FRESH Market connects local, whole foods to people who want and need them. Our FRESH SHARES Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA), also known as subscription farming, is an opportunity to pre-order a share of the season’s harvest.
By joining a community supported agriculture program you will….
- Access the Highest Quality and Best Tasting Vegetables Available
- Make Your Family’s Health and Well being A Priority
- Build our Local Economy and Create Local Jobs
- Support Local Farms and Families
- Reduce your Carbon footprint
in addition, Becoming a FRESH SHARE Holder Means…
- Making a Conscious decision to support FRESH New London, as a non-profit organization focused on building a productive, sustainable and just food system for all people!
- Your support sustains good jobs for youth in New London and subsidizes sales and donations that make healthy food available to all.
What do you get in a bag?
A FRESH Share of the harvest will usually be a large grocery bag of seasonal produce every week, for 20 weeks. In practice, some weeks it will be a greater volume, at other times less.
Owning a share also includes you in monthly organizational newsletters and weekly information associated with each distribution throughout the season, including recipes.
FRESH SHARES vary with the season and are subject to the vagaries of the weather.
Below is an example of the contents of a Full Share from July 2012:
NOTE: Half Shares are roughly half of the total produce by weight compared to a Full Share and on average contain 3/4 the number of varieites in any given week.
FRESH Shares 2013:
this year we are returning to a Sliding Scale price structure. Our prices are based on market rate; we use a sliding scale to ensure that our food is highly accessible, and to allow those who can afford it to help subsidize access for those who can not: keeping the Community first in C.S.A.!
Like all farms, we need to find the balance between a fair price for farmers, paying skilled people to be professional Stewards, and a price that consumers can afford.
There are 2 options for becoming a shareholder with FRESH in 2013:
Full Share: Available for 20 weeks from mid June through October. Receive roughly a 10 pound bag of vegetables weekly, a great opportunity for families and local veggie lovers.
Sliding Scale for a full share ranges from $400.00 to $800.00, with the market rate calculated in the middle: $600.00 (=$30.00/Week)
Half Share: Available for 20 weeks from mid June through October, a smaller bag ideal for people interested in trying a CSA for the first time, single person/ small households, or those still warming up to the idea of eating a lot more fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.
Sliding Scale for a half share ranges from $150.00 to $600.00, with the market rate calculated as: $350.00 (=$17.50/Week)
Deposits of a minimum of 1/2 of total due are currently being accepted to reserve a share for 2013.
The following is a table we have created to help guide your final price decision. Please use it in conjunction with your own financial planning for the year to determine the Share price that works for you!
|Your Combined Annual Income Is:||Your Suggested FRESH SHARE Price is:
|Your Suggested FRESH SHARE Price is:
|Up to $30,000.00||$400.00||$200.00|
|$100,000.00 +||$800.00 +||$600.00 +|
We also accept EBT SNAP for all purchases and are happy to work out a payment schedule as needed.
Our current CSA pick-up options are:
WEDNESDAYS will BE our only Distribution day
locations will include:
Connecticut College, Steel House: 1-4 PM
L + M Hospital Farmer’s Market: 1-4 PM
Eugene O’Neill Theater Company: 2-5PM
Fiddleheads Natural Foods Cooperative: 4:30-6:30 PM