Below are our CSA Pick-up Sites: choose your preferred site and notate it on your Membership Form when you fill it out!
- Dallas Farmers Market – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- Coppell - 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- North Dallas @ The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
- Westlake / Trophy Club / Roanoke area - 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | The drop will be in the northeast corner of Highway 114 & Trophy Lake Drive, in the Tom Thumb shopping center parking lot. From Trophy Club, Westlake is approximately 5 minutes away, Southlake 10 minutes, and Flower Mound just 30 minutes away. Keller is also nearby.
- Deep Ellum/ Downtown Dallas – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
- North Dallas @ The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
How do I sign-up?
Simply complete the Member Agreement and mail it in with your payment to the address listed on the form. (*If you would like to pay via PayPal, see below. There is a $5.00 convenience fee to pay via PayPal). We’ll confirm your subscription once we receive your completed application.
*If you pay online, we still need a copy of your signed Membership Agreement. You may mail it to us via snail-mail or scan a copy of the completed Agreement and send it as an e-mail attachment.
Why join a CSA?
Good question! Many diverse reasons lead people to join a CSA. Some might include: You’ll know where your food comes from, who grows it, and how it’s grown. You’ll be eating the freshest, healthiest foods sustainably grown and picked at their peak. You’ll discover some new foods along the way, some which you may grow to love. You will expand the variety and diversity of foods you eat, which couldn’t be a bad thing! You’ll naturally increase the amount of vegetables in your diet, because you will have committed to receive a weekly share of our farm’s harvest. You will re-discover the truly delicious flavor of fresh vegetables, grown for flavor and not for how long they’ll keep in the refrigerator (trust us: there is a tremendous difference!). You’ll develop a greater understanding and appreciation for local agriculture, by learning which foods grow well in our area, and when they’re naturally in season.
Where are the CSA pick-up sites?
DOWNTOWN DALLAS – DEEP ELLUM | WEDNESDAYS – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. @ 2936 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75226, in the parking lot adjacent to LOCAL restaurant
NORTH DALLAS | WEDNESDAYS – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. @ The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 15250 Dallas Parkway, Suite 500, Dallas, TX 75248 (just north of Beltline off the Tollway)
DALLAS | SATURDAYS – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Dallas Farmers Market, Shed #1, Booth to be determined
COPPELL | SATURDAYS – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ across the street from the Coppell Farmers Market
NEW! TROPHY CLUB – WESTLAKE area | SATURDAYS – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. @ exact address to be determined – DROP OPENING MAY 4
NEW! NORTH DALLAS | SATURDAYS – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. @ The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 15250 Dallas Parkway, Suite 500, Dallas, TX 75248 (just north of Beltline off the Tollway) – DROP OPENING APRIL 27
How much does it cost?
Each weekly share is $30.00. Upon signing up, you have the option to purchase a bundle of 6, 9, 12, 15, 20, or 30 shares. *For the year 2012, our CSA program went about 32 weeks.* As you approach the end of your current bundle, we’ll send you an e-mail with an option to renew.
What does your farm grow?
Kale | Swiss Chard | Mustard Greens | Mizuna | Spinach | Cabbage | Arugula | Mixed Lettuces | Herbs | Carrots | Turnips | Rutabaga | Beets | Radishes | Onions | Spring Onions | Okra | Summer Squash | Zucchini | Winter Squash | Sweet Potatoes | New Potatoes | Sugar Snap Peas | English Peas | Filet Beans | Melons | Eggplants | Cucumbers | Hot Peppers | Sweet Peppers | Tomatoes, standard size | Petite Tomatoes | Heirloom Tomatoes | Pumpkins
This is a fairly comprehensive list, although we’re bound to have left off something! Plus, we’re always trying to grow new foods and we love experimenting with new varieties of foods we’ve grown before.
Why do you offer shorter subscriptions versus a half or full-year plan?
We offer shorter subscriptions so that people who are new to the CSA-concept can test out the waters before diving in head first. The last thing we want is to have someone commit financially for a full year, only to find that it’s not what they expected or wanted. However, though we offer shorter term subscriptions, we don’t have a high turnover rate. Over 90% of our members renew their subscriptions for the duration of the calendar year.
Do you do all of the farming yourselves? Do you have help on the farm?
We still plant every seed, pull every weed, and tend to every plant with our own hands! We do the composting, plowing, tilling, mulching, planting, seed starting, weeding, and picking ourselves. In 2012, we were able to hire one full-time employee, in addition to the two part-time helpers we have as needed.
Are you organic?
