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, seasonal celebrations and lots of foodie conversation at our weekly pick-ups.
We offer a full share for $650 per season (~21 weeks) and a split share for $500. A full share is designed to feed a household of four people and includes a flower bouquet each week; a split share (which is quite a bit larger than half a full share) feeds a household of two and includes a bouquet every other week.
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. We encourage our subscribers to come Wednesday when their produce is the freshest.
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 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. To extend the season, subscribers also receive a 10% discount at our Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market stand, open early April through late December.
- 1 lb. broccoli
- ¼ lb. pea shoots
- 6 oz. salad mix
- 1 bulb garlic
- 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
We are the CSA for flower lovers—many subscribers tell us that choosing their flower bouquet is a high point of their week all season. 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. They also help us add diversity to our crop rotations, helping us break disease and pest cycles. Please don’t feel guilty about receiving flowers! They are essential to our farm’s sustainability.
Optional 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
- Homemade pasta — La Rondinella dreams up tantalizing selections using local eggs, herbs and lots of love
- Extra Salad — For those who especially love our Wild & Fancy Greens mixture.