How does it work?
- Every Wednesday from May 10-November 15, you will either pick up a box of mixed produce at our Oregon City farm (located less than 10 minutes off I-205) or have a box delivered to your door (for an additional fee of $8/box). Each box is valued at $38, and offers a diverse mix that changes through the season. If you live in Oregon City, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Jennings Lodge, Gladstone, Happy Valley, Clackamas, West Linn, or anywhere in Southeast Portland, you are likely in our CSA delivery region. ** We are unable to deliver to some rural areas of Oregon City. Please check in with us before signing up if you are uncertain if you are in our delivery region.
- The produce in an every week share will be a diverse seasonal selection that is appropriate for 2 veggie loving adults that cook most nights, or a veggie loving family of 4 that cooks some nights. Every other week shares are also available for smaller households and those who cook less.
- CSA is a great option for people who love to cook creatively using a wide variety of produce.
- In the early weeks of the year the box value will be slightly smaller than the average weekly cost and also quite heavy on greens (kale, chard, arugula, lettuce etc), while in the peak of summer the value will be larger than the average weekly cost and more diverse.
- Members will be invited to explore and enjoy the farm during Wednesday afternoon pick up hours.
- Other benefits:
- Access to Cook With What You Have’s CSA Recipe Collection to provide recipes for your weekly produce. You will have access to 900+ recipes, templates, storage and preserving tips, pantry stocking suggestions and vegetable prep videos, organized by vegetable and created using CSA Produce. We are hoping that this great resource will make it easier to find delicious and creative uses for your share!
- Weekly newsletters with farm updates and what’s available.
- Harvest Celebration in September that all members are invited to.
- Member work parties and potlucks.
What do you get?
Here is an example of what each share might include throughout the season.
- 1 bunch carrots (mokum)
- 1 bunch beet
- ½ lb Sugar Snap Peas
- 1 bunch Cilantro
- 1 head Lettuce
- 1 bag Rainbow Salad Mix
- 1 bunch Scallions
- 1 bunch Kale
- 1 bunch Rainbow Chard
- 1 pint Strawberries
- 1 bunch Parsley
- 1 bag Arugula
- 1 ct Fennel
- 1.5 lbs New Potatoes
- 1 bunch Chard
- 3/4 lb Sugar Snap Peas
- 1 bunch Radishes
- 1 head Broccoli
- 1 bunch Scallions
- 1 pint blueberries
- 2 lbs New Potatoes
- 3 ct Summer Squash
- 3 ct Slicing Cucumbers
- 1 ct Cabbage
- 1 ct Fresh Garlic
- 2 heads Little Gem Lettuce
- 1 ct Green Stemmed Cauliflower
- 1 bunch Italian Basil
- 2 ct Sweet Corn
- ¾ lb Green Beans
- 1 ct Eggplant
- ½ pint Ground Cherries- (sweet tropical tasting snack!)
- 2 ct Sweet Peppers
- 2 ct Hot Peppers- varietal -Jalapeno
- 1 bunch Cilantro
- 1 ct Garlic- varietal -Music
- 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
- 2 ct Summer Squash
- 1 head Lettuce
- 2 ct Cucumbers
- 1 bunch basil
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 2 ct Little Gem Lettuce
- 3 lbs slicing tomatoes
- 1 ct garlic
- 2 lbs fingerling potatoes
- 3/4 lb beans green beans
- 2 ct sweet peppers
- 1 bunch carrots
- 1 ct curly endive
- 1 ct fennel
- 1 ct kabocha winter squash
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 bag arugula
- 1 ct onion
- 1 ct garlic
- 2 lbs potatoes
- 1 bunch carrots
- 1 bunch thyme
- 2 ct Leeks
- 1 ct Red Cabbage
- 2 ct Shallot
- 1 bunch Rainbow Chard
- 1 ct Cauliflower
- 1 ct Radicchio
- 1 ct Butternut Squash
- 2 lbs Carrots
- 2 lbs Potatoes
- 1 bunch Parsley
What does it cost?
