What is a CSA?
A CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The basic idea of CSA farming is a cooperative relationship between the farmer and his customers. Based on an annual commitment to one another, community members provide a pre-season payment to purchase a “share” of the season’s harvest. The member then receives a weekly box of a wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruit through the growing season, harvested at the peak of ripeness and flavor. You’ve heard of the benefits of buying local – now we’re offering you a great way to enjoy fruits and vegetables grown right here in Chester and have the opportunity to make an investment in these locally grown foods, which in turn helps to keep New Jersey green!
What is a Share?
A share is a weekly box of homegrown, local, fresh, sustainable produce that is picked up or delivered each week, for 31 weeks. In our CSA program, there are three types of shares- personal, half, and full. (See descriptions of share sizes here) Our shares include a mix of fresh, homegrown fruits AND vegetables each week, along with fresh herb plants and other delicious items such as local honey and local brown eggs. Being a CSA member is a season-long commitment to our farm, and with your support of our family farm we are able to provide you and your family with the best produce and family farm experience in the area.
What does it mean to be a CSA member?
By signing up with Alstede Farms Highlands Harvest Club CSA, you are supporting a working farm for the season, and in turn we are committed to giving you the best possible CSA experience all season long. Your CSA membership before the start of the season provides us with a dedicated outlet for our produce along with giving you a direct, personal relationship with us- your farmer. As a CSA member, you will also receive FREE admission to our Pick Your Own fields all season long.
What makes your membership in our CSA program even better?
Each week we work hard to insure that you receive the best possible quality and the best possible variety of our homegrown, local items. Since the CSA season includes only our own items, that means that throughout the season you will be receiving an ever-changing assortment of items, depending on seasonality and what is at peak season at the time.
What types of shares are there?
We offer Full, Half, and Personal size shares. Learn more about our shares…