On-farm Pick-up at Chesterfield

The printable 2018 Chesterfield Membership Application, for use for cash/check payment, is HERE! Here is the online application which can be used for credit card payment (the 3% PayPal convenience fee will be assessed upon completion of your transaction).

New for 2018!  Educational programming for children every Thursday morning at our Chesterfield farm from June through October!  Click HERE for details!

Please know that we do not have a farm office at the Chesterfield farm.  Please call 609-737-8899 in order to contact farm staff. If you're interested in learning more about the history of this farm, please click HERE.

We offer pick-up at the Chesterfield Distribution Center on Crosswicks-Ellisdale Road on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and we are the only certified organic CSA program in northern Burlington County. This farm has been certified organic since 2011. Please know that pick-your-own privileges are INCLUDED with each share, so no extra fee to pick-your-own!

Members of the Chesterfield CSA program can get complete information regarding what to do when you come for your pick up by downloading the Chesterfield Members' Handbook.

For members’ convenience, our newsletter, The Local Harvest, is available online. In addition, we offer several events throughout the season, including outdoor yoga sessions!

CHESTERFIELD ON-FARM PICK-UP

We offer five share sizes for farm pick-up at our Chesterfield farm: the Family Share, the Individual Share, the Premium Share, the Basic Share and the Personal Share.  A Family Share generally feeds an average family of four to six, while an Individual Share is perfect for two - three adults (and often one or two small children). A Personal Share is a "sample" share and designed for one adult (more fully described below). Please keep in mind, however, that the right-sized share for you depends not just on the number of people in your household but also on your eating habits. If you are a vegetarian or like to do lots of canning and freezing, you may prefer a larger share, or you may want to consider purchasing two shares for one family.

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Keep in mind that if, during the course of the season, you feel you are getting too much or too little produce, you may contact us to upgrade your membership anytime, but to downgrade you have until August 1st. We will pro-rate your increased membership fee or refund accordingly. During our distribution season, farm staff harvests crops and places them in bins in our distribution center. Instructions on what to do when you get to the farm can be found in our Handbook.

For 2018, we will be offering farm educational programs at our Chesterfield farm, so please look for more information about these programs in the spring!

"Choice" Premium, Basic and Personal Shares    

We offer a Personal share with the feature of allowing the shareholder to choose the items and quantities going into their share each week.  The .28 bushel Personal share box is the pink box below.  The Basic Share is a ½ bushel box (yellow box) and Premium Share is a 3/4 bushel box (green box) and also allow shareholders to choose the items and quantities going into their share each week.


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How it Works

We provide you with the empty box, and set you loose in the farm market to fill this box as you choose!  Fill it with all the great produce you & your family will use and enjoy!  You will bring the box back the following week to use again.

What’s the Catch?

The box will be specifically sized for the Premium, Basic and Personal Shares.  The size of the box is setting the size of the share.  Hence, the lid of the box must be completely closable when you are done selecting your produce.  In other words, no piling a mile high above the rim of the box, and no removing of the upper flaps of the box.  Additionally, crops cannot be altered to fit in the box.  For example, if the beets have tops, then you must include the tops in the box.  Sweet corn (if available) cannot be husked, leeks topped, broccoli reduced to florets, or other means employed to maximize the contents of the box.  The size of the box is the standard that we have used to price the share. 

How about PYO?

PYO crops do not have to fit in the box.  It is in addition to the box and the quantities will be sized according to the size of the share box. So Personal share members will harvest a lower quantity of PYO crops than the Premium share members, for example.

Other Things to Know

The Personal Share box is sized for one individual, or a couple that really goes light on the veggies.  

The Premium and Basic "Choice" Share memberships may be shared, but we will only provide ONE box per share.  In other words, if you choose to share a Basic box with another person, we will not provide two quarter bushel boxes, so you and your partner will need to share the one box.  As share partners, you will also not be able to come on two separate days, or two separate times on the same day, and fill up half the box, so you must be careful and deliberate about how you choose to share the "Choice" shares.

We are Veggie Libertarians at the farm and as such we firmly believe that what you choose to do with your produce in the privacy of your home is your own business.   When quantities are limited on a crop, such as, say, early harvested carrots, we may need to limit quantities available for the "Choice" share memberships.  We will try to keep this to a minimum.

Sharing a Share

Full information about sharing a share can be found in our Chesterfield Members' Handbook.

Pick Your Own & "Add On" Crops

Most weeks a number of crops for Pick Your Own harvesting is offered at the farm. This benefit is included in your membership fee. Members often tell us that PYO harvesting at our farm is the highlight of their week and an important component in their stress management program! Many of our members often say that the CSA membership is still a good value even if they don’t partake in PYO harvesting. A visit to the This Week in Chesterfield page lets you know what produce may be available in the Distribution Center as well as the availability of PYO crops. PYO crops tend to come in earlier and go later in the season than at our Pennington farm, due to the sandier soils and slightly warmer temperatures.  For the 2017 season, we expect to have blueberries available in the Distribution Center and additional PYO blueberries will be available for an additional fee to cover the costs of transportation to the berry fields.

On occasion, we may also offer "add on" crops for sale in our Distribution Center.  These are crops, like sweet corn and tree fruit, that are too costly to include in our regular distribution program.  We offer these crops to members who are willing to pay the extra cost associated with producing these crops, which are difficult to grow organically.

Membership Confirmation and Members’ Handbooks

Confirmation of your membership, pick-up day and share size will be emailed to you by the beginning of May.

Please download and read carefully your Chesterfield Members’ Handbook. It is really important for members to read their Handbook. The Handbook is a member’s “owners manual” and answers common questions about the farm, i.e., how to store produce, what to do when you get to the farm and where you can find convenient and tasty recipes, etc. Please keep in mind that if you have additional questions, you can always call the Veggie Hotline or talk to an attendant when you are at the farm.

First Pick-Up & Membership Cards

The start date of the distribution season varies from year to year depending on the weather. For the exact date of the first pick-up and the start of strawberry picking, please visit the This Week in Chesterfield page on our website or call the Veggie Hotline starting May 1st. The first pick-up is sometime after May 1st. Please be sure to come to the farm only on your assigned pick-up day unless you have made prior arrangements. We harvest just enough for the number of members expected per day.

Each time a member comes to the farm they must wear their personal Membership Card. The cards will be available for pick-up in the Distribution Center during your first pick-up. For our complete policy regarding Membership Cards including replacement fees, please visit our Policies page.



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