Provider Farm

From our fields, for your family

Community Supported Agriculture

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Welcome to the Provider Farm CSA. You'll find information about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) , shares and share logistics, and information about vegetables and recipes to help you make the most of your CSA share. You can also find information about our growing practices.

Covid 19 Measures for share pick up:

We ask you to help us by...

  • having only one person per share come to pick up. If you are splitting a share, please alternate weeks, or split the share at home.
  • wearing a mask and sanitizing your hands prior to entering the share room.
  • staying 6 feet apart from each other in the share room.
  • staying home if you are sick or have been exposed to the virus. Please send someone else to get your share.

We will...

  • open all the windows and doors to increase ventilation.
  • sanitize high touch surfaces  with an OMRI approved food safe product.
  • clear out all the freezers and push out the tables to space them out as much as possible to increase social distancing.
  •  limit the individuals in the share room to respect social distancing norms.
  • take beef orders by email and pre-pack them so you can grab and go.
  • pre-pack certain items like greens and carrots to reduce produce handling.
  • wear masks and gloves and sanitize our hands regularly.

What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

Our CSA, short for Community Supported Agriculture, is the cornerstone of the farm.  This model allows interested community members to become shareholders in the farm for one season.  When you buy a membership or a "share,” you are investing in the farm for one season and receive dividends in the form of a weekly portion of the harvest.Everyone benefits, as our members receive a full season’s worth of the freshest, tastiest local produce at a reduced price, while I as the farmer have income at the beginning of the year to help plan for the season. 

In exchange for lower-than-retail pricing, our members agree to share in the inherent risk associated with any agricultural endeavor.  Every year, some crops will flourish while others flounder.  While we work our hardest to bring you the very best of everything every year, CSA membership includes an agreement that you’re willing to weather the ups and downs of the season with us. 

With over 150 varieties of veggies in our plan, barring an environmental disaster, there is always more than enough to go around.  So join us!  You’ll eat well all season long, and may even learn to love a new vegetable or two!


What's in a share?

A share is a portion of the week's harvest of vegetables and herbs. We have three different share sizes to fit everyone's needs.

  • Small provides about 5-10 lbs of produce a week and is good for folks who eat out a lot or are cooking for one or two. We do not reccomend splitting this share size.
  • Regular is suitable for a small family and provides about 10-15 lbs of produce a week and is good for shareholders who eat in mostly.
  • Large is great for a bigger family or folks who eat a lot of vegetables. It will provide you with 15-20 lbs of produce a week.

Share quantities, of course, vary on the time of the season. In the spring, we have lots of greens so the share is lighter and as we progress towards the fall, they get heavier with root vegetables, fruiting crops, and squash. Learn more about the seasonal availability of our crops.

Is a CSA right for you?

So, how do you figure out if a CSA share is right for you? A CSA share can be great for so many different types of people. Our shareholders come to the farm for a diverse amount of reasons. Some never thought they would like it and turn out to be our most ardent supporters, while some who thought it was right up their alley found it wasn't right for them.

Are you someone who cooks at home a lot, is willing to try new things, and prioritizes eating well in life? Then you are a prime CSA candidate. If not, perhaps your doctor recently told you you need to eat better or you are looking to make a lifestyle change. You are also a great candidate but may just need to put a little more effort into learning how to use vegetables in your diet. We are here to help you!

If you do not cook often, have very picky eaters in your house, live very far from the farm, and only like specific vegetables, you may just want to shop at the local farmers market. A CSA is not  a grocery store! We only have crops when they are in season.  Sometimes there will be limited amounts of crops, or we will have a total loss due to environmental conditions.

Provider Farm pick ups 

What are the summer season share prices?

On farm Salem share pricing  is as follows:

  • Small  $525
  • Regular  $650
  • Large  $775

When and where is share pick up?

This year, CSA shares will only be available for on-farm pick up at our Salem location: 30 Woodbridge Rd, Salem, CT. 

Pick ups are Tuesdays and Fridays 12-7 PM.  You may choose either day once a week to pick out your share. 

I am assuming the COVID-19 pandemic will still be affecting us next summer.  After seeing the way things worked in 2020, I am very comfortable that our traditional format (with the new social distancing adaptations), in which members pick out their own vegetables, is a safe one. 

