DIGGING DEEPER

Ordering a share

To start your summer of delicious, fresh vegetables, first choose a pickup location convenient to you:

SOUTHEAST PORTLAND

To order a 2013 summer share for our Southeast Portland pickup site, and/or to learn more, click here.

LUSCHER FARM

To order a 2013 summer share for our Lake Oswego/Luscher Farm pickup site, and/or to learn more, click here.


How it works: the CSA model

Choose from two pickup locations

Share Options

Summer share contents by week, 2012

How the Farm Works

The Harvest at 47th Avenue Farm

Here in the Willamette Valley, our summer season starts in mid-May and continues through October, offering a changing menu every week as different vegetables reach their peak of flavor. Early spring starts with fresh herbs, fava beans, green garlic, and all the elements of a crisp salad. Sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes and other traditional summer crops reach their peak in August and September. In the fall, hardy winter staples like Japanese kabocha squash, toscano kale, and fingerling potatoes fill out the end-of-the-season shares.

For a look at what shareholders took home last year, we’ve got a list at the bottom of this page. For a look at previous years, click here.

But in our temperate climate, nature is far from done at the end of October &ndash why should we be? That’s why we also offer a unique, twice-a-month winter share from November to late April. Featuring a bounty of greens, root vegetables, and herbs, we also coax broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and brussels sprouts from the cool earth. In addition to these hardy crops, we also grow winter squash, onions, garlic and potatoes that we plant in the summer and store for the winter.

All of our farm properties are managed sustainably using cover crops between vegetable rotations, beneficial insects, drip irrigation and conservation tillage techniques. This holistic farming system improves the tilth and fertility of the farmland. It also protects the woods, wetlands and communities that surround our farms. And it simply makes better vegetables.

How it works: the CSA model

What would happen if a community partnered with its farmers to produce the freshest, most responsibly grown vegetables possible? Well, you’d have a CSA, an inspired model that’s served us and our shareholders for 17 years. In “traditional” industrial agriculture, the value of produce is defined almost exclusively by price – not by how fresh or responsibly farmed it is – and that in turn fosters a race to the bottom: to be competitive and make a living, farmers have to cut corners. And in the process, we all lose.

In a CSA, members pay in advance for their share of the season’s bountiful harvest. That not only provides financial support to farmers early in the cycle when they need it most, the certainty of income means they can allocate their resources more efficiently and responsibly: toward truly sustainable (and more labor intensive) farming practices, but also bringing shareholders unique, artisinal, and thoroughly tasty produce.

Please note: While a share entitles you to the bounty of the harvest, it also means a share of the risk. On occasion a crop may fail due to inclement weather, pests, disease, or other conditions beyond our control. Our goal is to bring you, despite these challenges, an abundant and diverse harvest throughout the season.

We think you’ll love it.

Choose from two pickup locations

We offer two pickup locations in the Portland metro area: southeast Portland in the Woodstock neighborhood, and Lake Oswego at historic Luscher Farm. To learn more about each location and order a share, click one of the links below:

SE Portland pickup location information and ordering
Lake Owsego/Luscher Farm pickup location information and ordering

Whichever you choose, you’ll stop by once a week through the summer growing season (or every other week during the winter share) to fill a bag or more (depending on the share option you’ve chosen) of freshly-picked veggies. A list will tell you how much food to take, and there’s ample opportunity for sampling and socializing.

Share Options

To create a range of options for shareholders, the we offer a variety of different types of shares:

Family (whole) Share
Every household is different, but in our experience, this share will provide most of the vegetables needed to feed a family of four for the week.

Regular (half) Share
This is for smaller households.

Working Share
In exchange for 12 hours of work during the season, working shareholders will receive a $30 price reduction. Working shareholders will sign up for tasks at the beginning of the season. Opportunities include helping out with pick-up, participating in work parties, working on the news-letter, and a variety of other tasks.

Three work parties and potluck celebrations will be scheduled over the course of the summer season, which both working and regular shareholders are encouraged to attend.

For current pricing on these options, start by choosing a pickup location most convenient for you: SE Portland or Lake Oswego.


Summer share contents by week, 2012

Here’s a blow by blow of what shareholders picked up through the 24 weeks of last year’s share. Of course, nature being what it is, there’s no guarantee this year’s share will match it, but it will give you a good sense of the typical bounty and value $3.25 a day (for a Regular Share) will get you:

Week 1 (May)
Cauliflower
Chard
Dried hot peppers
Leeks
Parsley
Popcorn
Spinach
Salad Turnips

Week 2 (May)
Radishes
Chard
Green garlic
Garlic scapes
Lettuce heads
Parsley
Pea shoots
Popcorn
Rosemary
Salad Turnips

Week 3 (May)
Favas, greens
Radishes
Arugula
Baby Bok Choi
Green garlic
Leek scapes
Lettuce heads, green
Lettuce heads, red
Cherry Tomato plant
Salad Turnips w/greens