We have decided to make some modest price increases this year to our shares. While keeping the shares as affordable as possible is a priority, increased gas prices and increased costs of goods that we need to grow (machinery, bags, boxes, seeds etc ) has made it necessary to raise the cost of boxes. This will also help us to raise the wages of our fabulous staff, hopefully getting a little closer to being able to offer them a living wage.
Full Share with Wednesday afternoon farm pick up– $38 / week ($1064 for 28 weeks).
Every other week share with Wednesday afternoon farm pick up– $38 / week ($532 for 14 weeks).
Full Share with Home Delivery– $46 / week ($1288 for 28 weeks).
Every other week share with Home Delivery– $46 / week ($644 for 14 weeks).
You have the option of paying for the CSA (and all the add ons) with recurring payments. Basically you choose the recurring payment option in the shop and you will be charged on the weeks you receive your share. This is a great option for those who do not want to pay the whole cost of the CSA in one chunk.
Paying for CSA with SNAP
We are happy to be able to accept SNAP benefits for paying for our CSA shares! On top of that, Double Up Food Bucks gives SNAP recipients additional funds to reduce the cost of CSA by HALF! That means that half of the cost of the share is covered by your SNAP funds, and the other half is covered by Double Up Food Bucks. This includes delivery costs! Please make sure to choose a SNAP sign up option in the online store.
Portland Area CSA Coalition does the SNAP processing for us, and SNAP members will need to fill out additional paperwork.
Additionally, scholarships are available for those who need it. See below.
Need more Flexibility?
Does this model not offer enough flexibility for you in terms of what kind and how much produce you get? Check out our Market Share program as a more flexible option.
Out of Ashes Farm Egg Share Add On
Out of Ashes Farm will again offer an Egg Share Add On!
Out of Ashes Farm is a regenerative cottage farm in Molalla, OR. We currently raise pastured pork, chicken, and eggs. Improving the land we steward is our top priority and we do so by providing the best life for our livestock possible. We feed only no spray, non GMO, no corn, no soy feed and are proud members of the Oregon Pasture Network. We farm thoughtfully and lovingly so that you can feel great about the food you eat! You will get 1 dozen eggs for 28 weeks from May 10-November 15. The full cost of the egg share is $238 ($8.50/dozen). Every Other Week members can sign up for an every other week option as well for $119 (14 weeks from May 10-November 15)
Find out more about Out of Ashes Farm, here:
Kiyokawa Orchards Fruit Share Add On
We are partnering again with Kiyokawa Orchards for a fruit share add on. The share will include different tree fruits, starting with cherries, then peaches, then pluots, plums, apples, pears, and Asian pears. The shares will be quite heavy in apples and pears starting in September.
The fruit share runs 18 weeks from July 19-November 15.
The full cost of the every week fruit share (18 weeks) is $270 ($15/week).
The full cost of the every other week fruit share (9 weeks) us $135 ($15/week)
Find out more about Kiyakowa Orchards here:
We try to fill up our shares as much as possible with tasty produce that is familiar to most folks (sugar snap peas, carrots, basil, tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, potatoes, lettuce, onions, garlic, broccoli etc). We offer a subscription to “Cook With What You Have” alongside your membership that has great advice and recipes for using unfamiliar (or new ideas for familiar ones !) vegetables in your share. At our on farm pick up location, we offer a “Swap and Extras Box” for you to switch out produce that you will not use with produce that you will use. It is also a place where we put extra produce for members when we have it, so it can sometimes be a great opportunity for families to get extra produce at no additional cost. Unfortunately, we are unable to have a swap option for home delivery customers.
This season we have decided to simplify things for ourselves and are only offering an Egg Share add on and the Kiyokawa Fruit Share add on. We will likely offer one time opportunities to buy in hazelnuts, and potentially other products, but we haven’t worked out the details on that yet. We will not be offering a berry share add on, BUT an every week member can expect 4 weeks of berries in their share ( A biweekly member can expect 2 weeks). We are now growing strawberries on the farm, and plan to buy in blueberries from another sustainable producer!
YES. The best way to make the share accessible and affordable is to sign up for a subscription. You will only be charged the cost of the first share upon signing up and then will be charged a few days before receiving each of your boxes. If you are a SNAP recipient, SNAP and DUFB (Double Up Food Bucks) will cover half of the cost of the share! We also offer scholarships for those who need it, whether or not they are SNAP recipients. Just reach out to email@example.com if a scholarship could support you in getting a CSA share.
