“We come for the vegetables but stay for the flowers!”– longtime subscriber Charlotte Rovelstad
Persephone Farm has been a pioneer in the Community Supported Agriculture movement. We started with 11 subscribers in 1991, making us one of the longest-running programs in the country. From the first week of June through the end of October, subscribers receive an armload of fresh-picked seasonal vegetables, herbs and flowers from our farm. In addition, subscribers can choose to receive all sorts of optional add-on shares from other local producers. These offerings change from year to year as we partner with different small businesses, friends and neighbors. We aim to foster a deeper connection with all the foods we offer through recipe sharing, a fun newsletter, and lots of foodie conversation at our weekly pick-ups. We also invite subscribers to enjoy a magical summer evening on the farm when we prepare field-inspired hors d’oeuvres, have tours of the gardens and always a few surprises!
We’re the CSA for Flower Lovers!
Many subscribers tell us that choosing their flower bouquet is a high point of their week. As ecological farmers we appreciate our flower beds and borders for not only their beauty, but also for their ability to attract precious pollinators and beneficial insects. Bees are in trouble for all sorts of reasons. The abundance of pesticide-free blooms scattered across our fields provides a refuge as well as a banquet for them. The flowers also help us add diversity to our crop rotations, helping to break disease and pest cycles. For all these reasons as well as the sheer joy they bring, we include flowers as an integral part of our CSA shares. Full shares receive a bouquet every week. Split shares receive a bouquet every other week. Please don’t feel guilty about receiving flowers! They are essential to our farm’s sustainability.
CSA is a collaboration between grower and eater, rather than a mere exchange of dollars for vegetables. We aim to provide 10-15% more value over the season than the cost of similar produce at the farmer’s market and other local outlets. It is our way of thanking you for paying in advance, which helps the farm at the beginning of the season to defray the cost of seeds, tools and other inputs.
How much does it cost?
We offer a full share for $720 per season (~21 weeks) and a split share for $540. A $15-$20 discount is available if you pay in cash rather than on-line. Please email email@example.com if you prefer this option.
To extend the season, subscribers also receive a 10% discount at our Bainbridge Island Farmers Market stand, open early April through late autumn.
A full share contains 5-6 different seasonal veggies and includes a flower bouquet each week. A split share contains a similar amount of produce- about a week’s worth for most households- and includes a bouquet every other week.
1 lb. broccoli
¼ lb. pea shoots
6 oz. salad mix
Choice of 1 bunch Hakurei sweet turnips or radishes
½ lb. spinach
1 bunch leeks
1 bouquet flowers
3 summer squash
1 Butterhead lettuce
1 lb. tomatoes
1 lb. multicolored string beans
1 lb. onions
choice of carrots or beets
1 bouquet flowers
Pick-ups are at the historic Johnson Farm on Bainbridge Island and at our farm in Indianola on Wednesday afternoons from 3 pm until dark and, for your convenience, all day on Thursdays.
Optional Add-on Share Information
These samples of past add-on shares are a delicious way to support other local purveyors. Prices are set by the producers, and will be available at the first CSA pick-up.
- Bread — a weekly assortment of whole-grain artisan breads, still warm from the oven, baked across the street by our Food Muse, Judith Weinstock
- Cheese — Raw milk cheeses, made with local goat & cow milk
- Eggs — Organic, pastured eggs
- Extra Salad — For those who especially love our Wild & Fancy Greens mixture
FREE Box of Veggies!
Refer a friend to join and receive a free box of veggies! Word of mouth is our finest endorsement.
How to sign up for our CSA
You can either subscribe online or simply mail in your check made out to:
PO Box 158
Indianola WA 98342
Please be sure to include your email address and pick up location (Indianola or Bainbridge Island) in the check memo line.
Don’t wait too long, shares go quickly.