All about CSA
2016 CSA Program
Now Accepting New & Returning Members
Starting June 1 - 3
Ending October 26 - 28
Full Shares $770
Medium Shares $590
Pickups are Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday from 2:00 - 7:00pm
All Pickups are at the farm
For Payment Details click here
In order to receive your "Returning Member Discount" you must enter your email address associated with last year's (2015) membership at the top of the 1st page of the signup process. Your Returning Member Discount will automatically reflect in your checkout process.
2016 Returning Member Discounts:
Full Share ~ $51.00 off
Medium Share ~ $39.00 off
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CSA Member Satisfaction
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.
We only want your business if it is good for you!
Visit our Previous Seasons CSA Member Testimonials page to see what others say about us.
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 $35 a week & a Medium Share costs about $27 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 2016 full share is $770. The cost of a medium share is $590.
The share price reflects the real costs of growing high quality vegetables. 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 option available from January - May 15th.
All payment plan options will include a one time $10.00 payment plan fee.
Payment Plan Option:
Making a 40% down payment now, and the balance due by May 1, 2015.
Your down payment amount will be indicated on your total balance due in the sign up process.
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 paying in full or utilizing the Down Payment option.
Individualized payment plans are always available upon request.
We value your business and want to make it work for you. We can split your balance into multiple payments. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 separate payments please pay in full. Using the payment plan option will cost an additional $10.00. Commit confidently.
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 passionately object to eating several varieties of common vegetables, this is not 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 quantities 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 are a producer only CSA. This means we do not bring produce in from other farms. We are a vegetable farm only. We do not grow tree fruit. Your shares will be vegetable heavy. This should be your general interest. See more details below.
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, cantaloupes, 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.
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 & specialty 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,
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
Will I get fresh fruit & Corn?
No. We do not have fruit trees or orchards. The only fruit comes in the form of melons & strawberries (pre season). We do not grow sweet corn due to limited space in our production fields. We are a vegetable strong CSA.
How much food is in a share?
What is the difference between Full Share & Medium Share?
Different people & families consume produce at much different rates. For some a CSA share is more than enough food, for others they will choose to supplement their weekly consumption with other produce. Below is only a general guide line. It is impossible to tell anyone how much a share will suffice for your produce consumption needs. We can only recommend from our extensive experience and give you the most honest details possible.
A Full Share commonly accommodates a high veggie consuming &/or vegetarian family of two. Full Share also commonly accommodates a 2+ member family that is a light veggie consuming family. Full Share often consists of approximately 8 - 12 items per week.
A medium share commonly feeds 1 or 2 people & is a 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.
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".
Full Share costs more therefore they get more benefits. We never short change medium share so that the Full Share benefit is realized. We end up giving the Full Share more in whatever way is available.
Full Share will usually get the benefit of the doubt or whenever harvest numbers come in un-dividable by all members. In general Full share will also receive more items per week. On some occasions this may equal a touch more variety as many trials that take place on the farm will not come in sufficiently for both Full and Medium Share.
Although Medium Share is not short changed by any degree. Full share may have a touch more choices or options at certain pickups. Our program and planting plan is very detailed and calibrated to suit all members. Never does the farm hold back on any member type or pickup day. We always distribute what we have available that day and week. We also keep detailed records on every member type and distribution day. So we can balance everybody out. Hence it is best to stick to your pick day each week. Plants are finicky and although there may be plenty for everyone, Mother Nature may only give us half of the harvest on one day and the other half 6 days later.
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 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.
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 predetermined 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.
Do you limit your CSA memberships?
Yes. We have a limited number of memberships we choose to sell. We aim high to provide value and quality in our program. We limit the amount of memberships we sell in direct proportion to the amount of land we have to grow produce on.
About the Sign up Process.
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:
P.O. Box 35
Highland, MD. 20777
We will email you a 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 2015 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 CSA’s will be distributed at Gorman Farm:
10151 Gorman Rd. Laurel, MD. 20723. see map
Pickup days for the 2016 season will be Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday.
From 2:00pm -7:00pm
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 two 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. 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.
All unpicked up produce each week will be donated to the MD. Food bank. It will not be wasted. Keep in mind we want you to get your produce, we are flexible with emergency situations.
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?
We are a working vegetable farm
- We are a producer only CSA. We do not supplement our CSA with off farm resources. 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. For CSA we grow over 100 varieties with in ~ 30 - 40 different types of crops per year. CSA's are the only 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 trucked. 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 or sweet corn.
- We are a veggie only CSA including Tomatoes & Melons (for those that consider them a fruit). Our shares are vegetable heavy, 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 and distributions are maintained & staffed by a member of our Farm Crew. Staff is present to & keep track of quality control. A 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.
- Through an organization who represents CSA farms throughout the USA, we have been recognized as a top CSA farm in the country for high rates of yearly 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.
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