We know you might be new to the idea of a CSA, and while we tried to give you as much information as possible about One Acre Farm, you probably have more questions. Hopefully this page will help, but if not, don't hesitate to contact us and we'll answer any questions you have. Hope to see you on the farm this year!
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 Photos 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 up to four 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 sells exclusively as a CSA, which means 100% of what we harvest goes to our members. We do not sell to farmer's markets or wholesale, so our members get the best produce we have to offer.
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 share is great for families that love to cook (and have the time to do so). We try to plan the amount of our 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. Tuesdays from 4-6 pm. Grocery Store.
Pickup at Capitol Hill: 219 11th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003. Thursdays from 5-7 pm. Grocery Store.
Pickup at Rockville: 5419 Amberwood Lane, Rockville, MD 20853. Tuesdays 5-6:30 pm. Grocery Store
Pickup at Potomac: 139 Wootton Oaks Ct, Rockville, MD 20852. Thursdays after 2 pm, Pre-Bagged.
Is my share pre-bagged?
The answer depends on the pick-up location. We are most proud of our grocery-store model in which our vegetables are displayed in bins and you handpick your vegetables from the bin based on the pre-determined weight or item limit (which is based on that week's harvest). Not all CSAs offer this type of model but we find that our customers love it! The grocery-store model is offered at the following locations: The Farm and Capitol Hill and Rockville. Our only location that is pre-bagged is our Potomac location.
What if I don’t like a certain vegetable, do I have to take it? Can I get more of something else instead?
Unfortunately, if you are a member at one of our pre-bagged locations, we cannot accommodate substitution requests. Your share will consist of whatever is harvested that week. If you are a member at one of our grocery-store model locations, we offer a “Put and Take”. You can deposit one vegetable from your share that you do not want that week into the Put and Take Bin and you can exchange it for something in the Put and Take Bin that you want instead.
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 usually at the farm on Saturday mornings and always need extra hands. If you want to come out and get your hands dirty, we ask that you devote at least two hours of your time to make it worth both our while. 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.