CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs are a great way to support your local farmer early in the season, giving them capital to purchase seeds, soil, amendments, and other miscellaneous things.
The CSA model at the Tarbox Farm is unique because it is based on a credit system instead of a weekly basket pick up. You make the choices about what you want to buy for produce, flowers, or culinary herbs. A record of your purchases is kept and we keep you informed of your balance. You can pick up your produce at the Bath Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 8:30-Noon or at the Boothbay Farmer's Market on Thursdays from 9-Noon starting the end of May. Our CSA program runs from the beginning of May to the end of October.
Early on in the season you can expect to see salad greens, kale, chard, radishes and broccoli. The next flush of vegetables will include carrots, leeks, beans and root crops. At the height of the season we will have a wide variety of peppers, eggplant, herbs, tomatoes, potatoes, squash, cucumbers, greens, carrots, melons, beets, flowers, and plenty of other crops. The end of the season will bring a diverse crop of winter squash, garlic and storage crops.
We offer 3 different share sizes to accomodate all size families. $100.00 share with an extra $10.00 credit. $200.00 share with an extra $20.00. $300.00 share with an extra $30.00 credit. and a $400.00 share with and extra $40.00 credit.
How to use your CSA!
If purchasing a whole share ($300.00), we recommend spending an average of $15-$20 per week throughout the CSA season which runs from the beginning of May until the 1st of November. This will ensure that you use up your entire share by the end of the season. This is just a guide. But allow yourself to have fun. Try some new vegetables that you haven't before or just a new variety of an old favorite. And if you aren't sure how to prepare it just ask Angie and she will point you in the right direction.
How to sign up!
You can mail a check to : Tarbox Farm, 177 Post Office Road, Westport Island, Maine 04578. Please include your phone number and e-mail address. You can also go to the Shop link on our website. We do send out e-mail newsletters so we want to include you on our list. It's that easy. Please contact Kyle or Angie if you have any other questions about the CSA Program.