GREEN VALLEY COMMUNITY FARM
Green Valley Community Farm is one of three farming operations at Green Valley. This small organically managed vegetable farm is nestled in the land’s fertile valley alongside Green Valley Creek.
The heart of the farm is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program unique to West County. Members enjoy free-choice on-farm pick-up of 15-20 freshly harvested fruits and vegetables each week; seasonal u-pick crops and gardens; and an invitation to visit the land, help out on the farm, and participate in seasonal celebrations and workshops.
WHAT DOES MEMBERSHIP LOOK LIKE?
CSA members sign up to join Green Valley Community Farm around the start of each New Year when farmers David and Kayta are busy planning the year ahead and seeding the first crops. The real fun begins in June...
26 WEEK, ON FARM, FREE-CHOICE HARVEST PICK-UP
From June through November on Tuesdays from 1pm to 6pm, and on Saturdays from 8am-12pm, the morning’s harvest is set out in the barn during the 26 week peak harvest season of over 70 varieties of fruit and vegetables.
Members come and fill a canvas tote to their taste from the rows of cool, glistening produce. Selection changes with the seasons: Heads of lettuce and salad mix, arugula, kale, baby bok choi, colorful varieties of carrots, striped Armenian cucumbers, assorted heirloom tomatoes (Aunt Ruby's German Green, Cherokee Purple, Ruby Golds), scallions and onions, broccoli and cauliflower, fennel bulbs, Galia melons... Some members skip the beets, some line the bottom of their bags with them. It’s your choice. You might even find some wild harvested natives in the mix. And that’s not all…
A portion of abundant weekly offerings are U-Pick crops, meaning members harvest these crops themselves directly from the fields — pints of strawberries, sugar snap peas, and cherry tomatoes in the summer, a pumpkin patch and ornamental corn in the fall. The raspberry patch is particularly festive; kids whiz by giggling and popping berries off their fingers. Members can pick bouquets for the table – dahlias, snap-dragons, black-eyed Susan's, salvia, bells-of-ireland — and perennial and annual herbs — thyme, oregano, chives, basil, cilantro, lemon-balm, chamomile, or tulsi — to name a few. Members are welcome to come harvest U-Pick crops, flowers, and herbs during our weekly pick times. Bring a friend. This is your farm.
If you’re interested in becoming a member or learning more about the farm, visit Green Valley Community Farm's site here.