A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a way for community members to connect with farmers and local, fresh food through a weekly veggie box, or “farm share” of produce. CSA customers pay upfront (or in two installments) for their vegetables and then pick up a box every week or every other week throughout the season. We grow over 70 varieties of vegetables on one acre of land for our CSA program. CSAs are a great way to embark on new culinary adventures and try veggies you have never tasted!
Choosing a CSA from City Sprouts gives you the unique opportunity to source your veggies VERY locally and to visit our urban farm and see it grow each week! Also, when you sign up for our CSA, you participate in a sliding scale payment system; a tool which works towards economic justice, regardless of the amount you pay. This system expands accessibility to the community while ensuring fair compensation for farmers.
TUESDAYS 4-6pm. June thru September.
You may choose a:
Large box option (7-12 items*/ box) or a
Small box option (5-7 items*/box)
*item= a bunch of something (carrots, or cilantro etc) or a unit/serving of something (a big head of broccoli, or 2 summer squash, etc)
Consider the large box if you like to eat lots of veggies or have a larger household and a small box if you are lighter veggie eater or want to supplement with produce from your own garden.
You can pick up:
Weekly (June thru September. A total of 17 weeks) or
Every other week (June thru September. A total of 9 weeks)
In the early part of the season (June-Mid July) there may be fewer items in your box (get ready for greens!!) and in the peak season we will make up for that by loading you up with all the bounty of the harvest.
CSA pickup is at City Sprouts Farm which is centrally located in the Birchwood neighborhood of Bellingham. You have the unique opportunity to pick up your veggies where they are grown, right in the city!
***Please note that if you forget to pickup your CSA share, it will be donated.
We offer out CSA on a sliding scale model. We are trying to do our part to create a more economically inclusive food system. That means we’ll ask you to do some active participation to decide what your CSA share cost will be. We hope that a sliding scale will enable more members of our community to participate in the CSA while also ensuring fair compensation for the farmers. The scale is based on income and what percentage your household income is in relation to median income in Bellingham. We understand that there are factors outside of income that would determine your cost so we encourage you to consider what is reasonable for you or your family considering factors outside of income as well.
See where you are on the sliding scale:
2. Consider a few factors outside of income. The following is borrowed from Zenger Farm’s sliding scale model. These considerations are important because there are many factors outside of income that affect certain groups of people. Take into consideration these outside factors when deciding what your cost will be.
Consider contributing more when you:
own your home
have retirement accounts, investments, or inherited money;
have access to family money and resources in times of need;
have significant discretionary expenses like travel, dining out, entertainment, etc.
have a relatively high degree of earning power due to your education level (or other privileges you may have associated with race, gender, citizenship status, class background, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, etc.
Consider contributing less when you:
are supporting more children, other dependents, or sending remittances,
have significant debt
have medical expenses not covered by insurance,
are on a fixed income, such as senior citizens,
are impacted by state violence (e.g. refugees, asylees and injustice in our criminal system)
After you submit your form (see below) we will send you a welcome letter and an invoice. There is a 3% transaction fee for debit/credit cards. Payments must be made by the due date on your invoice or you will lose your spot. If paying in two installments, your first payment will be due within a month of receiving your invoice, and the second payment will be due June 1st.
IS A CSA A GOOD FIT FOR YOU?
As a CSA member, you will have to come to the same place at the same time either every week or every-other week. This might mean you will have to adjust your schedule to make your pick-up fit into your routine. This schedule adjustment is a trade off for the ability to eat freshly picked vegetables each week without having the hassle of the grocery store.
Eating Seasonally and Adventurously
Our CSA will only include vegetables that are freshly picked on the farm that day. This means you will receive what is in season. For example, don't expect tomatoes until late July or peppers until August. Another thing to consider is whether or not you are willing to eat vegetables that might be unfamiliar to you. We will give recipe suggestions each week but you will also have the opportunity to be creative and adventurous in the kitchen.
If you have concerns about whether or not the CSA is right for you, feel free to contact us with questions. If you know the CSA will not fit with your lifestyle, no worries! Consider purchasing City Sprouts "veggie bucks" to spend at the Wednesday Bellingham Farmers Market!
We want you to know we are taking the impact of covid-19 into account and will be taking all the necessary precautions; washing and sanitizing our hands before touching any produce, and never handling food if we are feeling unwell.