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2014 CSA Program
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2014 CSA 22 weeks
Starting June 4 - 6
Ending October 29 - 31
Full Shares $725
Medium Shares $545
Pickups are Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday from 2:00 - 7:00pm
All Pickups are at the farm
No Credit Cards for CSA signups
For Payment Details click here
Half shares are now called "Medium Shares" - No Difference
In order to receive your "Returning Member Discount" you must enter your email address associated with last year's (2013) membership at the top of the 1st page of the signup page. Your Returning Member Discount will automatically reflect in your checkout process.
2014 Returning Member Discounts:
Full Share $50.00 off
Medium Share $38.00 off
It is very important to us that you make a confident decision and feel good about your purchase. You should feel great knowing where your food comes from and that our CSA works for YOUR lifestyle.
Before Signing up or contacting us with questions, read this CSA Users Guide, to thoroughly understand OUR program
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What is Gorman Farm CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a mutually beneficial relationship between our local farm and the community of people who receive the food the farm produces. Our members purchase a share of the harvest in the spring and in return receive a weekly supply of fresh seasonal vegetables picked at their peak of ripeness and flavor. The members agree to share in the inherent benefits and risks of the agricultural season. The arrangement guarantees the farmer financial support and enables many smaller sustainable farms to stay in business, or in a growing number of instances, provides a way for people to consider a career in farming.
Why is this important?
With only 2% of Americans actually producing food for the other 98%, people are increasingly separated from the source of their food. Community Supported Agriculture is a response to this issue. It is a model that emphasizes locally grown, which promotes a local economy, and a safe food system. Participation in a CSA leads to a deeper understanding of our interdependence on one another and the land. The farm supplies nutritious & delicious chemical-free food, as well as an opportunity for a community to come together, reconnect with the seasons of local food, and help preserve open space as working farms.
How does your program work?
As a member of Gorman Farm CSA you will receive an assortment of vegetables for 22 weeks, starting around the first week in June. Our Full Share feeds approximately one family and consists of seasonal, freshly harvested vegetables, including familiar as well as more unusual varieties. You will pick up your vegetables once a week, either on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 2 to 7 pm. at the farm where it is all produced.
Our harvest season begins early June and runs for a total of 22 weeks long. A Full Share costs about $33 a week & a Medium Share costs about $25 a week. That amount brings you a lot of fresh produce of incomparable quality, but it also brings you a lot more: a meaningful connection to your food, the land where it grows, and the community of people who help grow it.
The cost of a 2014 full share is $725. The cost of a medium share is $545.
The share price reflects the real costs of growing high quality vegetables. By eliminating the costs of packaging, shipping and marketing, the farmer receives a fair share of the profit. The average produce at the supermarket travels over 1500 miles. Comparatively, we can offer you delicious flavor, picked at the peak of ripeness, as well as varieties rarely found at the store. You will have the benefit of personally knowing the farm that grows your food and the land it comes from. We believe this adds up to a better value for your food dollar.
Payment Plan - New this year!
This year you have two payment options:
1- Making a full payment now (Full share: $725; Medium share $545)
2- Making a down payment now, and the balance due by May 1st. 2014 with an additional $10.00 payment plan fee.
The down payment will be 40% of the share price you selected. This will automatically be calculated and will show up on your signup confirmation/payment instructions email. You do not need to make any different selections during the signup process to enable the payment plan. Your signup confirmation email will give easy instructions and totals for both the Full Payment option & the Down Payment option. Upon our receipt of your down payment we will send you a balance due email including the $10.00 payment plan fee.
Note: This payment plan is non-refundable and only meant for those who need time and not because of indecision. If you do not need the time to make two seperate payments please pay in full. Using the payment plan option will cost an additional $10.00. Commit confidently.
Individualized payment plans are always available upon request.
How to sign up & submit payment
Who are CSA's good for and who not?
To take full advantage of the opportunity, CSA's are intended for individuals & families that eat at home, that enjoy cooking, trying new things, & have an interest in quality eating. If you eat out more than you eat in, this probably isn't for you. If you're only interested in a small variety of summertime crops like sweet corn, peaches, & tomatoes, & your desire for produce doesn't stem much beyond this, you are better off coming to the Farm Stand and purchasing these items which we will provide fresh daily. If you passionately object to eating several varities of common vegetables this isn't for you.
