What Are CSA Shares,
and How Does This Work?
Families and households sign up at Tangerini's Farm to purchase a "SHARE" of the upcoming season's harvest. The commitment in advance supports the costs of running the CSA, including seeds, fertilizer, labor, equipment and insurances. Most of these cost are incurred during the spring planting season. Our 2013 shares include a Spring, Main Season (2 options), Winter, Winter Combo and a u-pick flower share.
We realize that flexibility is as important to our shareholder as it is to our farmers, and we appreciate our shareholder willingness to eat seasonally. In return, our CSA offers our shareholders many great options. CSAs don't have to be one size fits all item, and we hope that our choices offer something for everyone!
Main Season Share
The Main Season Share is a 20-week share. The share begins the week of June 10 ends October 21. Each shareholder arrives at the farm on their pick-up day-Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. Cost is $650 ($625 paid by check).
Every Other Week Share:
Every Other Week Share will begin on Monday, June 10 and runs every other week until Thursday, October 21 . This share size is most appropriate for those on the go, singles, couples, and small families. "Every Other Week" members can expect to get the same exact 10-12 items as the Full Share. An "Every Other Week Share" will cost $400 for the season ($385 paid by check).
The Spring Share is a U-Pick Share that lasts approximately 18 weeks. Over the course of six weeks, beginning in mid-April, you can pick organic salad greens mixes, saute mixes, spinach, bok choy, arugula, salad turnips, radishes, lettuce. tatosi, scallions and garlic scapes. Parsnips and carrots will also be available. Because Spring Crops are so perishable, we encourage Spring shareholders to pick there own whenever needed. You must have a Main Season or Every Other Week Share to purchase a Spring Share. The cost is $125 ($120 if paid by check).
The winter share runs from November 2 to December 28 (5 distributions), with pickups every other Saturday*. Pickup times are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you can't make distribution, we will be glad to pack your share for pickup at a later time. The cost of the Winter shares are $255 ($245 if paid by check).
Combo Winter Share
The Combo Winter Share is for all of you who want to eat locally all year long, and runs from January 11 to March 8 (10 distributions).
This program is self-serve, and your vegetables will be available for you to pickup directly from our cold storage facility. For example, if the distribution is scheduled for January 11, you can pick up your vegetables during daylight hours on Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.
The cost of the Winter Share is $245. The cost of the Combo Winter share is $395.
U-Pick Flower Share (10-20 stems)
This U-pick Flower Share is for 10-20 stems of annual flowers as well as viburnum and hydrangea, each week starting in Mid July and continuing until the frost (12-13 weeks). Anyone may purchase a flower share, whether or not you have a vegetable share. The cost is $78 ($75 if paid by check). A flower share may make a great gift for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or just because...
Food to Share
Purchasing a Food-To-Share helps lower income families eat healthy and enjoy the farm with you. Tangerini's Farm is partnering with the local Food Pantries to help bring fresh produce to those in need. You do not need to buy a food share for yourself in order to help us with the Food to Share program.
These monies fund half the share cost, the other half is donated by the farm. We hope that in the years to come many shareholders will participate in this effort. Please join us and give $25, $50, $100 or..., making fresh and local produce accessible to everyone. Click here to make your gift online, or mail a check to us marked "Food to Share" program.
Pick Up Details
On your pickup day, starting the week of June 10, you will come to the farm once a week to pick up a share (or alternating weeks if you have an Every Other Week share). On pick-up day, the farm crew sets up a distribution center with all the produce coming out of the field. In front of each item there will be a card with what the item is and how much should take. Items are measured by the pound, quart, bunch or each.
Almost every week you will u-pick opportunities, they come with your share but you need to pick them. Examples of u-pick items include herbs, cherry tomatoes, green beans, plum tomatoes, hot peppers, salad mix, chard, etc. Instructions on how to pick and how much to take will be in the CSA distribution room.
Examples of Distribution:
Week 2: Snap Peas, Bok Choy, Green Leaf Lettuce, Red Boston Lettuce, Radishes, Beet Greens, and Scallions.
Week 11: Corn, Basil, Watermelon, Cukes, Summer Squash, Cantaloupe, Tomatoes, Green Peppers, Colored Peppers, Cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, Eggplant, Shallots, Onions, Hot Peppers, Salad Mix and Beets. U-pick for the week: Basil, Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes.
Week 21: Beets, Broccoli, Butternut Squash, Cabbage(green, red or savoy) Carrots, Chinese Cabbage,Swiss Chard or Bok Choy, Onions, Potatoes, Salad Turnips, Radishes, Sweet Potatoes, Salad Mix, and Herbs.
Week 36: (late February) Beets, Buttternut Squash, Carrots, Cabbage, Celeriac, Fingerling Potatoes, Kale, Parsnips, Greens( U-Pick from Greenhouse) Onions, Parsnips, Rutabaga, Shallots,Turnip, Winter Radish,(avg 25-30 lbs)
A CSA is about more than just fresh, local produce at a reasonable price.
- It supports the local farm economy, connecting shareholders directly with their food and the people who produce it.
- Supports local, environmentally sustainable food production.
- It connects people to agricultural cycles. Encouraging people to eat what is in season. In the just two generations we have moved from a rural to an urban nation and in the process do not understand the ramifications of purchasing our food from half way around the world. Did you know that we export 1.1 million tons of potatoes while importing 1.4 million tons every year?
- The concept makes it convenient for people with busy lives to develop foodways that make for healthier and happier more connected families.
- Reduces the overall use of fossil fuels in packaging and transportation. The average food item at the grocery store travels further that most people go on their family vacation.
- Plenty of hands on experiences. Volunteering is always welcome but certainly not required.
- It’s about U-pick opportunities, Tomato Slicing, Pesto Making, Tomato Picking, Sauce Making, Fall Garlic Planting and Volunteer Days!
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