A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program is a unique relationship and two-way commitment between a farm and the community it feeds. Members pay in at the beginning of the year, which provides the farm with the income it needs to get started for the season. The farm then provides regular deliveries of farm products to its members throughout the season. CSA members receive regular updates about what's happening on the farm. This very direct relationship and mutual, season-long commitment set the CSA model apart from other ways of buying and selling food.
Shares & Schedule
CSA share options currently include whole, fresh chickens and eggs by the dozen. We do not have a CSA-style option for pork right now, but if you are ready for a half or whole pig or to split with a friend, click here for details.
Deliveries/pickups are every *other* Thursday, May through November. Pickup time is from Noon on Thursday through Noon on Friday. The first 2016 CSA pickup is Thursday, May 12th.
Up to 2 deliveries per season can be placed on "vacation hold." During a hold, deliveries are suspended and there is no charge for share items.
Egg Share Details
Eggs are very fresh, laid 1-3 days prior to delivery.
Shares are pre-paid in full, at a flat rate of $7.50 per dozen ($112.50 for 15 deliveries). Sorry, no half-dozens.
Egg shares are typically only available to CSA members with at least 1 chicken share. If you are looking for an egg-only share please contact the farm for availability. Egg shares are not "required," i.e. you can have a chicken share without having any egg shares.
Chicken Share Details
Chickens are very fresh, harvested the day before delivery. They are packaged in BPA-free, freezer-ready bags and kept ice-cold until you pick up. We've been told many times that they are cleaner than chickens sold at the grocery store.
Chicken shares are priced at $5.95/pound, and are pre-paid with a deposit of $18 per chicken* ($270 for 15 deliveries).
* Chicken weights vary but are typically between 3.5 and 4.5 pounds.
* The $18 deposit covers the first 3 pounds of each chicken received. Balance for weight received over 3 lbs/bird is paid at the end of the season. No weight is charged during vacation holds.
You can pay for your share by check or money order/cashier's check. Payment can be dropped off at any of our farmer's market locations, or mailed to:
PO Box 1922
Watsonville, CA 95077
We are not able to accept credit card or Paypal payments at this time.
Payment in full is preferred, however you can also choose to pay in 3 installments. Just submit **3 checks, all at once**, each for one third of your total share cost. The first check should be dated for immediate deposit. The other two should be dated at one month intervals thereafter. We will keep these on file and deposit at the appropriate times.
We have 8 pickup sites in neighborhoods within the Monterey Bay and South Bay areas (near-intersections are given in parentheses):
1) On the Farm in Royal Oaks (Elkhorn Rd & Strawberry Rd)
2) Soquel (Park Ave & Soquel Dr)
3) Santa Cruz West Side (Woodrow & West Cliff)
4) Willow Glen (Lincoln & Broadway)
5) Morgan Hill (East Dunne Ave & Highway 101)
6) Palo Alto (El Camino & Page Mill)
Pending Site Host and/or Sign-ups:
7) Los Gatos
Please contact the farm to be placed on the wait-list for these sites, and/or if you are interested in hosting.
We will contact you within 2 business days. If you don't hear from us, please contact us directly by email or phone.