19 Spring and Summer CSA Programs in Philadelphia for Farm-Fresh Produce All Season Long
Including where to pick up, how much they cost, and what you'll get in your Philadelphia-area CSA shares.
Here in Philly, March is a confusing time weather-wise. But even though it may not always feel like it, spring is coming, and we can’t wait. I mean, what’s there not to love? Sunshine? Sure. No need to bundle up every time you step out the door? Yeah, that’s a plus. And of course, all that fresh, bright, and delicious spring produce. And what better way to score produce than by supporting your local farms through a CSA?
Here’s how they work: “CSA” stands for community-supported agriculture. Before harvest season begins, farms sell “shares” of their crops to local community members who, in return for their investment, get a consistent flow of fruits and veggies (and, in some cases, other yummy add-on items, like artisanal cheese) for the season. Generally, you pick up your weekly (or biweekly) box of fresh produce from the farm, a pickup location in your ‘hood or some will even deliver your haul right to your door. Sounds pretty sweet, right?
The CSA situation is definitely mutually beneficial for you and the farmers, beyond just getting awesomely fresh produce. Some farms allow shareholders to pick your own produces, or get shareholders to work in the fields to bring down the cost of their share in the fields. You’ll learn invaluable gardening and farming practices while getting a few gulps of fresh air — a welcome change for us city folks. Plus, CSAs are a great way to your new weird favorite veggie.
So now that you’re all filled in on CSA operations, all you have to do is pick one. That may sound easy, but there are actually a TON of options in the area. But fret not my veggie-seekers, below we’ve compiled a list of 19 CSAs in the area and outlined all of the info you need. Here’s to a season full of veggie munching!
What to expect: Your weekly box will contain six to 12 different vegetables, which vary depending on the season and share size that you choose. As an added bonus for those picking up their shares, you’ll be able to pick some of your own produce, flowers, and herbs for yourself. Heads up: This means you’ll literally be harvesting your own crops. Don’t forget your clippers!
Length of time: A 26-week pick-up plan is available from late May through early November.
Pickup: The farm (98 Moyer Road in Perkasie), Doylestown, and Warrington.
Cost: $860 for the 26-week, full-share program; $468 for the 26-week, half-share program (pick up every other week); $780 for the large box, 26-week delivery program (10-12 items); $572 for the medium box 26-week delivery program (6-7 items). Farm stand discounts are available to all CSA members.
What to expect: Hosted by the Fairmount Park Conservancy, this CSA utilizes the vegetables and flowers grown by those with disabilities at the Carousel House. Choose from their medium-share option — which will give you five to six items per week — or the large-share option, which includes nine to ten items weekly. Tack a flower share onto your order to have beautiful and locally grown flowers gracing every corner of your home.
Length of time: 22 weeks from June to October.
Pickup: The farm (4300 Avenue of the Republic in Fairmount Park).
Cost: $635 for the large share; $370 for the medium share; $140 for the flower share
What to expect: This share contains around seven to nine different fresh veggies in each box. Expect to see leafy greens, lettuce, and potatoes in the spring, with sweet corn, tomatoes, and watermelon in the summer. There are additional fruit, yogurt, and egg shares to be purchased separately. New last year is a mini share, containing five to six items in slightly smaller portions.
Length of time: The early-start CSA is a four-week share that begins April 3 and ends April 24, for those of us who want a head start on the early spring vegetables. The spring/summer CSA lasts 18 weeks, from early May through the end of August.
Pickup: The farm (387 Iron Bridge Road in East Earl); Center City (737 Bainbridge Street in Bella Vista). Additional locations in Delaware County, Warminster, Chester County, and Montgomery County. Note: Home delivery is a very affordable option, adding just $2 to your order every week.
Cost: Early CSA program: $108 for a four-week share, $54 for biweekly program, $594 for 18-week spring/summer share, $297 for biweekly share. Mini share: $396 for the weekly share, $198 bi-weekly schedule. Make sure to check out all the discounts for early sign-ups, buying in bulk, local customers, and more. Note: early-bird sign-up discounts are available until March 15.
