EAT LOCAL: The Area’s Best CSA Programs

How to get local, farm-fresh produce all summer long — without pulling a single weed

Landisdale Farm

This family-owned farm focuses on healthy soil and healthy plants, and has been producing certified organic produce since 1998. Their CSA program runs 22 weeks, from June until late October. Typically, a share includes six to eight items. The type of produce varies throughout the season.
Sample Peak-Season Share: Full share: 3 pounds of carrots, 6 peppers, 2 heads of red leaf lettuce, 3 heads of garlic, 3 eggplants, 2 pints of cherry tomatoes, and 8 peaches (low spray). Medium share: 1 ½ pounds carrots, 3 peppers, 1 head of red leaf lettuce, 2 heads of garlic, 2 eggplant, 1 pint of cherry sun gold tomatoes, and 5 peaches (low spray)
Pickup: Trinity Memorial Church, 2212 Spruce Street; Additional locations in the city and surrounding areas.
Deadline: May 20th; caps at 300 shares.
Cost: Full share: $625 (about $28/week); half share: $425 (about $19/week).

Maysie’s Farm
Located in Glenmoore, vegetables in this farm’s share change weekly, and the CSA here is best for veggie lovers, as you’ll receive larger quantities of vegetables than fruit. However, they also offer a variety of organic raw milk products, beef, wild Alaskan salmon — caught by a Pennsylvania family — pork, chicken, eggs, and other dairy products.
Sample Peak-Season Share: Throughout the season you’ll receive lettuce, cabbages, greens, onions, scallops, tomatoes, melons, watermelons, blackberries, blueberries, flowers, and herbs.
Pickup: 15 St. Andrew’s Lane, Glenmoore, Delivery at Jenkin’s Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon
Deadline: Sign up is underway; caps at 160 shares
Cost: Full share: $750; $950 for delivery to Jenkin’s Arboretum

Kimberton Farm
This CSA garden is farmed biodynamically, which means the use of toxic chemicals for fertility and pest control is avoided. It offers a variety of fruits and vegetables, including some popular hard-to-find specialty vegetables, such as hothouse European cucumbers. You’ll also have access to a variety of pick-your-own items, including raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, hot peppers, bouquets of flowers, and more throughout the summer season.
Sample Peak-Season Share: Watermelon, cantaloupe, 3 zucchinis, 3-4 yellow squash, 8-15 tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, 1 head of lettuce, carrots, beets, turnips.
Pickup: 415 West Seven Stars Road, Phoenixville
Deadline: Sign up is underway; caps at 200 shares
Cost: Full share $880

Keystone Farm
A large share in this program is designed to feed a family of three to five people, and will include eight to 11 different varieties of fruits and vegetables each week. A small share is designed for a family of two adults, and will include about four to seven different types of fruit and vegetables each week. You can choose between egg, meat, and vegetarian share options.
Sample Peak-Season Share: 1 lb. maple-walnut granola, 8 oz. cheese, 1 dozen eggs, 2 lbs. meat, ½ bushel vegetables.
Pickup: Clark Park Farmers’ Market, 4300 Baltimore Avenue
Deadline: Sign up is underway; caps at 150 shares
Cost: Large share: $700 ($28/week); Small share: $400 ($16/week). Egg share: $75 ($3/week); Meat share: $100 ($4/week).

Charlestown Cooperative Farm
This 40-acre, Chester Country co-op uses sustainable practices like crop rotation, compost and green manures. For about 25 weeks, you can enjoy their non-certified organic vegetables and small fruits (chemical pesticides and herbicides aren’t used on any of the crops).
Sample Peak-Season Share: Full share: 1 head lettuce, 2½ lbs. zucchini, 1 squash, 4 lbs. cucumbers, 1 Asian cucumber, 1 European cucumber, 2 watermelons, 1 muskmelon, 1 lb. potatoes, 5 beets, 8-10 leaves chard, 1 bunch scallions, 18 ears corn, 1 pepper, 7 lbs. tomatoes. Pick-your-own: Beans, tomatillos, cherries, 1 qt. paste tomatoes, 1 pt. raspberries, flowers and herbs.
Pickup: 2565 Charlestown Road, Phoenixville
Deadline: This year’s shares are already full; Send your contact information to Melissa@charlestownfarmcenter.org to be added to the wait list
Cost: Full share: $775 ($31/week); Double share: $1,350 ($54/week)

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