Community Supported Agriculture Program
Civic Works Real Food Farm and Little Gunpowder Farm are thrilled to bring Baltimore residents a fresh, local community supported agriculture (CSA) program for the 2018 season! Our a-la-carte shares, are fully customizable and allow you to order exactly what you want each week. There’s no penalty for skipping a week and you won’t have to eat kale every week unless you want to!
At the beginning of the season, you’ll add credit to your online account. Then as you select items each week, the cost will be deducted from your account balance. You can add additional funds whenever you would like but bonus credits (additional veggie $$$) are only available with your initial payment.
Did you know our CSA shares also help support our food access and educational programming? We’re not your average farm and strive to provide increased access of fresh nutritious foods through our Mobile Farmers Market, experience-based education opportunities to groups of all ages, and other services for our community like our compost co-op. Please let us know if you’re interested in learning more!
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Share Sizes & Pricing
Our weekly shares are completely customizable. We believe members should have the option to choose what they enjoy each week. We also know each household is different which is why we offer three different membership sizes.
- Cherry $280
- This could cover a bunch of kale, a pint of cherry tomatoes, a bunch of carrots, and 2 cucumbers every week for 6 months.
- Plum $380 (comes with $20 bonus credit)
- This size should cover 1/2 of salad greens, a bunch of kale, a pint of cherry tomatoes, a bunch of carrots, and 2 cucumbers for 6 months.
- Beefsteak $480 (comes with $40 bonus credit)
- This size should cover 1/2 of salad greens, a bunch of kale, a pound of heirloom tomatoes, a 1/2 pint of hot peppers, a pint of cherry tomatoes, a bunch of carrots, and 2 cucumbers for 6 months.
Membership fees are based on 6 months of ordering (i.e. May – October) but the entire season lasts for a total of 8 months. Once again, you can add additional funds whenever you would like but bonus credits are only available with your initial payment.
EBT members are welcome!
We ask members wishing to use SNAP EBT for a $50 refundable membership deposit to help us purchase seeds and other materials needed for your share. If you place at least 10 orders during the season, you will be eligible for a refund or we can roll it over into the next season. Due to federal restrictions, we are required to accept payment for no more than three weeks of CSA shares at a time. Those wishing to use SNAP EBT must pick up at Real Food Farm during business hours to reload their accounts as necessary at least once every three weeks.
PLUS: Through the Farm Alliance of Baltimore City, we are able to match SNAP EBT users $1 for $1 on their purchases! If you spend $6 in EBT a week, you will receive $12 worth of produce.
Pick Up Times & Locations
Our program is open from Late April/Early May through late December. Each week shares will be available on Wednesdays from 3-7 PM.
Pick-up locations include Real Food Farm (No Delivery Fee!), Little Gunpowder Farm in Monkton, Charles Village, Roland Springs, downtown Baltimore City.
We are pleased to be able to offer multiple optional add-on options this year.
Little Gunpowder Farm Egg Share
Civic Works Little Gunpowder Farm keeps a flock of about 130 heritage-breed laying hens. They live on pasture with a mobile coop and electric fence for protection. Being raised on pasture allows them freedom to roam, forage for seeds and insects, and interact as a flock. Additionally, their manure adds fertility to our land as we move the flock around the farm.
Our egg share requires a buy-in of $60. You can order full or half dozens each week based on our availability.
Membership does not guarantee eggs each week but we make as many available as we can! Eggs will be delivered with your customized box to your regular pickup site.
Thread Coffee Share
We are partnering with Thread Coffee again this year to offer a share of locally roasted coffee beans in addition to our produce CSA shares. Each month (May-October) members will receive a different roast of Thread Coffee, introducing you to a variety of flavors. Coffee is available in whole beans or ground and decaf is available upon request. This years share options include:
12 oz monthly: $60 (total of 6 bags)
(Thread Coffee typically retails for $14 for a 12oz bag.)
Coffee shares will be available for pick-up at the same location you select for your produce share pick-up. Interested in using your EBT to purchase a coffee share? Send your questions to email@example.com.
Baltimore Orchard Project Fruit Contribution
Over the past few years, Civic Works Baltimore Orchard Project has planted hundreds of fruit trees with community planting partners throughout Baltimore to help address some of Baltimore’s biggest issues – food deserts, vacant lots, the urban heat island effect, and stormwater run-off to name a few. BOP will be contributing fruit to our regular CSA availability to share their hyper-local fruit with you all! Apples, pears, peaches, plums, and wine raspberries are likely to make an appearance. No need to sign up for this specifically, it will be made available to you through your regular produce selection process.
A Friendly Bread Company Share
A Friendly Bread is a local sourdough bread company producing fresh, naturally leavened loaves of various flavors. Our seasonal members can choose to receive either of the following options:
- Seasonal Membership
- Weekly small: 1 small plain (will be whole wheat or simple country) and 1 small specialty loaf (choose ahead of time whether you want the savory specialty or the sweet specialty). 6 months for about $36/month or $220 total.
- Weekly large: 1 large plain (will be whole wheat or simple country) and 1 large specialty loaf (choose ahead of time whether you want the savory specialty or the sweet specialty). 6 months for $55/month or $330 total.
- Buy-Down Membership
- Buy down members will have the option to order from the rotating menu bread when you order it and will only be charged for the bread you receive. You must use all funds this season but are welcome to reload your account whenever or skip weeks throughout the season as needed. The shares can be purchased in $100 incriments.
Always chewy, crunchy and beautiful, the flavors range from Simple Country Loaf (typical sourdough bread) to savory flavors like olive, curry turmeric or sun dried tomato, to sweet like walnut date, cranberry pecan or chocolate chocolate chip – and many more. Current customers enjoy the bread for sharing with friends at parties, or as part of elaborate sandwiches, or as part of a healthy breakfast every day. CSA members’ loaves will be delivered with instructions on how to reheat the bread to taste like it was just baked.
A Friendly Bread is the creation of Lane Levine, a Woodberry resident who works for a hospital during the week, and has been operating the business for just over a year. Be sure to check out A Friendly Bread on Facebook for more information.
Hillen Homestead Flower Share
This urban flower farm is entering its sixth season growing sustainable cut flowers on two City-owned lots near Clifton Park. Get ten beautiful bouquets over the course of five months and enjoy the season’s bounty with fresh flowers on your table. Pre-made bouquets featuring a garden fresh look will include varieties such as snapdragons, dahlias, celosia, sunflowers, zinnias, scabiosa, lisianthus, fresh foliage, fragrant herbs, and much more.
Registration for this add-on is directly through Hillen Homestead. Available at Charles Village pick-up only.