In 2008, the Regional Food Bank initiated a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program to generate revenue and underwrite farm expenses.
A CSA program creates a relationship between a farm and a community of supporters. Members contribute to the farm’s yearly operating budget by purchasing a share of the season’s harvest. In return, the farm provides a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season. The CSA relationship is between people, the food they eat, the land on which it is grown, and those who grow it. CSA members reap the rewards of abundant harvests, but also share the farm’s risk due to nature’s uncertainties. In addition to receiving locally grown, fresh, high quality vegetables each week during the harvest season, you will have the opportunity to participate in “Pick Your Own” at the Farm. During the season, our CSA members may visit the Farm on designated Saturdays and pick vegetables including cherry tomatoes, green beans, herbs, and peas. All members are invited to visit the farm to learn about agriculture or to roll up their sleeves and help with the day’s work! As you partner with the Farm, your membership also supports the growth and distribution of farm fresh produce to the hungry through member agencies of the Food Bank.
2020 CSA Season July 9 – October 15.
How the Patroon Land Farm CSA Works with Harvie
What is Harvie?
Harvie is a software platform that helps CSA farmers meet their customers’ needs through a customizable farm share program. When you sign up for a share, you will do so under our personal sign up page through the Harvie website.
Each week’s share will be based on your preferences. For example: don’t like beets? You will never get them in your share! And each week you can further customize your share, as well as order extras if you like.
Harvie gives you more choice and flexibility while still supporting local, seasonal farmers!
How does it work?
After signing up for our CSA, Harvie will provide you with a list of all the crops that we grow and you will rate each item from 1 (“I never want it in my share”) to 5 (“I love it!”).
Based on your preferences and our seasonal harvests each week, Harvie chooses what will go in your share and sends a notification to you about your share.
Each week you will have a window of time to make swaps, place a hold or reschedule your share, and purchase extras if you like.
Here is a tutorial.
Built In Features
Purchase Delivery Extras
Order “extra” items we have available to put right in your share with just a few clicks of a button which means less trips to the grocery store and more time in your day
Flexible Payment Plans
Tired of remembering to make payments or can’t pay in full? Choose the payment plan at check out and your card will be charged automatically each time your share is delivered.
Vacation planned? No problem. You can easily reschedule your share to accommodate your busy life, so no more missing out on those veggies you paid for.
Fridge full of food but nothing for dinner? We’ve got you covered. Harvie provides you with recipe suggestions, cooking tips, storage, and food prep resources in each newsletter so you won’t be scrambling to get dinner on the table.
Reduced Food Waste
Because you are getting what you want, you’ll see less food getting tossed or composted which is going to ensure you are getting the biggest bang for your buck.
Questions about the CSA? Contact Bob Baker at 518-786-3691, x296