Bumbleroot CSA Program
The goal of our CSA is to build community around our farm by providing fresh, nutritious food to local families. We hope to form strong relationships with people who are interested in eating healthy food, knowing where that food comes from, and supporting local farms and regenerative farming practices. Our 2019 CSA will go on sale to returning members on January 14, 2019, and will open to the public on February 1, 2019. We hope you join us!
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You become a CSA member by investing in a share of our harvest at the beginning of our growing season, when we need that money the most. Your investment helps us with our early season costs like seeds, tools, potting soil, and compost. In return for your contribution to our seasonal start up costs, we provide you with a weekly share of our harvest all summer long. Our CSA lasts for 20 weeks, from early June through mid-October, and each week you pick up a box containing a variety of the freshest in-season produce available on the farm.
How much Does A Share Cost?
We offer two sizes for our vegetable shares, a “Small Share” ideal for individuals or couples, and a “Large Share” for a family of 4+ or for two couples to split.
$400 for on-farm pick-up (Divided by 20 weeks, you are paying just $20 each week)
$420 for off-farm pick-up sites (The additional $20 covers our delivery costs for the season - just $1 per week!)
$550 for on-farm pick-up ($27.50 worth of produce per week)
$570 for off-farm pick-up sites (The additional cost covers our delivery costs for the season - just $1 per week!)
The bonus for both shares is that each week we give you at least 10% more value in your box than what you paid for- that means you're receiving a better deal than you would at the grocery store or even the farmers' market. You can count on more value in your box during peak season when tomatoes, summer squash and cucumbers are flourishing. Your early investment is key to helping us get our season started!
What can I expect in my box each week?
We aim for 6-8 different types of vegetables and culinary herbs in your box each week; a colorful selection of what is ripe and ready to harvest in the fields. Our goal is to provide you with a great value and a wide range of delicious produce including, but not limited to, salad greens (lettuce, arugula, mixed greens), cooking greens (spinach, kale, chard), root vegetables (potatoes, beets, carrots), fruiting veggies (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant), and alliums (scallions, onions, leeks). The bounty on the farm changes throughout the season, and your box may be a little heavier in August than it was in early June. See examples on our "What's in your box" page to decide which share size is best for you.
Where and when do I pick up my share?
Our pick-ups take place on Wednesdays from the first week of June through mid-October. We host a pick-up on the farm in Windham and at multiple locations in Portland. Our 2019 locations and pick-up times are listed below.
Windham Pick-up Location:
Bumbleroot Organic Farm (4pm-6:30pm**)
Address: 196 Highland Cliff Road in South Windham
** Please note that our on-farm pick-up times have changed for 2019- we will be ending pick-up at 6:30 due to lack of attendance between 6:30 and 7pm.
Portland Pick-up Locations:
1) Portland Farmers' Market in Monument Square (7am-1pm)
Address: Bumbleroot Organic Farm market tent in Monument Square
2) Portland Food Co-op (4pm-8pm)
Address: 290 Congress St. (East End, at the bottom of Munjoy Hill)
**Please note that due to space limitations, family shares will not be available at this location. There will be a limited number of small shares available.
3) Rosemont Neighborhood (4pm-7pm)
Address: Edwards St. (private residence, exact address disclosed when you sign up)
2019 Flower Shares
We have a new format for our 2019 flower shares in 2019. Detailed descriptions of our different flower shares can be found on our “Flower CSA” page. This year we are offering three different options: a 6 week “Early Summer” share, a 6 week “Late Summer” share, and a 12 week “Full Season” share that spans the whole summer. Each week you will receive a colorful mixed bouquet, the perfect size for your counter or kitchen table. All the flowers we use in our CSA bouquets are grown, gathered and arranged with love on our farm in Windham. We grow over 70 varieties of specialty cut flowers and are excited to be adding some amazing new flowers this year. We hope you consider one of our flower shares in 2019!
CSA Add-ons Available at the Farm
We’re excited to be offering two CSA additions at our on-farm pick-up in 2019! Since we do not have access to refrigeration at our off-farm pick-up sites, these add-ons are exclusively available to our members who pick up at the farm in Windham. We will be partnering with our friends at Winter Hill Farm in Freeport to offer a 10 week “Cheese Share”, and we will also be offering a 10 week “Mushroom Share” through North Spore Mushroom Company.
Winter Hill Cheese Share
10 weeks, $80
Every other week you will receive between 1/3 and ½ lb of cheese (depending on the type of cheese), and you will receive a broad selection over the course of the season. Winter Hill Farm uses milk from their own herd as well as certified organic milk from The Milkhouse, and has won several awards for their cheeses in national competitions. They are proud to make nearly 10,000 lbs of cheese each year by hand, and currently make 8 varieties of cheeses, including fresh cheese, feta, bloomy rind cheeses (camembert style), aged raw milk cheeses, and blue cheese. For more information on their cheese and their farm, please visit their website.
North Spore Mushroom Share
10 weeks, $130
Every other week you will receive 1 lb. of mushrooms, all grown by North Spore Mushroom Company right down the road in Westbrook, Maine. Included in the share is a rotating cast of Shiitake, different types of Oysters, and Lion's Mane mushrooms. If you are a mushroom-lover, you won’t find a better price for your supply, as this is well below retail value for these delicious varieties. We are excited to be partnering with our friends and farmers’ market neighbors who are working hard to expand Mainers' culinary palettes and educate folks about all things mushrooms. Learn more about their innovative work on their website.
How do I pay?
Our CSA goes on sale to returning members on January 14th. Sign-ups will open to the public on February 1st. You may pay on our website by credit card (all credit card payment incur a $5 processing fee), or with a check made payable to:
Bumbleroot Organic Farm
196 Highland Cliff Rd.
Windham, ME 04062
If mailing a check, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know your desired share size, address, the best email address to send our weekly newsletter to, and your preferred pickup location.
Thank you for supporting our farm!