What to expect: Members can expect to receive seven to nine items a week, comparable to two grocery bags of produce. There will be a newsletter sent out pre-pick-up that outlines the contents of the shares, as well as a few recipe ideas. Items will include herbs, chard, eggplant, beans, and much more. Occasionally, Down to Earth Harvest includes products from other local farms to expand variety.
Length of time: This CSA runs 26 weeks, from May through November.
Pick-up: The farm (1585 Winfield Drive in Downingtown); Malvern Farmers’ Market (146 Channing Avenue); Kennett Square (Walnut and Cypress in Chester County).
Cost: $640 for a full share (weekly pick-ups), $340 for a half share (biweekly pick-ups).
What to expect: There will be a seasonal assortment of seven to ten fruits and vegetables, along with a dairy or protein option of your choice (Note: there are vegan-friendly protein options, too!). The folks at Greensgrow will even occasionally throw in some locally prepared items like beer, cheese, and honey. There are add-on shares like cheese, coffee, ice cream, and bread available as well — Greensgrow aims to be your one-stop shopping spot.
Length of time: The farm share lasts 24 weeks, starting the week of June 7 and running through the week of November 15.
Pickup: At the farm (2501 East Cumberland Street in Philadelphia). Additional locations in and around Philadelphia.
Cost: Standard program: $800 for full share (with cash or check, additional charge for credit/debit payments), $450 for a half share (12 weeks), $490 for a fruit and veggie share (24 weeks), $240 for the cheese share (eight pick-ups), $240 for the coffee share (eight pick-ups). Keep your eyes peeled for flower and ice cream/popsicle shares!
What to expect: The farm is a partnership between Weavers Way Co-op, Weavers Way Community Programs, Saul High School of Agriculture, and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. All produce is grown at Saul High School in Philadelphia and the farm is managed by Weavers Way staff in collaboration with students and teachers from Saul. The small share consists of five to six units of vegetables, while the large share has ten to 12 units. When available, there are also you-pick options.
Length of time: 24 weeks from late May through October.
Pickup: Pick-ups are at the farm, across the street from Saul High School, at 7095 Henry Avenue in Philadelphia.
Cost: $465 for small shares, $850 for a large share. You can get discounts for volunteering to work the farm.
What to expect: This year-round CSA will contain a mix of both fruits and veggies in each share. A small share has six vegetables, one herb, and one fruit. A large share contains nine veggies, two herbs and two kinds of fruit. There’s also a fruit-only share, as well as a meat CSA, which is offered year-round. They also have a ton of add-ons, including bakery items (pies!), eggs, and dairy products.
Length of time: The fruit and veggie share, as well as the fruit-only share, are available all year and can be delivered weekly, biweekly, or monthly. The meat CSA is available monthly.
Pickup: Locations throughout Philadelphia and surrounding areas. The meat shares are available for pickup from Highland Orchards (1431 Foulk Road in Wilmington) on the second Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Cost: The large veggie share with fruit is $24.85 for a single delivery, $298 for the full share, $99.35 for four shares. The small veggie share with fruit is $15.75 for a single delivery, $189 for the full share, $63 for four shares. The fruit only share is $12 for a single fruit delivery, $144 for the full share, $48 for four shares. The meat share is $38 for a single delivery of chicken, $85 for a single delivery of three different kinds of meat.
What to expect: Jack’s Farm does things a bit differently. This pay-as-you-go and certified organic CSA requires no up-front commitment. Instead, it requires members to sign-up to their email list. Each week the farm sends emails which will list the produce available for pick-up and the price on a given week. It is then up to you to decide if you’d like to commit to purchasing the share. All that is left is to pay and pick up on the specified date.
Length of time: The CSA runs 30 weeks from April to December.