YES. At the beginning of the season, we offer farm tours during Wednesday pick up hours. We are also planning on having a couple member work parties and potlucks throughout the year. Last year we had our first CSA Member Harvest Celebration event in September, and it was a huge success. We plan on making our Harvest Celebration an annual event.
YES. We are willing to do partial or full trades. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a trade in mind. Possible trades include coffee, bodywork, acupuncture, childcare, carpentry skills, tree work etc.
YES, but we don’t recommend it as a regular option. We will be harvesting and packing all of our shares this year on Tuesday for Wednesday pick up and delivery. If you let us know in advance, you can pick up your share at either one of the farmer’s markets that we attend, and the veggies will still be great, but know that they will not be quite as fresh as those picked up during regular CSA pick ups and deliveries on Wednesday.
Every year we try to fine tune our farm so we are better growing the produce that grows well here and that families want to use. The share will be somewhat similar to what we have offered in past years. Expect berries this year. More sweet corn. More spring carrots. More onions. More melons. More delicata squash. Less summer beets. Less mustard greens.
We are committed to continuing to work to make our food as accessible as possible. If you are unable to pay for the full cost of a CSA share, we have a Scholarship Fund to subsidize the cost of your share. This is available for both SNAP recipients and anyone else who qualifies. The scholarship fund can subsidize from $38- $152 of your share (The full cost of 1-4 boxes) depending on your need. Please email me at Melissa@sunlovefarm.com if the scholarship fund could support you in getting a CSA share.
While the farm has put aside $1000 in scholarship funds for members in need, if you have the resources, please donate to the Scholarship Fund here. Your donations mean a lot and can help provide fresh, healthy, local food to families that otherwise couldn’t afford it.
CSA Cancellation and Share Change Policy
Missing a Week
On the other hand, if you need to miss a week (or more) of the season for any reason, there are many options:
- Please let us know that you would like to miss a week by Sunday at 11pm (three days before your Wednesday pick up/delivery). If you do not let us know by then, we will harvest your box for you and you will be charged for it as usual.
- Twice per season, you can cancel your share and receive a refund for the week or you can receive Market Share credit for your share. $38 (pick up) or $46 (delivery) of Market Share Credit (can be used to pre-order out of the online store, and added on to future pick ups/deliveries or can be used at Oregon City or Milwaukie Farmer’s Markets and it never expires.)
- Any week, if you are signed up for every other week, your share can be switched to the next week
- Any week, if you are signed up for every week, you can get a double share on another week
- If you are signed up for farm pick up and can’t make a pick up, let me know! Pick up time can be flexible from Tuesday afternoon- Friday if necessary.
- You can always gift your share to another person! It can even be delivered to their home if you are signed up for delivery and they are in our delivery region.
Canceling Your Membership
When you sign up for a CSA share, you are making a commitment to receiving vegetables for the full season May 10-November 15, 2023. Knowing that folks are committed for the whole season helps us to plan for the year and early season sign ups give us needed capital to get the season started and to grow the food that will be harvested come summer (seed , labor, tools, and amendment costs start in January).
That being said, we know that life doesn’t always follow the plan. If you need to cancel your share altogether, please let us know 2 weeks in advance. There will be a $38 cancellation fee, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
A note from Farmer Melissa about why CSA matters
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a huge support for farmers like me that make a living on vegetables, which are only in bounty for about 6-8 months of the year. When you sign up for a summer CSA during the winter or early spring, you are putting capital into the actual growing of the vegetables that will be ready later in the year. Even though most of the food is not ready to harvest in early spring, from February-May, I invest significant money into growing the food- buying seeds, potting soil, soil amendments, paying for labor and investing in infrastructure. Without the support of CSA members, I would have to go into debt each spring in order to make the necessary investments to grow summer and fall veggies. Thank you so much for considering making this investment in small-scale sustainable agriculture! It makes all the difference in keeping the farm alive and thriving.
How do I sign up?
Our CSA is full for now (though we may let more members in as early as late May depending on how our crops are growing!). Join the waitlist below if you’re interested.