As such, I am not planning on offering a pre-packed box option for 2021, although I will ask that you select a time slot for your pick up time through our Sign Up Genius platform which will be emailed out with the weekly newsletter. 

I will be making the first hour of the distribution, 12-1 on Tuesdays and Fridays, exclusive for seniors and other high-risk individuals.  If you are still not comfortable with this method of pick up, please contact me and I will work with you directly to find an alternative option.

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Great! How do I sign up?

To sign up, open and print an enrollment form here.  Mail completed form with a $50 deposit, cash or check, to:


Hannah Tripp
11 Hill Top Trail
Salem, CT 06420.

Make all checks payable to “Provider Farms” – with an ‘s’!


There will be a second $200 payment due by Jan 18, 2021, with the remaining balance due May 17, 2021.  If you need an extended payment plan please contact me.  I do not want to turn anyone away due to finances, and I will work with you to find an alternative arrangement.
 

Winter shares

We want to help you to keep eating locally through the cold winter months, so we also offer a winter share. While winter local offerings are a little less diverse then the main growing season, our winter crops are the sorts of vegetables perfect for winter cooking to warm you and your kitchen. Picture soups and stews loaded with potatoes, rutabagas and other roots bubbling on the stove, with sweet potatoes baking in the oven, and a spinach salad waiting on the table for friends and family to convene. These are the kinds of meals that bring people together in warm kitchens while the snow flies outside.

Your Winter Share will include a delicous mix and match of root crops from our root cellar including: carrots, potatoes, beets, turnips, sweet potatoes, rutabagas watermelon radishes, and kohlrabi in additon to cabbage, winter squash, leeks, garlic, as well as head lettuce, kale and spinach from our high tunnel!

We expect to have greens at least at the first three distributions of the Winter Share. We hope to also have greens available for the last three distributions (and always have) but we can not guarantee this since it is weather dependent.

What is the duration of the Winter Share?
There will be 6 bi-weekly distributions from December 4 until February 19.

How much does it cost?
There is one size for winter shares. The Winter Share costs $335 for the season. Due to Covid-19, we will offer prepacked share for $355.

What will precautions look like?

You must sign up for a pick up slot using our Sign Up Genius form to space everyone out. Everyone is required to wear a mask and social distance when they come to pick up their share.

We are offering prepacked shares for a $20 fee for a total of $355 if you prefer a quick low contact pick up option. These do not require a sign up slot.

What happens if it snows on the day of my share distribution?
We reserve the right to postpone distribution due to inclement weather. This will be done at the discretion of the farmers. Cancelations and make up dates will be announced via email. So please make sure we have your correct email!

When and where will the pick up be for the Winter Share?

Pick ups are at our home farm. The address is 30 Woodbridge Rd., Salem. We will not offer a Mystic pick up location for 2020.

Oick ups will be Friday afternoons from noon until 6pm.

The dates of the Salem winter share pick up are:
12/4, 12/18, 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, and 2/19

Tools for shareholders

Guidelines

CSAs are based on a  relationship between farmer and shareholder.  We make every effort to grow an abundant variety of vegetables for the full season, be prompt with communications, annd provide you with an enjoyable share experience. To facilitate the relationship, we have some basic guidelines that we ask shareholders to adhere to.

Communication:

All communication about the share is done through email. Shareholders agree to make sure they are receiving the newsletter or are reading them on the website.

Shared Risk:

Shareholders understand that they are sharing the risks and rewards of farming by signing up for the CSA. This could include total crop loss due to environmental conditions or pests.

Share pick up:

Shareholders will pick up their share within the hours and days listed for their partiular pick up location unless an alternative time has been prearranged with the farmer. If a shareholder can not pick up that particular week, please share your share with a friend, coworker or neighbor and have them pick up the week's harvest.

Share payment:

Shareholders will pay for share in full by the designated date for the season unless an alternative plan has been arranged with the farmers.

Newsletters

As a shareholder, you receive an email newsletter updating you on what is going on the farm and our crop outlook. The newsletter includes what is in your share every week along with cooking tips and recipes. The current newsletter and all of our previous newsletters are available on our website.

Recipes

We also have lots of recipes right here and always encourage shareholders to submit their favorite recipes.