Fifer’s Delmarva Box CSA Program

2017 Delmarva Box  – CSA program (Community Supported Agriculture)

A bountiful box of homegrown goodness!

New!  Small, Large and Custom box options for 2017

  • Enjoy a weekly box of quality fruits and vegetables for 18 weeks this spring/summer.  Begins May 3
  • Weekly e-newsletter with valuable information, around-the-farm notes, recipe ideas and fun facts.
  • Great tasting, quality fruits and vegetables direct from Fifer’s and neighboring Delmarva family farms.
  • Convenient pick up locations across Delmarva.  See list of locations below.
  • We guarantee the quality of the fruits and veggies.
  • Connect with seasonal eating and get to know your local growing seasons.
  • CSA’s help eliminate waste.  Farmers know exactly how much produce is needed each week based on current membership.  This reduces over-harvesting.
  • Community centered – Get your family, friends and neighbors involved and excited about eating fresh, nutritious, delicious local foods.
  • The member ‘online store’ will give you the opportunity to supplement your Delmarva Box each week if you wish.  You can shop online for items such as local honey, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, local meats, eggs, yogurt, cheeses, jams, apple butter, pickles baked goods, etc.  The online store items will be updated each week based on availability.  Just ‘click-and-pay’ and pick up the items with your next Delmarva Box delivery.  Super easy and convenient.
  • 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 Delmarva Box is like unwrapping a gift which creates anticipation and excitement for you and your family!
  • Video of pick up procedure at the farm – Fast, friendly and fun.

Member perks!
Free member reception party! Your invited to our special ‘member reception party’ at the farm in July.  This event is only open to Delmarva Box CSA members and their families.  The party includes tractor and wagon tours of the farm, live music, yard games for the kids, cooking demos, appetizers (including the popular sweet corn bar) and a celebration of the season with fellow members and the Fifer CSA staff.  Food trucks will also offer dinner options.  This is a casual, down on the farm atmosphere and fun for all ages.  See photos and more at the bottom of this page.
Members receive 10% off all purchases inside Fifer’s Country Store or Dewey Farm Market Cafe
(Valid each week on your day of pick up)

Delmarva Box Options:

Small Box
Each small Delmarva Box will contain 6-8 items each week. The box will be filled with a wide variety of both fruits and vegetables that are hand selected by Fifer’s each week. This is a “farmers choice” style box where everyone receives the same seasonal items and value each week. The small Delmarva Box is ideal for couples or singles.  Just $25 per week.

Large Box
Each large Delmarva Box will contain 10-12 items each week. The box will be filled with a wide variety of both fruits and vegetables that are hand selected by Fifer’s each week. This is a “farmers choice” style box where everyone receives the same seasonal items and value each week. The large Delmarva Box is ideal for families or couples that consume a lot of fruits and vegetables each week.  Just $34 per week.

Custom Box
Each “Custom Delmarva Box” will contain 10-14 items each week.  Half of the items will be pre-selected by Fifer’s and the other half will be selected by the member via the online store.  You will receive 14 credits to spend in the online store each week as you wish.  This allows you to customize your weekly experience and choose from the items available.  The credits do not rollover to the next week.  If you forget or are unable to make your custom selections before the deadline, you will automatically receive the “farmers choice” large box that week instead.  Just $39 per week.

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.

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.

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 slideshow at the top of this page or visit our Pinterest Delmarva Box  page to see the variety of fruits and veggies from the past few years.   This gives you an idea of the box contents throughout the growing season.

Don’t forget to join our special Fifer’s Delmarva Box 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.

Convenient pick up locations


Pick up location #1  – Camden-Wyoming, Delaware
(Fifer Orchards Farm and Country Store)
Thursdays – 3:00pm-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 – Noon-2:00pm
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 – 2:00pm-6:00pm
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)
Wednesdays – 12:00pm-5:00pm
Pick up location #9 – Salisbury, Maryland
(Kohl’s parking lot – near Chick-fil-a)
Wednesdays – Noon-2pm
Pick up location # 10 – Georgetown, Delaware
(16 Mile Brewing Co. – parking lot)
Wednesdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm
Pick up location # 11 – Middletown, Delaware
(Park & Ride lot – Corner of Rt 1 and Middletown Odessa Rd near Christiana Care Middletown)
Thursdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm
Pick up location # 12 – Easton, MD
(Triple Creek Winery – 
Three Bridge Branch Road, Cordova, MD
Wednesdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm
Pick up location #13 – Wilmington, DE
(Wildwich Cafe – inside the Highmark Blue Cross building lobby)
Thursdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm

Please note:  Additional pick-up locations may be added based on demand (20+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. The only member responsibility is to pick up your Delmarva Box each week at the designated time and enjoy!

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

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 currently CSA members.   If a share is not picked up at all, it will automatically be donated to the Food Bank of Delaware.  In 2016, over 100,000 lbs. of fruits and vegetables were donated to local Food Banks, the Salvation Army, Shepard’s Place and other important outreach groups.

Weekly add-on 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 member online store.  Examples may include: local honey, apple butter, local cheeses, pickles, meats, eggs and other local food items. You’ll also find seasonal bulk produce specials when crops are plentiful. Our members can truly and directly connect to their local foodshed through relationships that Fifer Orchards has built with other local businesses.

Free member reception party


Member reception party (Customer appreciation event)
Your invited to our special ‘member reception party’ at the farm in July.  This event is only open to Delmarva Box CSA members and their families.  The party includes tractor and wagon tours of the farm, live music, yard games for the kids, cooking demos, appetizers (including the popular sweet corn bar) and a celebration of the season with fellow members and the Fifer CSA staff.  Food trucks will also offer dinner options.  This is a casual, down on the farm atmosphere and fun for all ages.  We had a blast last year and look forward to making this event even better for 2017.

Pricing and payment options


Small box  =  $25 per box
Large box  = $34 per box
Custom box  = $39 per box
*All memberships are 18 boxes over 18 weeks. (May through Sept)

Please note:  If you pay by personal check, no payment is due until April 30, 2017.  We prefer check payments, but do offer credit and debit card options as well for convenience.
Simply mail your check to:
Fifer Orchards
Attn: Jessica 
1919 Allabands Mill Rd.
Wyoming, DE 19934  

Option #1 – Payment in full (lump sum) – Pay by credit card or personal check
Option #2 – 4 installment payment plan (credit card only)
Payment #1 due at date of registration.  Payment #2 auto-pay (May 1), Payment #3 auto-pay (June 1), Payment #4 auto-pay (July 1)

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.  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.

What payment types are accepted?
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, debit cards or personal checks are all acceptable.

Cancellation policy


Please note: By joining our Delmarva Box CSA, you are committing to the entire season.  Memberships are non-refundable.  If you have unforeseen life circumstances such as a relocation, then we will work with you.

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.

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, turtles, owls, deer 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 our community. We hope you’ll share the journey with us this spring and summer.  It will certainly be Delmarva-lous!

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Please call 302-697-2141 and ask for Jessica (CSA coordinator) with any questions about the program.