here to see a review of our 2012 season.

Click here to see a review of our 2011 season.

Download our 2014 CSA Membership Agreement Form.

For a printable copy of our CSA overview, please click here.

November 8th: --
We just finished our regular 20-week CSA season for 2014.  In early January, we'll update this page with info for 2015.  But if you're interested in CSA at Easy Pickin's, you can (& should !) do 2 things RIGHT NOW.
1) e-mail us: farmerb@easypickinsorchard.com & ask to be on our "CSA reminder" list.  We'll remind you in January when the new season info comes out -- & we'll also add you to our e-mailing list so you'll get all our regular updates, including other special offers we have during the season.
2) watch our "What's Growing On" page for notices of special "off-season" (fall & winter) 1-week CSA shares, & try one out !  They're a great way to sample what our CSA is like; we're definitely doing them for Thanksgiving & the winter holidays.    
An Overview of Our CSA Program for 2014 
 
“CSA” stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.”  A local farmer offers customers the opportunity to become members of the farm’s CSA program.  Customers pay the farmer in advance, entitling them to a “share” of the farm’s harvest during the season.  This "up-front" payment helps the farmer with expenses at the beginning of the growing season.  The CSA member then receives a weekly assortment of fresh produce -- picked, packed, & ready for pick-up -- throughout the growing season.

A variety of fruits & vegetables are picked at optimum ripeness and boxed for you on pick-up day.  The amount & type of each vegetable & fruit vary with the season & the weather.  You, the CSA member, pick up your produce at the farm each week on a designated day.

If you are already a customer of Easy Pickin's, you know we grow a wide variety of vegetables & herbs, fruits & berries.  Each week your share box will reflect this mix of fresh, tasty produce !  Your vegetable selection includes whatever is in season & available: tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, carrots, turnips, onions, salad fixings & more.  Fruits may include strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, plums, peaches, apples & Asian pears. Our wide variety of high-quality fruit is a bonus which many CSAs are unable to offer their members.  Please check the "What We Grow" page of our website for a more complete listing of our produce, and click the "Review of 2013" link at the top of this page to see what our most recent season looked like, week by week.                                          

 

Our CSA season runs approximately 20 weeks, starting in mid-June and running through October. 
A FULL SHARE is priced at $525, so your cost averages out to about $26 per week.  A full share is a good-sized portion for a medium-sized family.
We also offer HALF SHARES - same variety of items in your box for the 20-week season, but 1/2 the quantity.   Half-shares are priced at $300 for the 20 weeks -- they're a good size for individuals, or folks who want to try out the idea of CSA on a smaller scale.
Another good option can be "sharing a share."  A group of friends, or an extended family, buys a full share, and divides the contents among the group each week when they pick up.

To reserve a share, you can make a down payment of $100 any time after Jan. 1.  
Full payment must be received by May 1, in order to confirm your share.  Shares are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.  A limited number of shares is available for this our 5th season of CSA, so don't delay !

Please click on the link at the top of this page to print out the CSA Membership Form, fill it in, and mail it with your payment to:

        Easy Pickin's Orchard
        46 Bailey Road - Enfield, CT  06082
 

Make your check payable to Easy Pickin’s Orchard.

You must select a weekly pick-up day for the season.
Currently, the choices are: 
* at our farm *:
Tuesday 4pm-6:30pm *or*                                   
Thursday 4pm-6:30pm
*or*
Saturday 9am-12noon
*or* *at Coventry Regional Farmers' Market*  Sunday 11am-2pm

To contact us:
e-mail: farmerb@easypickinsorchard.com
website:  www.easypickinsorchard.com  
                                    


CSA - Benefits and Opportunities

Supporting Local Farming and Quality Food Production

When you join a CSA, you help to support a local farmer; you also help to maintain and protect local farmland in your community.  When you buy local instead of getting produce that is shipped in from great distances, it’s much better for the environment; you are also supporting your local economy.  You meet and know the farmer who is growing your food.  You know that the farmland is worked with care, to support the farm’s production and to ensure the future of local farming for generations to come. 
And local, freshly-picked fruits and vegetables have more vitamins and much better flavor than produce that may have been in the commercial food system for days or even weeks !

