Community-Supported Agriculture

What Is a CSA?

CSA stands for “community-supported agriculture.” A CSA is a community of members who support a farm operation, with the farmer and the consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.

Is it a real CSA? See this fun info-graphic!

Members buy their shares in advance, which help cover the farmer’s anticipated costs of the seeds, soil amendments, labor, etc. In return, once a week the members get a share of that week’s harvest, whatever it that may be. Instead of 50 cents (or more) of your food dollar going to distributors and transportation, 100 percent of your food dollar goes straight to the farmer. Your share purchase allows us to employ and educate several interns each year, as well as continue to build the soil and improve our garden.

Joining a CSA is wonderful way to connect with the wisdom and healing benefits of eating in harmony with the seasons, and support the environment and small farmers. We try to care for the earth are now organic certified, as well!

Joining our CSA is also a way to give: we donate a portion of our produce to shelters and food banks, and individuals can purchase shares to be donated. Every year we donate shares to F.A.I.T.H. social services in Herndon, VA, and smaller amounts to the Warfordsburg Senior Center and other food pantries.

CSA Membership Offers Many Benefits:

  • Seasonal organic produce picked at the peak of freshness
  • Expanded food choices by offering new produce you might not have tried
  • Sustainable farming practices working in harmony with the land
  • Food grown locally, less dependent on fossil fuels than food shipped from another state (or country)
  • Heirloom varieties that preserve genetic diversity
  • Preservation of the direct, traditional connection between the farmer and the customer
  • Education of aspiring farmers through our internship program
JOIN CSA
Enrollment for 2020
is now open!
Join CSA

CSA Membership Offers Many Benefits:

  • Seasonal organic produce picked at the peak of freshness
  • Expanded food choices by offering new produce you might not have tried
  • Sustainable farming practices working in harmony with the land
  • Food grown locally, less dependent on fossil fuels than food shipped from another state (or country)
  • Heirloom varieties that preserve genetic diversity
  • Preservation of the direct, traditional connection between the farmer and the customer
  • Education of aspiring farmers through our internship program
Join the CSA
Enrollment for 2020 is now open!
I loved everything about my experience with Farm of Peace CSA, from your friendly and personable staff to the delicious, well-packed produce to the great communication. Your operation is a class act that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone in the area.
Adrienne B., spring 2019 customer

With each delivery, you can expect to receive 5-10 different items from our planting list, farmer’s choice from what is ready that week, but with the ability to customize (see below).  Early and late in the season will have a little less, the mid-season will have more.  Full and bi-weekly shares get a full-sized bag. The small shares get a little more than half a bag, and sometimes different or fewer items, but always at least half compared to the full shares.

  • Full share = a full bag every week, suitable for 2-4 people (on average)
  • Biweekly share = a full bag, every other week, suitable for 1-2 people
  • Small share = half a bag every week, suitable for 1-2 people

Customize Your Share!

Each week we send you a list of what’s planned for that delivery, and you can opt-out of anything you don’t want.  We also usually have extras that you can request more of. So if you hate beets or kale, you can opt-out and request something else! And you can get extras whether you opt-out of anything, or not. Some weeks we have up to six extra items. To get the most out of your share, be sure to read the newsletter each week and request extras.

What do we grow?

Is it a Good Value?

CSA produce generally costs about what you find at farmer’s markets or a good organic store. It is not a “bargain bag,” however we feel the freshness and flavor make it worthwhile.  In our most recent member survey, 100% thought our price was right for what we delivered.

To get the most out of your share, read the newsletter and ask for extra items. We offer extras almost every week, after giving out what we feel is a reasonable amount in the share bags.  Some things are on the extra list because there’s not quite enough for everyone, but enough for those who really want it, like when something is just starting to come in, or at the tail end of its season.

Customers who regularly customize their shares, by opting out of whatever they don’t like, and asking extras, tend to be the most satisfied with their shares at the end of the season.

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I just wanted to let you know that out of the several CSAs we have belonged to - you all are the best. I love your positive updates and little newsletter and we are loving the share every week. Even my teenagers are liking the delicious salads we have been making and I usually have to get them to choke down their greens. Thanks so much!
Kate

What We Grow

We strive to offer traditional favorites (such as tomatoes, green beans, and cucumbers) plus items that you may not have tried before (such as salad turnips, Asian greens, and garlic scapes). We plant several types of heirloom tomatoes (Cherokee Purple, Valencia and Brandywine, for example) and kale (lacinato, green curly, and red winter). Our lettuce comes in a rainbow of varieties and makes a beautiful salad. Below is a list of what we plan to include in your shares this year, roughly by season. Depending on the weather, spring items might flow into summer, or summer items ripen early, and so on.

Early Spring

May & Early June – Lots of greens! Arugula, beet greens, beets, Napa (Chinese) cabbage and/or Bok Choi, several types of kale, head lettuce, baby lettuce mix, radishes, scallions, microgreens, sweet white turnips, baby beets, a few fresh herbs. Possibly: asparagus.

