Dear PoP – A Good CSA

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“Dear PoP,

I just joined a CSA, and i’d love it if we could share their info on POP…the clincher for me was that they has small size boxes…other places always do family size, which is just too much.

They are new, organic, and will be making a weekly delivery in Petworth (no hauling out to takoma park, yea!)”

They are called Earth Spring Farm.

I feel like I’ve been getting lots of emails about CSAs lately, so if you have on that you like or recommend feel free to leave in the comments.

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  • This place sounds great. Thanks for the tip. I get food delivered from South Mountain Creamery (dairy, meat, bread and other items) and vegetables from their other business, South Mountain Veggies. They’re based in southern PA and I’ve had great experiences with them. I especially like the fact that the food is delivered to my door and you can pick and choose what you want on a week-to-week basis simply by clicking what you want and don’t want on their web site. It’s extremely customer-friendly and the quality of the food it top notch. I’ve also heard about a place called “arganica” but haven’t tried them out yet. Once the columbia heights farmers market gets going, I’ll likely dail down my delivery orders.

  • I second cookietime’s comment. Great idea. Anyone know of a CSA that delivers in Mt Pleasant??

  • Green Fence Farms ( is fantastic and there’s an option to select only 5 deliveries per season (with one week’s notice) and to add eggs, bread and meat a la carte.

    They deliver to Capitol Hill and another “NW location,” to be determined.

  • We use

    they deliver small and large boxes weekly. Works great for us.

  • Great post! Thanks for all the other suggestions everyone!!!

  • also allows you skip weeks, which many CSAs don’t and to substitute and add items to your box.

  • I’ve heard mixed reviews of CSAs from friends who have participated. On one hand, it’s great to support local agriculture and get lots of top-quality, fresh produce. On the other hand, it seems really expensive, and you often get a ton of something that you really don’t want, and it ends up going to waste.

    I’m really on the fence when it comes to joining a CSA.

  • Agree with Rufus, our problem with local CSAs is that they overload you with leafy greens which I love but my kids & husband just aren’t into. Also local strawberries taste great but you better eat them that day, they really don’t keep.

  • I can also recommend Washington’s Green Grocer. You can choose small or large, organic or mixed. You can cancel or add deliveries at will, and you can sub or add anything from their “pantry.” They also deliver dairy, eggs, bread and a bunch of other stuff.

  • flavor magazine (free at whole foods) has a list of csas in the back. also, heres a link to their website

  • I love our CSA – Orchard Country Produce – I pick up at the DOT Farmer’s Market (near Nationals Park) on Tuesdays during my lunch. I know that doesn’t work for a lot of people, but if it works for you, it is so very worth it. Their produce is great, they are very well organized (you just pick up a pre-packed cooler), and fruit is standard – not an add-on like for most CSAs. You get a lot of food too – I hear the “it’s expensive for what you get” complaint, which I have felt like with other CSAs, but I didn’t feel like that at all with Orchard Country. You can see what we got last year here – (and we had a small share). Anyway, I can’t recommend them highly enough.

  • every CSA I joined in the last 5 years has been a disaster. I NEVER came close to getting my money’s worth so I stopped altogether. even the really good one We would get, like watermelons one week and almost nothing else. Why just watermelons I asked him? “Oh,” he said, “they take up all the space on my truck so I can’t fit anything else in.” I paid that year… $400? for 20 weeks or $20 per week.

    For my $20 that week I got Watermelon, green onions, garlic tops and salad mix. At the farmer’s market where the same guy sold produce I could have gotten all that for maybe $14. At a grocery store I could have gotten it for $8.

    When I asked another CSA why we weren’t getting a bumper crop of zucchini he calmly replied that when he got too much zucchini he sold them at his farmstand. Uhh, weren’t we paying for a SHARE to be an EQUAL SHARE of your PROFITS? Apparently no. not like we didn’t share in his lost produce that didn’t come up.

    Boycott the CSAs until they learn.

  • For those who have a rowhouse, or some other access to a patch of ground, build a raised box or two and grow your own tomatoes, squash, and leafy greens – strawberries grow like weeds in this climate also. CSA’s never work out for the members. You’re better off just sending a check to FarmAid if you want to provide charity to farmers.

  • I’m getting ready for my second season with my CSA from Bull Run Mountain Farm – I pick it up at 16th and P, so not so bad to grab the bus up to Columbia Heights. They have 1, 2, and 4 person shares. In my experience, it’s been really well organized, good variety (and if something’s missing he always explains why – weather, deer, etc. – in the farm newsletter – and that’s inherently part of the risk you take with a CSA) and it’s only a shareholder farm – so no worries about them selling the best stuff at the farmer’s market that week. Plus, there are a ton of opportunities to go out to the farm to help out, just to tour it, or for shareholder picnics. I really loved it last year and can’t wait for it to start up again this summer.

  • Licking Creek Bend Farm-

    You can pick up in Takoma Park, but you also have the option of picking up at the Adams Morgan or Brookland farmers market.

    They are really nice people (I used to rent from them, as well, and Mike Tabor the owner is somewhat of a local legend and activist). The boxes are pretty varied, you get a lot of food, and I also think the pricing is lower than a lot of CSA’s.

    When you join a CSA, you do have to take what you get! I have always felt like I am getting a good deal though.

    They sell at Adams Morgan, Brookland, and Takoma, you can inquire about their CSA at the stands, or email me at [email protected] and I will give you Mike’s wife’s contact info. They may be full up for the season, though.

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