A Good Value for Your Grocery Budget

CSA is a good value for you and for us, in many ways.  First, $525 for 20 weeks is about $26 per week, and should be plenty of produce for a family of 4.  (We also offer half-shares - see above).  The value of the produce is based on retail prices at farm stands and farmers’ markets.  This fluctuates with the supply of produce from week to week.  In the early and late seasons when variety is more limited, the value of the box may be slightly less, so we don't inundate you with heaps of radishes & lettuce mix !  During peak season, we are able to add a bit more to the box, to take advantage of all the varieties of fruits & vegetables available at that time.

Your Share in the Adventure of Farming

Of course, farming is a risky business.  At Easy Pickin’s we do everything possible to mitigate this risk.  Our frost fan helps to protect our fruit from early season frosts.  Our farm fencing keeps deer out of our fields.  We supply our fruit orchard and berry patches with irrigation, and we've added irrigation to our vegetable fields as well.  We also recently added a larger "hoop house" (plastic-sided, solar-heated greenhouse) to extend our harvest season to colder weather.

Yet unexpected things do happen.  Every year has its share of heat & cold, drought & downpours.  And you've heard us tell about the woodchucks who love to snack on young vegetable plants !  CSA members do share in these varying risks from year to year.  We can't guarantee how many pounds of a particular item of produce will be available, but by growing a wide variety of fruits & vegetables we do our best to provide each member with high value for their share.

What’s So Good About Joining a CSA ?  Plenty !

Consider these benefits of joining a CSA:
·  
Savings:
Over the course of the season, farm stand prices are competitive with supermarket prices.  And quality & freshness make local farm produce a better bargain for your grocery budget.
·  
Health:
We provide a large variety of fruits & vegetables, freshly-picked at optimum ripeness.  More variety, quality & flavor, and more vitamins: better nutrition for you.
·  Convenience:
A generous box of produce, ready-&-waiting for you, every week from June through October.
·  Community Strength:
You support your local farmer with early season funds.  The farmer employs local help, and supports other local businesses as well as the food shelf & soup kitchen.
·  Environmental Quality: Your support helps provide long-term stability & sustainability to your local farm.  Agricultural lands farmed with environmentally sound methods, and the surrounding open space, protect both air & water quality.  Your local farm is also a habitat for a beautiful variety of birds & butterflies.  And by buying local produce instead of what arrives at the supermarket by plane or truck, you reduce the fuel consumption and other environmental costs of your food for our whole planet.

 

Other Questions You Might Have About CSA at Easy Pickin's
Below are some additional questions -- and answers -- about our CSA.

1. Is the produce "organic" ?
Many early CSAs began on "organic" farms.  Vegetables are somewhat suited to organic production, but fruits are more difficult to grow with this method.  At our farm, we choose an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach.  With IPM, we use some of the best organic methods and limit our use of conventional pesticides, to grow the highest quality and safest produce we can.  We are enrolled in an up-to-date IPM program with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); scientists from the University of Connecticut come to our farm on a regular basis, to test our crops and to instruct us on the latest techniques to maintain sustainable, safe food production.

2. What kind of produce will I get ?
You receive a mixed sample of the produce ripening each week throughout the season; produce varies with the season & weather.  Check our website's "What We Grow" & "What's Growing On" pages to see the possibilities, and see the "Review of 2013" link.

3. Can I order specific produce for my share ?
No.  To make our system practical & affordable, we pack identical shares for everyone.  Expand your food horizons by trying something new & exciting !

4. What if I would like more of some items ?
If our pick-your-own area is open when you come for your share, you can pick-&-pay-for more produce that way.  And when some fruits & vegetables are in plentiful supply, we offer them for pre-order -- to pick up with your share for an additional charge.        
 

5. Can I pick up on a different day ?
No. Sorry, but we ask that you select a specific pick-up day so that we can pack the needed number of shares for that day.

6. What if I miss my pick-up ?
We can't promise to save your weekly share or give you a "make-up."  Produce is very perishable, so if you're not available on your pick-up day we encourage you to arrange with a friend or family member to pick up your share that week.  We can be a bit flexible when you go on vacation -- just ask us in advance; if something unexpected happens, contact us ASAP.  Shares not picked up at the designated time will be donated to our local food pantry.  There are no refunds for missed pick-ups.

If there's anything we haven't covered here, feel free to e-mail us & ask.  You can reach us at: farmerb@easypickinsorchard.com .
THANKS !       
 
this page last updated 1-6-2014

 
Easy Pickin's Orchard * 46 Bailey Road * Enfield, CT * 06082
(860) 763-FARM (-3276) * farmerb@easypickinsorchard.com