Everything we grow is grown organically, however, we aren’t certified organic. We farm using only low impact, sustainable methods: no synthetic pesticides or herbicides and no harmful chemical fertilizers. We do not use any organically approved pest control sprays unless we absolutely have to. We prefer to invest our time into improving our soil, raising healthy plants, and then letting nature do the work. Additionally, we do not use genetically modified seed. These ecologically sound practices are safe for us as growers, for you as consumers, and for the land around us.
Do you ever work with other farmers?
We’ve been fortunate enough to establish relationships with other growers in our area who share our approach to farming, and who we are happy to support whenever we can. We do provide our members with local strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and peaches when in season and abundant, grown by neighboring farmers who we’ve known for years and trust. We concentrate on growing enough quantity and variety, however, the majority of our CSA is provided for by our own farm.
How much will I get in my share?
We aim to provide 5 – 8 different varieties of produce within your share each week. During the early spring, we may only have 5 foods to include, and two of them may be greens. In the summertime, however, your share may include 8 – 10 different foods. Both the variety and quantity depends on the seasons.
There’s an element of trust that goes into joining a CSA, meaning you’ve got to trust that we are doing everything we can to grow the freshest, most delicious food possible for you and your family. To take it one step further, you’ve got to trust that we’re going to work our hardest to grow enough quantity and variety to keep your farm shares interesting and of the highest quality. We aren’t trying to be difficult by saying “it depends on the seasons.” We want you to be satisfied and overjoyed each week when you pick-up your share, excited by whatever we’ve harvested…it’s quality, variety, and flavor.
There will be times when the variety and quantity fluctuates. Anyone who has participated in our CSA for the entire growing year understands and has experienced the natural ebb and flow of things. Just as soon as you’re starting to love Tuscan Kale, it’s time may be up. You may be dying for tomatoes in March, but they won’t be ready. You could be tiring of cucumbers come June, even though they’ll be around for two more months! Wanting strawberries in October? Forget it! To everything there is a time and a season. What we can guarantee is that there will be incredibly bountiful times that more than make up for any week where the variety may not have been as diverse.
I live alone, or don’t think I will be able to eat a share’s worth of food each week. Can I pick up bi-weekly?
At this time we don’t offer a bi-weekly pick-up, but can understand if committing to picking up each week is simply not feasible for everyone. In this instance, we would suggest that you partner with a friend or neighbor with whom you can “split” your share. You would share the cost of the subscription and you would alternate who picks up. This guarantees that each of you are receiving a share of produce every other week.
How do I know if joining your CSA is right for me?
- Do you like to cook, or, are you committed to cooking more at home than you have in the past? Do you like to try new foods?
- Do you want to eat only the freshest, safest, highest quality produce?
- Do you want to increase the amount of vegetables you consume in your diet?
- Do you want to know where your food comes from?
- Are you trying to eat more seasonally?
- Are you flexible and open to cooking with new ingredients, or do you have strong likes and dislikes when it comes to the foods you eat?
- Is it important to you that your food not travel thousands of miles before it reaches your plate?
- Do you believe that good health starts in the kitchen, with the foods you eat? Do you have a desire to eat more healthfully?
- Do you have the time to come pick up your share on a weekly basis?
If you answered yes to some or most of these questions, it’s likely that you’re a great candidate for our CSA!
How are you able to accept members during different times of the year, even though you may have been “full” at an earlier point in the season?
Most of the time it’s because we’ve played it safe and underestimated our potential harvests. We generally plant more than we need, in case of crop failure due to weather or pests. As a result, once we get out of the planning stages and into the growing and harvesting, we usually find we’re able to provide for more families. We are always working to sustainably grow our farm in order to produce more delicious, high quality, chemical-free vegetables for people who are interested.
Does the CSA go year-round?
Our growing season typically runs continuously from March through December. In 2012, we delivered to our CSA members for 32 weeks out of the year. Additionally, we are always looking for ways to bridge the gap from January through March, and with our greenhouse, we may one day be able to achieve it! Otherwise, we may pause the program in late August when temperatures get extreme, or if adverse conditions outside of our control prohibit us from providing the quality and quantity we desire to offer our members.
What if bad weather strikes, or drought?
When our farm is affected by conditions outside of our control, we will suspend the current term until conditions improve and we are able to harvest enough to resume the CSA and make-up for the missed drops.
Do you plan to add any other CSA Drops in the near future?
We’d like to! If you have a suggestion for a drop location, or know that in your area there are many interested people, send us an e-mail!
Do you sell at Farmers Markets?
We do not currently sell to the public at any Farmers Markets. However, if you’ve joined our Mailing List, you will be notified if we do participate in any of the local Farmers Markets in the future.