CSA's take a commitment.
You need to be committed to picking up your share each week, as well as using it. You'll need a degree of adventure in the kitchen, and the desire to cook while experimenting with some new vegetables. There may be weeks, during the peak of each season, when you'll get a surplus of vegetables. Be prepared to use large quantaties of vegetables in your day to day meals, & snacks. On occasion be prepared to share or make the most of this surplus by canning, freezing or drying it for use during the winter, when fresh vegetables are hard to come by. If you preserve food and use it outside the csa harvest season your value is stretched beyond the months you paid for.
What Products Can I Expect?
We grow over 100 varieties of vegetables each year so you can expect to see many of your favorites along with some new items. The spring and fall offer a variety of greens and roots, while the summer sees more meaty crops, like tomatoes, peppers, squash, watermelons, cantelopes, cucumbers, etc. However, there are many variables out of our control and crop failures do occur; so we can't guarantee you any specific veggies, yet we guarantee you a good value in your share each week. We aim high, but every year is different in terms of weather, bugs, disease, and we always have the variables of unpredictable events in our fields. Being a part of a CSA means accepting these risks along side the farmer.
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Basic Share Expectations but not limited to
Late Spring/ Early Summer
Arugula, beets, bok choy, broccoli, spinach, potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, escarole, fennel, garlic scapes, green garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, napa cabbage, peas, collard greens, scallions, parsley, cilantro, dandelion, red & green cabbages, spring onions, sugar snap peas, summer squash, swiss chard, radish, turnips
Beans, beets, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, eggplant, fennel, garlic, bell peppers, hot peppers, lettuce, cantelope, watermelon, specialty melons, red - yellow - white onions, potatoes, summer squash, swiss chard, tomatoes, roma tomatoes, tomatillos, basil
Arugula, beets, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, eggplant, escarole, garlic, hot peppers, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, onions, peppers, potatoes, radicchio, scallions, summer squash, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, turnips, radish, winter squash
How much food is in a share?
A full share commonly feeds a family of four. A Full Share also commonly accomodates a high veggie consuming &/or vegetarian family of two. Full Share consists of approximately 8 - 10 items per week. A medium share commonly feeds 1 or 2 people & is approximately 5 - 8 items each week, sometimes more in the peak of the growing season, sometimes a bit less in the slow season. Although this is not a definite rule. Different people & families consume produce at much different rates. This is only a guide line.
Depending on the success of different crops you may get a surplus of one item or a small quantity of another, this is all seasonal dependent.
A Medium share is a bit larger than half of a full share. It is about 75% of a full share. You'll notice that in the price as well as the share. In past seasons the medium share was referred to as a "Half Share".
What happened to the Half Share option?
Nothing we have only re-named it to "Medium Share" as this is more descriptive of what it is.
What’s an item?
An item is an average usable &/or commonly purchasable portion of any one crop. I.E. a head of lettuce, a bag of spinach, a bundle of carrots, anywhere from 2-8 lbs. of tomatoes, one bundle of beets, one bundle of kale, a portion of peppers, 3-5 zucchinis, 1lb of green beans, 1 quart of sugar snap peas, 2 eggplants, a cabbage, a large head of broccoli or 2 small heads, a watermelon, a bundle of basil, etc.
Does your CSA share include Fruit?
No - We are a vegetable farm, and a producer only CSA. All our CSA shares are grown on site.
Although we will have available an excellent variety of high quality local fruit for sale through our Farm Stand. All available on your pick up day, & as a CSA member you will receive 10% off all farm stand purchases through out the year, any day of the week. This includes sweet corn, eggs, any dairy, honey's, jams, pies, fresh picked local peaches, blueberries, apples, pears, fresh cider, fresh pasta & much more. When utilized this can really accentuate your value.
What popular items will I not see in my CSA share?