Early Spring

May & Early June – Lots of greens! Arugula, beet greens, beets, Napa (Chinese) cabbage and/or Bok Choi, several types of kale, head lettuce, baby lettuce mix, radishes, scallions, microgreens, sweet white turnips, baby beets, a few fresh herbs. Possibly: asparagus.

Late Spring

June, early July: More greens and any early summer stuff that is ready: arugula, beets, Napa cabbage, Swiss chard, spinach, kale, collards, snap peas, broccoli, carrots, garlic scapes (buds), mixed baby greens, head lettuce, baby lettuce mix, radishes, scallions, sweet white turnips, cilantro, dill. Possibly: blackberries, strawberries.

Late Spring

June, early July: More greens and any early summer stuff that is ready: arugula, beets, Napa cabbage, Swiss chard, spinach, kale, collards, snap peas, broccoli, carrots, garlic scapes (buds), mixed baby greens, head lettuce, baby lettuce mix, radishes, scallions, sweet white turnips, cilantro, dill. Possibly: blackberries, strawberries.

Summer

July, August, early September: Summer favorites… blackberries, carrots, green beans, beets, Swiss chard, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, garlic, leeks, head lettuce, melons, okra, peppers, sweet potatoes, radishes, scallions, zucchini and other summer squash, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes. Fresh herbs including choice of basil, cilantro, dill, mint, parsley, sage, and rosemary. Possibly: Asian pears, mushrooms, ginger.

Summer

July, August, early September: Summer favorites… blackberries, carrots, green beans, beets, Swiss chard, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, garlic, leeks, head lettuce, melons, okra, peppers, sweet potatoes, radishes, scallions, zucchini and other summer squash, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes. Fresh herbs including choice of basil, cilantro, dill, mint, parsley, sage, and rosemary. Possibly: Asian pears, mushrooms, ginger.

Fall & Early Winter

Late September, October, November, December: Arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, red or green cabbage, Napa cabbage or bok choi, carrots, Swiss chard, garlic, ginger, different types of kale, collard greens, leeks, head lettuce, baby lettuce mix, parsnips, radishes, scallions, spinach, microgreens, pumpkins and winter squash (acorn, delicata, butternut), potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet Hakurei turnips. You may also see late peppers, melons, eggplants and/or tomatoes until frost. Fresh herbs including cilantro, parsley, thyme, sage, oregano, and rosemary.

Fall & Early Winter

Late September, October, November, December: Arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, red or green cabbage, Napa cabbage or bok choi, carrots, Swiss chard, garlic, ginger, different types of kale, collard greens, leeks, head lettuce, baby lettuce mix, parsnips, radishes, scallions, spinach, microgreens, pumpkins and winter squash (acorn, delicata, butternut), potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet Hakurei turnips. You may also see late peppers, melons, eggplants and/or tomatoes until frost. Fresh herbs including cilantro, parsley, thyme, sage, oregano, and rosemary.

The CSA opened my horizons in terms of food. We ate food we've never eaten before and learned new ways to prepare familiar foods. There was such abundance--enough to share with neighbors and friends.
Jeanette

Current Delivery Locations:

  • District of Columbia
  • Chevy Chase / NW (Morrison Street)
  • Maryland
  • Silver Spring (Hanover St.)
  • Takoma Park (Sherman Ave.)
  • Northern Virginia
  • Herndon, VA (Hiddenbrook neighborhood)
  • Sterling, VA (near Potomac View/Rt 7)
  • Pennsylvania
  • Warfordsburg – Farm of Peace
  • West Virginia
  • Berkeley Springs (Sunday at the Farmers Market))

Other Locations:

New locations are sometimes added. With enough shares we can deliver to Frederick, McConnellsburg or Hagerstown. If you want to be wait-listed for one of these locations, or suggest a new location, please email us at csa@farmofpeace.com.

We choose locations that allow the safe keeping of your share indoors or in a shady area for those who may need to arrive after the scheduled time.  At front porch drops, we ask that you please pick up by 9 pm, or notify us so the drop point host can hold your bag until the next day.  If you plan to be away, ask us for a vacation hold, to donate it, or feel free to have a friend or neighbor pick up your share instead.   Shares abandoned with no communication for more than 24 days may be shared with the neighbors!

Retail Sales:

  • Berkeley Springs Farmer’s Market, Berkeley Springs, WV – Sundays 10 - 2 pm. April through November.

CSA Vision

To live in a world where no one goes hungry, and there is an abundance of organic, halal food and clean water.



CSA Mission

To provide healthy, nutritious, organic halal food for our community and those in need.  Our community is dedicated to using our farm to grow organic and healthy food that nourishes both body and spirit, and to educate others on organic and halal food production.

We are currently serving several local food banks and coordinating with other faith-based organizations to provide food to those in need.

Join the CSA

Enrollment for 2020 is now open!

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