Pickup: Multiple locations, including the farm (1370 West Schuylkill Road in Pottstown), Philadelphia (601 North 2nd Street in Northern Liberties) and Bryn Mawr (834 Lancaster Avenue).
Cost: Pay-as-you-go; price dependent on the week’s share.
What to expect: Shares consist of different vegetables, herbs, and some berries. Items include tomatoes, peppers, arugula, eggplant, and more. There are free-choice items, such as greens and herbs, which are taken as needed. For some produce, you can pick your own items — like peppers, beans, flowers, and tomatoes.
Length of time: This CSA starts at the end of May and runs until around Thanksgiving, about 26 weeks in total.
Pickup: At the farm (415 West Seven Stars Road in Phoenixville).
Cost: $910 for a full share, $500 for a half share (delivered biweekly), $1,000 for a split share (produce shared between two households).
What to expect: There will be four to 13 items in your share box weekly, depending on the size of your share. To plan your meals ahead of time, a newsletter will be sent out detailing the produce to expect for the week. There are tons of add-ons, including eggs, herbs, meat, and even a community-supported medicine share.
Length of time: Lasting 26 weeks, from April 30 to October 22, though dates vary for add-on items. Deadline for signing-up is April 22.
Pickup: There are over 60 pickup areas across Philadelphia and surrounding neighborhoods; use the website’s location finder to find the closest pickup location to you.
Cost: Weekly vegetable share is $855 for the large vegetable share (11-13 items), $624 for the medium vegetable share (7-8 items) and $425 for the small vegetable share (four items). Add-ons include $520 for the chicken share, $350 for the herbal community-supported medicine share, $210 for the fruit share, and $91 to $174 for the egg share, depending on frequency of delivery.
What to expect: There will be a variety of six to eight items offered each week. Produce includes peppers, Swiss chard, potatoes, and much more. You can check out previous shares here. The farm has also started offering a meat share including beef and pork offerings.
Length of time: This CSA lasts 21 weeks, from the first week of June to third week of October.
Pickup: Clark Park Farmers’ Market (43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue, West Philly), Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market (Winston Road between Germantown Avenue and Mermaid Lane, Chestnut Hill) and the Landisdale Farm (838 Ono Road, Jonestown).
Cost: Full share is $430 for weekly delivery. Half share is $260 for biweekly delivery. The meat share is $588 for a weekly delivery and $325 for a bi-weekly share.
What to expect: This CSA will have you pick between five and 12 items each week from the list of available produce, depending on your share size. Produce depends on the season, but includes a variety of veggies like beets, kale, radishes, scallions, squash, and zucchini, among others.
Length of time: This CSA lasts 22 weeks, from late May/early June to late October/early November.
Pick-up: Bucks County Community College (Newtown), Medicine in Balance (Langhorne), Lower Bucks Hospital (Bristol), and Newtown Athletic Club, Doylestown Farmer’s Market.
Cost: $820 for the extra-large share (12 items weekly), or $520 every other week (EOW); $720 for the large share (9 items weekly) or $410 EOW; $480 for the medium share (5 items weekly) or $310 EOW; flower share (starting in July) is $210 for one bouquet of flowers for ten weeks. Note: There are additional charges for those paying with card — cash or check are preferred.
What to expect: A medley of vegetables like eggplants, peppers, squash, onions, and more. Choice picks and you-picks are also available options upon pickup. Add-on shares include fruit, eggs, and chicken, depending on your pickup location.
Length of time: The CSA is 24 weeks long. It runs from the first week of late May to early November.
Pickup: The Harvest House at the Pennypack Horsham Farm (685 Mann Road, Horsham) between 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on the day assigned to the share member.
Cost: $798 for the large share (ten items), $558 for the regular share (six items) and $438 for the mini share (four items).
