'Tis the Season to Sign Up for 2015 CSA Shares

Whether you want produce for the year or just the summer season, veg out on these local farm share options.

By Mary Stutzman February 18, 2015

Not sure you have time to grow a garden this year—or you’re sure that you don’t? Share someone else’s with a CSA! More than 30 Community Supported Agriculture programs are sprinkled across the valley, with new ones sprouting up every year. A subscription gives you your own share of vegetables, fruits, and other crops and products from local farms.

We know it’s still winter, but seeds are growing and it’s time to get going because spots are filling up earlier than ever. Pro tip: many CSAs also offer discounts for early sign up!

Pick it up: Sauvie Island Organics, Sauvie Island 

With 18 different pickup locations within Portland, Sauvie Island Organics comes to a neighborhood near you. Most sites are stocked with pre-packed boxes of fresh veggies, but two allow you to choose your own. For lettuce lovers, the salad share option provides a weekly portion of mixed baby greens. 
Season: 28 weeks, May-December—Cost: Family Share, $975, Half Share $530

Pick-Up at the Farm: Working Hands Farm, Hillsboro 

Working Hands Farm utilizes a Market-Style CSA Pick-up, so shareholders can collect their produce at the farm and pack their own share of fruits and veggies—and weekly newsletters and corresponding recipes help to plan meals for the week. In addition to CSA shares, members have the opportunity to purchase Working Hands Farm's organic, non-GMO, pasture-raised eggs, pork, chicken, and 100% grass-fed beef. 
Season: 28 weeks, May-November—Cost: Weekly share $1,176, Bi-weekly $764 (26 lbs of veggies will feed 2-3 adults)

Home Delivery: Pumpkin Ridge Gardens, North Plains

If you don’t want to drive, a subscription at Pumpkin Ridge Gardens delivers the goods from dirt to your doorstep. Delivered Tuesdays or Fridays, bushel-sized baskets appear on your front porch all year and correspond to seasonal harvests. 
Season: 52 weeks, year-long subscription—Cost: Full share $1560/year, half share $990/year 

Week to Week: Hood River Organic, Hood River 

For summer travelers who aren’t sure they’ll be home this summer, Hood River Organic’s CSA doesn’t require you to pay one lump sum ahead. Instead, order week by week or pay for ten deliveries, then plan which days you want them and put them on hold when you’re going out of town. You can customize a box online with fruits, veggies and other crops and cancel your order in case of last-minute getaways. 
Season: 52 weeks, seasonal shares—Cost: Sprout Share $40/box $360/10 deliveries, Grande Share $60/box or $540/10 deliveries

Single-sized: Our Table Cooperative, Sherwood

Don’t have extra mouths to feed? Our Table’s small share option is just for you. This year-round certified organic CSA comes in small shares for every season. Available for pickup at seven sites around the Portland, individualized bunches of veggies are available for spring, summer, fall, and winter sessions. 
Season: 52 weeks, seasonal shares—Cost: $65-$100/season; $376/full year

Stocking up: Full Cellar Farms, Gresham

Want to store up for next winter? In addition to regular sized weekly shares, Full Cellar Farms offers large preserving packages. Buy in bulk amounts and choose storage crops from pickles to salsa ingredients for your next canning project. 
Season: 22 weeks, June- October—Cost: $15-$35/week, shares vary by vegetable

Something sweet: Love Farm Organics, Forest Grove

When you want something sweet, Northwest berries are hard to beat. On top of its vegetables, Love Farm offers blueberries, strawberries and more during peak berry season. Sign up to receive a two-pint share of seasonal berries for ten weeks and get your jam on. 
Season: 23 weeks, May-November—Cost: Full share $975, Half-share $575, “Love Berry Share”$85

Something Meat: Moomaw CSA, Mollala 

A CSA for the carnivorous, Moomaw drops 10 pounds of meat right at your door either monthly or bimonthly and lets you choose cuts of lamb pork and chicken. Select between a “standard share,” “no lamb share,” and a “no pork share,” with occasion rabbit option based on availability. 
Season: 52 weeks, year-long subscription—Cost: Monthly Share $9.60/lb, $1,152/year or Bimonthly Share $9.80/lb, $588/year

Floral arrangement: Kamama, SE Woodstock

CSA’s aren’t just for food. Kamama places a vase on your table every week of the summer season. Bouquets of native blossoms come fresh from a flower farm in Corbett, with varieties changing every week.
Season: 20 weeks May-Sept—Cost: $400, $20/week for large bouquet

Box of Baja: Adelante Mujeres, Forest Grove

Grown by Latino farmers from Adelante Mujeres, produce from this nonprofit mixes in Mexican ingredients alongside traditional vegetables. Pick up some tomatillos, Mexican herbs, fava beans, and chile peppers from them at the Forest Grove Farmers market to support the Agricultura Sustainable Farming Program. 
Season: 18 weeks, June-October—Cost: Full Share $540, Half Share $324

Something Fishy: Iliamna Fish Company, SE Division

Fishing not your forte? Portland’s Iliamna Fish Co. will fill your freezer with Alaskan Wild Sockeye Salmon for the whole year. Brought from the family fishery in Bristol Bay, thirteen fillets weigh around 1.6 pounds and can serve your family a salmon dinner once a month. 
Season: pickups in August and December—Cost: $10.85/pound, $230 for a 21-pound salmon share 

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