CSA Pickup LocationsThe 2017 CSA starts June 28, 29 and 30.Advance to the registration page to see exact address of the host sites.
- Mt. Lebanon #1
- Mt. Lebanon #2
- Mt. Washington
- Point Breeze
- Regent Square
- Regent Square #2
- Sandy Lake
- Squirrel Hill
- Upper St. Clair
2017 Pickup Sites
- Bethel Park
- Cranberry Township
- Castle Shannon
- Franklin Park
- Fox Chapel
- Highland Park
What is a CSA
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a subscription-based business model sometimes called a farm share or farm subscription. Individuals and families prepay for a fresh food delivery subscription. Members receive a share of what the farm produces. Our members will enjoy certified organic vegetables and herbs, and the opportunity to support a local farm. Early sales fund the farm's season.
Why Edible Earth Farm
There are many CSA farms these days. We realize customers have options and that drives us to be better and different from our competition. Our value proposition is that we grow certified organic food for our local communities, and we help to facilitate a culinary experience using fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy the most up-and-coming varieties picked at perfection.
Potential customers should understand the importance of buying farm-direct. The alternative to a farm-direct CSA is one provided by food brokers, also known as farm cooperatives or alliances. A farm-direct CSA offers the freshest ingredients with minimal handling, and the grower receives all of the revenue. We are proud to run Western PA's preeminent CSA program.
Small CSA Share vs. Large CSA Share
Some CSAs offer their small share customers less variety. Not us! We strive to provide a wide variety of vegetables and herbs to all members, regardless of their share size. Our Large CSA Share includes 50% more produce than the Small Share, depending on the week's harvest. A Small CSA Share feeds approximately 1-2 adults and a Large CSA Share feeds approximately 2-3 adults. We grow 200+ varieties in an effort to provide our CSA customers with a wide variety of product.
Choice CSA Share vs. Non-Choice CSA Share
A Non-Choice CSA is a lesser cost CSA share where the farm decides what goes in the box each week. The value of this share type is greater than a Choice CSA. The farm can plan without taking the unique needs of each customer in mind. A Non-Choice CSA improves farm efficiency and greatly reduces waste. We pass these savings onto the customer. Non-Choice CSA means you may receive an item here or there that you don't like. However, the value received is far greater than the cost.
A Choice CSA is a higher cost CSA share where members can choose most of what goes into their weekly box. Small CSA customers can choose up to 7 items per week and a large CSA customer can choose up to 10 items.
What Will Be in My CSA Share
Each week CSA members receive a box containing fresh, USDA certified organic and locally grown vegetables and herbs. The weekly CSA box contains items that are ready to harvest that week. Members enjoy the experience of eating seasonally. The amount of product in a CSA box will depend on the members' share size (small or large). It will also depend on the time of year. Spring shares tend to be lighter, but as the season progresses, shares become laden with an increasing variety of product.
Examples of Edible Earth Farm's CSA Shares
With each year, we increase the variety of vegetables in our CSA.
Week 1: Small CSA shares received two heads of leaf lettuce, bunch of green onions, bunch of fresh herbs, garlic scapes, carrots, and purple and green pac choi.
Large CSA shares received greater quantities of the above items plus one bag of spinach, one bunch of kale and swiss chard.
Week 10: Small CSA shares received lettuce, bell and jalapeno peppers, eggplant, sweet corn, tomatoes, zucchini, red potatoes, beans-yellow, green & burgundy, cucumbers, red & yellow onions.
Large CSA shares received greater quantities of the above items plus carrots, red beets, shallots, and a head of cabbage.
Week 20: Small CSA shares received acorn squash, buttercup squash, red & white potatoes, red & yellow onions, lettuce, bunch of tatsoi, collard greens, cubanelle peppers, garlic and Chinese cabbage.
Large CSA shares received greater quantities of the above items.
Visit our YouTube account to view videos of shares from prior seasons.
When Does the 2017 CSA Begin
Deliveries will begin June 14th. Deliveries will be made weekly for 20 weeks ending in late October. Our CSA start date will be announced to members via e-mail. We'll also announce the CSA start date on our website.
What is a Vacation Hold and How Does it Work
Leaving town for a week? Heading on a family vacation? No problem! Login to your account and place your CSA delivery on hold and receive a credit for up to two weeks. The credit will be applied towards next year's Summer CSA purchase price. So, relax, enjoy your vacation, and know you'll save on next year's CSA. (Credits cannot be applied to items purchased on our webstore. Credits will expire on January 31, 2018, Credits can only be used against a Summer CSA)
Access to Webstore
Edible Earth Farm's CSA members also have access to an online webstore where additional items can be purchased and delivered with their weekly CSA. Items include: chicken, cheese, honey, produce, bulk produce, fruit, canned goods and more.
Payment plans available.
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How to Register
Click on the "Register Now" button below to view delivery locations and start the registration process.