Do you know of any CSAs I can sign up for?

I haven’t used one in DC personally, but here are the ones I have heard of that were recommended by at least one person:

A MtP customer told me about Stoney Lonesome Farm – they sound lovely, they let you come picnic and swim in the pond on the farm in Gainsville, VA. No DC delivery, but contact them about joining a group that rotates pick ups.

Earth Spring CSA: Our very own!

Waterpenny Farm: I think their pick up site is not super useful to most of us, but my friend Meg subscribes and she always has the best salads and veggie side dishes at potlucks, and the box of goodies she describes sounds lush, generous and tasty.  And the farmers involved have the most romantic history!

Radix Farm: Kristin Carbone formerly of Clagett Farm has started her own farm in Upper Marlboro, MD and 2010 is  her first year offering a CSA.  At the time of this listing a June – November share would be $625 with a Tuesday evening drop point in NW, like MtP, Columbia Heights or Dupont Circle or Adams Morgan.

Fresh and Local CSA: Some friends of mine in the 16th St Heights host a drop for these guys and they rave about the produce.  Sounds great – biodynamic farming practices, farm work days, “same day harvest and delivery”. 304-876-3382

House in the Woods CSA

Jug Bay Market Garden

Green Fence Farm

Lancaster Farm Fresh

5-a-Day CSA

Spiritual Food in the New Millennium CSA: Takoma Park is the closest drop point, but there is a group that are rotating some pickup and sorting duties. “The food is yummy, organic/biodynamic and somewhat local. The shares have a broad range of items: bread, eggs, yoghurt, beans/grains, fruits (dried and fresh) and veggies.”

Hi, I was talking to a friend in DC – she loves apples, but thinks the XX Farmers’ Market apples are too expensive at $2.50/lb, she would like to come more to your market–is the price lower there for fresh apples?

oh, I’m pretty sure they’re $2.50/lb here too. a couple responses:

1. you’ll never get anything at the grocery store like these, the flavor goes way way beyond the 2 mangled genotypes grown for long-distance transport!

2. ask for the bulk price – most orchards are doing a “basket price”, and even if they’re not, they’ll usually cut you a deal for bulk. I just bought a crate of Caitlin’s Gala for $15 – about 70 apples

3. ask for seconds – I cut up my apples for eating most of time anyway, I don’t mind carving out around a bruise.

4. ask at the end of the day: works better with other produce, since apples are pretty good keepers, so vendors aren’t likely to have anything destined for the compost heap, but they might be excited to make a sale to round out their day.

5. ask for discounts on rainy days! this is terribly mercenary, but turn out is just never as good on a rainy day and vendors might be a little bit desperate for sales! or another way of thinking of it is that they are so grateful that you came out, and sympathetic that you’re wet, that they’ll cut you a deal.

6. these are not strategies for asking for charity: bulk-pricing and seconds-pricing are something most vendors offer, it’s just not always on the table.

7. ask for charity…if you’re buying for a school or something like that, ask if there’s any kind of bargain they’d like to offer for a whole crate for a good cause – if you’re working with a non-profit, offer to provide a receipt from them for the whole or partial donation.

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