Bread, Cheese, Dairy, Meats, Pumpkins, Sweet Corn, tree grown fruit
Can I trade my items for different produce?
Only from items on the trade table. Your CSA is designated by the farm each week, you are the top priority and all produce is accounted for to satisfy all our members. There is a trade table where you can add something and take something else. If there are particular vegetables you don't like you can swap them out for someone else's trade-out on the trade table. You may not browse around the displays and trade out for whatever you feel like. Only amongst the trade table. This is what being a part of a CSA is all about, trying new things &/or modifying recipes. Our crop plans are pre-determined and we can't predict what mother nature will do. We focus intently with the harvest to provide as well balanced of a share as possible from week to week. We track & plan each share distribution and always aim to give as diverse of a selection every week.
Do you grow with organic practices? Yes, but we are not certified organic. Our crops are grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified organisms. We use compost, cover crops, mulching and crop rotation to encourage healthy soil and plants and to build long term fertility. We believe a healthy body is inseparable from a healthy soil.
About the Sign up Process.
We have a limited number of memberships we choose to sell. After you complete the online signup process, please promptly follow the directions in your signup confirmation email for submitting payment. Sending in your payment solidifies your membership. You will receive confirmation from us upon your completion of the online signup as well as your payment received.
- We do not accept credit cards for CSA payments.
How do I sign up & submit payment?
Easy, sign up right here on our websites sign-up page and send in your check. Please make a confident decision and send your payment in promptly. We need to receive your payment within 10 business days in order to solidify your membership.
Pricing & Payment Plan Info
*Important - We communicate with our members via email. To take advantage of your opportunity it is imperative that you use a frequently used email address in the sign up process.
Make your check payable to Gorman Farm & send promptly to our office at:
10026 Gorman Rd.
Laurel, MD. 20723.
We will email you confirmation of your enrollment, your check received, and a reminder at the start of the season.
Want to get an idea of what last year was like?
Take a look at our 2013 Newsletter page and browse around the different weeks. Be aware each year is different and what happens one year may or may not be the case another
Frequently Asked Questions
What If I want to add members names that I'm sharing with?
You will have an easy option to do so in the sign up process.
Where & When do we pick up our CSA share?
All 2014 CSA’s will be distributed at Gorman Farm located @ 10151 Gorman Rd. Laurel, MD. 20723. See Map
Pickup days for the 2014 season will be Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday. Yes you can choose and will have the option to choose in the signup process. Although CSA is first come first serve we only have so many spots per day and your first choice may be taken so please choose another day.
Can I have someone else pick up my share if I’m not available?
Of Course, & you should. Anyone can pick up on your behalf just let them know to sign off under your name.
Will pick up times be available after work hours?
Yes, all three days of pickups will be open from 2:00 - 7:00pm
Can I split a share with my friends, or can we go in on one?
Yes. Please follow the instructions while signing up as it prompts you for shared members. Anyone can come to pick it up. You are responsible for dividing it up for your group. No special arrangements on pickups for divided shares. You may provide contact email info to all parties in your arranged group. Therefore all parties in your group can receive the updates/reminders/newsletters from us.
Note:Splitting between more than 2 groups is not recommended on a full share. Splitting a medium share is not recommended. Please submit only one payment in full and work out your arrangements outside of our sign up process. A good way to split a share is to alternate your pickups with your partner.
Is there still a pick up in rainy weather?
Yes CSA pick up days are rain or shine.
What if I have an emergency or an unusual circumstance, & can’t make it?
No problem, we understand the unexpected & want you to get your food! Please come on a different pickup day. We can only honor this if you come on another one of our scheduled CSA pickup days. 2014 pickup days are Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday from 2:00 - 7:00 pm. There is no need to notify us or ask permission. Please, please stick to your day on a regular basis. This privilege is for those rare occasions, family plans, emergencies, or times when it all didn't work out the way you thought it would! Welcome to farming!!
This is not to be taken advantage of, you need to be responsible for your food each week.
When picking up my share, will I have the option to purchase other items?
Yes, as your pick up will be at our Farm Stand & we will have other popular items available. All CSA members receive a 10% discount on Farm Stand items.
