CSA Details 2017

Attn: Our Vegetable CSA is all full for 2017! Thank you for your support! You can still use the CSA Sign Up Form to request flower shares and herbal tea shares. <3

The Spring Preview: June only** FULL FOR 2017 **

$45 for four weeks of spring vegetables

The month of June will be a smaller "spring preview" CSA, featuring the first bounty that we wait for all winter! Peas, baby greens, salad, radishes, scallions, and fresh herbs. Limited number of shares available!

     

    The Standard Share: July through October * * FULL FOR 2017 * *

    Sliding scale $300 - $400

    This is an ideal share for a single vegetable-loving person, a couple, or a family that wants a CSA share to supplement their week’s groceries or farmers market purchases. The quantity and variety of the weekly shares will fluctuate with the bounty of the season.  As CSA farmers, we intend to share the season’s abundance with our members by making sure that each week’s share reflects what’s plentiful and delicious at that moment. A typical weekly share includes:

    • a bag of our signature salad mix
    • cooking greens (kale, collards, rainbow chard)
    • a small selection of fresh culinary herbs
    • a selection of other seasonal items:
      • Summer: tomatoes, eggplant, beans, broccoli raab, basil, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatillos, scallions, husk cherries
      • Fall: turnips, beets, carrots, arugula, spinach, garlic, broccoli raab, radishes, potatoes, fresh onions, winter squash

     

    More Options

    Add on a Flower Share!

    July through October, we will be offering a weekly flower share. Your bouquets can be picked up with your vegetables, and are sure to brighten your table just as much as the food. Sign up for one month of flowers for $50, or four months for $150.

    Herbal Tea Share with Sanctuary Herbs

    Our friends at Sanctuary Herbs of Providence are offering an herbal tea CSA for July through October. For $90, each month you'll receive 2- 1oz herbal tea blends and 2- .5oz dried culinary herbs. You'll also receive a free tea ball with your share.  Sanctuary Herbs purchases herbs from refugee and immigrant farmers in Rhode Island.  Contracted farmers includes: Ali from Iran; Chang & Ger from Loas, Choua and Kia from Loas, Nhia from Loas, Garma from Liberia, Manny from Portugal and Jerome from Haiti.  Sanctuary Herbs will also be contracting with Blue Skys Farm.

    The share will have the "usual" infusions and blends to include such herbs as: spearmint, peppermint, lemon balm, lemon verbena, chamomile, and we will have the unusual such as medlar, lemon grass, african basil and holy basil, cilantro.

    Month Long Gift Shares

    A month of weekly vegetable baskets makes a great gift. Redeemable July through October only. $100. Email us for more detail

     

    Chicken and Pork

    CSA members have the added benefit of the opportunity to purchase fresh chicken two times per season, and fresh pork each fall, from Sidewalk Ends Farm! We encourage you to come meet the animals during the season if you are interested in a more engaged experience with the meat that you consume. Frozen chicken and pork are available also.

     

    Pick Ups are Tuesdays, 4:30 - 7:00 PM

    WEST SIDE PROVIDENCE at our urban plot, 47 Harrison Street,  one block east of Armory Park

    EAST SIDE PROVIDENCE, at Temple Beth-El, 70 Orchard Ave

    IN SEEKONK at our farm at 130 Jacob Street

     

    Payment

    Our standard CSA share is available on a sliding scale from $300-$400.  The intent of offering the share on a sliding scale is to enable those with smaller incomes to participate in our local food economy.  If you can afford to pay on the higher end of the spectrum, please do; higher payments will directly subsidize lower ones, and whether you pay $300 or $400 for your share, we promise that the vegetables you receive are coming at a good value.

    The cost of a share means that for around $1 per day for one year, you’ve bought yourself weeks of fresh seasonal vegetables, picked hours before you receive them.  You’re also buying yourself a share in a local enterprise, and a relationship with four farmers who are committed to making our city, state and region a more fertile place.

    We ask that you pay for your share, either in part or in full, by April 15th.  Personal checks are payable to Sidewalk Ends Farm.  Online payments can be arranged.  For people who are unable to pay a lump sum at the beginning of the season, we can accept payment in installments throughout the season. We can also accept SNAP/EBT payments in installments through the farmer’s market. Email us at sidewalkendsfarm@gmail.com to set up a payment plan.

    There are a limited number of opportunities to join our CSA through a work share -- either on the farm helping with planting and harvesting, OR as a marketing work share at CSA pickup or a farmers market. Email us to discuss options if you are interested!

     

    CSA Policy

    Missed or Late Pick Up

    Please notify us ahead of time if you will be missing a pick up.  You may arrange to pick up your share later Tuesday evening or to have a friend pick up your share.  We cannot store CSA shares past midday Wednesday.

    Work Contribution

    We encourage each member to join us at the farm for one half day work session at some point during the season.  We will occasionally schedule work parties when we have big projects, mostly during the spring and fall. You are also welcome to let us know a time you’d like to come volunteer.

     

    What is a CSA?

    Community Supported Agriculture makes small farms like ours possible. When you join a CSA, it is essentially an advance purchase of vegetables at the beginning of the growing season. Your payments in the winter and early spring provide an influx of cash for farmers to buy the supplies and seeds that will eventually grow into the salad, kale, turnips and tomatoes that will end up in your kitchen all summer and fall. CSA membership is a meaningful commitment to eating locally and supporting your neighborhood farmer.

    When you become a CSA member, you also commit to eating what the season provides, and we promise to share that bounty with you.  The CSA model fosters community; at each CSA pick-up, you have the chance to talk to the farmers and see how the crops are doing, and we get the pleasure of checking in with the people who eat what we grow.