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Fifer’s ‘Delmarva Box’ CSA Program

2015 – Spring/Summer ‘Community Supported Agriculture’ Program 

A bountiful box of homegrown goodness! 

  • Enjoy a weekly box of quality fruits and vegetables for 18 straight weeks. (every-other-week option also available)
  • Begins first week of May
  • Weekly e-newsletter with valuable information, around-the-farm notes, recipe ideas, fun facts and storage tips.
  • Great tasting, sustainably-grown fruits and vegetables direct from Fifer Orchards and neighboring family farms.
  • Convenient pick up locations around Delmarva.  See list of locations below. (New! Salisbury, MD and Newark and Millsboro, DE)
  • We guarantee the quality of the fruits and veggies.
  • Connect with seasonal eating and get to know your local growing seasons.
  • Community centered. Get your family, friends and neighbors involved and excited about eating fresh, nutritious, delicious local foods.
  • Members receive 10% off all purchases in our Fifer’s Country Store or Dewey Farm Market Cafe
    (Valid each week only on your CSA pickup day)
  • The member online store will provide you the opportunity to supplement your CSA produce box each week.  Examples could include:  Old World Breads, Frankfurt Bakery breads, 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.
    Just ‘click-and-pay’ your choices and pick up with your next CSA box.
  • Discover 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 helps 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!

Find additional ‘Delmarva Box’ CSA  pricing and program details by clicking the categories 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 fresh, locally grown produce in-season.  The consumer provides a pre-season investment to purchase a membership.  The grower uses this investment to plant, grow 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.

Delmarva Proud

Fifer Orchards celebrates the heritage of growing fresh fruits and vegetables here on the Delmarva Peninsula. The fertile soils, moderate climate and fresh water supply of our peninsula make it a uniquely ideal environment for harvesting high quality produce.

Delmarva was the main source of fruits and vegetables for the Mid-Atlantic region in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  There were over 500 canneries on the peninsula in those days.  Strawberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches, apples, pears, tomatoes, peas, string beans, Lima beans, cucumbers, sweet corn and pumpkins were all prominently grown.

DYK? Sussex County, DE was the largest strawberry producing county in the nation in 1900.  Delaware was also the #1 peach producing state in the 1890’s. delmarva3

A new generation of farmer is focused on renewing the legacy of Delmarva fresh produce. Fifer’s is focused on growing high quality fruits and veggies through a sustainable approach that is safe, delicious and nutritious for our family and our community.  Tomatoes, squash, peppers, potatoes, eggplant, asparagus, spinach, scallions, radishes, beets, cabbage, beans, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, greens, lettuce, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, blueberries, strawberries, watermelons, peaches, apples and many other crops continue to be very well suited for Delmarva’s long growing season.

Our ‘local foodshed’ provides a unique cuisine and a bountiful variety of foods from the waterman, farmers and ranchers of the peninsula. Crabs, rockfish, oysters, clams, and other seafood are harvested from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and our numerous rivers. Eggs, chicken, beef, pork, turkey, and bison are also raised on Delmarva farms.

The peninsula also features a symphonic blend of tidal marsh, farmland, cypress swamp, and coastal plain forest. These diverse ecosystems provide habitat for more than 100 species of mammals, 400 birds, 70 reptiles and amphibians, 60 butterflies, and thousands of aquatic and terrestrial animals and plants. Wild turkeys, bald eagles, falcons, hawks, fox, turtles, owls, deer, beaver, otter, raccoon, squirrel, seals, frogs, rabbits, and so many other wild animals share Delmarva with us.

Our 4th generation family farm is passionate about growing and consuming fresh, local fruits and vegetables on the peninsula we call home.  We enjoy the challenge of growing the crops, the experience of sharing the harvest with our family and community and working with our ‘food neighbors’ that help us add variety to our CSA box each week.   We hope you’ll share the journey of our CSA program this spring and summer.  It will certainly be Delmarva-lous!

What's the excitement about?

Our ‘Delmarva Box’ CSA provides an adventure each week.  Folks enjoy the anticipation and excitement that the weekly produce box can provide as they discover new favorite fruits and vegetables.  You’ll find that your weekly produce box will provide a fun and rewarding family experience in your kitchen as you prepare food together and appreciate new flavors and old favorites.

Convenient pick up locations

When:
May through early September

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 Rt 1 rest area parking lot)
Thursdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm
Pick up location #3 – Dover, Delaware
(Dover Pools parking lot – Carrolls Corner)
Thursdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm
Pick up location #4 –  Newark, Delaware
(Park & Ride lot – Corner of Rt. 896 and Rt. 4 – across from University of Delaware sports complex)
Thursdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm
Pick up location #5 – Milford, Delaware
(Abbott’s Grill parking lot)
Wednesdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm
Pick up location #6 – Dewey Beach, Delaware
(Fifer’s Farm Market Cafe)
Wednesdays – 10:30am-5:30pm
Pick up location #7 – Lewes, Delaware
(Large parking lot behind Green Turtle Restaurant (Village at Five Points)
Wednesdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm
Pick up location # 8 – Millsboro/Long Neck, Delaware
(East Coast Garden Center – The Cordrey Center)
Tuesdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm
Pick up location #9 – Salisbury, Maryland
(Evo Craft Brewing Co. – next to Peninsula Regional Medical Center)
Tuesdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm

Please note:  
Additional pick-up locations may be added based on demand (15+member minimum per location).  Schools, universities, organizations, churches or businesses are welcome.  Please call us to add a new location at 697-2141.  Ask for Jessica.

CSA 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.  The only member responsibility is to pick up your ‘Delmarva Box’ each week at the designated time and enjoy!  No other work is required.

What if I’m out of town?  Members are encouraged to send a guest to 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.   For even greater selection, we partner with other local family farms and food artisans.
Substitutions are not available with our boxes so that everyone will receive the same value.  Please browse the numerous images in the slide show at the top of the page or visit our Pinterest CSA gallery.  This will give you a visual idea of the box contents throughout the growing season.

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.

Weekly upgrades

Looking for extra goodies to compliment your fruits and vegetables?  Each week, members are given the opportunity to select à la carte items via the 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 foodshed’ through partnerships that Fifer Orchards has built with other local businesses.

Member reception party

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.

Pricing and 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.
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’s tailored to handle all the data associated with managing the logistics and payment for the CSA.  The Farmigo software 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 member online store in season.  The Farmigo system is very safe, encrypted and secure.

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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.