What do you mean by partnering farms?
For the past several seasons we have grown 100% of the produce given to CSA members. As stated above farming is not a constant and variables outside of our control can result in crop loss. We like to reserve the right to still satisfy our CSA members by possibly supplementing the share with a partnering farm. This is not a likely event and not a part of our scheduled program. In this rare case those products will be clearly labeled and if the farm is organic and where it's from.
What's the administration fee at checkout in the signup process?
We have added a small one time $7.00 fee to all memberships which will appear at the end of the checkout in the sign up process. This one time fee helps us cover the costs of the CSA programs administration & organization. This small one time fee helps us keep the overall cost of our CSA down.
What if I don't use the internet or email all the time?
We do all our member communications via email. it's important that you check your emails frequently to not miss out on any pertinent info. Contacts will be in the form of reminders, updates, specials, & newsletters. Any missed emails on your part should not result in you missing out on your purchase, but possibly not maximizing all the benefits. We won't be contacting you a lot, but if there are any changes to be made or info we'd like you to have, understand we can't make hundreds of phone calls.
How are you different from other CSA's?
From prior seasons member comments to us we are hearing that:
- We are a producer only CSA. We grow and produce onsite all of your CSA share. Many other CSA's buy in from multiple sources, then re-distribute, we do not. We are a working vegetable farm, for CSA we grow over 100 varieties with in ~ 30 - 40 different types of crops per year. CSA's are the main focus in the varieties selected for the growing season, as well as the timing and punctuality of our crop planting plan. In general our product can't get any fresher, it's not packed and re packed and truck and displayed. It comes right from the field at the back door to the CSA display. Much of your produce will be harvested the day you pick it up. You will notice this in the flavor and quality.
- We do not supplement our shares with other farms products. We do not offer breads, meats, dairy, or tree fruit. Although we do have some of these items available to you weekly at our farm stand.
- We are a veggie only CSA including Tomatoes & Melons (for those that consider them a fruit). Our shares are vegetable strong, along with the common and popular staples, you will also experience a frequency of greens, & possibly some varieties you have not tried before or even heard of. (We do our best to provide info and ideas of storage & cooking for the "not so common veggies" in our weekly newsletter.)
- Our CSA pickups are fully staffed by members of our Farm Stand Crew. Staff is present to help you, answer questions, re-stock, keep track of quality control. A fully staffed CSA distribution is different than most CSA's as we can maintain quality control on much higher level than others. We do our best to make sure whether or not you are the first person or last person picking up for that day that you have the same options and quality available. This is hard for many CSA's to beat.
- We offer flexibility in pickups, we don't black list you when your schedule changes, take vacations, get stuck in traffic, work longer than expected, etc. Life happens, we know that, & we want you to receive your food. You may pick up on any other CSA pick up day when needed. You do not need permission, a coupon, confirmation etc. to do so. Although we ask our members to stick to their pickup schedule. Please, be respectful & don't abuse this privilege. See "Missed Pickups"
- Convenient long pickup windows. Three days per week with 5 hour windows from 2:00 - 7:00pm.
- All of our CSA pickups are located at & on the farm where the produce was grown.
- We offer our members the option to walk through the fields and see where their produce comes from.
- We have a Farm Stand, open 5 days a week, at the CSA distribution with other staples you may purchase. All CSA members receive a 10% discount on all items, all season long, any day of the week. (Not just on your pickup days) You can get your discount on the weekends when CSA isn't available. This is a value that can be stretched if your buying your value added, jams, honey, pastas, pies, syrups, eggs, tree fruit, sweet corn, & more. Or if your bringing the kids & family out on the weekend for pumpkins in the fall or Christmas Trees in the winter, you will receive the discount. Each year we give out thousands of dollars in CSA member discounts through our farmstand.
-Through an organization who represents CSA farms throughout the USA, we have been recognized as a top CSA farm in the country for member retention. Meaning we have happy customers and a very high rate of returning members year to year. We cherish this and have a reputation to uphold. We go beyond to create the best experience & value potential for our members while remaining true to our vision and our ability to be successful.