CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a marketing approach which allows a farm and a community to develop relationships. Also known as a farm co-op, CSA is a national movement that is connecting people with fresh, seasonal, often organic produce at a reduced cost. It is much more, however, than being just about vegetables. At Broadturn Farm we want to involve the community in the process of raising food. Our methods in the vegetable fields are certified organic, but we rely more on the face-to-face relationships with our CSA members to ensure transparency. We strive to involve the community in such a way that consumers become co-producers. After all, our common goals are broad: healthy, sustainable and humanely raised food; a strong local economy; and a supportive community. For more information about the many incarnations of CSA programs nationwide, see SARE. Also, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeneres Association (or MOFGA) maintains a database of CSA farms in Maine:click here.
Produce CSA program
In the 2014 season we will have 200 members in our Produce CSA program. The cost is $600. We accept credit cards, old fashioned paper checks mailed to the farm and cash in hand. Sign ups happen online. Click here to sign up. You can choose to pay in 3 installments or you can pay in full and receive a $25 discount.
The first harvest should be early June with greens, and perennial herbs. We alert everyone to the start of the harvest season with emails, Facebook updates and blogs.
Every week for 20-22 (depending on the weather) weeks from spring until fall, we harvest what the season provides: Spring arrives with lettuce, Asian greens, spring onions, radishes, peas and carrots.
Mid summer brings us tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, corn, and melon. Fall comes on with squashes, beets, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, and potatoes. We plant for diversity, and everyone learns something about some of the less popular vegetables like turnips, brussel sprouts, or patty pan squash. Usually the freshness factor wins over those who try “new” things out, but we do our best anyway to pile on the favorites: carrots, strawberries, lettuce, cukes, peas, and those little orange cherry tomatoes- Sungolds!
Although we love to see everyone out at the farm as often as possible, we offer delivery to Cape Elizabeth South Portland and Portland on Tuesdays. (There is a $75 fee.)
If you choose to come to the farm, you pick-up your weekly harvest on either Tuesday or Friday, between 2:00PM and 7:00PM.
Items are set out in the Long Barn, and a chalkboard indicates how much of each item is included in the week's share.
There is an “extras” table where you can leave something behind, or take whatever is surplus. Occasionally, there are opportunities to glean the field of extras like berries, tomatoes, basil and flowers as their season come to a close.
Being a CSA member is not like shopping at the grocery store! This is second only to having your own backyard garden. This is the BEST value we offer at the farm. Our farm store is open every pick-up day to stock up on extras or something that you love that isn't in the share that week.
If you are splitting a CSA share with another household, one member will need to be the primary shareholder and the other will be entered into the system as Split Partner.
A confirmation email will be sent at the time of sign up and once your payment is received.
On the Tuesday morning and Friday morning harvests, we always look forward to extra hands. You don't need to call ahead to join us for a harvest. Just show up and we'll set you to working with one of us on a part of the morning's harvest, from 8AM to 12PM, June through October.
Flower CSA Program
For 14 weeks, and $185, you will receive large bouquet of seasonal, cut flowers from the flower garden. Cuts will start in June and continue into September. You can expect to find peonies, zinnia, snapdragons, celosias, batchelor's buttons, sunflowers, dahlias, delphinium, digitalis, rudebeckia, salvia, yarrow, amaranth, ammi, gomphrena, strawflower and other assorted blooms in your bouquets throughout the season. Bring a little of the glorious color of the farm home with you every week throughout the summer and into the fall. Delivery is $25 unless you also get the Produce CSA delivered, in which case both are a flat $75 fee. This is a total pleasure and a wonderful gift for the flower lover in your life! (And remember, you can give yourself flowers!) We absolutely LOVE flowers! Click here to sign up. Our flowers are no longer certified organic; however we do not treat the field any different than our organic vegetables. We sometimes buy lisianthus seedlings and dahlia tubers which do not come certifiable organic. We are proud that our certifying agent is detailed and consistent enough to bring out such a distinction!