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CSA Terminology Defined
Dairy shares are often offered as add-ons to your main share, but depending on the farm, may be offered on their own. Yogurt, milk, and/or cheese are typical elements of a dairy share.
A "full plate" or "whole diet" share will include a range of ingredients one would need to create a complete meal. In addition to a range of vegetables and proteins, you might also receive bread and/or grains, honey, herbs, flowers, maple syrup, and cheese.
A small size share (also called half, biweekly, or mini) is one that typically feeds one or two individuals. Some farms offer a half-size weekly share, others a regular size share on a biweekly basis. Please ask the farmer how they define and disburse their small shares.
If it is impossible or inconvenient to pay for your entire share in advance, many farms offer a variety of flexible payment options to spread cost across the CSA season.
A share of cold weather and/or frozen produce offered as a bridge between the end of fall harvest and the beginning of the next growing season.
In exchange for volunteer effort, some farms offer a reduced price share.
Less common share varieties may include early / late season produce, frozen vegetables, prepared foods, bread, coffee, or holiday pick-ups, among other things. A specialty share might also offer unique sizing options (XL, medium), scheduling flexibility, or a custom-designed collection of produce / products. Please ask the farmer what types of specialty shares they offer.
Some farms offer shares paid in part or in full by other CSA members or the farm business itself for those in need of assistance. Please ask the farmer how their subsidy program works.
* Restaurants include: Crabtree's Kittle House, CrossRoads Food Shop, Gaskins, Le Express, Restaurant North and The Village TeaRoom.
Winners will be notified by their farm. Contest eligibility is restricted to CSA memberships purchased from Coalition farms.