What is a CSA?

A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, provides you the ability to receive high quality, fresh produce grown locally. When you buy into our CSA, you are purchasing a share of vegetables from One Acre Farm for a year. By paying for the entire season upfront (or with a payment plan), it allows Farmer Mike to plan ahead for the new season and ensure we’re growing the right amount of vegetables for everyone involved.

 

 

Is One Acre Farm really only one acre?

Nope! One Acre Farm is actually thirty acres, with about five in production. The name came about almost 10 years ago when Farmer Mike started farming on just one acre. Regardless of how many acres we have in production, we like to think that we approach our farm with the same enthusiasm as we did when we were only on one acre.

 

 

What will come in my CSA share?

On average, your share will include about six to eight items each week. When we say eight items, we don't mean that your share will be three tomatoes, two squash, and three peppers. Rather, eight items means eight different things. So, your share could consist of three tomatoes, two squash, three peppers, lettuce mix, garlic, 1.5 lbs of potatoes, several onions, and two eggplants. Take a look at our Gallery page if you'd like a better idea of what a share looks like on a given week.

 

In the spring, we plan to grow fresh greens (like arugula, bok choy, salad mix, and Asian greens) broccoli, cabbage, radishes, swiss chard, kohlrabi, kale, fennel, collards, garlic scapes, and beets.

 

Our typical summer harvests include tomatoes, eggplant, peppers (bell, hot and banana), melons, cucumbers, carrots, beets, summer squash, zucchini, lettuce mixes, sweet onions, garlic, and potatoes.

 

Our late summer to early fall harvest is our peak season, so you might see a little bit of everything in those weeks. As fall moves towards winter, our successful crops include root vegetables (like turnips, rutabagas, winter squash, potatoes, and beets), garlic, kale, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and bok choy.

 

 

Must I pay for the whole share upfront?

No, you are welcome to pay in installments.  If you require more payment options, just let us know and we would be happy to work something out!

 

 

What is Certified Naturally Grown (CNG)?

CNG farmers don’t use any synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms. CNG livestock are raised mostly on pasture and with space for freedom of movement.  To learn more about this great program, go to their site.

 

 

What makes One Acre Farm different from other CSAs?

One Acre Farm's CSA members get the best produce the farm has to offer. Every week. You are our priority.

One Acre, in addition to growing with sustainable practices, is committed to creating a safe and healthy work environment. The farm pays its workers at least minimum wage, $15/hr. That's $5 more than the average farm worker in the United States.

 

 

How many people will my CSA share feed?

The answer to this question depends on how many vegetables your family normally eats! We typically say that a full share is great for families that love to cook (and have the time to do so). We try to plan the amount of our full share to adequately feed a family of two adults and two small children. If you are a family of one or two, or you just don’t think that you will have the time to cook all of our fresh vegetables, we encourage you to find another friend or small family to split the share with, or let us know and we’ll try to find you a match.

 

 

How can I sign-up?

We accept enrollment on a first-come, first-serve basis. Our Enrollment page has our current enrollment forms. Fill it out and mail it back to us with your payment. (A note about payment: Typical CSA models require full payment at the time of enrollment. We are willing to work with you to find a payment option that works for your family.)

 

 

When does the season begin and end?

Our season typically begins early June (plus or minus a week or two, depending on the weather) and ends in early to mid-November.

 

 

Can I sign-up if the season has already begun?

Most likely, yes! Just email us to determine availability. The share price will be pro-rated based on the number of weeks left in the season.

When are the CSA pick-up and delivery times?
  • Pickup at The Farm: 18608 Wasche Rd, Dickerson, MD 20842.  Wednesdays, 4-6 pm. 

  • Pickup at Capitol Hill: 219 11th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003. Thursdays, 5-7 pm.

  • Pickup at Rockville: 5419 Amberwood Lane, Rockville, MD 20853. Tuesdays, 5-8 pm. 

  • Pickup at Wootton Oaks: 139 Wootton Oaks Ct, Rockville, MD 20852. Thursdays, 2-7 pm.

  • Pickup at COB:  Must be a government employee of the County Council.  Thursdays, after 4pm.

Is my share pre-bagged?

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be pre-bagging or pre-boxing all shares. We are constantly evaluating the best method to get the produce safely to you, and we will work diligently to provide the safest method possible. We will be populating our blog with updates and upon purchasing a share, you will receive (via email) detailed information prior to the start of the season.

This is different than past years, when used the "Grocery Style" pick-up method, in which you pack your own bags from bins of produce. Please let us know if you have any questions.

What if I don’t like a certain vegetable, do I have to take it? Can I get more of something else instead?

Your share will consist of whatever is harvested that week.

 

What if I am running late and won’t make my pick-up time?

Not a problem at all! If you notify us that you will be late, we will be happy to leave a bag of vegetables for you at your location. 

I am headed out of town and won’t be able to pick-up my share, what can I do?

You can always send a friend to pick up your share for you! Or, if you can’t find someone to take your share, let us know and we’ll donate it for you.

I am interested in joining but none of your locations are convenient for me, will you consider additional pickup locations?

Yes! Typically, we like to have at least eight families who are interested in joining before establishing a new pickup location. If you work at an office building and have co-workers who would be interested, please let us know. If you have friends in your neighborhood who'd like to create a new location, please let us know.

 

 

I am interested in working on the farm! Are there opportunities to volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us. We are working on the farm Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. We ask that you do not bring children under the age of 8 (but use your discretion).

 

I want to see the farm! When can I visit?

We offer several farm tours throughout the growing season, usually with two weeks' notice. Our first and most popular tour is in May and we will typically have a few more at different points during the season. The tours will be on a designated Saturday, starting at 10am and they usually run for about an hour. Keep your eyes on your inboxes for more information. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Farm Location:18608 Wasche Rd, Dickerson, MD 20842

Mailing Address: 5419 Amberwood Ln, Rockville, MD 20853

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