Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Accepting Members for the 2017 Season
How it Works
The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA for
short) concept has been around for 25 years or
so, and has become popular among people who want
to eat seasonal and local. We started our CSA
program in 2012.
The basic idea of a CSA is that a farmer
offers shares or memberships to the public.
Members then receive a portion of each harvest
throughout the farming season – a total of 18
weeks from roughly mid-June to early October.
Specific dates will be announced in early June,
when we can see how our plants are progressing.
You will receive produce as it is ready
in the field. The early weeks feature lots of
greens – spinach, lettuce and kale – as well as
snow peas, snap peas and garlic scapes. Come
mid-summer, you’ll enjoy sweet corn, tomatoes,
cucumbers, zucchini, beans, peppers and lots
more. Fall brings winter squash as well as root
vegetables like carrots, onions and potatoes.
The CSA arrangement has advantages for both
the farmer and the consumer:
Advantages for consumers:
- Eat freshly picked, high quality vegetables,
with more flavor and vitamins due to their
- More home cooked meals shared with
your family. This, in turn, can mean less
money spent on take-out or eating out at
- Have a healthier, more varied diet with
exposure to new vegetables. Kids often will
try vegetables from “their” farm, even when
they haven’t eaten them in the past.
- Improve your cooking skills.
- Experience farming and see where your food
grown. Get to know the farmers
who grow your food.
- Support local farming in your community.
- Reduce your carbon footprint, as the
produce does not have far to travel.
Advantages for farmers:
- A known demand for the produce, so there is little waste.
- Ability to employ local labor to work in
- Have an opportunity to meet the people
who eat the food they grow and in doing so,
share their love of farming.
Wickham Farms CSA advantages:
- We grow produce exclusively for our CSA;
we do not sell wholesale or retail. You can
be assured that we are giving our CSA
members the best of what we harvest each
- We grow all CSA crops at our family farm
in Penfield with the exception of sweet
corn, which is grown by another area Wickham
family member, and some fruit through a
partnership with another local farm.
- We offer three different shares. Our
Grab & Go
share is a prepackaged share, which we
deliver to various locations. We also offer
a weekly and biweekly
share, which feature a farmer’s
market-style setup at our farm as well as
u-pick herbs, flowers and bonus vegetables.
- We provide lots of information and
recipes in order to make the CSA experience
fun and easy.
- We are customer service driven, and do
our very best to offer some flexibility so
that you can enjoy all of your CSA produce.
- Excess produce is donated to the
Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf each week.
Still have questions? Don't hesitate to email