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2017 CSA

The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a 20 week partnership between shareholders and Orange Circle Farm.  CSA members commit to a season of produce from the farm by purchasing a share before the harvest season begins.  This early income is vital for the farm to start production each year.  Once the season begins in late May or early June, you'll receive a variety of the fresh vegetables harvested each week!  CSA members share the rewards of a great season - and the risks that can come with extreme weather and pests. 

Joining the CSA is about more than just vegetables.  It's about connection.  Connection to your local community.  Connection to the changing seasons through the ingredients in your meals.  Connection with the piece of land where your food grows and with your farmer who grows it.  It's about decentralizing agricultural production and keeping local farmlands open for generations to come.  It's about you taking a direct and active step in shaping the world we all live in.  We all have to eat and our food has to come from somewhere.  Join the CSA today and make a commitment to a small piece of farmland in Stratham!

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20 weeks

late May/early June - mid-October

Cost: $550

Several payment plans are available.

Members pick up on the same day and location each week.

 
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Tuesdays in Stratham: 2:30-6:00pm

Orange Circle Farm

94 Stratham Heights Road

 
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Thursdays in Kittery: 3:00-6:00pm

Yoga on the Hill studio

78 Government Street

What does a weekly share look like?

We aim to have 8-10 items in your weekly share.  We grow over 40 different kinds of vegetables through the season with the intention of diversifying the foods you receive each week.  For reference, check out the images below that document each week from the 2016 season. (click for larger images)

How does pickup work?

Your vegetables will be pre-packaged each week in a plastic bin.  You will need to bring your own bags to transfer your vegetables into and leave the bin with the farm.  An exchange bin will be available with a variety of vegetables so that you may trade an item in your bin that you may not be comfortable with for an item that you favor.  This method allows you to customize your share each week.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate pickups outside of the hours stated above.  If you are unable to pick up your share for any given week, we encourage you to find someone else to pick it up for you.  If you know that no one is coming, please contact the farm at least 24 hours ahead of time so your share doesn't go to waste.

Splitting a share.

Splitting a share among two households is an option, but we ask that shareholders take the entire weekly share in one visit. Please do not come to pick up your share and take a "partial" or "half" share. Keep in mind that our shares are designed for one household, and the contents can't always be divided equally.  If you decide to share a share, we suggest that you either alternate pick-up weeks (the most popular option), come to pick up your share together, or split the share at home.  Email me if you'd like to split a share and I'll try to put you in contact with others that are also interested in sharing. orangecirclefarm@gmail.com 

Recipe Support

Through the season, you'll have access to several sources of recipes to inspire your efforts in the kitchen with all of  your fresh veggies!  You'll have digital access to the 44 page recipe book that we put together for the 2016 season.  This book is full of seasonal recipes that reflect the vegetables we grow.  It also contains proper storage techniques for each vegetable and relevant preservation tips and techniques.

In addition, you'll have access to our Pinterest page that links to online recipes organized by vegetable.  Highlights from this collection will be posted in each week's email newsletter.

Over the past several years, we've put out a lot of information, but this year we'd like to hear from you!  We'll be asking interested CSA members to share a recipe or two for each newsletter once the harvest season begins.  There's a spot to indicate your interest in participating in this on the sign-up form.  More details to come about this!