Week 4 (June)
Arugula
Dried fava beans
Green garlic
Garlic scapes
Lettuce heads, green
Lettuce heads, red
Mizuna
Cayenne Peppers
Raab
Salad Turnips w/greens

Week 5 (June)
Bok Choi
Dried fava beans
Green garlic
Garlic scapes
Lettuce mix
Popcorn
Radishes
Salad Turnips

Week 6 (June)
Carrots
Bok Choi
Green garlic
Lettuce heads, Romaine
Spring Onions, sets
Radishes
Salad Turnips

Week 7 (June)
Leek flowers bouquet
Dry beans
Napa Cabbage
Bok Choi
Fennel
Kohlrabi
Lettuce heads, Romaine
Spring Onions, sets
Salad Turnips

Week 8 (July)
Broccoli
Arugula
Napa Cabbage
Carrots
Fennel
Kohlrabi
Lettuce heads, red butter
Spring Onions, sets
Peas

Week 9 (July)
Arugula
Carrots
Collards
Garlic
Kohlrabi
Lettuce heads, butter
Mizuna or Mustards
Spring Onions, sets
Peas
Radishes

Week 10 (July)
Arugula
Collards
Fava beans, fresh
Fennel
Lettuce heads, Butter
Red Onions, sets
Peas
Potatoes, red
Radishes
Rosemary
Summer squash

Week 11 (July)
Carrots
Cilantro
Collards
Fava beans, fresh
Kohlrabi
Spring Onions, sets
Potatoes, red
Summer squash

Week 12 (July)
Basil
Fresh green beans
Carrots
Cilantro
Fava beans, fresh
Fennel
Lettuce heads, Romaine
Red Onions, sets
Potatoes, red
Summer squash

Week 13 (August)
Basil
Fresh green beans
Cilantro
Collards
Fennel
Lettuce heads, Romaine
Red Onions,
Potatoes, “Purple Viking”
Summer squash

Week 14 (August)
Dill
Arugula
Basil
Fresh green beans
Cabbage
Red Onions “Cippolini”
Yellow Potatoes
Radishes
Summer squash

Week 15 (August)
Arugula
Basil
Fresh purple beans
Carrots
Sweet corn
Cucumber
Lettuce heads
Red Onions
Yellow Potatoes
Radishes
Summer squash
Heirloom Tomatoes
Tomatoes, “Stupice”

Week 16 (August)
Arugula
Basil
Fresh purple beans
Cabbage
Carrots
Sweet corn
Cucumber
Lettuce heads
Onions
Potatoes
Summer squash
Heirloom Tomatoes
Tomatoes, “Stupice”

Week 17 (September)
Sweet corn
Cucumber
Edamame
Kale
Yellow onions “Candy”
Green Bell Peppers
Potatoes, “Purple Viking”
Summer squash
Heirloom Tomatoes
Tomatoes, “Stupice”

Week 18 (September)
Sweet corn
Cilantro
Garlic
Lettuce heads
Jalapeño peppers
Fingerling Potatoes
Heirloom Tomatoes
Tomatoes, “Stupice”

Week 19 (September)
Tomatillo
Heirloom Tomatoes
Tomatoes, “Stupice”
Chard
Cilantro
Cucumber
Dill
Lettuce heads
Anaheim Peppers
Yellow Potatoes, “Bintje”
Slicing Tomatoes

Week 20 (September)
Napa Cabbage
Cilantro
Cucumber
Dill
Garlic
Kale
Green Bell Peppers
Jalapeño peppers
Fingerling Potatoes
Radish, daikon
Heirloom Tomatoes
Slicing Tomatoes

Week 21 (October)
Slicing Tomatoes
Brussels Sprouts tops
Cauliflower
Cilantro
Fennel
Garlic
Red Onions
Anaheim Peppers
Yellow Potatoes, “Bintje”
Heirloom Tomatoes
Roma Tomatoes

Week 22 (October)
Shelling Beans
Heirloom Tomatoes
Slicing Tomatoes
Napa Cabbage
Carrots
Cilantro
Garlic
Red Onions, “Cabernet”
Green Bell Peppers
Jalapeño peppers
Red Potatoes, “Sangre”
Tomatiilos
Heirloom Tomatoes
Slicing Tomatoes

Week 23 (October)
Fennel
Red Onions
Roma Tomatoes
Carrots
Cauliflower/Romanesco
Garlic
Kale
Sweet Peppers
Yellow Potatoes
Tomatillos

Week 24 (October)
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts tops
Carrots
Cauliflower/Romanesco
Red Onions, “Cabernet”
Anaheim Peppers
Bell Peppers
Jalapeño peppers
Sweet Peppers
Fingerling Potatoes
Green Tomatoes
Winter squash, Acorn