In a CSA the subscribers commit early in the year to buy their vegetables from a local farmer. In return for this commitment the customer is guaranteed a good price for produce whose freshness and quality far exceeds that found in any store. This early commitment gives the farmers some financial stability and allows them to better plan their growing year.
Our CSA members will receive produce 25 out of 27 weeks, from mid-May until mid-November. This way you can contact us to stop delivery of your vegetables the weeks you plan to be away. If you plan on being away more than two weeks of the CSA season, you may defer the pick-up of your box to a later week, or take the equivalent quantity of produce in storage crops at the end of our season.
While we prefer your payment in full at the time you sign up for our CSA, we understand that not everyone has the ability to do so. Anyone choosing to pay in installments must give us post-dated checks for the full amount of their share at the time they sign up.
Sign up before April 15 and receive one extra delivery free
Download the CSA Signup form (pdf) HERE. Print it, fill it out and mail with your payment to:
Old Athens Farm CSA
463 Daigel Rd.
Putney Vt. 05346
Basic Plan = $550 for the season ($22 per week). This plan should provide enough produce for 2 people, who still buy some vegetables and fruits elsewhere.
High Value Plan = $800 ($32 per week). This plan includes more early tomatoes and cucumbers and other high-value crops out of our greenhouses.
Localvore Plan = $1000 ($40 per week). This plan is for a family, or for a couple dedicated to eating locally produced food.
We set the prices for our produce based on retail, wholesale and market prices.
Sample Basic Box for mid June
1 lb. tomatoes 1 European cucumber 1 head lettuce ½ lb salad mix
1 bunch beets 2 Japanese eggplant
1 green pepper 1 bunch chard
1 pint strawberries
For the above delivery the high value plan would receive extra berries, tomatoes and cucumbers
Sign up your friends, or host a delivery site
For every person a member signs up they will receive a 5% discount on their share for this year. So, a person signing up 20 people will receive a free share at the basic level.
If you get a group of 20 customers together we will (within reason) deliver to your neighborhood.
Download the CSA Signup form (pdf) HERE.
Find out about NOFA's FARMSHARE Program
| TEN REASONS TO BUY LOCALLY GROWN FOOD:
- Locally grown food tastes better. Food grown at The Old Athens Farm is usually harvested for you the day you pick it up. It's crisp, sweet and loaded with flavor. Produce from California, Florida, Chile, or Mexico must travel on trucks or planes and then it is stored in warehouses. Several studies have shown that the average distance food travels from farm to plate is 1,500 miles.
- Local produce is better for you. The shorter to the time between the farm and your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost from fresh food. Most fresh produce loses much of its nutritional value within 48 hours of harvesting. Locally grown food, collected at our CSA pick-up soon after harvest, retains its nutrients.
- Local food preserves genetic diversity. In the modern industrial agricultural system, varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen simultaneously and withstand harvesting equipment; for a tough skin that can survive packing and shipping; and for an ability to have a long shelf life in the store. In contrast, at Old Athens Farm, we grow a huge number of varieties to provide a long season of harvest, an array of eye-catching colors, and the best flavors.
- Local food is safer. With all the issues related to food safety and homeland security, there’s an assurance that comes from looking a farmer in the eye or walking in the fields where your food comes from. At Old Athens Farm, you get to know “your farmer” and know that we take our responsibility to our members seriously.
- Local food supports local farm families. In Vermont and across the country, farmers are a vanishing breed. And no wonder - commodity prices are at historic lows, often below the cost of production. Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food - which means farm families can afford to stay on the farm, and keep it active.
- Local food builds community. When you buy direct from Old Athens Farm, you are engaging in a time-honored connection between eater and grower, and you are supporting a local business. Getting to know folks who grow your food helps you know more about the place and community in which you live. And at our CSA, it gives you access to a farm where you, your children and grandchildren can learn about nature and agriculture.
- Local food preserves open space. Our agricultural landscape will survive only as long as farms are financially viable. When you buy locally grown food, you are doing something proactive about preserving the agricultural landscape.
- Local food keeps taxes down. According to several studies, farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas most residential development contributes less in taxes than the cost of required services.
- Local food benefits the environment and wildlife. Our organic farm is a place where the resources of fertile soil and clean water are valued. We grow cover crops to prevent erosion and replace nutrients used by our crops. Additionally, the habitat of our farm provides a home for wildlife.
- Local food is an investment in our future. By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow, and that future generations will have access to nourishing, flavorful, and abundant food. Buy local food. Sustain local farms.