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2015 – Spring/Summer CSA Program – 18 weeks

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CSA program benefits:

  • Program runs from the first week of May through early September (18 weeks).
  • A great mix of vegetables AND fruits!
  • Automatic weekly email newsletter with produce information, around-the-farm notes, recipe ideas, fun facts and storage tips.
  • Great tasting, sustainably-grown fruits and vegetables in each weekly box.
  • Convenient pick up points around Delmarva.  See list of locations below.
  • We guarantee the quality of the fruits and veggies in your box.  Please contact our CSA coordinator, Jessica, immediately should you have any concerns during the program.
  • Connect with seasonal eating  (know your local growing seasons)
  • Get your family, friends and neighbors involved and excited about eating fresh, healthy, nutritious, local foods.  Cook together. Eat together.
  • Enjoy 10% off all purchases in our Country Store or Dewey Farm Market Cafe (valid each week only on your CSA pickup day)
  • The CSA online store will provide you the opportunity to supplement your CSA box.  Examples could include:  olive oil, balsamic vinegar, apple butter, local meats, eggs, cheeses, pickles, flats of strawberries, canning tomatoes, local honey, abundant fruit and vegetables that are discounted and ready to eat, etc.
  • Enjoy produce that is harvested when the fruits and vegetables are at peak freshness and nutrient value.
  • Community Supported Agriculture keeps your food dollar within the local economy and keeps farmland in agricultural use and open space.
  • You’ll find your weekly produce box is like unwrapping a gift which creates anticipation and excitement.

Abbott’s Grill restaurant hosts special free CSA Member Reception
Where: Abbott’s Grill Restaurant (Milford, DE)
When: July 1st
Time: 3:30pm-7:00pm
All Fifer CSA members are invited to enjoy cooking demos by Chef Kevin, free food samples, coupons for dinner discounts, musical entertainment and more.
Abbott’s will feature Fifer CSA produce and give you some great ideas for preparing fresh produce dishes in your home kitchen.

Find additional CSA program details below…

What is CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership established directly between farmer and consumer.  The CSA concept has become a popular way for customers to purchase seasonal, fresh, locally grown produce in-season.  This mutually beneficial relationship begins with an annual commitment to one another.  The consumer provides a pre-season investment to purchase a membership.  The grower uses this investment to plan for the crops, plant the crop, grow the crops and harvest the crops.  Once harvest begins, the farmer is committed to providing members with a weekly box of fresh fruits and vegetables that are hand selected for quality and picked at the peak of ripeness and flavor.

What’s the excitement about?
Our CSA provides an adventure each week.  Most CSA members find new and exciting fruits and vegetables in their weekly share that they may not typically purchase at the grocery store. Many folks enjoy the anticipation and excitement that the weekly produce box can provide as they discover new favorite fruits and vegetables.  The challenge of preparing new and unique types of fresh produce can be very rewarding.  You’ll find that your weekly produce box will provide an exciting family experience in your kitchen as you prepare food together and appreciate new flavors and old favorites.

Pick-up location details

When:
May through early September (18 week program)
3:30pm-5:30pm  on your scheduled pick up day.

Where:
Pick up location #1  - Camden-Wyoming, Delaware (Fifer Orchards Farm and Country Store)
Thursdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm
Pick up location #2 – Smyrna, Delaware (Smyrna Rest Area parking lot)
Thursdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm
Pick up location #3 – Dover, Delaware (Dover YMCA parking lot)
Thursdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm
Pick up location #4 – Milford, Delaware (Abbott’s Grill parking lot)
Wednesdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm
Pick up location #5 – Dewey Beach, Delaware (Fifer’s Farm Market Cafe)
Wednesdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm
Pick up location #6 – Lewes, Delaware (Rise Fitness parking lot)
Wednesdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm

Please note:  Additional pick-up locations may be added based on demand (15+member minimum). Great opportunity for schools, universities, organizations, churches or businesses.

The only responsibility for members is to pick up their share box each week at the designated time and enjoy!  No other work is required.

CSA’s take commitment

You’ll need to be committed to picking up your share each week if you choose to become a member.  You’ll also need to have a desire to experiment in the kitchen a bit.  CSA’s are most enjoyed by individuals and families that enjoy cooking, trying new things and have an interest in healthy, fresh, quality food.  You may also want to can, freeze or dry produce if you are unable to consume all of it fresh.

What if I’m out of town?  Members are encouraged to have a guest pick up their share box any given week.  This is a great way to share the harvest with your family members, neighbors or friends who are not CSA members.   If a share is not picked up at all, it will automatically be donated to the Delaware Food Bank.

What's in the box each week?

Our sustainable, 4th generation family farm grows a wide selection of both fruit and vegetables which enables us to offer tremendous variety in each CSA box.  Each produce box will keep your senses dazzled with beautiful colors and flavors throughout the season.  The recyclable box will be filled with a mix of produce that is hand selected by Fifer Orchards each week.  Substitutions are not available with our boxes so that everyone will receive the same value.

Don’t forget to join our special Fifer CSA Facebook page where you’ll find a ‘produce preview’ on Monday of each week.  This page is also a great forum to connect with other members as they share recipe ideas, pictures and experiences.

Looking for extra goodies to complement your fruits and vegetables?  Each week, members are given the opportunity to select à la carte items via the CSA member online store. Simply login to your member account and shop the items that are updated weekly in the store.  Examples may include: local honey, apple butter, local cheeses, pickles, meats, eggs, local breads, and other local food items. You’ll also find seasonal bulk produce specials when crops are plentiful.  Our CSA members can truly and directly connect to their local food-shed through partnerships that Fifer Orchards has built with local businesses and food artisans. 

Payment Options

Weekly CSA box – 18 weeks  = $33 / week
Every-other-week CSA box – 9 weeks = $35 / week

Convenient payment plans are available…
Option #1 – Payment in full (lump sum). Choose this option and receive a free Fifer reusable bag.  Also, pay by January 1st and receive a 5% discount!
Option #2 – 4 installment payment plan.  Payment #1 at date of registration.  Payment #2 auto-pay on May 1, Payment #3 auto-pay on June 1, Payment #4 auto-pay on July 1

We allow and encourage sharing!  Many of our CSA members choose to split their weekly box with friends, family or co-workers each week.

Add-on options include:
-Local free-range brown eggs
-Local, all-natural ground turkey
-Local grass-fed ground beef

Easy online sign-up – We use software called Farmigo designed specifically for CSA farms.  It is tailored to handle all the data associated with managing the logistics and payment for the CSA.  The Farmigo program also enables better communication and information sharing between our farm and our members.  As a member you’ll have your own password which enables you to view your account history, check your account balance, pay online, or shop the CSA member online store.  The Farmigo system is very safe, encrypted and secure.  Just click the big green button at the top of this page to begin the sign-up process.

What payment types are accepted?
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, debit cards, or personal checks are all acceptable.  You can now pay online using installment options.  Payments are non-refundable.

Please call 302-697-2141 and ask for Jessica (CSA coordinator) with any questions about the program.
Members come from surrounding towns of Newark, Middletown, Smyrna, Clayton, Odessa, Dover, Camden, Wyoming, Felton, Harrington, Georgetown, Milford, Milton, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Laurel and Seaford Delaware and Chestertown, Easton, Ocean City Maryland and more.