We are a volunteer CSA pickup location. Learn more about how it works below.
What is a CSA?
Community-supported agriculture is a system that connects the producer and consumers within the food system more closely by allowing the consumer to subscribe to the harvest of a certain farm or group of farms. A farm will sell “memberships” or “shares” of the harvest. Members pay for their shares upfront, and the farm is able to buy seeds and supplies to support their farm for the season.
Why does MOM's host CSA pickup locations?
Great question. Small, local organic farms are doing a service to the environment. The more successful they are, the better example they set for other farms to be organic, and the cleaner our local environment is. It would be difficult for a small local organic farm to drive their box shares around to all of their customers, and the greenhouse gas emissions would be harmful to the environment. Since MOM’s customers are very likely to be the types of people who support CSAs, it makes sense for us to act as a pick-up spot for customers to grab their box shares.
How does it work?
The farm might sell a share for $150 for the season. They will then provide a box of produce from their harvest every week or every other week to everyone who bought a share. The box usually contains a variety of seasonal fruits and or vegetables (it’s usually a surprise).
Our CSA Partners
Even Star Farm
From The Farm: “Our farm, crops, and stewardship focus on the importance that retail and wholesale customers place on eating locally grown, superbly flavored, and very safe foods. Our tomatoes, melons, and berries were selected for great taste above all else. We grow diverse greens and root vegetables in the cold months, when frequent frost and the icy winds of winter add great depth and sweetness to their flavors.”
Stores: Alexandria, Arlington, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Waldorf
Lancaster Farm fresh CO OP
From The Farm: “(LFFC) is a non-profit organic farmer’s cooperative of over 100 family farmers headquartered in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. We focus on creating healthy high-quality foods from our highly maintained and enriched soils on our small-scale family farms.”
Stores: Bowie, Bryn Mawr, Cherry Hill, Herndon, Merrifield, Alexandria
Oak Spring Farm
From The Farm: “We are a profitable, organic farm serving the Baltimore community high quality organic vegetables and humanely raised eggs. Our vision is to educate and inspire our community to spend their food dollars locally to nourish their families, our community and our environment.”
Stores: Hampden, Timonium
Farm Of Peace
From The Farm: “Joining our CSA is also a way to give: we donate a portion of our produce to shelters and food banks, and individuals can purchase shares to be donated. Every year we donate shares to F.A.I.T.H. social services in Herndon, VA, and smaller amounts to the Warfordsburg Senior Center and other food pantries.”
Stores: Frederick, White Marsh
Real Food Farm
From The Farm: “Real Food Farm is Civic Works’ innovative urban agricultural enterprise engaged in growing fresh produce on eight acres in and around Clifton Park in northeast Baltimore.”
Crawford Organics Farm
From The Farm: “We have been growing organic produce since 1998. We started by raising potatoes, tomatoes, winter squash, and broccoli; and selling it all wholesale. We’ve since expanded our crops to include Sweet Corn, Heirloom Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuce, Watermelon, Cabbage, Carrots, Beets, and Garlic. Through the CSA, we are able to provide fresh organic vegetables (and a few fruits) directly to the end consumer.”
How do I sign up?
While MOM’s volunteers our stores as pick-up spots, we have no hand in running the actual farming operations. The sign-up periods, seasons, pricing, and size of box shares are all determined by the farms themselves. Each store decides on the farm(s) they want to support. We make a space for pick-ups and keep the box shares safe. To sign up, you can visit the links above.
What are my CSA’s pick up dates?
Though your store may know the answer to this question, it’s best to check with the CSA itself. We have no hand in running them as we voluntarily act as pick-up spots for the CSAs, and we do not receive payment for our role. Most farms have some info on their website about their upcoming CSAs.
I’m a farmer and I want MOM’s to host my CSA pickup
Call your local MOM’s to see if they have available CSA slots.