Rixeyville, VA

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Click HERE to sign up for the 2021 CSA

For those new to the concept, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for farmers to smooth out the risks of farming by selling shares of the year’s harvest before the first seed is planted. Shareholders agree to take what the farmer provides and the farmer agrees to supply them with the best of what the farm produces each week. The farmer’s advantage is in deciding what goes into a share and being paid up front. The shareholder’s advantage is in getting fresh produce significantly cheaper than our market prices while experiencing a wide variety of foods that they otherwise might not have tried.

What to Expect: A General Overview of the Season

The pictures at the top of this page are of shares from 3 different weeks of the 2016 season. The 2021 Summer CSA runs from May 12th to September 29th with no share on July 28th. Members will receive 20 total baskets of food. The 2021 Fall CSA runs from October 6th to December 8th. Fall share members will receive 10 baskets of food.

Beginning the CSA mid-May means we will kick things off with salad mixes, dark greens and fast-growing root crops like radishes and salad turnips.

Shortly after that, the cucumbers and squash will be in full production and potatoes will be ready to dig. We will continue to harvest a wide range of greens, but tomatoes and squash are summer’s big producers and we plant lots of tasty varieties. Expect peppers and an occasional jar of honey during summer.

Greens return in force toward late summer and tomatoes and squash continue. Fall root crops like turnips begin to mature, along with sweet potatoes and fall brassicas. The season will wrap up with cold-weather greens, roots and a variety of winter squash.

We include the above section on what to expect during the growing season to give you an idea of the flow of the CSA. It is not even close to a complete list of the foods you will receive, but it is a helpful outline.

If you are interested in a Starstead CSA share for 2021, click the link at the top of this page. You will be directed to our online payment site and can download more information about the CSA there. If you prefer to pay with a check, use the contact form on this website and we will send along more information.