What to expect: The Philly Foodworks CSA operates slightly differently from other CSAs. Instead of paying for the season upfront, you can choose to pay weekly (or biweekly) and the price of your box will vary depending on the contents you pick. You have the freedom to add or remove items from traditional CSA options like the Chef’s Share. Even more convenient: you can do all this CSA shopping online. For those who want to completely customize their share, there is an option to build a share from the ground up, as long as you spend a minimum of $28. There are also plenty of unique add-ons, like a bacon share, a yogurt share, a cheese share, and more.
Length of time: Shares are available all year round, with item availability depending on the season.
Pickup: Over 60 pickup locations all over the city as well as home delivery in certain neighborhoods of Philadelphia and the ‘burbs, for an additional fee.
Cost: $42 to $45 for a large farmer’s share, $42 to $45 for the chef’s share, and $32 to $35 for a small farmer’s share.
What to expect: You get your choice of ten vegetables on a weekly basis for the full share and six veggies per week for the partial share. Items include potatoes, beans, tomatoes, bok choy, and more. Plenty of add-ons are available, like artisan cheese and bread shares, egg share, fruit share, and yogurt share.
Length of time: This CSA runs 22 weeks, from early June to November.
Pickup: There are plenty of locations with varying pickup days in and around Philly. Find the location closest to you here.
Cost: $675 for a full share, $461 for partial share, $190 for cheese share, $47.50 for egg share, $111 for fruit share, $120 for yogurt share, and $152 for the artisan bread share.
What to expect: The Rineer Family Farms shares last five and ten weeks at a time, rather than requiring a full-season commitment, but are available all year-round. Each share contains a dozen eggs, a canned item, five seasonal fruits/veggies/mushrooms, and a surprise item. It’s a perfect way to try out a CSA without having to lock yourself into an entire season’s worth of crops.
Length of time: This CSA is a year-round operation, so you can start whenever you’d like.
Pickup: Thursdays at Suburban Station, Saturdays at the Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market and the Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market, and Sundays at the Spring Mill Farmers’ Market. And, if you live in Northeast Philadelphia, your share gets delivered to your door on Saturday mornings.
Cost: $330 for a ten-week share, $200 for a five-week share.
What to expect: There are three different share types to choose from: The small share features five items each week, the medium share contains seven items per week and the large share consists of ten items per week. Items include fresh vegetables, with the occasional addition of fruits and herbs. There are also egg, fruit, bread, mushroom, and dairy share add-ons.
Length of time: This CSA lasts 23 weeks from June through November.
Pickup: Various locations throughout Philadelphia, Berks County and the Lehigh Valley.
Cost: $410 for the core share, $485 for the partial share, $665 for the full share. Add-ons: $66 (half-dozen) to $126.50 (dozen) for the egg share, $155 for the fruit share, $56.50 for the mushroom share, $113 for the regular bread share, $198 for a two cheese share, $275 for a three cheese share, $330 for a two-cheese and dairy share.
What to expect: The Common Market offers bi-weekly pick up and deliveries, which they will preface by a email prior to delivery containing seasonal recipes and what to expect in your share. They offer a small and large share option — the small containing five to six items and the large containing eight or nine produce items. They also offer add-ons like a poultry share and egg share.
Length of time: 12 bi-weekly deliveries from June to November.
Pick up: Participating site hosts throughout the region
Cost: $348 for the large share and $240 for small produce share.
What to expect: You’ll receive organic vegetables, with bundles designed to feed one to three people in the individual size, and three to five people in the full size. There is also a market share option for people who want to select their own produce at their leisure. This requires pre-purchasing credit to use throughout the season.
Length of time: This CSA runs 25 weeks from late-May/early June through mid-November.
Pickup: Z Food Farm in Lawrenceville on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays or the Rittenhouse Square Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.
Cost: $895 for the full share, $545 for the individual share. Market shares: $250 for $265 worth of credit, $375 for $405 worth of credit, $500 for $550 work of credit. Make sure to check for discounts and credit bonuses for early registration and returning customers.
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