What is a CSA?
A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a group of people who purchase a portion of a farmer’s harvest before it is even planted and pickup weekly at a local drop-off point.
Members sign up and pay for shares in the late winter.
This early bulk payment enables your farmer to plan for the season, purchase new seed, make equipment repairs, and more.
100% of your food dollars go to the person who is growing it and you are supporting sustainable local agriculture.
Your weekly share entitles you to get freshly picked ORGANIC produce at reasonable prices.
The cost of becoming a member is much less than what you would spend at the grocery store. Meal for meal, membership is less than 10% the cost of fast food!
What vegetables are available?
Arugula, Zucchini, Beans, Squash, Lettuces, Carrots, Tomatoes, Turnips, Potatoes, Sugar snap Peas, Herbs and more!
Shares vary depending on what is ripe that week so you are sure to receive the freshest vegetables available.
Optional Fruit Share
The farmer usually offers an optional fruit share that is not certified organic, for a separate payment. You can find more info here.
What is the cost and different programs available?
You can find more info here.
Pro-rated shares are available for those who join after the start of the season.
We also offer half-shares for those who have a partner or who would like to be matched up with someone.
Our Facebook page shows you what you might get on a weekly share.
When does the season run?
The 24 week season will run mid June till November.
Where can we pickup our veggies?
The farmer drops off the produce for pickup Fridays 4:00-6:30 pm in Matawan, NJ(Monmouth County, border of Middlessex County) near Main St at an outdoor location. You can stop by anytime during that window, but not prior to 4:00 pm, to allow the volunteer time for setup. If you plan on going on vacation, you can arrange for a friend to pick up your share. Any unused produce at the end of the shift is donated.
We are convenient for those who live in Matawan, Aberdeen, Cliffwood, Colts Neck, Old Bridge, Marlboro, Hazlet, Manalapan, Keyport, Middletown, Morganville, South Amboy, Sayreville, Union Beach and Holmdel.
What should I bring when picking up my shares?
A laundry basket or a sturdy bag and a few smaller bags to separate the different items in your share(i.e. potatoes or beans). We always encourage our members to use cloth bags rather than plastic.
Please park in the parking lot of the pickup location when picking up vegetables, without blocking other cars. Pickup day is very busy and we want to make sure members have easy access.
How do members volunteer?
Everyone volunteers for a shift (2:30-6:45 pm) on pickup day at some point during the season to help with set-up, pick up and clean up at the pickup location in Matawan. The site looks a little like a farm stand with vegetables in crates and coolers. Volunteers help members weigh and bag their own shares.
Please make sure to arrive on time, in order to meet the delivery driver .
If for some reason you are not able to make your volunteer shift, please do your best to find a replacement, but let us know either way. If you have an emergency, please let us know at your earliest convenience.
If you wish to become a member, but are unable to volunteer for a shift, we welcome your suggestions on other ways to volunteer, such as sending weekly emails to members or promoting the CSA.