Vegetables that sell themselves

Cropthorne Farm sells its produce to local farmers’ markets, local restaurants, through its farm stand and through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

Community Supported Agriculture (sometimes called Community Shared Agriculture) programs work on a direct to- consumer basis. Members pay a set fee at the start of each growing season for a share of the harvest.

Farmers get the benefit of cash flow at the beginning of the season, not to mention a guaranteed market. Members enjoy a weekly box of fresh produce — usually delivered to a central pick-up point. CSA systems mean consumers also share in the risk of food production. Cropthorne Farm runs summer and winter CSA box programs. A full share, 16-20 weeks, of the summer program costs $440 to $550, depending on pick-up location, and consists of eight to 10 different vegetables such as beets, potatoes, carrots, and broccoli as well as some specialty crops like nappa cabbage and kohlrabi.

A small share ($294 to $368) contains five to seven different veggies. The winter box program runs for eight weeks (from November 1 to December 20), and costs $176. Cropthorne Farm freerange eggs are an add-on for those who want them. There are five summer pick-up locations and two winter locations.