COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE
Each year, we invite the surrounding community to buy a share of our farm's harvest. This means that as a CSA member, you are providing us with important capital at the beginning of the season when a farm's expenses are the highest. Your investment in our business allows us to purchase the seeds, equipment, and infrastructure necessary to provide an abundant supply of food to our community. In exchange for your support, we provide a weekly share of the farm's crops for you and your family while sustainably giving back to the land. We believe that healthy food starts in the soil, so we never use chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides on our farm. We use compost, crop rotation, and cover crops to feed the microbes in our soil. They do all the real hard work for us. As a member of our CSA you will be creating employment opportunities, committing to healthy eating habits for you and your family, and advocating for small scale Rhode Island agriculture.
OUR 2019 CSA PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY FULL! EMAIL US TO JOIN THE WAIT LIST.
HOW IT WORKS
Every Tuesday, from the first week of June through the week before Thanksgiving, we invite our CSA members to the farm to pick up their share. Bins will be set up and labelled with an amount of produce to take and one of the farmers will help answer any questions (and offer recipe advice!) Some recycled bags may be available, but we encourage our members to bring reusable bags to put your share into. There will be some set amounts of produce and some choices to make along the way. The selection of produce will vary with the seasons. See the "What's in a share?" section below to learn more. There will be seasonal events of pick your own (PYO) veggies or fruit where our members are invited to the farm to pick extras. Every Sunday, we will send out a weekly newsletter that gives you an update about the farm and lets you know what vegetables to expect at CSA pickup. We also offer extra shares like flower bouquets, eggs, mushrooms, and herbal tea to make your CSA uniquely yours. Check out CSA PICKUP INFO to learn more about when and where to pick up your share.
There are two share sizes:
HALF (feeds 1-2)
FAMILY (feeds 3-4)
WHATS IN A SHARE?
Each week will vary depending on the time of the season.
Here are a few examples of a FAMILY SHARE from our 2017 season:
For 25 weeks of fresh produce:
HALF SHARE - $450.00
FAMILY SHARE - $650.00
Members are asked to send in a $100 deposit before the start of the season to hold their place as space is limited. We ask that the rest of the payment be brought to the first day of pickup. The prices we have chosen reflect the cost it takes to run a diversified vegetable farm. We are devoted to providing affordable fresh food to our community while maintaining a sustainable life for ourselves and our business.
If you are in need of financial assistance, contact us to discuss a payment plan.
You are also welcome to split a share with a friend or family member and alternate weeks of pickup.
Payment can be made in the form of CASH, CHECK, or CREDIT CARD*. Credit card payments will be taken on the first day of CSA pickup.
* A 3% fee will be applied to all credit card transactions
We are partnering with other small businesses in RI to offer you extra shares to add to your CSA! We believe in the power of community to help our local economy grow. These optional shares are offered weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly so please read the descriptions carefully.
Weekly or bi-weekly
Adding a flower share is a different way of enjoying the beauty of the
seasons. Each week, or every other week, you will receive a
bouquet of flowers grown and designed by us! These bouquets
will feature different flower varieties throughout the season.
Adding a flower share is a great value as we normally sell similar
bouquets for $12 each. Our flowers are also chemical free.
If you will be traveling and can't use the flowers for one of the weeks,
they also make a great gift! Flower share begins in July. Bi-weekly
shares will alternate weeks by last name.
18 weeks, weekly JULY - OCTOBER $180 +TAX ($10 per bouquet)
9 weeks, bi-weekly, JULY - OCTOBER $90 +TAX ($10 per bouquet)
HOMEMADE ICE CREAM
With this extra share, you will enjoy a pint of Melissa's handmade
ice cream once a month. Flavors vary throughout the season and
many will use what is grown at Moonrose. Melissa only uses
high quality ingredients and sources locally whenever possible.
Some flavors we made in 2018 were Moonrose Strawberry,
Raspberry Oreo, Coffee Cookie, Salted Maple Toffee
Choose either one pint or two pints per monthly pickup.
6 months, one pint monthly June - October $42 +TAX ($7 per month)
6 months, two pints monthly June - October $84 +TAX ($14 per month)
HERBAL TEA BY RADIA HERBS
Enjoy a variety of herbal teas expertly blended by farmer and
herbalist Rachel Playe. Some of the herbs used in her teas are
grown right on the same property as Moonrose Farm! Each month
you will receive two tins of herbal tea selected by Rachel. Each tin will
make about 18 cups of tea.
6 months, 1 tins monthly, June - November $48 ($8 per month)
6 months, 2 tins monthly, June - November $96 ($16 per month)
To learn more about Radia herbs, visit their website here.
FARM EGG SHARE
Weekly or bi-weekly
Nothing compares to farm fresh eggs. You will receive a dozen
eggs weekly or every other week alongside your CSA share. Eggs will be
from Hurricane Hill Farm and Zephyr Farm. Both farms raise free range
birds with healthy diets and lots of love.
Bi-weekly shares will alternate weeks by last name.
17 weeks, weekly June - September $102 ($6 per doz)
8 weeks, bi-weekly, June- September $48 ($6 per doz)
MUSHROOMS FROM RI
Bi-weekly or monthly
You now can add mushrooms to your CSA veggies!
RI Mushroom Company will provide our members a mix of specialty
mushrooms either bi-weekly or monthly. Receive old favorites like
portobello, crimini, and shiitake while learning about more unusual
varieties like oyster, maitake, and pioppino and don't worry- we'll give
you lots of recipe tips! Each share receives a minimum of 1/2 lb of
12 weeks, 1 box bi-weekly, June - November $108 ($9 per week)
6 months, 1 box monthly, June - November $54 ($9 per month)
MEAT SHARE FROM
New in 2019! Add a monthly selection of Blackbird Farm beef and
pork to your CSA! Farmer Ann Marie sustainably and humanely
raises her animals in Smithfield, RI, thoughtfully and lovingly breeding
her own Berkshire pigs and Black Angus cows. Each month you will
receive a mix of Blackbird Farm meats in perfect time for grilling season.
6 months, 1 $30 box monthly June - November $180
6 months, 1 $50 box monthly June - November $300
New in 2019! Do you love to make homemade pesto? With this add on,
you will receive a bulk bag of basil when it is it's peak season plus a few
heads of our fresh garlic. We will let you know in the weekly email when
to expect this add on so you will have time to gather your pine nuts and
olive oil! Also check the weekly email for a recipe!
1 Pickup, $16
New in 2019! Who doesn't love spicy homemade salsa? With this add
on, you will receive 5 lbs of tomatoes plus fresh onions, hot peppers,
and cilantro so you can make and preserve salsa for winter snacking!
This share will be one pickup in peak tomato season in late August or
September. We will let you know when it's coming in the weekly
email along with recipes & tips!
1 Pickup, $16