What is a CSA and how does it work?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a common way for consumers to pre-buy local and seasonal food directly from a farmer at the beginning of the season. By purchasing a CSA you are investing in our farm and helping us prepare for the upcoming season. Your investment provides us with working capital when it is most needed and in return you get the highest quality, non-gmo pastured meats and eggs at a discount. A share is basically like a subscription / membership to our farm. You simply sign-up & purchase a share of your choice and you pick-up your meat and eggs at your convenience!
What CSA shares do you offer?
There are 4 sizes/levels of the Farm Share CSA memberships ranging from Small to XL. The Farm Share CSA is a meat card that gives you the complete flexibility to pick and choose any of our products (chicken, pork, turkey and eggs!) and amount you would like any time you shop with us. You receive a pre-loaded card with your credit amount, which includes an added bonus! Then you use this card like cash/gift card and spend it on any of our available products (chicken, pork, turkey and eggs!) at any of our farmers’ market locations or our farm stand. Purchases made will automatically deduct from your card.
How do I sign up for a CSA share?
You can sign-up for a CSA share online or via a mail-in sign-up form. Click here to sign up online using a credit card. If you would prefer the mail-in option please fill out the sign-up form and mail it to us along with a check made payable to DaSilva Farm. Once we receive your online registration or mail-in form we will send you an email confirmation. Soon after we will mail you your Farm Share Card.
How much is a CSA share?
We offer 4 different share sizes each of which is a different cost. Please click here to see our shares option details and pricing.
Why does the online price differ from the mail-in option?
We implemented an online sign-up option for the convenience of our consumers who would like to pay via credit or debit card. Unfortunately, the online system comes with a 3% processing fee. To avoid the online processing fee we have also provided you the option to sign-up and pay via mail - click here for the mail-in form.
What are the benefits of a CSA?
By signing up for a share you are receiving our products at a discounted rate / receiving free bonus meat! You would be supporting your local farmer and know where your pasture-raised meat is coming from, as well as supporting your local economy.
Does a CSA Share expire?
Yes, you need to fulfill your share by November 30, 2018. Any unfulfilled share cards can not be carried over into the next year.
Where do I pick up my CSA?
You shop with us directly at our farm stand or at of our farmers markets. Click here to see our farmers market locations and schedule. Click here for our farm stand hours.
Can I change my CSA pick-up location?
Yes. We ask when you initially sign-up to let us know which location you anticipate being your routine pick-up location to help us better plan, but you can attend any location that best fits your need at the time.
Is the Farm CSA Share card re-loadable?
Yes. If you use up all the funds on your Farm Share Card or would like to add more funds at any time we can do that for you.
Can I track the balance of my Farm Share CSA card?
Yes. Simply visit us at one of our locations and we will be able to check your card balance.
Do I need to pick-up every week?
Not at all! We know a weekly commitment is hard with everyone's busy schedule, so with all of our shares you do not need to come each week. You simply come on the days that work best with your schedule.
Can I join your CSA at anytime?
Yes, as long as it is within our CSA season, which typically runs from June through November. The only requirement is that you any CSA share purchased in 2018 must be fulfilled by December 30, 2019. Any unfulfilled cards or unused funds will not be carried over into the following year.
What are the risks of a CSA?
A CSA is an investment and risk for both the farmer and member. We both understand the potential of unforseeable circumstances that could occur, such as extreme weather conditions like a drought or predator attacks on the livestock. We work to do everything in our power to prevent such situations from occurring.